Saratoga, 2010

Aug 12th 2010 10:31 am |

There are moments in life when everything seems to fall together perfectly. This past weekend was one of those moments. Racing, friends, and a sunny day at Saratoga — what more could you ask for? String together three such days and you’ll find yourself asking what you’ve done to deserve such good fortune.

I have been making an annual pilgrimage to Saratoga for a few years now and have never experienced a stretch of weather like we had on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Rounding out the perfect trip, I had one of my best friends along with me this year. It was his first trip to the Spa and as we drove past the track on Thursday afternoon he was floored when he saw the size of the crowd. It’s easy to forget how strange it is to see a packed racetrack on any day but especially a weekday.  Teresa from Brooklyn Backstretch along with the “Gambling Tree Gang” in the new paddock bar were a blast to hang out with.  For the last two years, Teresa has made me feel like a VIP when I am in town, which I really appreciate.  To top it off, I actually made some money playing the races, a rare occurrence when I am on-track in New York

I will be back next week with a history post. In the meantime, here are a few photographs from a memorable weekend at one of my favorite places on earth:

Colin's Ghost Saratoga headquarters a few miles outside of town...

...but not exactly roughing it, my buddy Chad playing Del Mar on Saturday evening courtesy of the campground's wi-fi.

A view from the paddock bar -- new this year and the best kept secret at Saratoga.

John's Call Stakes winner Always First, the nine-year-old trained by Tom Voss, who also trained the race's namesake.

John's Call runners being unsaddled after the race: Solitaire #3, Dry Martini #5, and Coolcullen Times #7.

The 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird on his way to the track before the Whitney.

Blame makes his way back to the winner's circle after beating Quality Road in the Whitney.

The 2003 Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide being paraded by his handler, John Veague, in the Saratoga paddock before the races on Sunday.

Funny Cide

The Oklahoma training track

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3 Responses to “Saratoga, 2010”

  1. Robert says:

    Love the camping idea-way to go with Cheap lodging.

    Paddock Bar—If people ask me about it, I say, What Paddock Bar? as I want to keep the place a secret for as long as possible.!

  2. Nicole says:

    It was great to meet you Kevin!

    ~ Proud (losing) member of the Gambling Tree Gang :o)

  3. Teresa says:

    Great to see you as always, Kevin–glad that you could make it up. See you at Belmont.