I was nothing short of thrilled when I first heard that NBC is offering eight hours of live coverage over seven weekends with their "Summer at Saratoga" series.
Anyone that has read this blog knows I'm a knucklehead from Jersey who loves God, his country, his girlfriend/best friend Stacy, his family and Saratoga Springs NY ... but not always in that order. However, being 200 miles away from the gates of Paradise off Northway Exit 14, I don't get to visit the Spa as often as I'd like, but I do go every chance I get.
The wonderful people that run Saratoga.com have afford me the chance (read: blessing) to wax eloquent, and at times a little stupid, about a passion I have for the town, the racing, the people, the sights, the history, the whatever-the-heck-else-you-can-think-of about the one place on Earth God decided to create that was closest to his Garden of Eden - but with a Pick Four.
How great is that?
So NBC's coverage, in conjunction with their partners over at Versus, will allow me to experience an additional eight hours of coverage I may not have had before.
OK. Not just me. You too.
Now, let me make it clear that by no means is this a shameless plug to promote a TV show. NBC doesn't need my little blogging stories to do that. However, it is written with one item in mind. That item is to hopefully add to the exposure of America's first resort town.
It is a great opportunity to reach folks, wherever they may be watching, so they'll get a piece of understanding of how amazing this town is. How great the people are. How friendly and accommodating all the merchants are. And just how beautiful one place can be.
Because if you haven't been here, and you haven't seen it for yourself, then you need to change that. And maybe, just maybe, these shows will be just the motivation some will need to make the pilgrimage to the Promised Land of the Late Double.
With a bit of luck, I'll see you on TV.
Be a dear won't you and wave hello to me when you're there? I'll be the one on the other side of the television envying you.
Final note: According to the NYRA website, the NBC Sports Group's seven straight weekends of "Summer at Saratoga" begins this Saturday, 5-6 p.m. ET on NBC with live coverage of the Coaching Club American Oaks, a race for three-year-old fillies expected to include graded stakes winners Buster's Ready, It's Tricky, Joyful Victory, Plum Pretty, and Royal Delta.