While some of us are making plans to visit Saratoga, others are making plans to visit Del Mar. And despite the many ongoing problems facing racing ( and New York and California certainly have their share), it's a sure thing that those fortunate enough to find themselves at either of these sacred tracks, will be witnessing some great racing this summer. Being an East Coaster, I have spent at the very least a weekend or two, many times the entire meeting, at the Spa, since I was five. That's a lot of racing , folks! Even when I had a horse in at Rockingham for night racing, I would leave Saratoga after the 5th race, drive to "Rock", then drive back, so as not to miss a single minute of what keeps me coming back, year after year, to the Adirondacks.
One of my favorite things to do, and there are many, is to just sit by the clocker's stand at the Oklahoma Training Track and watch the morning gallops. Twice a week you can watch horses gallop over the turf track, something you don't get to see very often. It you are in the mood for some breakfast, you have a couple of choices. Breakfast trackside, though a little pricey, is fun and you need to do it at least once. But even better than that, grab a coffee and a bagel on the first floor of the clubhouse and find yourself a seat in the deserted boxes upstairs and enjoy all the sights and sounds that makes the racetrack the special place that it is.
Saratoga mornings are really what is right about racing. And I would guess mornings at Del Mar are too. I always thought that one summer I would make plans to get to the other coast. It won't be this year, but someday I will. I just hate to give up my Saratoga days.