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  1. 2018 Belmont Entries

    June 8, 2018 by Smarty


    2018 Belmont Odds as of Friday, June 8th, 2018

    Best of Luck to Triple Crown Contender, Justify !

    PostHorseTrainerDosageJockeyM/L Odds
    1JustifyBob Baffert3.00Mike Smith4-5
    2Free Drop BillyDale Romans1.74 *Robby Albarado30-1
    3BravazoD. Wayne Lukas2.75Luis Saez8-1
    4HofburgBill Mott2.78Irad Ortiz Jr.9-2
    5Restoring HopeBob Baffert1.72Florent Geroux30-1
    6GronkowskiChad Brown3.00Jose Ortiz12-1
    7TenfoldSteve Asmussen3.00Ricardo Santana Jr.12-1
    8Vino RossoTodd Pletcher3.57John Velazquez8-1
    9Noble IndyTodd Pletcher3.00Javier Castellano30-1
    10Blended CitizenDoug O’Neill3.00 *Kyle Frey30-1

    Note: All horses will carry 126 lbs.

     

     

     


  2. 2018 Kentucky Derby Entries

    May 4, 2018 by Smarty

    144th Kentucky Derby

    2018 Kentucky Derby Entries

    Sentimental Favorite is Saratoga-Bred My Boy Jack

    from Don’t Tell My Wife Stables.

    HorsePostTrainerDosageJockeyOdds
    1Firenze FireJason Servis4.14Paco Lopez50-1
    2Free Drop BillyDale Romans1.74 *Robby Albarado30-1
    3Promises FulfilledDale Romans9.00Corie Lanerie30-1
    4FlameawayMark Casse4.00Jose Lezcano30-1
    5AudibleTodd Pletcher5.00Javier Castellano50-1
    6Good MagicChad Brown3.40 *Jose Ortiz12-1
    7JustifyBob Baffert3.00Mike Smith3-1
    8Lone SailorTodd Fincher2.71James Graham50-1
    9HofburgBill Mott2.78Irad Ortiz20-1
    10My Boy JackKeith Desormeaux1.77Kent Desormeaux30-1
    11Bolt d’OroMick Ruis3.00 *Victor Espinoza8-1
    12EnticedKiaran McLaughlin3.00Junior Alvarado30-1
    13BravazoD. Wayne Lukas2.75Luis Contreras50-1
    14MendelssohnAidan O’Brien1.80 *Ryan Moore5-1
    15Instilled RegardJerry Hollendorfer1.59 *Drayden Van Dyke50-1
    16Magnum MoonTom Amoss3.27Luis Saez6-1
    17SolominiBob Baffert3.00 *Flavien Prat30-1
    18Vino RossoTodd Pletcher3.57John Velazquez12-1
    19Noble IndyTodd Pletcher3.00Florent Geroux30-1
    20CombatantSteve Asmussen2.60Ricardo Santana Jr.50-1
    21AEBlended CitizenDoug O’Neill3.00 *Kyle Frey50-1

     


  3. Marylou Whitney is the Greatest

    March 12, 2015 by Smarty

    Marylou Whitney is the Greatest Gal

     

    Hob-Knobbing with the Swells – Our Most Read Story By Far

     

    Yes. This is our official blog.

     

    Read the story….then watch the video !
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    Marylou Whitney in the Travers Day Parade on Broadway in Saratoga Springs – Circa 1985
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    The “Grand Dame” of Saratoga Springs, Marylou Whitney !

    by EvilDoer

     

    It was a dark and stormy night. Whoops….wrong story. It was the early 1980’s and my girlfriend and I at the time were hanging out a lot with our good friends Rick and Shawna, the original owners of Madame Jumels restaurant.

     

    I’m not sure what’s there now, but Madame Jumels was at the bottom of Caroline Street and quite the popular place in it’s day. I was a big fan of the early morning radio show on WPYX hosted at that time by Bob Mason and Bill Sheehan, a gnarly pair of shock jocks known for their over-the-top pranks. (It is now known as the Wakin’ Up With the Wolf show, hosted by Bob Wolfeld.) They came up with the idea of having a Marylou Whitney look-alike contest.

    For the ill-informed, Marylou Whitney is the widow of millionaire Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney and a local celebrity, socialite, philanthropist, and all-around nice gal. The thought of spoofing her in a look-alike contest was more than I could stand. I set out to talk my friends into joining the contest.

    Rick and Shawna were more familiar than I with Mrs. Whitney as they also ran a horse-drawn carriage business that Marylou had used the services of. The event was to take place at Siro’s, a popular upscale restaurant and watering hole near the Saratoga Racetrack. Everyone agreed this would be a blast. As seasoned veterans for several years at the infamous Bolton Landing Bed Races on Lake George, we had a fair idea on how to make headlines while having a good time. It’s kind of a Ratpack thing. Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Angie Dickinson; we had learned from the best. Back when men were men…and booze was your buddy. Growing up in the sixties surely had it’s benefits. We set about making our strategy.
    It was decided the horse and carriage would help make our entrance memorable. As Rick and Shawna would be manning the carriage and I was ugly enough as a man, let alone the well-preserved Whitney, that left my girlfriend to be Marylou. The girls came up with a flashy gown as one might imagine Marylou dressing up in for one of her annual soirées at the Canfield Casino. Rick and I decided on leotards (kind of a court-jester look) and long trumpets as part of our garb and props for our parts as “Her Majesty’s” entourage. It was also decided that “our” Marylou wear a blond wig and gold tiara, as well as a garbage bag “slicker” to mimic a press clipping of the real Marylou wearing the same during a rainstorm at the Saratoga Racetrack. We enlisted a few family and friends as “press agents” sporting fedoras and press passes. We also equipped my nephew Ken with a VHS video camera, a bulky contraption back then as you virtually had to carry an entire VCR on a shoulder strap. With our costumes complete, it was time for the big day.

     

    Our gig officially started at 6 a.m., coinciding with the WPYX 6 to 10 a.m. morning drive show. We decided to arrive fashionably late (or maybe it was a hangover). Anyways, our timing turned out to be impeccable as we were, as I recall, the last contestants to arrive. Our horse and carriage pulled up in front of Siro’s with as much fanfare as we could conjure. The grounds were packed with spectators as well as various guys and gals dressed as Marylou. Rick and I jumped off and rolled out a red carpet for our celebrity. We did our best trumpet rendition of the opening racetrack riff and held “our” Marylou’s hands up as she descended the steps of her carriage. The crowd went wild. All the local TV news cameras rushed up to record the spectacle. We escorted “our” Marylou through the crowd as she pressed the flesh and threw fake money into the air. Rick, Shawna and I remained dutifully in character as we tended to “our” Marylou and fended our way through a sea of people and inside Siro’s. The reporters scrambled for interviews and “our” Marylou had them eating out of her hand as she recited: “Trash, flash, cash …..nobody rides for free.”

     

    We were led to the table with the D.J.’s as a side-splitting back-and-forth ensued between the good-natured Mrs. Whitney and our imposter. The judging began and in spite of the many outrageous and wonderful costumes, we won hands down. No brag….just fact. Mrs. Whitney graciously invited us to stop by her box seats at the track later in the day where we were promptly thrown out for improper attire but not before we were introduced to a few of Marylou’s friends. Our reward? Two all-expense paid airline/hotel tickets to Universal Studios in Los Angeles and the L.A. Coliseum for Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA tour under a warm and moonlit night.

     

    Marylou Whitney…one hell of a sport.
    EvilDoer

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  4. Tails

    March 7, 2015 by Smarty

    Tails – And We’re Off !

    Saratoga Suckers. It’s NOT A Sucker Bet !

    Welcome to the new and improved Saratoga Suckers.

    Your home for Horse Racing Rants and Raves

    Since 2004.

    Yes. This is our official blog.

    The Starting Gate

    It is now post time. The horses are on the track.

    The premier web site for horse racing aficionados is up and running.

    So sit back and enjoy the commentary.

    Odds-on this site will morph into something you can call home.

    Not to mention…..it’s FREE !

    Get in on the conversation and……..

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  5. 2015 Saratoga Centennial Anniversary

    August 5, 2015 by Smarty

    Saratoga Centennial Anniversary

    100 Years of Saratoga

    From the Grid – Saratoga Online News Source

    For more than a century Saratoga has been known as the August place to be, and as the city in 2015 celebrates its centennial anniversary since incorporation, here’s a look at some of the events and happenings – from the historic to the downright quirky – that have occurred during the month of August over the past 100 years .

    In August 1970, against growing public opposition, the Saratoga Harness track maintains its dress policy prohibiting women from wearing slacks, although it institutes a new policy which allows admittance as long as women change into a skirt provided by the track. Alternately, at Saratoga Race Course, where pantsuits are allowed, opening day reports cite large numbers of women in attendance dressed in “the new fashion.”

    In August 1995, the Saratoga Springs Public Library is relocated to Henry Street and the Broadway space is taken over by the Saratoga County Arts Council.

    In August 2011, the Center For Missing & Exploited Children opens a regional office in the city.

    Born:

    Joseph Deuel – Aug. 11, 1917. Deuel became a city presence through the 20th century, serving as watchman at the city’s notorious gambling houses, owner of a newsstand, operator of two bowling alleys as well as becoming a bowling champion, and in character form appeared in Stephen Dobyns’ Saratoga mysteries. He died in 1997 at the age of 79.

    Minnie Clark Bolster – Aug. 19, 1920. For more than a half century becomes the city’s foremost collector of Saratoga Springs memorabilia, boasting a collection of pictures, paintings, books, and furniture from many long-gone Saratoga hotels.

    Died:

    1985 – Bill McKelvey, a colorful city character and a Saratoga institution, dies on Aug. 1. A bench dedicated in his honor is placed in front of City Hall

    Built:

    Congress Theatre opens Aug. 21, 1919 with the staging of the play “Somebody’s Sweetheart.” The theater has a seating capacity of 1,400 and would eventually become a movie house, screening films until the late 1950s. The building once housed a ballroom which connected to the Congress Hall hotel via an iron bridge in the late 1800s. More than a dozen bricked-over windows and visual remnants of the bridge connection remain to this day.

    Frederick Allen Lodge #609 is chartered in Saratoga Springs on Aug. 5, 1925 as a branch of the International Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the World. The group, who would become known as the “Black Elks,” initially held meetings at members’ homes before setting up their club on Congress Street.

    1950 – The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is founded and opens in the Canfield Casino (Aug. 1). In 1955, the organization relocated to Union Avenue

    1984 – The Saratoga Springs City Center opens on Aug. 2. The new site welcomes the Society of Association Executives of Upstate New York for its first event, and features Chevrolet-General Motors for the first conference.

    2013 – Northshire Bookstore opens in a mixed-use space in The Washington building, developed on a previously vacant lot inactive since the Great Fire of 1957 (Aug. 5).

    Destroyed:

    1933 – A freak summer hailstorm of “cyclonic proportions” strikes the city, downing hundreds of trees which are sent crashing into homes and automobiles (Aug. 13).

    1954 – The infamous Piping Rock Casino, a mafia-controlled nightclub and casino, burns to the ground. Arson is suspected. (Aug. 16);

    1959 – The last train departs the Saratoga Train Station on Aug. 10. The station served as the site for several depots since the 1830s, and is removed the following year as a new station opens on West Avenue. In 1961, Price Chopper, then known as Central Markets, opens a market on the former station site on Railroad Place

    Hollywood and other stages:

    1945: Actor Monty Woolley receives 20 write-in votes as candidate for city mayor against incumbent Mayor Addison Mallery (Aug. 1). One week later, Woolley sent a telegram from Hollywood, Calif. saying much as he appreciated the honor, he decided, “after serious consideration,” to decline the nomination because his contract in Hollywood would prohibit him from adequately performing the duties of the office. In 1949, Monty Woolley Day is celebrated in Saratoga Springs on Aug. 1. The actor was awarded a key to the city and celebrated with a luncheon on what is opening day at the racecourse, attended by nearly 14,500 fans. Woolley grew up locally and lived at the Grand Union Hotel, which was owned by his father. Nicknamed “The Beard,” the actor is best known for his role in the 1939 Broadway play, and the 1942 film, “The Man Who Came to Dinner.” He died in 1963 and was buried at Greenridge Cemetery.

    1946: Lucille Ball celebrates her 35th birthday at The Arrowhead with Desi Arnaz, Jr. on Aug. 6.

    1947 – Sophie Tucker, Senor Wences, and “a breathtaking ensemble of lovely girls!” perform at The Piping Rock (Aug. 2); Across town, on the same date, 18-year-old Norma Eberhardt begins a four-week stand as a chorus girl at Delmonico’s. The seven-day-a-week gig pays $75 per week. A few years later, she would appear in films alongside Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin, and in the cult film classic “Live Fast, Die Young.”

    1951 – Burgess Meredith appears in ‘The Silver Whistle” at the Spa Summer Theatre (Aug. 13-18). He returns in 1958 and appears in “The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker,” at the Spa Summer Theatre (Aug. 4-9).

    1954 – Novelist Ian Fleming visits Saratoga Race Course and conducts research which later appears in his James Bond book, “Diamonds Are Forever.”

    1992 – U2 performs at Saratoga Raceway (Aug. 18).

    Horses

    1919: Man o’ War finishes second to the horse Upset at Saratoga Race Course. It is the only loss in the career of Man o’ War (Aug. 13);

    1921: Arnold Rothstein wins $500,000 on Sporting Blood, a horse he owned, in the Travers Stakes (Aug. 20). Rothstein, who is believed to have had a hand in fixing the 1919 World Series, also converts an old city estate on Church Street into the opulent Brook club gambling hall.

    1936: Seabiscuit wins the Mohawk Claiming Stakes (Aug. 3) and is purchased at Saratoga

    1946: Racing returns to Saratoga after a three-year absence, and 15,168 jam the roadways and entry gates to pay the $1.60 admission for the eight-race card on Opening Day of the 24-day meet (Aug. 5).

    2004 – After captivating a national audience in 2003, former Kentucky Derby winner and New York-bred Funny Cide makes his racing debut at the Saratoga Race Course (Aug. 22); Marylou Whitney’s Birdstone, who had earlier denied Smarty Jones the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes, wins the Travers under a surreal storm-ravaged sky at Saratoga (Aug. 28).

    2007 – The largest single-day attendance record of 72,745 is set at Saratoga Race Course (Aug. 11)

    2014 – Tom Durkin calls the final race of his 43-year career at Saratoga Race Course (Aug. 31)

    sources: The Saratoga Room of the Saratoga Springs Public Library, and the book “Saratoga Stories: Magic and Loss,” by Thomas Dimopoulos.