Jul 19th 2013 12:18 pm |
“[Saratoga] is, of course, the oldest track in America, and its ways are old-fashioned ways. After eleven months of new-fashioned ways, it is as restful as old slippers, as quiet as real joy…” — Joe Palmer
The historic track in upstate New York will open for another year of racing today. It seems impossibly distant when we think about racing at Saratoga in winter but, when opening day finally arrives, it’s hard not to feel a slight tinge of disbelief that another year has past.
This year, the Spa will celebrate its 150th anniversary and the fine folks at the New York Racing Association have planned a number of events and promotions to mark the historic occasion. The Saratoga 150 website has a schedule of related events and lots of worthwhile historical content – be sure to check out the timeline and photo galleries.
To mark opening day here at Colin’s Ghost, I thought I would revisit a few past postings we have done about Saratoga since we opened for business back in 2008. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Joe Palmer on Saratoga Race Course
- Saratoga Opening Day, 1919
- Saratoga News and Notes, 1919
- Graveyard of Favorites, 1914
- W.C. Whitney and the Saratoga Revival, 1902
- Kelso wins Whitney at Saratoga, 1965
In case you missed it, our friend Teresa Genero published this excellent piece of history for the Daily Racing Form: Saratoga: In 150th year, track remains racing institution
In other news…
In addition to Saratoga’s opening, this weekend brings the Delaware Handicap to Delaware Park on Saturday. The ‘Del Cap’ is a newly minted Grade 1 after receiving a long overdue upgrade in 2013. Two-time Eclipse Champion Royal Delta will try to make it back-to-back editions after winning the race last year. She would be the first repeat winner of the ‘Del Cap’ since Nastique won it in 1988 and 1989.
It was great to see Dick Jerardi touting Delaware Park in this week’s Daily Racing Form. I will be there for the Del Cap this year after missing it in 2012. I’ll be hanging out in and around the paddock tent — one of my favorite places on earth to spend a lazy Saturday.
There is no better time to be a race fan then summer. I’ll be back next week with a new article…thanks for reading and good luck!