I haven't done one of these in a long while, so here we go:
- Did you catch Ramon Dominguez's tribute and award ceremony at the track today? He is really a class act. Read here to find more information about a fitting tribute to the great jockey who was forced into retirement due to an injury.
- Well it's good to see great weather, a good crowd, and record handle for the Travers. It was certainly an exciting race as well. So much for the big three horses in that race, huh? This should make the Breeders Cup all that more interesting. Here's hoping NYRA has a strong final week to cap off a good season.
- I read a rumor on Twitter, and at this point that's all I could classify that as, a rumor. The tweet said something about NYRA is considering going to 8 weeks next year. I hope it was just simply BS, or a dumb joke. If they do expand the season, we should all rebel and not show up until August 1st. That had to be a joke.
Overheard between NYRA staff this morning ... 8 weeks of racing next year being considered. #thanksforthenametags— Liz O'Connell (@nythoroughbred) August 25, 2013
- I'm not necessarily so offended, but does the Saratogian have any standards in their pink sheet advertising? Is it worth the money are they getting for that strip club ad that's there everyday on the front page? It's just awkward.
- Speaking of the Saratogian, did you see that it is now being printed by the Times Union and will go to press even hours earlier than it previously went? Several employees who worked the press in Troy lost their jobs. I hated the Saratogian's 10pm or so press time, but 8pm (or earlier?) is ridiculous. There won't be a single sports score from night games. I realize the directive, which also affects the Troy Record and other sister publications, came from well above, but that news was disconcerting.
- I see Kings Tavern, across from the track next to where Sabinas used to be, opened back up this year. It was closed last year and perhaps the year before. I have to think that a bar steps from the two Union Avenue entrances would do a killing during track season.
- I am really enjoying reading the Saratoga Special - it's a newpaper that just puts me in a great mood. I think I read on somewhere on its web site that they are going year-round next year. Interesting. Here is what I wrote about them a few weeks ago, in case you missed it.
- I tried ordering pizza from Marino's Sunday night, and was annoyed when I found out they were closed on Sundays. I was surprised that was the case even during track season. Despite my annoyance at Marino's unavailability, I have to respect a restaurant that is good enough to not have to eek every last dime out of track season, and had the confidence to take one day off a week, even in August. We settled for a sweet crust pizza from D'Andreas, which I now realize only tastes good when you're drunk.
- Congress Plaza to the north of Citizens Bank is kaput. As part of the plan for a new hotel and retail, they demolished a large portion of the once forlorn strip mall. I'm looking forward to seeing the new building start taking shape.
- I thought that Mini-Hulkster guy may have faded into oblivion, but this Times Union "Were You Seen" photo proved I was wrong.
- The formerly Beverly's and Grey Gelding locations are empty for a second track season in a row.
- Geez the street bands - and now magicians even - have proliferated in the past few years haven't they? That's not a bad thing - it just adds to the allure of Saratoga in my book.
- And finally, are you catching Ron "Buzz" Brindle's weekly columns in Saratoga Wire? If not, you should be. Here is Ron's column from this past Friday.
OK folks. That's it for now. Have a great week!