From the Backstretch at Saratoga

Cliffs of Dover - July 29, 2016

Cliffs of Dover - July 29, 2016

Cliffs of Dover getting his after work bath

Cliffs of Dover getting his after work bath

 If you’ve never been on the backstretch at The Spa, you’ve never felt the electricity and experienced the hustle and bustle that truly is the backstage rehearsal of the daily production we call horse racing. Horses coming and going to the race track for their daily workouts, grooms washing down their exhausted athletes back at the barn, trainers buzzing around in their golf carts getting a view of the race track as their horses thunder by. Owners at the coffee stand getting the sleepies out of their eyes or the fuzzies out of their brains after a night out on the town, hoping that first cup of coffee will do the trick. 
    It’s a non stop production with so many players and so much action you really have to be wide awake and pay attention. Otherwise you’ll get the "woah back” as a horse comes up behind you with a rider giving you a heads up that you're blocking their way home. I've had a horse snort at the the back of my neck a few times when I wasn’t paying attention. I think he did it on purpose just to freak me out! Horses have a sense of humor too, you know! It’s an amazing ballet with so many dancers playing different parts to the same rhythm and music. It's scripted by the trainers, directed by the exercise riders and executed to perfection by the horses. 
    The track which in the afternoon may have 12 horses in the gate, in the morning has over 100 horses going to and fro to their appointed rounds. The outside rail is a parade of horses jogging the wrong way to get to the starting point of their trainer’s chosen work out, while other horses are bearing down into their breeze on the inside rail flying by like planes taking off on a run way. 
Throngs of patient observers (some anxious owners) trying to pick out their horse from the sea of brown, chestnut and gray muscle toned bodies on the track with only the trainer's saddle towels and rider’s caps to identify them. 
    "Is that her? No, that’s not the one. I thought the rider had a green shirt and a red cap!” Darn where the heck….? Oh there she is!"
    Yes folks, even the keenest eyes sometimes lose track of their horses once they enter the fray of the galloping parade of hundreds as they go about the business of getting fit for the big show in the afternoon. I love to start my day, every day, being apart of this wonderful andunique spectacle. You should too! Someone said and it's true: "Nothing like the outside of a horse to warm the inside of a man” (woman,person) to be precise. 
    If you're in town and you would like to take a stroll around and be part of this great morning tradition just respond to this email or call our office and we can make those arrangements for you. It's a great way to start the day, ask any man, woman or person who’s done it!
    Holy shamoly I almost forgot; what about wrapping up your morning on the backstretch at the track kitchen to have hands down, the best breakfast in town. You meet friends, catch up on all the backstretch, front side, celebrity wives of The Spa, keeping up with the Riggis, who will be the next Mary Lou, gossip!  It's that level of excitement I tell ya! Reality TV with out the TV! 
    Here at PGR, we're patiently waiting for this upcoming week where we'll finally get a chance to see our horse’s go out and participate in the afternoon racing wars. Alabama Bound will be the first batter up on Wednesday the 3rd and on deck we have Cliffs of Dover coming up to the plate on Sunday the 7th. We're all anxiously awaiting, getting butterflies, starting to get excited about a couple of real nice horses in some real nice races at the best racetrack in the world!
    Join us and you’ll never be the same again! To quote Justin Wilson the first, the best,  rajun cajun, celebrity chef: "I gar un tee!"