Saratoga Horse Racing

December 2011 Archives

For some human beings,  writing is an obsession.  We have to write, or the chemicals in our heads go haywire.  There's stuff floating around in there, and it can get to the point at which we must, absolutely must, get it Out There, into the world beyond our skulls--or we will implode.  Shrapnel everywhere.  (I wonder what that shrapnel would look like?  Bits of lines of poetry by Frost and Dickinson?  Fragments of paintings by Bosch, Klee and Moses?  Algebraic symbols?)

Anyway.  Take the need to write, and complicate that place of perpetual insanity by the passionate, no-holds-barred love for The Horse.  Now you have a potentially dangerous person on your hands:  while the rest of the world may view the horse writer as a quiet, mousy introvert who keeps to themselves and lives with a cat...  

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M.E. Altieri

Marion Altieri is a horse racing
life-long fan
radio show- and TV-show hostinista and
Her website, will bring together URLs for this blog with her radio, TV and online magazine publishing endeavors. The 'site also will feature a Marketplace, Community and opps to exchange ideas about women in racing; equine welfare and rights and ways to make the sport both more nurturing for horses and more egalitarian for females.

First a wordsmith, Marion is acutely aware of the power of language: as we speak and write, so we live. If language has the power to start and end wars, so too it has the power to save the lives of horses

A f!lly is not a little grrrl horse: a f!lly is a Force of Nature, and through her work, Marion hopes to help reinforce this powerful Truth.


Thoroughbred Racing in Saratoga

The Thoroughbred is a distinct, created breed of horse. Saratoga Springs, New York is a unique, pristine city in Upstate New York.

Put the two together, Thoroughbreds and Saratoga, and you have America's most prestigious, lushly beautiful and important racing meet. For six weeks every summer, the world's best horses, jockeys and trainers come together to compete for trophies, cash and fame.

In this blog, we'll discover All Things Thoroughbred and the lovely international community of horsepeople, both professionals and fans, alike who set up camp in this city. Some come for six weeks, only. Others are here from April through November every year, when the Oklahoma's open. Yet others trek to town to race their mighty steeds—then fall in love with the place; buy a home and move here.

The Saratoga racing family of humans and horses is a year-round endeavour. You think that all the horses all go elsewhere after Labor Day? Then this blog is for you, too.

(Is the reference, "the Oklahoma" lost on you? Stay tuned, you'll feel like a pro in no time.)

Welcome to the only experience on Earth that can boast of such otherworldly beauty and heart-stopping thrills, all in the same breath: Thoroughbred racing in Saratoga.