To help celebrate next year’s 100-year anniversary of the incorporation of Saratoga Springs, Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson will donate Centennial Park and a statue of the legendary Native Dancer to the city. The park will be located where Union Avenue meets Circular Street at the edge of Congress Park. The site will feature a life-size statue of Native Dancer, and the artist selected is just as fascinating and impressive as the Thoroughbred she’ll recreate.
Plenty of action here in the U.S. and most definitely abroad Saturday, with the prestigious Ladbrokes St. Leger and QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes leading the way overseas.
There were rising artists on the backside of Saratoga Race Course during the recently concluded 2014 meeting. No they don’t use paint brushes, stencils or sponges, all they need to create a piece of art is paint, canvas paper and their nose … whiskers add a nice effect as well.
Saturday Special. A long way from the finger-on-the-pulse at Saratoga, we bring you butt-on-the-couch from around the world. Big day of racing at Kentucky Downs, Laurel Park, Monmouth Park, Parx and other venues including Black Rock. Yes, Black Rock.
Where has the time gone? Seems like just yesterday we were unpacking our bags, office furniture and supplies and paper racks gearing up for Opening Day at Saratoga Race Course.
Charlie LoPresti stood at the big screen TV in the clubhouse, surrounded by Wise Dan’s team. Owners Morton and Elaine Fink waited to LoPresti’s left, assistant Reeve McGaughey and exercise riders Damien Rock and Kelly Wheeler stood in front of LoPresti as Wise Dan warmed up on the main track, minutes to post for the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch, the fifth race on the afternoon but the feature of the year.
Eddie Plesa wasn’t about to take complete credit for one equipment change making all the difference in one race.
The stressors were adding up as the days clicked by for Charlie LoPresti during his annual stay here in Saratoga and an incident last weekend involving a horse he had no association with helped put his 2014 meet in perspective.