First thoughts on the new Saratoga

On Monday, I got a release informing me that today, NYRA would unveil its proposed capital improvements for Saratoga Race Course, and that tonight, it would hold a community forum to get public opinion on the proposals. Really?  Really? On one of the FOUR days of the whole meet that I won’t be there? Really?…

H.O.P.E. for animals at the Spa on Friday

School obligations led me southward earlier this week, away from Saratoga and back to Brooklyn, which looks remarkably verdant and beautiful after two months’ absence.  I am happy to be home…I will also be happy to make my way north tomorrow, back for closing weekend at the Spa. Among the many things to look forward…

What a weekend

My Travers weekend started like this. Friday morning, out on the Oklahoma to meet an early interview, and I got blessed with one of Saratoga’s perfect mornings. For the first time since 2000, I wasn’t at Saratoga to see the sun rise on Travers morning; I missed the day’s first race, the annual sprint for…

Bert Mulholland, King of the Travers?

If Angel Cordero, Jr., is known as the King of Saratoga, maybe trainer Winbert F. “Bert” Mulholland should be known as the King of the Travers. No one – jockey, trainer, owner – won Saratoga’s signature race more often than he did, teaming up with owner George Widener, Jr., for a record five Travers Stakes.…

Rockin’ with the jockeys

On Monday night, Saratoga’s jockey colony turned out in full force to sing for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. This karaoke event, first held during the Keeneland  meets, was moved to Saratoga this year, in part, said jockey John Velazquez, to take advantage of the notice that racing gets here, and to increase awareness of…

Saratoga happenings, week 6

If you missed last night’s evening for jockey karaoke to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, you missed one of the most fun nights of the summer…and my karaoke début, which I don’t think was a complete embarrassment. But I could be wrong about that. Don’t miss out on these upcoming opportunities to do good…

Being Shanny

Being Brendan Shanahan is a pretty good deal.  In a 20-year playing career, he won three Stanley Cups and two gold medals with Team Canada, along with a Canada Cup championship. When he retired in 2008, he led the NHL among active goal scorers. Upon retirement, “Shanny” took an executive position with the league, serving…