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April 2011 Archives

She's comin. I know she is.

I can tell because its Derby season.

I really think my favorite part of the Derby time of year is simply knowing we are mere months away from the start of a new racing season here.

Not 11 months mind you, but less than six. Just a hair over three, in fact.

Its getting closer and closer.

In a winter where I occupied myself with my Stacy, with work, football, reading and giving serious consideration to exercising at some point I looked up and here came spring.

I look out the window, or walk outside and granted it doesn't quite feel like it yet; but it's on my calendar so I know its true. As a matter of fact, it's on my Official Runaway Jim calendar.

It won't be long ...

On a considerably less than happy note, news around the racing world moved quickly with the passing of Jess Jackson.

According to a NYRA Press Release

"Prominent thoroughbred owner Jess Jackson, whose Stonestreet Stable campaigned Curlin and Rachel Alexandra to five Grade 1 victories on The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) circuit, passed away Thursday at his home in Geyserville, Calif.


Jackson, who was 81 at the time of his death, founded the Kendall-Jackson Winery and was one of the most successful independent winery owners in the world. He was inducted into the Vintner Hall of Fame in 2009."


Rest in peace, Jess. Many thanks to your contributions to racing, and to Saratoga.

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Patrick Kerrison

While most American men of Patrick's generation grew up talking to their Dad about baseball and the likes of Mantle, Ford, Berra and DiMaggio, he and his father covered the racing beat and talked of Ruffian, Seattle Slew, Affirmed and John Henry.

The son of a newspaperman, Patrick spent his summers a "spoiled" child, but not in the traditional sense. Spoiled because his August months were spent at Saratoga Race Course watching the best the game ever offered.

Breakfast in the mornings, races in the afternoons and the occasional party when kids were welcomed in the evenings, he has lived a privileged childhood. For better than 10 years Patrick worked in varied frontside positions in racing, "living the dream" as he calls it.

Today at age 41, he reverts back to his life as an eight year old with the same passion and love for the town of Saratoga he always had, but with the perspective of an adult. His appreciation for her history and his desire to go back in time revives every summer, while never forgetting the glorious life he lives today. Patrick and Saratoga.com invite you to come back to Saratoga's 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries and a little bit about today, too.