The move is complete. A shade under 800 miles last week from Lexington to Saratoga Springs. Recovered from that, mostly.
Packed and unpacked, mostly.
Spring is here, mostly. Enough to open the windows here in Saratoga Tuesday afternoon before some cold weather comes back.
Not quite a week back in my native city and it’s safe to say it’s good to be home.
Good to be closer to family.
Good to be near some old hangouts and plenty more new ones.
Even better to be thinking about getting to what brought me here in the first place: racing at Saratoga.
Sure it’s still 100 days until opening day at Saratoga Race Course and you can still walk or run across the four lanes of Union Avenue in the middle of a Saturday afternoon without barely looking both ways. Fasig-Tipton is still boarded up. Heck, the Oklahoma training track doesn’t even open until Friday, but who’s counting?
So I didn’t take the advice from Chad Brown and Sean Clancy, and stick around Lexington for opening weekend of Keeneland last weekend, Wise Dan Friday, the Blue Grass Stakes Saturday, some more good racing through the end of the month, and then the Kentucky Derby down the road in Louisville. So what?
There’s plenty going on right now in Saratoga, it just doesn’t involve any four-legged races.
There’s plenty of energy downtown. Restaurants and bars, the ones that didn’t close over the winter, are crowded. The line was pretty long at Uncommon Grounds Saturday morning, and there were plenty of folks waiting for a table Sunday at Compton’s. Finding a place to live was a challenge, too. Who knew a computer chip factory would be such a force?
Basically things are quiet and busy at the same time. There’s anticipation and still plenty of down time.
A little more than three months will go by like a blur. First the Triple Crown, then a few weeks of the dog days of summer, then boom, racing returns to Saratoga.
I’m here. I’m ready. Good thing, because it’s about to get real.