One hundred years ago, in 1919, Saratoga Race Course became known as the Graveyard of Champions when Upset, the original dark horse, became the only horse to beat Man o’ War. Stop by The Dark Horse Mercantile on Broadway this Friday, August 23 for the Celebrating 100 years of Dark Horses Meet & Greet where you can see an artistic representation of some of Saratoga’s most famous upsets.
The reception is being held to introduce local artist Karin Vollkommer’s limited edition print “The Dark Horses of Saratoga Race Course.” The piece is part of her Saratoga Fine Art Collection and features five famous horses who caused some of the greatest upsets in Saratoga’s history, including Upset’s defeat of Man o’War in the Sanford Memorial Stakes in 1919.
“Karin’s work is always popular,” said The Dark Horse Mercantile co-owner Marianne Barker in a statement. “Her style is so unique and very much a Saratoga tradition…. we love the way the limited edition piece turned out.”
More of Vollkommer’s artwork will be available, and attendees will have the opportunity to have theirs signed. There will also be two commemorative t-shirts for sale, celebrating the centennial of the original dark horse’s win.
Also on the scene for the Meet & Greet will be Upset, the Mini Dark Horse of Saratoga. At only 33 inches tall, the miniature horse won’t be beating any Triple Crown winners, but he’s become an adorable mascot for The Dark Horse Mercantile.
“We are excited to share the story of dark horses in Saratoga with everyone who comes to visit. It is a great message about believing in yourself and never giving up, even if the odds are not in your favor.” said co-owner Maddy Zanetti in a statement. “We’ve had so much fun with Upset, telling his story and making him a part of the community.”
Have questions about the event? You can call 518-587-0666.