Horse racing is often called "The Sport of Kings," a throwback to the days when the cultural elite would amuse themselves by watching horses race each other atop local monarchs. Though the rules of the sport have changed slightly, the palpable excitement remains, and today's Groupon lets you palpate it all day: for $35, you get a race-day package at Los Alamitos Race Course (an $81.50 total value). The package includes two passes to the Vessels Club (a $10 value each), a $10 food voucher, exclusive club parking (an $8 value), two souvenir shot glasses (a $15 value), an 8"x10" group photo snapped in the winner's circle (a $15 value), a program (a $3.50 value), and a $10 betting voucher.
A long-time leader in Orange County's quarter-horse-racing tradition, Los Alamitos Race Course hosts exciting, 400-yard horse dashes for some of the priciest purses in the country. The Vessels Club is an elegant facility whose top-of-the-grandstand location treats ocular orbs to great views of the finish line, downtown San Francisco, and blimps piloted by Pat Boone. Inside, you can use the $10 food voucher toward fine cuisine to consume while watching the race from the patio, and a $10 betting voucher to place wagers on horses with cutesy names or jockeys with horse names. After each race, groups get their portraits snapped in the winner's circle or their programs autographed by nearby thoroughbreds.
The club enforces a mercilessly upscale dress code, so make sure you're dressed in proper attire, such as a tuxedo or a T-shirt made from the canvas of famous works of art. Stop in to see a live race on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Post time is 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.
4961 Katella Ave.
Los Alamitos, California 90720