Before we headed out to the track I had this vision of that scene in "My Fair Lady" of everyone chatting while sipping tea in their fancy outfits. Enter the enthusiastic Eliza Doolittle. In our scenario, I think we all played the roll of Eliza with our fancy hats and all our shouting.
1- The track is TTC accessible. It's not the best of trips, but it'll get you there
2- the regulars do not dress up and wear fancy hats
3- the regulars do not cheer for their horses
4- minimum bet is two bucks and you don't have to know anything about horse
racing (sometimes it works when you pick the horse based on how funny its name sounds)
5- The lovely person at the information booth will coach you through how to place your bets
6- you get to scope out the horses and the jockeys before the race if you're looking to make an "educated" wager