Vic Zast Saratoga Diary

Vic Zast’s daily journal of the Saratoga premier summertime race meet and the characters who make their annual pilgrimage there.

August 2009 - Posts

Tasty Morsels

Unusual occurrences in at least four races highlighted the first post-Travers day of racing, as Saratoga learns that it's about to lose a favorite food stand.... Read More

All in a Day's Rain

NYRA officials were hoping that the rainy weather would clear for the Travers. It didn't, but there was a lot for the fans to enjoy anyway.... Read More

School Daze

Trainers were in a stupor from staying out late, but they still found the energy to school their stakes runners in the paddock prior to the season's top steeplechase. ... Read More

Paddock Postings

Post positions were drawn for the Travers and one man with a horse in and a horse out had something to say to the media.... Read More

Pink Ladies

A filly from Canada makes like Rachel Alexandra in the Alabama, after a six-horse photo lights up the crowd on Breast Cancer Research Day.... Read More

Chew on This

Bunbury's Pub is the racecourse's attempt to bring a British sensibility to upstate New York. But for the time being, it's steeplechase racing that makes the connection. ... Read More

Longshot Immersion

There's money to be made on a perfectly fine betting day as a longshot from Chicago wins the feature and Storm Cat is heard from again and again.... Read More

Poster Boy

Colonel John is on the new Travers Stakes poster and sales are brisk. Will he meet Rachel Alexandra next?... Read More

Coming and Going

The yearlings leave town, an old friend returns and an unlikely duo serenades the horses for the Cab Calloway Stakes with Minnie the Moocher.... Read More

Life Goes On

An usher known for rigid inflexibility and a legendary New York race caller are remembered on a great day when good taste was in question.... Read More

Counting Crowds

Unexpected winners in the Whitney and the Test thrilled a big crowd as fans poured into town for the first Fasig-Tipton Festival of Racing and the action from Arlington Park on TV.... Read More

Busy Day Back

After the first dark day of the season, the racecourse sprang to life, activities were renewed at the Museum of Racing and the Reading Room and Cocoa Beach completed her comeback despite an objection.... Read More

First Time on the Flat

A steeplechase jockey rides a steeplechase horse to victory on the flat and Quality Road prepares for the Travers with a win in track record time.... Read More

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