Eight's a lucky number, and some pretty famous baseball players have worn it on their jerseys: Yogi Berra, Carl Yastrzemski, Willie Stargell, Cal Ripken, to name a few. As the countdown to opening day drops to 8, it's only appropriate that we travel down memory lane to 2008 - a Saratoga season that featured stars such as Curlin, Forever Together, Better Talk Now, Wait A While, and Colonel John.
Better Talk Now, age 9, and trainer Graham Motion enjoy quiet time on the backside.
Trainer Carl Nafzger is inducted into the Hall of Fame, as wife Wanda revels in the moment.
Colonel John, in the white cap, defeats Mambo in the Travers.
Curlin wins the Woodward.
Curlin works through the mist.
Evening Attire gets a bath at trainer Pat Kelly's barn.
Forever Together takes the Diana.
A group photo of Hall of Fame members. How many can you name?
Jess Jackson watches Curlin get some TLC.
Tin Cup Chalice wins the Albany and with it the NY Big Apple Triple Crown.
Macho Again works in the morning mist.
Matt McCarron leaps off Dark Equation after winning the Turf Writers Steeplechase.
The always affable Mike Hernandez and jockey Cornelio Velasquez.
Robin Smullen has her hands full with Tale of Ekati.
Trainer Tim Hills' goat, Norman.
Wait A While wins the Ballston Spa.
The stunning Wanderin Boy.