Saratoga grandstand

Spa Diary finale: See you next year?

The Grade 3 Saranac was Saratoga’s final 2014 stakes race, and Graham Motion won it.  Ring Weekend’s triumph gave Motion two graded stakes wins on the meet; his first was Main Sequence’s Grade 1 Sword Dancer victory on August 17 — 10 years and three days after Better Talk Now provided Motion his first win in the race. The…

View from Saratoga backstretch July 2014

Meet-End Musings on Cultural Memory

Nearly every day at Saratoga, I’d stop somewhere—in the backyard, walking down the clubhouse steps, standing on the second level and looking back out over the trees and the old saddling shed—and I’d marvel. I’d marvel at the beauty of the place, and I’d marvel that day after day, thousands of people came: to watch…