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  1. 2018 Kentucky Derby Entries

    May 4, 2018 by saratogasam

    144th Kentucky Derby

    2018 Kentucky Derby Entries

    Sentimental Favorite is Saratoga-Bred My Boy Jack

    from Don’t Tell My Wife Stables.

    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


  2. Jersey Memories of Old Saratoga

    March 11, 2015 by saratogasam

    New Jersey Man Has Fond Memories of Old Saratoga Springs.


    I used to come up to Saratoga Springs with my family to visit relatives when I was a kid. One fond memory was of the Grand Union Hotel, the last of the grand hotels. Torn down after the 1953 season. It had a big long porch across the Broadway street side.

    I was downtown with my Dad. I guess the ladies were off shopping somewhere and Dad and I went strolling down the street in front of the Grand Union. The porch was above street level, and under the porch there were stores. They were all having Going Out of Business sales. We went into one that was kinda like a doo-dad store. Lots of random stuff for the house that you don’t need. Maybe like an antique store. Anyway, I don’t know if my father had seen something he liked in the window or if we went in there to just kill time, but he bought a couple of things really cheap.


    The only one I remember was a porcelain statue of stampeding horses. About a foot and a half long. It was black. It sat on our television set for awhile. I think it might have been like the “Leg Lamp” in that movie “A Christmas Story.” My mother suffered in silence, then one day it was gone.

    I remember when we came back to visit in Saratoga later in the winter, probably for Christmas, the hotel was gone. You know what they built in it’s place, don’t you? A shopping center with a Grand Union supermarket as the anchor. Irony of ironies!

    I also remember that downtown Saratoga Springs went through tough times, and the malls in Wilton didn’t help. But Saratoga re-invented itself somewhere along the line and somebody deserves a lot of credit.

    I remember the A&P on Broadway. It was below street level and we used to take my grand-mother shopping there. I recall the wood floors, the smell of the coffee grinding machine and the conveyor to transport your grocery bags up to street level as parking was in the back.

    broadway parade

    From the Stan Eddy Collection


    I also have one celebrity story. Do you know who Bud Colyer is? Or are you too young? He was host of “Beat the Clock” on TV. Also, he played Superman on the radio. One Saturday we and some relatives went out to dinner at a restaurant west of town. A turkey farm I think. I don’t remember the name.

    When we went in, they didn’t want to serve us because they had a big party that night. It was “Dad’s Weekend” at Skidmore College and there was a father / daughter dinner at the place. But we were early so they sat us and served us dinner. As we were finishing, fathers and daughters started to come in and Bud Colyer was one of them. He daughter attended Skidmore. I got his autograph on a napkin, but it’s gone now.


    Saratoga Springs, New York; great memories of a great town.

    Jersey Jim

    And if you’re into even more nostalgia

    Jersey Jim also Maintains the Web Site Wistful Radio Chronicles

     #jersey  #grandunionhotel  #skidmore

  3. Bottles of Beer

    March 11, 2015 by saratogasam

    How Many Bottles of Beer on the Wall

    A Tale of One Man’s Yeast Affection


    by DocSnookers


    So, where does an Irish family go on vacation? Answer: A different bar. (I slay myself.) An old joke to be sure, but if you’ve ever been to the Parting Glass Pub in Saratoga, you know why an Irish tavern is such a great hang.


    Back in the early to mid 1980’s a few of my friends and I entered the Beer Tasting Club (which would account for my haziness of specific dates in time) at the Parting Glass Pub on Lake Avenue in Saratoga Springs. One only had to “sample” in the neighborhood of 200 beers in an approximate 10 month period and grade it on a scorecard. If you could preview 2 to 3 beers a night, 2 to 3 times a week, this great gift to mankind was very do-able; without requiring emergency room treatment. And do it we did.


    What a great time we had sampling beers from all over the world. From little 7 ounce Pilsners to the 25 ounce Fosters Lager can, we finished the important job with time to spare. We built many bridges and solved many problems of the world sitting in front of that wonderful bar. One night, during a heavy snowstorm, I actually skied down with my faithful dog Rocky from my apartment off north Broadway; refusing to let Mother Nature sway me from my dedication to important matters concerning the human condition.


    After the in-depth study of the beverages were completed, the “Glass” threw a swell party for those that made the measure. Many of the beer vendors donated nice gifts of beer memorabilia for the qualifiers. The owners mounted a plaque on the wall with all the Beer Tasters engraved on it; something I’ve dragged many new friends in to see. The last time I stopped in, the plaque was nowhere to be found. The barmaid told me someone had stolen it (no doubt someone I had shared space with on the wall trophy – oh, the inhumanity). She also said they were thinking about starting the Taster’s Club back up, so go check it out and keep me posted.


    The Parting Glass Pub is located on Lake Avenue in downtown Saratoga Springs. A short distance east from Broadway, it is down the hill from the Police Station, a couple of doors before the Fire House and kiddy-corner to the Armory. They host a lot of great bands and it is a frequent stop for a popular local Irish group know as the McKrells. The famous Saratoga Racetrack is not far away.
    As a kid I remember it as Rocco’s Italian Restaurant and recall they had the finest thin crust pizza in town. When it was Rocco’s, the booths were across from the bar and the dining room was in a separate room. When the Parting Glass took over in 1981 they removed the wall and opened up the bar to the dining area. The booths were separated and moved to the outer walls of the dining area. Over the years they have purchased adjoining real estate and have expanded quite a bit to accommodate another larger dining / music area. The joint has some really nice vintage woodwork and a great ambience.


    The Glass also has an excellent dart room with several dart boards and a nice selection of custom darts and dart accessories for sale. At one time they also owned a pub called Cohans (I believe that was the name) in Ireland and used to have dart competitions between the two establishments; keeping score by fax machine. I always enjoyed the fact that the place was family owned and patrons could feel a part of the family as the girls and their mother poured beers, mixed drinks and waited tables.


    With everything from pizza and wings to steaks and lamb stew, the menu is first-rate and quite varied. I am especially fond of the sweet potato fries and the Shepherds Pie. Parking is pretty good compared to Broadway and there is a parking garage a short distance away, making it a good meeting place for newcomers to busy downtown Saratoga Springs. Of course, The Parting Glass is “the” place to be on St. “Paddy’s” Day with plenty of live music, dancing and lots of Guinness on tap. Delicious corned beef and cabbage specials are served on the week leading up to, and including, the big event.


    You can visit their website at:
    Owner Joan Desadora is said to have named the pub after the Irish song of the same name. Following are the lyrics:


    Of all the money that e'er I spent 
    I've spent it in good company 
    And all the harm that ever I did 
    Alas it was to none but me 
    And all I've done for want of wit 
    To memory now I can't recall 
    So fill to me the parting glass 
    Good night and joy be with you all 
    If I had money enough to spend 
    And leisure to sit awhile 
    There is a fair maid in the town 
    That sorely has my heart beguiled 
    Her rosy cheeks and ruby lips 
    I own she has my heart enthralled 
    So fill to me the parting glass 
    Good night and joy be with you all 
    Oh, all the comrades that e'er I had 
    They're sorry for my going away 
    And all the sweethearts that e'er I had 
    They'd wish me one more day to stay 
    But since it falls unto my lot 
    That I should rise and you should not 
    I'll gently rise and softly call 
    Good night and joy be with you all
    #partingglass  #pub   #dining  #nightlife