Wait. Wait a minute. What happened here?
It's here? Already?
It seemed like only yesterday I was whining like a little boy who had his lollipop taken from him by a big bully - the lollipop being Saratoga Thoroughbred Horse Racing and the big old bully being time.
But we're here.
Holy moly we're here!!!! Three days to go.
With real life constantly getting in the way of daydreaming, writing, fantasizing about the cool Adirondack breeze filtering through the trees outside the paddock I must - I tell you I must - find a way to appreciate the beauty, the perfection, the all out glorious life that is Saratoga Springs, NY.
To those of you who live there, I do envy you.
To those of you who get to be there for opening day, have a blast.
To those of you who spend an entire racing season up there, I'm certain you already know the blessings that come with it (and, I'm sure, difficulties ... but these are rose colored glasses I'm wearing when I write).
Until Friday then, dear friends.
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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.