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
Away they go
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...
Smiles are free
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
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!