Countdown to Saratoga: 10 days to go

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Let's throw a party. The countdown has hit the 10-day mark. To commemorate the milestone, we celebrate with a look back at the 2004 season. 


Wayne Lukas saddles Azeri for the Go For Wand Stakes.


 Better Talk Now and recently retired Ramon Dominguez win the Sword Dancer.


 The Chief takes a familiar path home.


At 6 am, fans wait for the gates to open to get a picnic take on Travers Day.


Bobby Frankel and his beloved Happy hold court at the Oklahoma track.


At the break in the Grade 1 Go For Wand. The classy field included Storm Flag Flying (red cap), Sightseek (pink cap) and eventual winner Azeri (far left).


Wayne Lukas strolls the paddock with proteges Todd Pletcher, center, and Mark Hennig.


Coming over the last in the AP Smithwick, Barzulu, in the blue cap, looked a winner until he planted his nose on the turf. That opened the way for Praise the Prince and Rob Massey, in the white and green, to take charge.


 In a stirring renewal of the Whitney, Ken Ramsey's Roses in May (red cap) edges Perfect Drift.


The Chief, Allen Jerkens, pulls off another upset, this time with Society Selection, in the red, who gets the best of Ashado.


Long-time racing photographer Tod Marks has been a part of The Saratoga Special and Steeplechase Times for years, and a racing fan for even longer. See his work online, and check this space regularly. His View from the Rail Photo Gallery will be a weekly part of 


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