One more week. One week from today, and Saratoga Racecourse opens for the 2009 racing season. I can’t wait.
While far from in full high season fervor, Saratoga is buzzing—all over town, homeowners are busily emptying closets and drawers and cupboards, to prepare for the seasonal renters who are packing and sorting and asking themselves, “OK, how many pairs of shoes do I really need for six weeks?” (Or maybe that’s just me.)
Over at the Oklahoma, another time of seasonal rental is getting itself ready; some of the stalls already have residents securely ensconced in them; others are awaiting the arrival of their equine denizens..
…still others have a little unpacking to do.
The little track is open, too, and one lone horse was making his way around it; this is perhaps my favorite Saratoga sight, a horse jogging or galloping under the trees, away from the frenetic atmosphere of the main track.
We’ll make use of this sign a little later in the week, when we kick off the Brooklyn Backstretch summer charity contest—info to come this weekend.
A week from today, these empty seats will be filled, and Tom Durkin will lead us into the inaugural “They’re off…at Saratoga!” for 2009. Just seven more days…