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  1. Tails

    March 7, 2015 by saratogasam

    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 !

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  2. Belmont Stakes Party

    March 11, 2012 by saratogasam

    Whiskey, Cakes and a Belmont Stakes Party

    One of sour, two of sweet, three of strong and four of weak. Time to stock up on some good ole American whiskey (perhaps Jack Daniels) and the Harvey’s Bristol Cream Sherry. It’s never too early to start planning your Belmont Stakes Party.
    You’ll also need some simple syrup, fresh lemon juice, orange juice, cranberry juice and Club Soda so you can have plenty of ingredients to serve your guests a delicious “Belmont Breeze”, the “Toast of the Champion” and official cocktail of the Belmont Stakes; the third, final and most grueling leg of the Triple Crown. Bake a Belmont-themed cake, pick up some traditional white carnations for decoration and a CD of Frank Sinatra singing “New York, New York”. (The song was changed from “Sidewalks of New York” in 1997 – sing: “East Side, West Side, all around the town. The kids sang “ring around rosie”, “London Bridge is falling down”.)

    Ok, so this year’s Triple Crown fever died a painful death in 2006 when Barbaro damaged his rear leg in the Preakness but, life goes on and so does the Belmont Stakes, as it has since June 19, 1867. That was the year Francis Morris’s horse Ruthless won the mile and five furlong race in 3:05 running clockwise. No, not backwards. Horse races were run clockwise, as was the English tradition until 1921, when the first horse was run counter-clockwise at, you guessed it, Belmont Racetrack in Elmont, New York (not a spelling error – a coincidence) That would be on Long Island in Nassau County. And so you don’t get called on the carpet for giving out misinformation, the first Belmont Stakes was run at Jerome Park in the Bronx from 1867 to 1889; Morris Park (birthplace of Regis Philbin) from 1890 to 1904.

    Belmont Park opened in 1905. Except for a few years from 1911 to 1915 when horseracing was outlawed in New York State and for a short period in the late 60’s for remodeling the “Stakes” have been running at Belmont ever since. As for Barbaro, God bless his safe recovery but, I’m sure he’s fairly comfortable and I’m guessing he’s getting some very special, ahem, “attention” to make sure his legacy lives on should he take a turn for the worse. I should be so lucky.
     
     
    In more recent Belmont Stakes, unbeaten Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones would be denied the Triple Crown by Marylou Whitney Stable’s 36-1 long shot Birdstone in 2004. In 2005, subsequent to winning the Preakness after a death-defying stumble, one that bestowed him the honor of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s Moment of the Year, Afleet Alex went on to win the Belmont. In 1973, Secretariat established the world’s record for a mile and a half in two minutes and twenty four seconds (2:24) at the Belmont Stakes, making him the ninth horse to win the Triple Crown. His record for the mile and a half stands unbroken today. Seattle Slew, who started his career in 1976 at Belmont Park, went on to win the Belmont Stakes in 1977 and remains the only horse to win the Triple Crown with an undefeated record. 1978 saw one of the greatest races in history at the Belmont Stakes when arch rivals Affirmed and Alydar battled it out in the stretch. The horses came so close together that Affirmed’s 18 year old jockey, Steve Cauthen, had to switch his whip from one hand to the other. Affirmed went on to narrowly win the race and the Triple Crown; only the 11th horse to do so. Among the many other great horses to make history at the Belmont Stakes, War Admiral, offspring of the great Man O War, had his 1937 Triple Crown Stakes overshadowed the following year by the legend of the little horse named Seabiscuit. If you haven’t seen the 1993 movie Seabiscuit with Jeff Bridges, rent it. It’s one of the best.
     
     
    But who needs a potential Triple Crown winner to make the Belmont Stakes a blast ? The coolest thing since you first saw your dog eat dirt is the fact that the “Run for the Carnations” is the longest of the Triple Crown races. As a matter of fact, Belmont Park is the longest dirt track in the world (you can make a minor technological argument if you do your research). So, tune your cable TV to ESPN around noon, Saturday June 10th, and hunker down for a day of Belmont Festivities. If you don’t have cable, the party should start around 5 pm on ABC in anticipation of the big race at 6:30 EST. Invite your friends over. Get out the monopoly money and have everyone place their bets for their favorite horse. Fill up the ice buckets, pass around the Belmont Breeze pitcher and get in the spirit. Now, I shall close with some more Belmont Stakes trivia.
     
     
    The highest attendance record was 120,139 in 2004 which is also an all-time high for New York. 2002 saw 103,222 people watch Sarava deny War Emblem the Triple Crown. In 2003 Empire Maker spoiled Funny Cide’s Triple Crown aspirations. The widest margin of victory was 31 lengths in 1973 by the incredible Secretariat at 2:24. The second-fastest time is 2:26, shared by Easy Goer in 1989 and A.P. Indy in 1992. As for jockeys, James Rowe rode ten Belmont victories. James McLaughlin and Eddie Arcaro each had six. Julie Crone was the first woman to win a Triple Crown race when she won the Belmont Stakes in 1993 riding Colonial Affair to a 2 1/4 length victory. James Rowe also had eight of his Belmont wins as a trainer; another record. Trainer Sam Hildreth was second with seven and “Sunny Jim” Fitzsimmons had six.
     
     
    The “Post Parade” was introduced to American racing at the 1880 Belmont Stakes. Prior to that the horses went directly from paddock to post. The trophy for the Belmont Stakes is a silver bowl supported by three horses; Eclipse, Herod and Matchem and is crafted by Tiffany. It is 18 inches high, 15 inches across and 14 inches at the base and was presented by the Belmont family as a perpetual award for the Belmont Stakes in 1926. Winning owners are given the option of keeping the trophy for the year their horse remains Belmont champion.
     
    Have a great Belmont Stakes party and then get ready for the best of the best meet; Saratoga Springs! Oh, and here is the official recipe for the Belmont Breeze, by mixologist, Dale DeGroff:
     
     
    1 1/2 ounces of a good American blended whiskey
    3/4 ounces Harveys Bristol Cream Sherry
    1/2 ounce of fresh lemon juice
    1 ounce of simple syrup
    (1 ounce of sweet and sour mix may be substituted for the lemon juice and simple syrup)
    1 1/2 ounces fresh orange juice
    1 1/2 ounces cranberry juice
    1 ounce 7-Up
    1 ounce Club Soda
     
    Shake first six ingredients with ice, then top with 7-Up and club soda. Garnish with mint sprig and lemon wedge.

    #belmontbreeze  #simplesyrup  #barbaro  #whiskey  #jackdaniels  #birdstone  #afleetalex


  3. Saratoga Stroll

    July 24, 2009 by saratogasam

    Saratoga Stroll – A Healthy Endeavor

    Saratoga Springs, New York – Stop and Stroll Awhile

     

    The Saratoga Springs race track lured you to this serene Adirondack town of 26,186 located four hours north of New York City.

     

    You’ve gambled away most of your money and you’re thinking: now what?

     

    by SummerHammond

     

    Before you pack up and head for home, park the car somewhere and set out on foot. A leisurely stroll is the best way to discover the multitude of charms this “city in the country” has to offer. And who knows? You might even end up staying for good.

     

    Begin your pedestrian adventure on North Broadway, also sometimes referred to as “The Avenue of the Mansions.” These extravagant homes, with their lush, butterfly-filled gardens, rippling fountains, and bronzed horse sculptures, are sure to transform you into a certified gawker. Several of these mansions belong to those who have acquired their fortunes in the horse industry, and at least one is grandiose enough to have its own guard residence on the premises. A guard residence that many of us would be proud to call “home”, seeing as it is a replica, in miniature, of the mansion itself!

     

    The wide, smooth side-walks of North Broadway will lead you directly to South Broadway, otherwise known as the main strip. Has your amble down the “The Avenue of the Mansions” inspired you to dig a little deeper in your pockets for whatever money remains after a few days at the track? On South Broadway, take your pick of restaurants, coffee houses, cafes, and shops that will gladly embrace your dollars. Treat yourself to a new outfit at Ann Taylor, The Gap, or Eddie Bauer. Indulge in an Irish Claddagh ring from Celtic Treasures. Once your wardrobe has been revitalized, what about your
    book-shelf? Haven’t you been meaning to read War and Peace for years now? Stop into Border’s and make the purchase. Allow yourself to be tantalized and lured by the sweet Italian singing piped out onto the street by Eugenio’s Café Gelato. Settle in for 15 minutes with your new tome and a small, green plastic cup of lemonade gelato. Refreshed, wander up and down the side streets, peering in at popular haunts like Gaffney’s Restaurant and Hattie’s, where you might just see Chef Jasper (winner of the fried chicken Throwdown against Bobby Flay) preparing seafood gumbo in his kitchen. Now you’re getting hungry.

     

    From South Broadway, take a detour down Phila Street. In your single-minded quest for sustenance, try not to be too distracted by the colorful assortment of rayon fashion displayed outside “The Magic Moon”, a self-described “unique metaphysical boutique.” Your destination is Ravenous, a small, cozy café serving both savory and dessert crepes, not to mention the most succulent pommes frites (served with your choice of dipping sauces) outside of Paris.

     

    Blissed out on a ham and gruyere crepe followed by a dessert crepe stuffed with fresh fruit, nutella, and home-made whipped cream, direct your foot-steps towards Congress Park. Once there, stop to admire the historic wooden carousel, restored to its original splendor. Or, if by now you’re feeling really adventurous, take a spin yourself! Meander around the curious “Spit” and “Spat” sculptures, engaged in an ongoing “who can spit the farthest?” competition. Stop to appreciate Congress Spring and Deer Park Spring, two of the springs that give Saratoga Springs its name and fame. If you indulged a bit too recklessly in gelato and crepes, it might be a good idea to sample a little of the spring water, since it is reputed to be good for digestive health.

     

    After exploring the entirety of Congress Park, absorbing the beauty of the round, red globes called crabapples shimmering on the trees, the glorious architecture of the Canfield Casino, and the rainbow trout pools, take time to relax on a bench beside the water. You deserve it after a long day of strolling. When the baby ducks emerge from the water and surround your feet, you may begin to wonder if it’s time to go home, or if, in fact, you’ve found a new home altogether in Saratoga Springs, New York.

     

    Summer Hammond is an aspiring free-lance writer and young adult novelist living happily in Saratoga Springs, New York, with her husband and cat.

    #avenueofmansions  #northbroadway  #philastreet  #bobbyflay  #gaffneys  #hattieschickenshack