July 27, 2006

Off to the Races!

The end of July marks the beginning of the racing season at the legendary Saratoga Racetrack. For 36 days, this beautiful site is alive with the sights and sounds of thoroughbred racing on both dirt and turf tracks.

This year we had the great priviledge and pleasure to be invited to Opening Day of the 138th season. Decked out in the appropriate attire, including hats, we arrived at the historic clubhouse in time for the trumpet call to the post. Truly, the air was electric with excitement as thousands of spectators placed their bets and hoped their horse won!

In this age of "racinos" where one can wager in an air conditioned mega casino far from the actual track, there is no substitute for the real thing. The power and grace of the animals, the incomparable people watching and the thrill of the race itself, add an entirely different dimension to the experience. Even a non-gambler like me can have a heck of a lot of fun "playing the ponies" in this idyllic setting!

Our sincere thanks to Wendy and Morris Evans for their generous hospitality and for making this wonderful day possible.

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