Sep 1st 2009 01:45 am |
I never do well betting when in attendance at Saratoga. I find it one of the most distracting places to be a horse player but – as an historian and racing fan – there is no place that I would rather be. It is holy ground for the sport of thoroughbred racing. A race fan who doesn’t appreciate Saratoga is like a Catholic who thinks the Vatican is overrated.
As many times as I have wandered around the grounds – it retains its fascination. There is always something new to see – from the small nuances of the facility itself to the cast of characters that make up the multitudes who have trekked there for nearly 150 years. Saratoga is one of my favorite places on earth and – as corny as it may sound – it still takes my breath away when I walk through the front gates.
This year’s trip to the Spa was memorable. It included a productive visit to Lyrical Ballad; outstanding and exciting racing on Travers day; my first time hanging out in the Saratoga paddock; and a trip to the stakes barn to see the two Birds. Not bad for a guy living out of his truck for three days.
Here is a summary of my Saratoga trip in pictures:
road that is adjacent to the Oklahoma training track
Many thanks to Gene from Equispace who gave me the paddock pass on Friday. And thanks to Teresa from Brooklyn Backstretch who made the introductions that landed us in the stakes barn to see Summer Bird the day before the Travers.
It has been a great summer — book-ended by Summer Bird’s wins in the Belmont and Travers. Looking forward to the fall meet at Belmont. Hoping to make a trip up the Turnpike for Jockey Club Gold Cup Day.
Back for another history post by the end of the week…
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