Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Are You Ready?

Get ready, horseracing fans, because there will be a plethora of Saturday Afternoon horses on display at Saratoga this weekend. This is one of those unique times when a race fan can actually use the word ”plethora”. By definition, we are talking “overabundance, extreme excess”. Yes, Travers Day is here, but in addition, there are 2 more Grade I’s, the Ballerina and the King’s Bishop, and 2 Grade II’s, the Victory Ride and the Ballston Spa. In between, there are some juicy turf and maiden races, all full fields and so many betting opportunities, including a million dollar All Stakes Pick 4. And we have to somehow, somewhere, remember to watch the Pacific Classic! If that’s not enough, the hysteria of the next day and watching the 2009 HOY run in the Personal Ensign, well I may just need a few days off after that. I will be happy to be on-track for the two day extravaganza, but sometimes it’s hard to concentrate in all the insanity. To add to the chaos, I will be trying to compete in 3 ( yes 3!) on-line contests, on Saturday as well - Equibase, NHC/DRF and GradeOneRacing . I say trying, because I will have to REMEMBER to get all my picks in on time! It’s days like this that horse racing fans live for. Some fans just simply enjoy the pageantry, others enjoy witnessing very good horses winning historic races, and of course many more are excited about the prospects of winning big. I love it all. So to all the fans that will participate in any way this weekend, get ready for a very exciting two days of good horses and great racing… good luck and enjoy!


  1. Now that was a refreshing intro into a great upcoming weekend. With all the negativity being bantered from coast to coast about how racing is in trouble... it's so good to see the positive side. I was just working on the Saratoga Friday card and came across a Grade II $200,000 race in the 9th, on FRIDAY?!! Wow, racing really is in terrible shape, eh? We all need to just stay positive and, as you say, love it all!! Thanks! Bob

  2. Studying the PP's already, cant wait to be at the Spa all weekend

  3. The weather could be a major factor.

    I can already read the headline on EquiDaily on for Monday morning: Shades of Woodstock (insert "cool" emoticon here), Spa draws nearly 100,000 over the weekend.