There are so many reasons that I love Saratoga Springs, but the number one reason is Saratoga Race Course. That's why I am eagerly anticipating the official HBO series premier of "Luck" Sunday night at 9pm. I say "official" premier because HBO did a low-profile showing back in December, but unfortunately I missed it. If anyone caught that, please give your thoughts on here.
I've never seen an HBO series that I didn't appreciate for being extremely so well done, even if it wasn't for me. I was a diehard fan of Entourage, and had an appreciation for Deadwood and The Sopranos. HBO's Inside The NFL was the best sports program I ever saw, and I used to enjoy watching that, at least a few decades ago when the Bills were relevant.
Anyway, I digress. Luck is an intense series about Horse Racing which vividly focuses on, to steal an old line from ABC's Wide World of Sports, the thrill of victory and (especially) the agony of defeat. It has an all-star cast (Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Farina, Nick Nolte), especially for a TV series, and it just looks really, really good. I hope I'm not disappointed. An HBO series about horse racing and all sorts of related drama thrown in - what's not to love? Especially with no new Entourage episodes available. My only complaint so far is that it wasn't set in Saratoga. You can read a review about Luck here. Don't call me Sunday night, I'll be busy.
I was glad to see the Rail, Ski, and Stay package offered utilizing Saratoga Springs hotels, restaurants, and shops. I hope it is successful - although I imagine this winter's mild weather isn't exactly helping.
I wrote a few weeks ago how the T-U lost interest in their Community Blogs, and now I see the Post Star's Saratoga Snippets blog hasn't been updated in almost two months. Not sure what's up with that but I may give reporter Tom Dimopoulos a quick email to inquire.
It looks like Maestro's is starting a monthly newsletter announcing specials and other offers, such as their Valentines Day menu. Their February issue can be found here.
OK so Saratoga the Musical is not such a surprise, but Saratoga Ointment???? Yup. Not kidding, and you can buy that on Amazon as well. Oh the City Hall jokes I can come up with on that one....
I know the Saratogian has assured us that the sale of their Lake Avenue building was just a simple "internal transaction", but I'm reserving the right to let it get me nervous for reasons I can't exactly articulate.
I'm pretty pissed off to find out how quickly the Genting Corporation, the ones who run the Casino down at Aqueduct, is apparently willing to jettison the horse racing at Aqueduct so they can knock things down, kick everybody out, and build a huge convention center, hotels, and an even bigger casino. Maybe I was a bit naive and my love for horse racing blinded what should have been obvious. Genting looks more to me like a wolf in sheep's clothing a Trojan horse (pun not really intended) than a savior. I'm not against a Convention Center there, but does that really mean they have to end horse racing too? Why can't we have a gigantic and unique convention center, one with something special in addition to the mundane slot machines and table games?
I see the Horse Racing Museum and Hall of Fame is closing until March 1st for some "exhibit updates". I don't doubt that is the reason, but something tells me the slow winter months likely influenced their decision to stay closed for a little longer than they may have otherwise.
And finally, the best happy hour in Saratoga Springs? The Turf Club, at least according to some of my friends. I was there once recently and would tend to agree, if for no other reasons than the warm fireplace and the neighborhood feel. That's all for now folks, have a great weekend.
This was a link to the Saratogian's Sunday editorial about the mess at the Saratoga Housing Authority. It was not only well written - but appropriately hard hitting too! I like to see the Saratogian taking a lead in the community, and this editorial was a great example of that.