Saratoga Memories 2012

The following are images from the 2012 Saratoga meeting.
All photos by Steve Haskin

Saratoga begins at Todd Pletcher's barn and his 2-year-old assault force, which sent out an amazing 23 individual winners.

As you can see, there is no more aesthetic environment at the Spa than Pletcher Paradise.

This hole in Archwarrior's stall is no accident (See next photo)

Archwarrior and his neighbor and buddy Welterweight have gnawed away at the wall so they can "visit" each other (See next photo)

Who knows what is discussed in their many conversations

Oklahoma in the morning, where the light is heavenly

Greentree section, a paradise for horses and horsemen that houses the powerful Godolphin and Darley horses

Horses and riders enjoy their own private training track

Alpha the morning before his dead-heat victory in the Travers

The brilliant Questing captured two grade I stakes at the meet

Another shot of Questing, who had jaws dropping in her spectacular romp in the Alabama Stakes

A typical morning scene at Saratoga

If you're driving on Union Avenue in the morning, expect several stops

The beauty and serenity of Claire Court

Shug McGaughey's dynamic duo of Point of Entry (far left) and Hymn Book (far right) share bathing time

McGaughey came up under Frank Whiteley and that means plenty of leg hosing for Point of Entry

Curlin Stakes winner Street Life will stick out his tongue for anyone. Thankfully, his injury in the Travers was not life-threatening

Oklahoma can be a bevy of activity, but it also provides its quiet moments

Bill Mott and Charlotte Weber embrace following To Honor and Serve's victory in the Woodward Stakes

Fort Larned the morning after winning the Whitney

A rider's view down the backstretch of Oklahoma training track

The Chief, Allen Jerkens, still raking out the sand pen

Poor Jackson Bend had an eventful and emotionally draining Spa meet, but is lucky to be alive as he heads for some well-deserved R&R

Whitney runner-up Ron the Greek never runs a bad race

Stay Thirsty prefers rakes to play toys

Emma's Encore gave Allen Jerkens a special gift -- a grade I victory at the Spa

Nonios schooling at the gate for the Travers

10 minutes from Saratoga you can visit an old friend, Belmont winner Touch Gold, at McMahon Thoroughbreds...

...And Breeders' Cup Classic winner Alphabet Soup, who just got finished rolling in the dirt.

Lenny Shulman's Labs take a dip in Saratoga Lake.


Please do not take, steal, borrow or use these photos without permission from Steve Haskin.


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