I'm back from a whirlwind weekend at Saratoga and what a weekend it was! Blind Luck put in a devastating performance on Saturday to win the Alabama Stakes, jockey John Velazquez swept the early pick four en route to a five-win day and, of course, there were drinks after at Siro's.
Saratoga sunshiney silhouette
My hostess, the talented Teresa of Brooklyn Backstretch fame was an informative and gracious tour guide. I can't thank her enough for kicking me off the couch at 5AM to watch the morning workouts. Honest!
Rather than jump into the racing, I thought I would start my recap with a tour of the backstretch and a morning spent watching workouts. By arriving trackside before dawn on Saturday, we were fortunate to watch from the rail as Super Saver, A Little Warm, Trappe Shot, Fly Down and others prepared for the Travers. I even caught a blurry shot of a galloping Rachel Alexandra.
What follows is a photo essay of my morning at Saratoga.
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Well before sunrise but still beautiful in Saratoga...
Here comes the sun
You'll have to take my word for it, but this blurry bit of motion is a galloping Rachel Alexandra
You can watch Rachel Alexandra's headstrong gallop below
Stand at attention
It's been so long since I've seen a dirt track...I had to get a closer look
Afleet Express works in preparation for the Travers
The express is always faster
Watch Afleet Express work courtesy of NYRA Video
Jim Dandy winner A Little Warm preps for the Travers
A Little Warm heatin' up for trainer Tony Dutrow
Watch A Little Warm workout courtesy of NYRA Video
Here comes a wrap superstar
This rider is a Manchester City supporter
Change up the angle but just as beautiful on the turn
The Saratoga backstretch
I stood here for hours
Crazy Cat Lady couldn't sort out how to eat the mint
But she can definitely sort out how to pose for a portrait!
Next stall over is my friend Teresa with Our Friend Harvey
Nick Zito's Fly Down prepares for the Travers
A horseicle built for two? No...just an awkward camera angle
Watch Fly Down workout for the Travers courtesy of NYRA Video
This one's well speckled
So fresh, so clean
The best part of visiting the backstretch are the characters you meet along the way. While Pure Luck was getting a bath her groom regaled us with stories
Many pedi's on the Saratoga backstretch
Later in the afternooon I spent a lot of time looking through this window...just looking, mind
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More photos and certainly many more words on my Spa weekend later this week including a review of the weekend Stakes races, my visit with Tom Durkin and other Saratoga celebs and an information session at the Jockey Club Round Table event which included a presentation by Woodbine's own Nick Eaves.
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