Instead of looking back, today's countdown to Saratoga offers a glimpse into the Spa's upcoming 150th season. I took a weekend trip upstate to prepare for the meet, which included a stop at the track and a lot of walking downtown. Hope you enjoy the travelogue.
We hope this barn gets it certificate of occupancy soon.
A jockey in training.
Leading Belmont trainer David Jacobson stands at the rail near the Nelson Avenue gate on the backside.
Looks like the moving truck just made a dropoff at the Phipps Stable.
Saratoga salutes the ballet, which just completed its run at SPAC.
Daniel Chester French's beautiful Spirit of Life statue and reflecting pool in Congress Park.
The Canfield Casino hangs out the welcome flag to Saratoga's 150th season of racing.
Before Shakespeare in the (Congress Park), entertainers put on a show for fans.
Everyone's favorite tritons. Spit and Spat in Congress Park.
A new tower or viewing stand under construction at the Oklahoma training track.
Lightly-raced Decoder, a 3-year-old filly by War Front, gets a bath at the Phipps barn.
A new, mixed-use building is going up on Broadway next to Lillian's Restaurant, on the site of a former parking lot.
School Spirit, a 4-year-old colt by Pulpit, gets some grazing time at Wayne Catalano's barn.
Year after year, the first stop in town for my pal, Curly, is a visit to Impressions, where they give out treats to pups. Curly knows just where to look.
Wood Memorial and recent Pegasus winner Verrazano gets dressed after a bath.
Kentucky Oaks winner, Princess of Sylmar, enjoys a refreshing bath on a hot, steamy morning.