My shooting partner, Jim Gilbert, and I went to the Saratoga Racecourse yesterday. We had noticed that there had not been a lot of people blogging about the racecourse this year and decided to do something about it. Although the afternoon started out fine weatherwise, a little hot, but dry, the thunderstorms quickly moved in and soaked us all. Fortunately, Jim had the foresight to purchase tickets in the grandstand for us, so we stayed drier than the railbirds (not by a lot though)! We spent a few hours there just watching people and the races. My hat is off to the people who make the track run, especially under those conditions! They do an amazing job of bringing everything off without a hitch under brutal conditions. The downpours did not stop them at all. The jockeys were incredible too. I cannot imaging riding a horse under those soaking wet conditions. As you can see from some of the pictures below, they get quite a workout! So here are some photos I took yesterday to show you what it was like.
Got a good seat! Let the races begin!
Enduring the rain
It was a hard race
The stress shows
Weighing in after the muddy race
Rounding the final turn and heading for the finish line!
Even though it was a soggy day at the races, it was still a good time. And I think Jim and his wife made some money! See you at the races!