ROYAL ASCOT June 18-22 2013
ROYAL ASCOT - TUE JUNE 18 THRU SAT JUNE 22, at Ascot Racecourse. Host to probably the most prestigious of racing meets anywhere in the world, Ascot Racecourse was founded in 1711 by Queen Anne. Today, the 5-day meeting is comprised of about 18 graded stakes, along with a handful of listed races, ranging from sprints to 3 mile marathons. The pomp and circumstance that is associated with the English monarchy is in full view even today as it has been for over 300 years. One of the highlights each day is the arrival of the Queen and her entourage in her horse-drawn carriage. A strict dress code is enforced (see link at blog for more on all of the pageantry and strict attention to "proper" attire and behavior). If you saw the movie, My Fair Lady, think back on the scenes at Royal Ascot and the gorgeous costumes and strict formal attire, and you have it. Things really haven't changed all that much, though I do believe colors other than black and white are allowed!
Abigail Anderson and I have teamed up to put together an interesting and comprehensive package of racing information and event coverage. Her site, THE VAULT: Horse racing past and present, will focus on the detais, such as the horses and their connections, plus she has some historical background. My part is the nuts and bolts, links to the important web sites, and easy access to the racing cards, times, etc. Don't worry if you don't have access to live coverage of the event. We have included places where you may be able to view replays immediately following a race. As we move through each day, we will try to post replays when they become available. So, come along for a fun week of one of the most prestigious racing events in the world. Pip, pip! Tally-ho! Let's go to the races!
Here is a link to my blog, which includes a link also to Abigail's coverage: http://letsgototheraces.blogspot.com/2013/06/royal-ascot.html