Pleasanton Weekly

News - June 27, 2014

Kay Huff's Ladies Day at the Races another success

More than 100 join in annual event with men competing across the aisle

by Jeb Bing

Last week's Kay's Ladies Day at the Races attracted more than 100 women as the annual event organized by Kay Huff continued for its 23rd year.

And again, she had competition from a group of men, mostly local Rotarians led by a disgruntled Mike Hosterman, who a few years back had been told to sit someplace else. So his mostly-male group took seats across the aisle.

It wasn't exactly World Cup competition, but the two groups had fun jostling for the Winner's Circle, if there had been one.

Huff started assembling women interested in attending the races in 1992. Each year, the numbers have grown and Huff makes sure it's not only a fun day but also entertaining and educational. Each year, a few women join the group for the first time to try their hand on betting on a few of the horses, with most usually coming back the following year.

"All of us have a great time," Huff said.

Hosterman's group has also grown in numbers, although photos taken by photographer Chuck Deckert show a few women and men crossing the aisle to sit with the other's group.

On these "Day at the Races" events, everyone is there for the obligatory photos with Kay sharing her growing and updated album of photos from earlier years, and Hosterman talking up the benefits of Rotary.

In fact, he told a luncheon meeting of the Rotary Club of Pleasanton at the Fairgrounds just before Thursday's races that he had picked the winning horses for the day and would share it with those who joined his grandstand seats. If any of the men's bets won, we haven't heard about it.

Along with the album portrait, the ladies also pose holding a copy of the Pleasanton Weekly for a traditional photo this newspaper publishes after each event.

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