It was a beautiful day at Golden Gate Fields. The perfect day on which to end their spring racing season. With Justify’s win of the Triple Crown the day before, many folks were in the mood for horse racing. That or the $1.00 beer, mimosas and hot dogs brought them in.
Several times during the year, Golden Gate Fields have non-profits come in to run their “Dollar Day” food and drink booths. We receive $1,000 in exchange for providing the work force to pour beer and hand out hot dogs.
The crowds were out in force yesterday and it was lucky for Xenophon we had an A-team of helpers there. The first hour before the races started was rather slow, and we were able to watch the first group of horses cross the finish line. That was the last glimpse of horses we ever saw, because for the next 4 hours we were running our own race to pour beer, mix mimosas, fill glasses and keep the booth stocked. The line often stretched 20 yards and the hot dogs were flying out faster than we could keep them stocked. Jim Taylor, Peter Molgaard and David Besenfelder practically never turned the beer spigots off except to change out a keg. Paula Newton, Tammy Kaida and her husband, Scott, were constantly mixing mimosas and filling champagne glasses. Scott gets the award for the fastest champagne cork popper ever. Our front line, Michelle Bushong, Kaitlin Parodi, Lisa Powell, Wendy Markel and Mari Parino, held the day, serving guests and making those tips! David Hylton was invaluable running beer, refilling supplies and helping at the front counter. These folks worked tirelessly for the entire day! We have never seen a Golden Gate Fields Dollar Day with the lines so long. It was a hard-earned $1,000. Thank you one and all!