Monday, August 22, 2011

Photo Essay: Strolling the Saratoga Backstretch

A Saratoga trip is a difficult one to explain to my non-racing friends. It is akin to attending a horse racing fantasy camp.

I'm going to miss this place

The Saratoga backstretch is home to some of the biggest trainers in the business and the best horses in training. The backdrop is a throwback to another era as horses are put through their paces amongst the greenery and wooden barns of the historic track. Instead of staying up late, my goal is to get to bed early so I can be on the backstretch at dawn to watch the sun come up as the horses train.

Of course, the nightlife in Saratoga is wonderful as well. My past two trips have included fine dining at Hattie's Chicken Shack and a late-night (9PM is late on a trip like this) drink at the Adelphi Hotel.

Green with envy

It doesn't hurt either that most everyone on the backstretch is a smiling, welcoming face. Words can't do it justice, but maybe a few of the pictures below will help.

You can find my previous posts from my weekend at Saratoga here:

Photo Essay: A Sweet Victory for Royal Delta in the Alabama

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Photo Essay: A typically (In)glorious morning at Saratoga

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It's a grand old stand

Fave five

Away they go

Orange socks

A gorgeous morning at the Spa

(Gate) School's in for summer...

Keeping a close eye on the team

Happy couple! Indian Evening with Anne Schmidt

Stephen Foster winner Pool Play walks the shedrow...hmmm

The long backstretch straightaway...

Caught looking

Smiles are free

Caught looking...again!


Green socks

Grey't expectations


Two-headed horse?

Are you ready for your closeup?

She didn't mean to beat you. She's sorry that she made you cry...Jealous Girl works out on the Oklahoma track

Little red riding hood

The long stretch run

Staring contest

Lots to look at

Big blue skies

Ye Olde Tyme backstretch

Such beautiful facilities

Winter Memories pokes a head out of the stall

Hit It Rich enjoys a pick of grass

Merry go round

The garden path

Hard work over...should I take the horse or a taxi home?

Wait...maybe it's not quite home time yet!

My home away from home this past weekend - - a converted carriage house

The doll house next door

The place to go for a late-night drink!

Thank You Saratoga for the wonderful memories. See you again next year!

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