Friday's Kay's Ladies Day at the Races attracted more than 100 women as the annual event organized by Kay Huff continued for its 17th year.
And again for the second year, she had competition from a group of men, mostly local Rotarians led by a disgruntled Mike Hosterman who had been told to sit someplace else, joined together just an aisle away from Section F that the women had reserved. But the men were few in number, at one count reaching only 12.
For Kay Huff, who started assembling women interested in attending the races in 1992, it's a fun day, entertaining and also 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 had a great time," Huff said today. "Although I didn't hear of any big winners, many had paybacks and that made everyone happy to hear. We had a great cross section of woman, including one gal that I went to college with 40 years ago and another a new neighbor who moved in next door to us from Chicago last week."
"By the way, there were well over 100 ladies in our section, maybe as many as a dozen in Mike Hosterman's," she added.
On race day, everyone is there for the obligatory photo at 2:30 p.m. Kay always shares her growing and updated album of photos from earlier years, an album that now has 30 pages. The ages of those participating range from the late 80s to 20-somethings and, this year, three babies that are only weeks old.
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. This year, we're also publishing a photo of the men's day at the races, although some appeared to have difficulty determining which end is up.