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Heavenly Arrivals, Saratoga!

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Checked out the arrivals early this morning at the Oklahoma Training track and yes, as I told you, such a heavenly sight to see, these elegant thoroughbreds gracing our region, Saratoga!

It opened at 6 am with the horses and exercise riders making their way around the track.

Trainers appeared content with the early opening this year while drinking their morning coffees, the not-so-cold weather and the brisk pace of the two year olds. And, isn't Oklahoma the absolute perfect track for a two year old to learn? I say a resounding YES! 

Those young thoroughbreds train here before they get their big chance to race elsewhere. So much fun to watch these youngsters as they learn how to enter the gates, race and win.

Reminds me of my nephew playing hockey as a teen and fans would come up to him asking for autographs hoping one day he would play in the major leagues. Exhilarating to witness.

It's key these horses establish stalls now because there's simply no room at the inns downstate. Those higher stakes raking in monies sparked from Aqueduct's new casino mean more horses racing downstate. That causes a bigger demand for space. Saratoga has the room and we're glad to accomodate.

The horses are here, now, early, and every spectator along East enjoys the view. I loved it as I watched Thursday morning before heading to New York City on business. I will be back Friday morning and Saturday morning; as often as possible!

Each day more trainers arrive with more horses. From downstate from Florida and other regions of the country. They are coming not only because of lack of space elsewhere but also because they love Saratoga. From the looks on their faces from trainers to exercise riders to backstretch workers, they're happy to be here. Saratoga is the best training grounds, bar none.

Welcome to all making Saratoga their home for the next couple months. We love the scene.

Go check out the heavenly arrivals, Saratoga!

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Elaine Hume Peake

Elaine Hume Peake has vast experience covering news, lifestyle and entertainment since 1976. As an award-winning media executive, senior producer and show runner for a variety of multimedia, Elaine has a deep sense of curiosity and enjoys digging deep to find not only the serious side of life but also the immense joys. Elaine's proven expertise on the national and the local level while working in Washington, DC for Post Newsweek stations, WPLG in Miami, WABC in New York City, WCBS in New York City and WTEN in the Capitol region, she has found a wonderful home in Saratoga. Elaine has extensive experience on the editorial and the creative production side. She has developed several news and talk shows, documentaries, non-fiction television series, major live events and specials has taken her on a fantastic journey she will share with her audience of A LITTLE ABOUT A LOT. Elaine's perspective after covering riots, Princess Di's death, Pope John Paul II funeral and others such as the search and recovery of the body of John F. Kennedy, Jr, numerous political campaigns, major crime stories to the amazingly life changing days of 9/11 created her level of news gravitas. Elaine has been the driver of numerous newsrooms in the nonstop 24/7 news cycle of New York City, Miami, Washington, DC and now this region. She is well as traveled and enjoyed her globe trotting in search of great tales to share. Elaine loves to communicate the story in an interesting, compelling and enjoyable way. She is a passionate idea generator and program innovator with a news metabolism for innovation, change and a focus on the future while a perspective from over the past 35 years of news. Elaine maintains a keen awareness on delivering enjoyment to her readers whether it be a major news happening or a compelling, memorable moment in time. Elaine is on board with Saratoga.com for a fun ride deeper into the world of this region and wants her readers of A LITTLE ABOUT A LOT to be a part of the journey but also a major participate in the ongoing conversation. Readers can e-mail me with comments, suggestions, ideas, stories at