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OTM Al
07-14-2010, 04:02 PM
Two more days and a wake up and I will be making my first trip up north for the season. Going to be there for open house day this year and while I won't be around for opening weekend, that's only one of 2 weekends I won't be up there this year plus the PA week, which this year I won't have to go home in the middle. Wish I could stay all season but my employer probably wouldn't appreciate it.

So I plan to write an ongoing thread through the meet. Let you all know about the things going on around Saratoga that I'll have a chance to go to, the restaurants, and yes even the racing.

So if anyone has questions, looking for recommendations or otherwise, ask away here. I'll do my best to get you answers if the more knowledgible people on the board don't beat me to it.

Saratoga is a celebration of racing, so I'd like to keep this ongoing dialogue positive. If you feel the need to rip on something like other tracks, certain horses, certain posters, take it elsewhere, or better yet just don't.

Two more days and a wakeup. As I understand it dinner that night will be at the Circus Cafe. Haven't been there yet, so I'll let you know.

PaceAdvantage
07-14-2010, 10:51 PM
Sounds great Al...as always, looking forward to your musings!

Vinman
07-14-2010, 11:06 PM
Two more days and a wake up and I will be making my first trip up north for the season. Going to be there for open house day this year and while I won't be around for opening weekend, that's only one of 2 weekends I won't be up there this year plus the PA week, which this year I won't have to go home in the middle. Wish I could stay all season but my employer probably wouldn't appreciate it.

So I plan to write an ongoing thread through the meet. Let you all know about the things going on around Saratoga that I'll have a chance to go to, the restaurants, and yes even the racing.

So if anyone has questions, looking for recommendations or otherwise, ask away here. I'll do my best to get you answers if the more knowledgible people on the board don't beat me to it.

Saratoga is a celebration of racing, so I'd like to keep this ongoing dialogue positive. If you feel the need to rip on something like other tracks, certain horses, certain posters, take it elsewhere, or better yet just don't.

Two more days and a wakeup. As I understand it dinner that night will be at the Circus Cafe. Haven't been there yet, so I'll let you know.


Al.....I think you'll like Circus Cafe, located on Broadway right in the thick of things.....relaxed, informal atmosphere and a huge menu. I believe they're known for their excellent Burgers, which I've had....thumbs up.

OTM Al
07-15-2010, 09:35 AM
Al.....I think you'll like Circus Cafe, located on Broadway right in the thick of things.....relaxed, informal atmosphere and a huge menu. I believe they're known for their excellent Burgers, which I've had....thumbs up.

Yes, I have been in search of the best burger in town and have heard that these were very good. We had heard that Stadium had the best. I have not been to the downtown one, but only to the West Side version and was unimpressed. Ok sports bar but not a hamburger place.

Rookies
07-15-2010, 11:23 PM
Really liked your 'stuff' @ the Preakness, Al.

Restaurant recs are always welcome and of course anything about the ongoing track conditions, hot jocks, trainers, etc.

Can't wait meeself, as it'll be my 9th straight year, I believe. A fair ride for the TO boys, but worth every mile/km.:ThmbUp:

I went to a corporate charity event last night held at a brewery, cheek to jowl with the Rogers Centre ( ex SkyDome). Steamwhistle it's called- very good and I'll be bringing some when we meet up. ;)

KingChas
07-16-2010, 01:06 AM
I personally thought the best burger I ever had at Saratoga was at the Irish Pub down by the old Canfeild Casino.
Got to order it with everything on it though.
Of the 4 dinner guest, I was the only one that ordered it ,but from the looks in their eyes I won't be alone this year. ;)

Mike at A+
07-16-2010, 08:42 AM
If you're willing to drive a bit north of Saratoga, I know two places that serve excellent burgers. Since we stay in Glens Falls, the drive isn't that far for us and the exits on I-87 go pretty quickly.

1.) In Glens Falls downtown on Route 9 (exit 18 on the Northway), there is a little brew pub called Davidson's. They brew several varieties of excellent beers and ales and we always make them a stop for a casual lunch or dinner. Their burgers are what you'd expect at the typical brew pub, big, lean and tasty. Their onion rings are among the best I've ever had. Great sandwiches and wraps, salads and many dishes that are cooked with their ales. They have some outdoor tables and on some evenings there is entertainment. Unrelated to burgers, there is an excellent Thai restaurant right up the block from them where we also try to hit each year. $--

2.) Just south of Lake George Village also on Route 9 (exit 21 on the Northway), there's another brew pub called The Adirondack Brew Pub. Again, excellent burgers, very good fries and a few very good ales on tap. $--

If steak is your desire, there's a great place called George's Steakhouse on Route 9L in Lake George (exit 21 on the Northway). The Delmonico smothered in mushrooms and onions is one of the best steaks you'll ever have. They also do a fantastic Prime Rib as well as all the other popular steak cuts. One of the best salad bars you'll ever experience too. They also have an "Earlybird" menu where you can get about a dozen items from their regular menu at reduced costs. My son tells me that their baby back ribs are the best he's ever had and my wife raves over their seafood but when I go to a steakhouse, it's all about the cow for me. I've never had a burger there but everyone I know who has told me that they are top shelf. It is a good idea to call ahead for reservations during racing season as this place is always hopping. $$-

OTM Al
07-16-2010, 09:26 AM
Really liked your 'stuff' @ the Preakness, Al.

Restaurant recs are always welcome and of course anything about the ongoing track conditions, hot jocks, trainers, etc.

Can't wait meeself, as it'll be my 9th straight year, I believe. A fair ride for the TO boys, but worth every mile/km.:ThmbUp:

I went to a corporate charity event last night held at a brewery, cheek to jowl with the Rogers Centre ( ex SkyDome). Steamwhistle it's called- very good and I'll be bringing some when we meet up. ;)

There's a little brewery in Saratoga that I've heard is quite good

http://www.oldesaratogabrew.com/

Kinda want to check it out this year.

OTM Al
07-16-2010, 09:28 AM
I personally thought the best burger I ever had at Saratoga was at the Irish Pub down by the old Canfeild Casino.
Got to order it with everything on it though.
Of the 4 dinner guest, I was the only one that ordered it ,but from the looks in their eyes I won't be alone this year. ;)

I should know that place but it's not coming to mind. Don't think it will be too hard for me to give it a look. To be honest I have mostly been a meat and cheese man when it comes to sandwiches but of late I've taken a liking to sauteed onions on the burger. It is indeed a worthy task to find the king of burgers however.

OTM Al
07-16-2010, 09:30 AM
If steak is your desire, there's a great place called George's Steakhouse on Route 9L in Lake George (exit 21 on the Northway). The Delmonico smothered in mushrooms and onions is one of the best steaks you'll ever have. They also do a fantastic Prime Rib as well as all the other popular steak cuts. One of the best salad bars you'll ever experience too. They also have an "Earlybird" menu where you can get about a dozen items from their regular menu at reduced costs. My son tells me that their baby back ribs are the best he's ever had and my wife raves over their seafood but when I go to a steakhouse, it's all about the cow for me. I've never had a burger there but everyone I know who has told me that they are top shelf. It is a good idea to call ahead for reservations during racing season as this place is always hopping. $$-

Now this is one thing I absolutely wanted to have while I was up there. Don't have steak that often, but have had a mind for one for some time now.

bigmack
07-16-2010, 09:40 AM
Wouldn't it be easier to dial into a comprehensive listing of joints here:
http://www.saratoga.org/visitors/where_to_eat_in_saratoga_county/saratoga-restaurant-guide.asp

And then simply park ones rump here:
http://www.gaffneysrestaurant.com/

OTM Al
07-16-2010, 10:02 AM
Wouldn't it be easier to dial into a comprehensive listing of joints here:
http://www.saratoga.org/visitors/where_to_eat_in_saratoga_county/saratoga-restaurant-guide.asp

And then simply park ones rump here:
http://www.gaffneysrestaurant.com/

Interesting, but have never heard of it. I'll see what I can find out.

OTM Al
07-17-2010, 07:11 AM
All my bags are packed I'm ready to go....Well not just yet, but it won't take long.

The wife always takes our Conure with her to keep her company. Go figure she's the one that gets the full 7 weeks vacation in Saratoga. Her name is Jacinto Vazquez. Like the famous jockey, her people hail from Central/South America, she is fairly short and is always seen in colorful clothing. Her favorite activity at the Spa is to scream back at all those bluejays every morning. I don't think out other birds miss her much while she is gone...

So time to get moving. Hear it's hot and humid up there right now too, but should get a break in the weather tomorrow or Monday.

OTM Al
07-17-2010, 08:31 PM
Just back from town. We got in around 3, got everything unpacked and headed downtown. Weren't meeting up at Circus Cafe until 6:30 so we stopped by Stadiumto have a couple beers and watch the ball game. Threw down a couple appetzers while we were there including the spinach and artichoke dip. Guys, if you don't know of this, drop the buffalo wings and order this stuff wherever you are the next time you take your favorite gal out. This stuff is like crack to women and it is pretty tasty. They serve a good one at the downtown Stadium. Place is good to watch a game and have a few beers but it is pub grub. If that's what you are into though, it will serve.

Stopped by the Borders bookstore before heading to dinner. Pretty good selection of stuff there and they always have a good sale on something. Didn't find anything I wanted but did pick up a form to look at for tomorrow.

Circus wasn't bad. Had an American cheeseburger medium with sauteed onions. A solid burger with a nice charbroiled taste. It was really good, but not sure I'm ready to give it top prize. The wife had the mozzarella sandwich which she said was very good. Got to say I couldn't argue about the price as the four of us there each had a sandwich and a couple drinks were bought and the bill was only $60. So for the price the food was well worth it. The decor was a bit weak, though I may be biased as I've never cared for the circus. Fortunately the staff does not have to go full theme and only wears black shirts with circus jobs written on them. We were served by "juggler". So good price, decent food, and fair decor.

Looks like some weather rolling in now. Flash flood warnings are out, so likey will have some heavy rains tonight. It was hot up here but much more comfortable than the city. Hopefully will have a good day for the open house tomorrow. We'll be there early as much still to do with the track opening in less than a week.

PaceAdvantage
07-18-2010, 12:13 AM
I envy you already Al...and you're right...those Sun Conures are LOUD...I should know... :lol:

pktruckdriver
07-18-2010, 10:11 AM
Hey Al

May I suggest Olde Bryan Inn, Great Burger and other Fav's on Maple ave, right past the Hilton, it has a nice big cover porch and comfy inside too. It has a sister Restuarant that I have yet to go to in LongFellows, and also may suggest a few of the places on the Lake here Like Panza's and Mangino's too, both awesome and worth the trip.

I wish the best of times while here, and if ever a Day cab to the city is ever needed for a quick return the same day, let me know I'm your man.

Take care Al, enjoy


Patrick

OTM Al
07-18-2010, 12:02 PM
Hey Al

May I suggest Olde Bryan Inn, Great Burger and other Fav's on Maple ave, right past the Hilton, it has a nice big cover porch and comfy inside too. It has a sister Restuarant that I have yet to go to in LongFellows, and also may suggest a few of the places on the Lake here Like Panza's and Mangino's too, both awesome and worth the trip.

I wish the best of times while here, and if ever a Day cab to the city is ever needed for a quick return the same day, let me know I'm your man.

Take care Al, enjoy


Patrick

Been to a couple of those already. Olde Bryan is the kind of place you can recommend to anyone.

At the track now. Weather could not be better. Started the day heading to Jack's in Corinth for breakfast. We always go there on the last day of the meets so we figured we'd make it a bookend event. Alas, closed for maintenance. Breakfast was served in the Saratoga Diner on Broadway. Standard fare, standard prices. Hit the spot.

Headed over to the museum to renew my membership for the year. Such a nice place, but unfortunately they have had sever funding problems the last Sven years. They have some trophies and art that have been damaged and they have been trying to solicit donations to fix them. There is a trophy won I think by Exterminator there that has been broken but only needs $300 to fix it. My goal is to get at money together to get that fixed, so PA members, if you are here when I am and want to donate a few dollars to the cause, I'm glad to collect and we can get the PA name up in the museum as benefactors for repairing the trophy.

Heading into the track right now. Have to get a look at the Shake Shack. They built a permanent structure for it. It looks great from the back where I am now. Will update in a bit.

OTM Al
07-18-2010, 01:19 PM
Back from my spin around the track. Started out by Clark Cottage where we visited our favorite lead pony Brian. He's a big fat paint horse. We always look for him on tv durning the rest of the year. He'd lost a bit of weight, but since he's such a favorite, I get the feeling he'll have a lot more mints than we gave him this season.

Then into the track. Ran into tlg and Mr. Hayward checking out the new Shake Shack/Blue Smoke Grill/Padock bar area. This is going to be very popular and though they are still finishing up work, it should look great. Other additions at the track this year are Hattie's new location. They got rid of the old chicken place and gave it to Hattie's so would expect their menu to expand. One of the local Tex/Mex places, Cantina will be taking their spot in Restaurant Row. The clubhouse will now have the Woodford Bar on the second floor. Looks like it will be a nice space. Bunbury's will be back again, so you can catch me there mornings taking in the races from England.

Really nice crowd here today. We bailed out when the Long Island drill team was performing. Same one that was at Belmont right before the Belmont Stakes. They play the worst (well, some people like it) music. I know as I had to burn a cd for them and everyone else that performed that day. Way too much Toby Keith and hooked on classics style "patriotic" music.

Four races on the card today, three jumps and one flat for the steeplechasing association. Going to go back out and watch one or two. Hope the TRF people are here today. Always like to drop $20 in their bucket. Good karma to start the meet.

Time for a break. Going to read a bit of Ovid. Talk more later.

BombsAway Bob
07-18-2010, 07:04 PM
Al, if you don't mind a 5min. ride south on Rt.9,
THE MALTA DINER is classic breakfast fare, with
Great coffee, counter service, killer breakfast sausage,etc.
Right at the roundabout in Malta.

OTM Al
07-18-2010, 07:39 PM
Bob, I know exactly where you are talking about as we stayed right there this winter when we came up.

Went out to watch a race. They were doing it old school with black saddle cloths and white numbers, Marshall Cassidy on the call, and of course the flag start as it was a jump race. Sadly one got pulled up. He was standing well though so maybe it was tissue and not bone. Bad way to start though.

We were going to go to Sperry's but it wasn't open yet, so we went up the street to Gaffney's. Decent little bar and alright to watch a ball game. We were going over to Mare to get dinner, but it looks like it may be no more, so we went for a good fallback, the Grey Gelding. Just a solid all around restaurant were you can get just an appetizer, a sandwich or a full entree. I got the Coleo (not sure I'm spelling that right) burger. It ranks number one now. Kobe beef burger with prosciutto, peppers and sun dried tomato on a nice Italian bread roll. Outstanding.

There was also a fellow playing guitar up front. Now usually I don't care for such a thing. I used to play in bands and orchestras so I can't bear to listen to half rate performers. This guy was good though. His name is Rich Thomas, so if he's playing somewhere when your up, check it out. Classic ballad type acoustic guitar stuff. Had me though when he did "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters" a personal favorite. We were joking that he sounded a lot like Gordon Lightfoot and then he breaks out with "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald". Hadn't heard that in a while.

Time now to have a couple beers and while the end of the night away. Godfather II is on. That will do.

Java Gold@TFT
07-19-2010, 06:33 AM
Al, Definitely get to Sperry's and give us a report. It was just bought by the same guy who owns Circus Cafe and the menu was done by Dale Miller who is famous locally and owns his own eponomous restaurant in Albany. Some heavy hitters locally.

If you want a nice steak you could also go toward the south end of the lake to a place called Cliff's Country Inn. Kind of a hole in the wall place but with great steaks.

Also if you are up to a little trip to Glens Falls one night they have a new restaurant getting great revues. Unfortunately my mind is blank right now but it's a very Irish name. I think it might be Black Watch or something having to do with Tartans. I haven't seen a bad review locally.

If you are interested you should check out Steve Barne's blog on the TU website. It's all about local dining and food.

http://blog.timesunion.com/tablehopping/

Hope I can catch up with you some day this meet. Enjoy every day.

Grits
07-19-2010, 07:15 AM
If you want a nice steak you could also go toward the south end of the lake to a place called Cliff's Country Inn. Kind of a hole in the wall place but with great steaks.

Indeed, Java. Excellent steaks. And only a short scenic drive.

I don't tell anyone about Cliff's. They don't need the advertisement. It doesn't bother me that its off Broadway.

slewis
07-19-2010, 08:12 AM
OK,

Im gonna let everyone in on the best treat in the Saratoga region.

If you want to have THE BEST BREAKFAST, in a wonderful setting, it's worth the drive up to THE SILO in Glens Falls.

It's one block East off the Northway at Avation rd exit 15 (I think) same exit as the Avation Mall.. If you see the Mall you've driven too far, but you cant miss it off the exit. The place has a BIG RED SILO/barn.

If you go on weekends, go early as this place is no secret (only to race fans).

I think they have a web site : thesiloqueensbury.com.

You wont be disappointed.

OTM Al
07-19-2010, 11:57 AM
Busy morning at the track. People are everywhere getting things ready. Lending a hand where needed. What a way to spend ones vacation time. Rained where we are at last night. Day is beautiful again but likely those summer showers will continue through the week. Nothing like the deluges of the last couple years though. Probably going to go easy today. We have to hit the Price Chopper. I'd like more than cereal for dinner!

From what I've heard, the town is doing well this summer. Rentals evidently went way up after the "loan" went through. Town is buzzing already and I think the weather will be much kinder this year.

joeprunes
07-19-2010, 12:24 PM
Hey al, its not in saratoga but if you take 9n into lake george take a right at the end of 9n go a few miles on the left on a corner there is a hotdog ,hamberger ,icecream. rest Owner is from the city his hamberger and fried onion and cheese is the bomb.

Mike at A+
07-19-2010, 01:06 PM
I usually do my computer chores from the motel but I just bought a new toy (Acer Aspire One Netbook) and was wondering if anyone knows if I'll be able to get online at the track, (free of course).

By the way, if anyone has been waiting for a price drop on a netbook, I got mine at Target yesterday for $199 which is the best price I've seen. It's a pretty basic machine (Win7 Starter Edition, 1Gb RAM, 160Gb Hard drive, Intel Atom Processor, built in WebCam and Microphone, etc.). Very nice display and I'm getting very close to the 8 hour battery time they advertise. Recognized my network immediately. I had been avoiding Win7 but so far I like what I see. Only drawback I've seen so far is the slow and choppy streaming video from TwinSpires TV but that's to be expected with these machines I suspect.

Grits
07-19-2010, 01:08 PM
Al, if you were in Saratoga for seven weeks, as your bride and your conure will be--this crowd, here, will have you weighing 250lbs before you leave.:eek: Every restaurant in Saratoga County has been named for you; many of which you've been to in the past.

By the way, how'd the conure do on the way up? Did you cover her cage? LOL Our African Grey used to go with us on vacations, too. She wasn't as loud as your conure! She'd talk awhile, then doze awhile.

Mike at A+
07-19-2010, 01:29 PM
OK,

Im gonna let everyone in on the best treat in the Saratoga region.

If you want to have THE BEST BREAKFAST, in a wonderful setting, it's worth the drive up to THE SILO in Glens Falls.

It's one block East off the Northway at Avation rd exit 15 (I think) same exit as the Avation Mall.. If you see the Mall you've driven too far, but you cant miss it off the exit. The place has a BIG RED SILO/barn.

If you go on weekends, go early as this place is no secret (only to race fans).

I think they have a web site : thesiloqueensbury.com.

You wont be disappointed.
Actually I believe Aviation Rd is 19 off the Northway. Exit 15 is Schuylerville I think which leaves you close to the track.

Anyway, regarding breakfast, we've never been to the Silo but we pass it a lot because one of our favorite breakfast spots is close by. If you continue north on Route 9 it bends to the left toward Lake George. On the right (in Queensbury I think) is a place called Sutton's that serves an excellent breakfast. They also have a gift shop that sells home made chocolate, jams, barbeque sauces, rubs, salad dressings and relishes. We always bring some goodies home from there.

rrbauer
07-19-2010, 01:45 PM
I usually do my computer chores from the motel but I just bought a new toy (Acer Aspire One Netbook) and was wondering if anyone knows if I'll be able to get online at the track, (free of course).

By the way, if anyone has been waiting for a price drop on a netbook, I got mine at Target yesterday for $199 which is the best price I've seen. It's a pretty basic machine (Win7 Starter Edition, 1Gb RAM, 160Gb Hard drive, Intel Atom Processor, built in WebCam and Microphone, etc.). Very nice display and I'm getting very close to the 8 hour battery time they advertise. Recognized my network immediately. I had been avoiding Win7 but so far I like what I see. Only drawback I've seen so far is the slow and choppy streaming video from TwinSpires TV but that's to be expected with these machines I suspect.

Win7 and 1GB will not win performance rewards on any machine.

Mike at A+
07-19-2010, 02:31 PM
Win7 and 1GB will not win performance rewards on any machine.
Of course not. But then again we're talking about a $199, 10", 2 lb. netbook.

OTM Al
07-19-2010, 03:14 PM
I usually do my computer chores from the motel but I just bought a new toy (Acer Aspire One Netbook) and was wondering if anyone knows if I'll be able to get online at the track, (free of course).


I really doubt you'll be able to catch a wifi signal there. That's where the iPad comes in most handy as it can go 3G.

Mike at A+
07-19-2010, 05:22 PM
I really doubt you'll be able to catch a wifi signal there. That's where the iPad comes in most handy as it can go 3G.
At a recent trek to Philadelphia Park I saw several people with laptops so out of curiosity I asked one guy what he was doing and he said that the track provides a wireless connection to all patrons. You would think that all tracks would want to jump on that one since attendance is so down for the past several years. And if I remember correctly parking AND track admission were free.

JustRalph
07-19-2010, 05:46 PM
I really doubt you'll be able to catch a wifi signal there. That's where the iPad comes in most handy as it can go 3G.

I have been using mine with the Sprint Evo phone as the wifi hotspot. It works "most of the time" for some reason in a few areas they just don't want to talk to each other.......but when you can get 4G it works great

OTM Al
07-19-2010, 05:46 PM
It's a question of keeping on track money on track I'd think, right or wrong. Philadelphia since slots has racing as an afterthought, unless they've changed a lot in the last couple years. They could probably care less about the product they are putting on, or to be fair, they don't care as much as if it were their only product. Saratoga on the other hand has only the racing.

Don't want this to become a racing politics thread, so let's leave it there. Besides, my sauce is ging to burn. I make a really good sauce :)

OTM Al
07-20-2010, 09:37 AM
Heading back to the big city for a little more than a week, but rest assured I will keep the goings on up here updated. Don't really want to go back, but there is that job thing....

I take the train back and forth during the meet. Ethan Allen to and from Penn Station. It is a nice ride and should be pretty empty today. Looks like another beautiful summer day and should make it home by three. Sorry to miss opening day, so those of you that make it, chime in with your experiences.

porkchop
07-21-2010, 08:24 AM
Al have lived in saratoga forever

best steak PENNELS also try try the haddock francais

best subs humpty dumty or romas

best chicken hatties also sold at the track

best burger dozers (geyser road ) also best wings

and if you are up to it go glen lake the full moon tavern and order the philly steak

best breakfast used to be shirlys but I like sarges


have a great trip

OTM Al
07-21-2010, 09:27 AM
I do not think I could doubt the restautant recs of a guy going by the name "porkchop"!

Back at work today. Big pile of crap. Oh well, got to pay for my bets somehow :)

pktruckdriver
07-21-2010, 08:45 PM
Al have lived in saratoga forever

best steak PENNELS also try try the haddock francais

best subs humpty dumty or romas

best chicken hatties also sold at the track

best burger dozers (geyser road ) also best wings

and if you are up to it go glen lake the full moon tavern and order the philly steak

best breakfast used to be shirlys but I like sarges


have a great trip


1 Little Correction is Sarge's is now the Triangle Diner, but as for Breakfast, I submit this as 1 of my Fav's , if not the best for morning food.

Patrick

OTM Al
07-22-2010, 09:08 AM
Have a SPAC brochure. Was hoping I might be there for something I'd like but won't. Would go see Tom Petty again. Haven't seen him since he did that tour with Bob Dylan back in the mid 80s but bet he can still put on a show. Unfortunately not coming in til that night and it will be too late by then. Here's what's coming up:

July 30: Maroon 5 with Guster
July 31: Sting
August 1: O.A.R
August 2: Counting Crows
August 8: John Mayer
August 17: KISS
August 25: Creed
August 27: Tom Petty with Crosby Still and Nash

Have seen Sting before, but this one is with the Royal Philharmonic and there are no cheap seats, so I'll pass. KISS is almost worth the camp factor...but no.

OTM Al
07-22-2010, 11:57 AM
In my absence, I asked the wife to keep me updated about the goings on up north, so she sent in her first report this morning.

Wednesday night she and her coworkers often have a beer and burger night. They went to Stadium on Broadway. Now the two of us had been there over the weekend, but it was in the afternoon and we only had a couple appetizers. It was ok then, but we weren't so worried about anything as we were just killing some time. Unfortunately their dinner time trip gives us the first pan of the meet.

They had a party of 10. It took over an hour to get served and then the food they got was cold or not what was ordered. Server never came to check on the table. Her review includes "AWFUL", "never again" and the worst of the worst "total s%&t show". Stadium on Broadway gets the thumbs down.

She also went with a smaller group the other day to the Wilton Mall to see Inception. Said that was a really good film. Something for a dark day for sure. While they were out there they went to Five Brothers, a burgers, fries and hot dogs sort of place. This they liked much better. "Greasy, hot, delicious -- probably 10 million calories in a burger". "fries came in a sack of grease, but you go there for that sort of thing". So if you are in need of a hard core hangover cure, this may be the place to go!

Today Shake Shack/Blue Smoke at the track is having an event, which she will be checking out and reporting back on. When I left, they were still finishing the place up, but it was almost there. I think this place will be a hit. She's also going to be attending a reception for Old Friends, New York and will get some more info on what's going on there. I've been to the original and donate to take care of Ogygian (we have the same B'day) and it is a great place, so I expect good things from the NY version and will make a point to visit.

Mike at A+
07-22-2010, 12:34 PM
While they were out there they went to Five Brothers, a burgers, fries and hot dogs sort of place. This they liked much better. "Greasy, hot, delicious -- probably 10 million calories in a burger". "fries came in a sack of grease, but you go there for that sort of thing". So if you are in need of a hard core hangover cure, this may be the place to go!
Five Guys is a chain that features fresh (never frozen) ground beef in their burgers. We have one here locally but I've never been there because I require a cold beer with my burgers and they don'r sell beer. But I did hear that they have a very good burger and their fries are hand cut and cooked in peanut oil.

KingChas
07-23-2010, 01:03 AM
Five Guys is a chain that features fresh (never frozen) ground beef in their burgers.

What a double burger all the greasy toppings free that you can handle,with excess greasy fries dumped in the bag after your original fries ordered are in a cups.
Vinegar at every table,shelled peanuts while you wait,shells go on the floor.
Expensive 3 people approx $27 but worth it.

But it's like drinking 20 beers,you do it once a week,and nice knowing you. ;)

Here in PA every 5 miles...they are trying to kill us. :D

JustRalph
07-23-2010, 01:21 AM
Hit the five guys website and check out the requirements for opening one of their little shops........they think very highly of themselves

KingChas
07-23-2010, 01:41 AM
Hit the five guys website and check out the requirements for opening one of their little shops........they think very highly of themselves


Believe me Ralph,SRO.....standing room only.....that good! ;)

Your investment would pay grand dividends.

JustRalph
07-23-2010, 12:27 PM
Believe me Ralph,SRO.....standing room only.....that good! ;)

Your investment would pay grand dividends.


I have eaten there, it is very good, I still think they have their heads in the clouds a little

OTM Al
07-24-2010, 05:12 PM
The wife has checked back in with another update. Friday was pretty nasty up there weatherwise. I asked her how the weather was and she said it was raining. I asked how bad and all she said was "biblical".

Last night she went to Siro's for a cocktail. I have yet to go there, but she said if I do, I have to go with Sam the Bugler as she said he was treated like he was the mayor. Though crowded magically a couple stools at the bar appeared quickly. She gave very high marks to the service, especially give the amount of people that were there. Wall to wall VIPs. She actually ended up sitting next to Merrill Scherer, who owns our favorite lead pony Brian. Evidently Brian is a very hard working horse, but also a bit of a personality. I'm sure we only see him on his best behavior as he wants the mints he knows we have. Yes, the martinis are still $17. As the wife said, "a place to stop for ONE unless you have an expense account"

She also let me know that Shake Shack was really good but it is a little pricy. She had the Shack-ago dog, a split hot dog on a poppy seed roll with pickles, mustard and a japalano. Sounds yummy. The paddock bar right next to the Shake Shack is also very nice and the service there was very good. She even got interviewed by the local Fox station about it.

Going back up myself on Thursday which is way too far off...

Vinman
07-24-2010, 08:48 PM
I stopped by the Shake Shack today with the idea of getting a Vanilla Custard cone, but there are no cones.....just a $6.50 "hand spun" milkshake consisting of several custard choices, including Vanilla and "black & white". I decided to pass in favor of an oversize lemonade upstairs for $4.75 to stay hydrated on this sultry day that felt like a cross between a sauna and a steam bath.

One interesting thing I noticed and explored was an upstairs outdoor deck above Blue Smoke with some "high top" tables to eat the expensive food they're selling. Also on the deck level was yet another bar and a couple of flat screens showing the races. Surprised there were no mutuel windows lurking up there.

Vinman

OTM Al
07-25-2010, 07:46 AM
One interesting thing I noticed and explored was an upstairs outdoor deck above Blue Smoke with some "high top" tables to eat the expensive food they're selling. Also on the deck level was yet another bar and a couple of flat screens showing the races. Surprised there were no mutuel windows lurking up there.

Vinman

I may be "misremembering" but I think that upstairs area was planned to be an area available for group sales.

Vinman
07-26-2010, 12:42 AM
I may be "misremembering" but I think that upstairs area was planned to be an area available for group sales.


Okay, here's the scoop....I went up to the "Blue Smoke Deck" again after Sunday's card with a local friend whom I had told about it. Like me, she was quite impressed and insisted that we ask someone if "anyone can come up here". We found 3 employees at the bar up there, including a manager, who told us it is indeed open to the public and we can come up there whenever we want. We were empty handed so apparently the purchase of a $9.00 Pulled Pork Sandwich or a $10.00 order of ribs or even a $6.50 hand spun milkshake is not a requirement.

Even better news is that there will eventually be mutuel machines on the deck level to go along with the bar and the two large flat screens, as soon as they figure out where to put them.

BTW, there is an excellent view from the deck of the walking ring.....and for those who like to get a close up view of their horse on the way out to the track, that can be easliy done from the new Paddock Bar tent, as the horse path from the walking ring goes practically right by it. Very cool setup.

One thing that is not cool is the price structure at the Shake Shack & Blue Smoke. I may be wrong, but I think Mr. Meyer is in for a surprise as to how many folks decide not to buy anything and opt for less expensive fare elsewhere on the grounds. I decided Ben & Jerry's on Phila St. after track hours would be a better place to pick up my chocolate milkshake.

Vinman

OTM Al
07-26-2010, 09:56 AM
Yes, it is a little on the expensive side, but as I've always said about going to the track, there are options for food from bring your own to higher priced items, and none have more options that I've seen than at Saratoga. Perhaps it's living in NYC, but while I can see that their prices are high, they don't seem outrageous to me, though I'm sure they do to others.

The wife attended the reception for the New York Old Friends farm on Saturday. It was held at the Washington Inn, which is a beautiful spot. Pretty standard recption fare but a good cause so she was more than happy to be there. Unfortunately she missed the speeches, so can't say much about the organization other than it seems recently retired jock Richard Migliore is very much involved with this. He's a good guy and should be a great rep for them. I'll see if I can find out more about it later.

Monday morning at work is just brutal when I know what's going on up North. Well, have to make it a couple more days and I can get myself back up there.

toetoe
07-26-2010, 01:03 PM
And then simply park ones rump here




Bigmack,

Inez Saenz was asking me where she might park hers. Any advice ?

toetoe
07-26-2010, 01:11 PM
I make a really good sauce :)



May I ... ahem ... christen it Al Sauce Lorraine ? Okay, now *I* will burn.

Mike at A+
07-26-2010, 01:45 PM
Bigmack,

Inez Saenz was asking me where she might park hers. Any advice ?
My guess is anywhere she damn well pleases.

Bubbles
07-26-2010, 06:32 PM
For restaurants, there are several great options just north of Albany. For pizza and Italian food, Spiak's is a great place. From Saratoga, take the Thruway south to exit 7, and after a few miles, take the exit for 787 northbound. Take a left at the light, followed by a left at the next light, and go down that road maybe three-quarters of a mile. It's a white building behind a sizable parking lot on the right side. Some PA members can attest to this review; several years ago, a bunch followed Dad and I there after the track and inhaled some of the best pizza in the region. :ThmbUp: The one bad part is, it's a fairly small place, so you may end up waiting a bit.

Also, for steaks, I realize it's a chain, but there's a Delmonico's in Latham. Take the Thruway south to exit 2W, merge onto Route 5 West (otherwise known as Central Avenue), and it'll be on your right. For a chain, you can't do better (24 ounces of beef for $17!).

Mike at A+
07-27-2010, 10:16 AM
I'm telling you, for pizza we found a GEM right near the track. I'm originally from Brooklyn so my pizza standard is as high as it gets. I didn't even remember the name of the place but after a few Googles, I think it's called Christina's and located at 654 Saratoga Road, Gansevoort (Route 9 just north of the track). It's in a little strip mall which also happens to feature our favorite sandwich shop, "Kelley's Deli" where we usually stop for our track lunch.

As for the pizza at Christina's, if you like the thin crust variety (as I do), I think you'll agree that this place is top notch and it reminds me of the good old days growing up in Brooklyn. I knew from the crunch of the first bite that this was serious pizza. The center of most pizzas tends to be soggy and more flexible than the part closest the crust but these slices defy gravity and literally melt in your mouth. There are only about 3 or 4 tables in this joint but we arrived on a Saturday right after the races started and the place was empty.

OTM Al
07-27-2010, 05:25 PM
Alas there still is no good Chinese anywhere near to be had....I have my own favorite pizza place up there too, so at least that is well covered.

Mike at A+
07-27-2010, 06:47 PM
Alas there still is no good Chinese anywhere near to be had....I have my own favorite pizza place up there too, so at least that is well covered.
Actually we found a decent Chinese place but it's take out only. It's on Route 9 in Glens Falls between exits 17 and 18 on the Northway. It's in a strip mall that also has a grocery store (Grand Union I think). You can easily miss it. It's on the right as you're heading north. For "sit down" Chinese, we usually go to Flower Drum Song in Queensbury. It's good but not by NYC standards.

Vinman
07-27-2010, 07:41 PM
Actually we found a decent Chinese place but it's take out only. It's on Route 9 in Glens Falls between exits 17 and 18 on the Northway. It's in a strip mall that also has a grocery store (Grand Union I think). You can easily miss it. It's on the right as you're heading north. For "sit down" Chinese, we usually go to Flower Drum Song in Queensbury. It's good but not by NYC standards.

On the way home from the SPA last night I stopped for a burger, coke & vanilla custard cone (the kind I envisioned the Shake Shack would be serving). Great pit stop. On the way home, I had 101.3 on the radio with the infamous John Tesh at the controls.....every two minutes a new way to improve your life or keep you from ruining it....LOL! Among last night's revelations....."Chinese food is bad for you!.....they cook everything in these heavy oils....then there are these heavy sauces.....stay away....even the veggies!!!....if you must have Chinese.....order it steamed.....and hold the sauces".

I wonder if the syndicated Tesh has ever been to PJ's : )

Now pass me a tongue depressor.....LOL!

Vinman

SilverSow
07-28-2010, 01:53 PM
Have a SPAC brochure. Was hoping I might be there for something I'd like but won't. Would go see Tom Petty again. Haven't seen him since he did that tour with Bob Dylan back in the mid 80s but bet he can still put on a show. Unfortunately not coming in til that night and it will be too late by then. Here's what's coming up:

July 30: Maroon 5 with Guster
July 31: Sting
August 1: O.A.R
August 2: Counting Crows
August 8: John Mayer
August 17: KISS
August 25: Creed
August 27: Tom Petty with Crosby Still and Nash

Have seen Sting before, but this one is with the Royal Philharmonic and there are no cheap seats, so I'll pass. KISS is almost worth the camp factor...but no.

Hi all...

Prices are outa sight for the Petty/CSN show - and for that, if you only like one of the bands, you'll get the abbreviated "casino length" show. I'm catching CSN solo on 8/31 at Bethel Woods and the following night at Tanglewood - for much more reasonable ticket prices...

Your mileage may vary...

Dave

SilverSow
07-28-2010, 01:56 PM
For restaurants, there are several great options just north of Albany. For pizza and Italian food, Spiak's is a great place. From Saratoga, take the Thruway south to exit 7, and after a few miles, take the exit for 787 northbound. Take a left at the light, followed by a left at the next light, and go down that road maybe three-quarters of a mile. It's a white building behind a sizable parking lot on the right side. Some PA members can attest to this review; several years ago, a bunch followed Dad and I there after the track and inhaled some of the best pizza in the region. :ThmbUp: The one bad part is, it's a fairly small place, so you may end up waiting a bit.

Also, for steaks, I realize it's a chain, but there's a Delmonico's in Latham. Take the Thruway south to exit 2W, merge onto Route 5 West (otherwise known as Central Avenue), and it'll be on your right. For a chain, you can't do better (24 ounces of beef for $17!).
My son is directionally challenged... the Spiak's directions should say exit 7 off the Northway & take Rt. 7 EAST to 787 north.

And Delmonico's is on Central Ave. in Albany - but the Northway exit he gave you is correct... :)

Dave

Figman
07-28-2010, 04:08 PM
Went by Spiak's last night. They were closed and a sign said they would open in August. They must not check when the track is open in 2010?????

Saratoga_Mike
07-29-2010, 05:03 AM
Actually we found a decent Chinese place but it's take out only. It's on Route 9 in Glens Falls between exits 17 and 18 on the Northway. It's in a strip mall that also has a grocery store (Grand Union I think). You can easily miss it. It's on the right as you're heading north. For "sit down" Chinese, we usually go to Flower Drum Song in Queensbury. It's good but not by NYC standards.

I think you're referring to the Chinese restaurant in South Glens Falls in the Hannaford shopping plaza (it was a Grand Union until about 10 yrs ago). Take exit 17, drive north about 4 miles or so and the Hannaford Plaza is on the right side, right across from a bowling alley. I've never had the Chinese there, though.

If you're looking for a real Glens Falls area tradition, go to the New Way Lunch on South Street in Glens Falls. To locals, it's known as Dirty John's (it isn't really dirty). They serve hot dogs with what I consider the best sauce in the world.

Mike at A+
07-29-2010, 09:35 AM
I think you're referring to the Chinese restaurant in South Glens Falls in the Hannaford shopping plaza (it was a Grand Union until about 10 yrs ago). Take exit 17, drive north about 4 miles or so and the Hannaford Plaza is on the right side, right across from a bowling alley. I've never had the Chinese there, though.

If you're looking for a real Glens Falls area tradition, go to the New Way Lunch on South Street in Glens Falls. To locals, it's known as Dirty John's (it isn't really dirty). They serve hot dogs with what I consider the best sauce in the world.
Yes you're right. I do remember that it's Hannaford. We've been staying at the Landmark for over 30 years so I don't catch all the subtle changes to the surrounding local businesses as we usually get on the Northway to travel north from the motel. Since you mentioned hot dogs and you're familiar with the area, have you ever been to that place called "Michigan Hot Dogs" (I think). I believe it's also on 9 just before it starts to bend left going toward Civic Center. We always wondered what a Michigan Hot Dog was but never stopped there to eat. We're very picky about hot dogs. If a hot dog isn't in natural casing, we pass on it. I worked in a butcher as a kid and grew up on Boar's Head hot dogs and now that we have a Wegman's near us in PA, we buy a brand called Hoffmann's which is made in Rochester, NY.

Another question concerns Massi's Italian Restaurant. We used to include it in our dining options but noticed that a few ago, it seemed to go downhill a bit and wondered if anything significant contributed to that (like a change in ownership or a different chef). In Glens Falls, we still make it a point to hit Davidson's and the little Thai/Sushi place right up the block

Saratoga_Mike
07-29-2010, 04:30 PM
Yes you're right. I do remember that it's Hannaford. We've been staying at the Landmark for over 30 years so I don't catch all the subtle changes to the surrounding local businesses as we usually get on the Northway to travel north from the motel. Since you mentioned hot dogs and you're familiar with the area, have you ever been to that place called "Michigan Hot Dogs" (I think). I believe it's also on 9 just before it starts to bend left going toward Civic Center. We always wondered what a Michigan Hot Dog was but never stopped there to eat. We're very picky about hot dogs. If a hot dog isn't in natural casing, we pass on it. I worked in a butcher as a kid and grew up on Boar's Head hot dogs and now that we have a Wegman's near us in PA, we buy a brand called Hoffmann's which is made in Rochester, NY.

Another question concerns Massi's Italian Restaurant. We used to include it in our dining options but noticed that a few ago, it seemed to go downhill a bit and wondered if anything significant contributed to that (like a change in ownership or a different chef). In Glens Falls, we still make it a point to hit Davidson's and the little Thai/Sushi place right up the block

If you're referring to the Thai place on Glen Street, it went out of business last fall/winter, if my memory serves. There was a lease dispute with the landlord. I think they were going to relocate, but I'm not sure it happened. As for Massi's, I haven't been in there in 10 yrs and it was an eyesore at that point and the food was notch below the Olive Garden (no easy feat), in my opinion. If there's been a further decline, I believe it's b/c the original family patriarch isn't running things anymore. There are three well known hot dog places in the Glens Falls area: New Way Lunch (I highly recommend and I rarely eat hot dogs), Zack's and the Dog Shack (may be out of business at this pt). I'm not aware of any hot dog place near the Civic Center. If there is perhaps it's a chain of some sort. The Landmark seems to have a loyal group of customers during track season. They must do a good job.

sonnyp
07-29-2010, 05:09 PM
funny......50 years ago, schenectady was a real factory town. it had the largest general electric plant in the world operating 24/7 and the american locomotive plant also 24/7.

there were 2 greek hotdog joints literally a couple doors apart on lower albany street. they had the grills right in the front windows and customers mostly from the factories would lineup out the doors for those dogs with that "secret sauce" aroud the clock.

one was newest lunch and the other was neway lunch. they disappeared with the demise of the factories. i wonder if the neway in glens falls has a connection to the old one in schenectady ?

Mike at A+
07-29-2010, 06:07 PM
If you're referring to the Thai place on Glen Street, it went out of business last fall/winter, if my memory serves. There was a lease dispute with the landlord. I think they were going to relocate, but I'm not sure it happened. As for Massi's, I haven't been in there in 10 yrs and it was an eyesore at that point and the food was notch below the Olive Garden (no easy feat), in my opinion. If there's been a further decline, I believe it's b/c the original family patriarch isn't running things anymore. There are three well known hot dog places in the Glens Falls area: New Way Lunch (I highly recommend and I rarely eat hot dogs), Zack's and the Dog Shack (may be out of business at this pt). I'm not aware of any hot dog place near the Civic Center. If there is perhaps it's a chain of some sort. The Landmark seems to have a loyal group of customers during track season. They must do a good job.
Actually the hot dog place I was referring to isn't near the Civic Center. It's closer to the SaraGlen Motel. It's on Rt. 9 BEFORE it bends left into Glens Falls downtown. If the Thai place is closed my wife is going to be pissed - my kids too. We all loved that place. We'll need to find a substitute so if anyone can recommend a good Thai restaurant we'd certainly appreciate it. You're right about the Landmark. We're very close with the owner and my dad was close with his father when he ran the place. Rooms are very clean and comfortable, he has an indoor and outdoor pool and a gym, pool table (free), meeting room, free continental breakfast on weekends and free wireless internet. And the landscaping is done very nicely. A lot of "regulars" stay there, some for the entire season and there is usually a brainstorming session every evening before a race day in the meeting room. There are cheaper places to stay but for the extra few bucks we think it's still a good deal. We usually take Rt 9 to the track, the scenic, leisurely route.

What's your take on Sergio's? The Landmark owner eats there a lot and says it's good but he isn't Italian so I don't trust his taste. I'd rather get the opinion of a NYC Italian like me who grew up eating grandma's cooking.

Bubbles
07-29-2010, 09:21 PM
Went by Spiak's last night. They were closed and a sign said they would open in August. They must not check when the track is open in 2010?????

The management does usually take a vacation of a week or two at some point in the summer. That's essentially the long and short of it; it's weird timing, but maybe they got a great deal on a trip or something!

OTM Al
07-30-2010, 06:45 AM
Back at last. Got in last night. Fairly uneventful ride up other than when I sat down too quick and caught my rear end on the arm rest. I think that left a mark.

We went to Mexican Connection last night. I'd been before and remembered liking it and didn't really feel like braving Broadway if I wanted some Tex-Mex type fare. Had the sampler plate for staters. Seems everyone has some variation of that spinach artichoke dip and let me tell you, it works on chips just as well as little bread. The plate also had the more traditional guacamole, which I am out of the habit of eating. Haven't had it because avocado is deadly poison to my parrots so I never bring any in the house and don't even order it with anything in case there are leftovers. Also included was a couple very tasty tamales. For dinner I got the burrito. Just went old school and had it with beans and cheese. It is a little bland that way and if I have it again I may ask them to put a little onion or red sauce in there, but it was good and the thing is enormous. The wife had the tamales which came with rice, beans and salad as well. At first I did think the prices were just a little high, but
given the size of all the portions, it is fair.

Today is a late start for racing. We are going to go to the gym first, which is something I should get in the habit of. Couple good races at Goodwood today, but it may be for the best if I miss as my current sucker horse, Cavalryman, is running. Watch him win now.......

Mike at A+
07-30-2010, 09:05 AM
A few years ago in Saratoga, near the track at 135 Crescent Street, we went to an authentic Mexican restaurant called Leon's (owned by ex-jockey Filiberto Leon). Their "schtick" (as it is with so many other Mexican restaurants lately) is that they make everything from scratch. We weren't disappointed in the least. The drinks were awesome, appetizers excellent and the overall quality and freshness of the food was outstanding. The prices were a little bit higher than average but well worth it. Since we never made it back there, I was uncertain if they were still there but a quick Google seems to show that they are still going strong. Their menu is online as well as a $5 printable internet coupon ($35 minimum purchase). We'll probably go there for dinner one night during our stay.

My dad used to love Filiberto Leon because he was one of those jockeys who gave 100% all the time. He never got the "good" mounts but you always got an honest run for your money with him. I remember once betting $20 to win on a horse he rode (his only mount of the day - and probably the week) who didn't have a chance on paper. It was a 1 mile race (I think on the turf) and he gunned it from the getgo taking the early lead. In the stretch the cavalry charge looked like they would all pass him but somehow he urged his horse on to hold on by a nose in a tight photo. I remember it like it was yesterday. He went off exactly 24/1 and I collected exactly $500. My son (then about 12 years old) and I waited by the jockey's quarters where my son handed the winning jockey a pen and the program opened to the page of the race just run and we got his autograph. Filiberto wasn't used to signing autographs probably due to the infrequency of winners but he was happy to oblige on this occasion. A few years later when we ate at his restaurant he actually remembered us and came over to our table to say hello.

OTM Al
07-30-2010, 10:10 AM
Looks like it's going to be a beautiful day here. Got cold enough last night that I needed to get under the blankets. This is welcome relief to the steamy conditions in the city.

I have made my way to Bunbury's for some English racing action. The Glorious Goodwood meet has some really nice cards and runs through tomorrow. Have a play or two. Any day but Sundays when I'm here, I'll be here early so if you are around, stop by and say hello. I'll be the tallish, going grey looking fellow usually sitting on the front right side.

Shockingly, there is still grass in the back yard, but after this weekend it'll probably be stomped to death.

OTM Al
07-30-2010, 12:09 PM
People drifting in already. Guess they're doing college day today. Idea was to get the local kids more involved rather than the kids from the local colleges so having it a lot earlier this year. They are giving away prizes and a thousand dollar scholarship after each race.

One more race at Goodwood for me, the Oak Tree. Ever wonder why there was a Goodwood Stakes during the Oak Tree meet? Well, here ya go. Had the winner in the first race I bet, but dismissed the second place runner, so not so good for an exacta player. One more shot then I'm off to wander bit.

Don't really like the card here today. Have a good play in the feature, but saw nothing else to catch my eye. That's ok though as the weekend looks to have some good action.

toetoe
07-30-2010, 01:40 PM
August 25: Creed




Musical offering from D-2-U ? :jump: .

OTM Al
07-30-2010, 02:16 PM
Place is filling up well. Lost my last Goodwood bet. This time we had the right horse picked for second but not first. So it goes. On my way out I ran into Bubbles and Silver Sow. Hopefully I will find them a little later. Just did a bit of a walk around but didn't see them. Will go look again after a while. Also ran into a couple people who work on or with the track that I hadn't seen for a while including race track troubadour Ernie Munick.

Had my first burger and fries from the Shack, the institution just outside the Nelson Ave entrance. Greasy as ever, though I think prices may have gone up. Walked by the Talking Horses show as they were finishing up the day's card. The sound for the live audience is much better this year. Writing now from the Museum as I really only like the feature today, so I'm going to read a bit and then see if I can find Bubbles and dad.

OTM Al
07-30-2010, 04:50 PM
Well guys, I did a couple laps of the track all the way up to the top of the stretch and couldn't find you. If I had that half a brain I've been accused of I would have walked with you until you found a spot. Seems I forgot how crowded it can get here and it's a pretty good crowd. Not give away crazy but full. Let me know if you are going to get a chance to come again and I would be glad to meet up.

Can't say enough how nice the day turned out. If every day was like this I don't think I would ever leave

Bubbles
07-30-2010, 10:08 PM
Sorry we missed you, Al; we ended up at a table (one of the last 2 or 3 in the backyard!) behind some of the College Day stuff, so it's not a shock that you couldn't find us. We'll look forward to running into you in a few weeks.

It really WAS a beautiful day today. The one glaring imperfection: Late scratches. They scratched the then-favorite in the third, making it a four-horse field, and then proceeded to do the same with the chalk in the feature AND the chalk in the finale. It really threw off the pools and rendered earlier wagering judgments made based on them moot. I dunno what the deal was with any of the three horses in question; hopefully someone out there knows something.

OTM Al
07-31-2010, 08:59 AM
Went by there on my first pass and remember looking at the kids in line to sign up and thinking the promo was going well. Such is the power of a brief distraction to make you miss the goal. Well, at least I know where we are sitting in a couple weeks.

The one race I played at the Spa yesterday turned out badly, but today is another day. Card is pretty good today and think I'll have five or so on the card.

Last night Party at the Spa was pretty successful. There was a very good cover band playing from the deck at the Shake Shack and a good crowd sticking around to listen. Afterward we went to Gaffney's for dinner. I broke an important rule which is never go for Cajun outside of Louisiana and got their jambalaya. Can't say it was all that good, but I saw a lot of other dishes being served that looked very good, so that bad is on me.

Whoever says racing is a dying, old person sport has never been to Saratoga. The streets last night were packed with young people, there were bands playing and the dance clubs were full. Maybe they don't bet a lot now, but you have to start somewhere.

Today looks even nicer than yesterday. Time to go meet it.

OTM Al
07-31-2010, 02:51 PM
What a beautiful day! Started out as usual at Bunbury's. Hit the first race I played, again with my saver, but lost the other two plays. No luck so far on the Spa card, but have only played two races. Gets better later. Offtrack popped in while I was at Bunbury's. No racing there tomorrow, but may play a race or two from Windsor on Monday.

My friend Tom called me up, so I spent the first part of the card with him on the backstretch. Different back there. They have a grill back there with really cheap prices, four or five betting windows, a couple banks of monitors and bathrooms, so it is all set up. People generally just bring in the lawn chairs and kick back for the afternoon. Pretty cool hearing the gates spring for sprint races. Back inside now though. Felt the sunburn starting, which I want no part of. I have become weak......

OTM Al
07-31-2010, 05:42 PM
Keep just missing today and the Diana hurt the worst. Loved the 6, but unfortunately hated the 1 and the biggest part of the play was 6-4. That would have paid well....

Otherwise it was an enjoyable race. Went to the paddock beforehand, briefly taunted the non board member of the tv analysts with my iPad (he really wants one now) and then watched the race from a little quiet spot we've found on thevraio, just into the first turn.

One last race for the day. See if we can get out with bookend wins. Could have went to the paddock for this one too, but figured it would be way crowded and don't care too much about any of them.

Sam the bugler played "Yankee Doodle" for the "dandy" part I guess. We figured he should have played that cheesy Go Jim Dandy song from the 70s. What was that, something like Black Oak Arkansas? If I am right about that, I feel shame......

Vinman
08-01-2010, 08:52 AM
After hitting the late Pick 4 for $1,070 for a buck yesterday on a $432 pooled bet with some friends, I'm at the bottom of the clubhouse escaltor talking on my cell about 45 min after the last race and who comes walking down the jockey's path from the Clubhouse.....the winning trainer of yesterday's 11th race.....Mr. D. Wayne Lukas, still sporting his dapper dark blue suit and yellow tie, walking with a considerable bounce in his step. I interrupt my cell phone conversation with my brother long enough for an "on the fly" handshake with D. Wayne, as I said "Congratulations Mr. Lukas....I just hit the Pick 4". Without missing a beat, he smiled and said "So did I". Nice to see him break an ofer 16 skid at the SPA.....and for Mary Lou ....and on turf no less! That horse looked like Steinlen, ahead by 4 at the top of the stretch.

I haven't done the math, but Leparoux's horse at 11.50-1 that ran 2nd was paying $1,400 for a deuce in the P4 versus $2,140 for a deuce and a $19.80 win mutuel for Wowwowwow. So I suspect D. Wayne & Co "backed up the truck" to bet this horse in the win pool. He was 7-1 for most of the betting off a 15-1 morning line. His better of two Thorograph turf figs was a 9. The other was a 17. British Banker, 1.30-1 fave, had run a 6 & 7 last two outs but was stuck out in post 9. His P4 will pay was just $359, one of the two losing outcomes we had along with $614 for the 2 horse. We decided not to make any adjustments in the win pool on these low paying horses, as that hardly ever works out.....just take whatever comes and reload next time.

Spotted before the first race, also sporting a dark blue suit, Iron Chef Bobby Flay, who ran a firster in the 6th.

Vinman

OTM Al
08-01-2010, 10:23 AM
Good job on that one. The wife came close but missed in the Jim Dandy. I gave up playing P4s at least for a while, but maybe I'll get back in the swing later in the meet.

It's another perfect day today. Went to the gym this morning. It was so much easier twenty years ago.....oh well at least I didn't puke. At the Museum now. No English racing on Sundays, so I always come here to read. Have a few picks today, so maybe better luck than yesterday. Playing a contest at Monmouth also. It's free and you can register for about another forty minutes I think. Got to pick all 14 races on the card. Go to haskellgame.com. Think I'll throw $2 to win on each of my picks for fun and see if I make a profit. Going to play the Matchmaker as well. The (Eddie) Haskell doesn't really excite me that much as a betting race, but I will be watching.

Time to read a little Ovid. Where last we left the story, the three sisters who refused to join the cult of Bacchus were spinning and telling stories. The first was why the fruit of the mulberry was dark. Now on the second story in which the divine aspect of the sun has fallen for a mortal woman. This won't end well I'm sure......

OTM Al
08-01-2010, 11:51 AM
For those playing at home, the picks at Monmouth are as follows
1: 9
2: 9
3: 6
4: 4
5: 2
6: 4
7: 1
8: 4
9: 6
10: 2
11: 6
12: 1 (oh Mrs Cleaver!)
13: 9
14: 5

Fourteen races. What happened to less is more? The final race is a sad commentary on the $1500 for just showing up as we have a horse coming off a three year layoff. He did win his only start, but still.....

OTM Al
08-01-2010, 02:20 PM
I forgot to relate the most humorous event of the day. If you come in through the Nelson Ave entrance, you know how you get forced through that small entryway way and are bombarded by touts, pink sheet kids, Salvation Army bell ringers that never stop, and what ever else group that isn't exactly allowed on track. So when we come in, two touts are bragging to each other, with one saying he had the late pick four and the Monmouth pick five on his picks. I mean it's one thing for these guys telling stories to the public, but telling them to each other was just killing me. I wanted to tell them I had all the winners yesterday as they were all printed in my racing form. Seriously, does anyone really buy these things?

Mike at A+
08-01-2010, 06:25 PM
I forgot to relate the most humorous event of the day. If you come in through the Nelson Ave entrance, you know how you get forced through that small entryway way and are bombarded by touts, pink sheet kids, Salvation Army bell ringers that never stop, and what ever else group that isn't exactly allowed on track. So when we come in, two touts are bragging to each other, with one saying he had the late pick four and the Monmouth pick five on his picks. I mean it's one thing for these guys telling stories to the public, but telling them to each other was just killing me. I wanted to tell them I had all the winners yesterday as they were all printed in my racing form. Seriously, does anyone really buy these things?
Nope - but I do throw a few bucks into the nun's basket on the way in and tell her to hold it for me just in case I lose my shirt and need to buy another one. :lol:

CurtisontheBay
08-01-2010, 07:30 PM
For those playing at home, the picks at Monmouth are as follows
1: 9
2: 9
3: 6
4: 4
5: 2
6: 4
7: 1
8: 4
9: 6
10: 2
11: 6
12: 1 (oh Mrs Cleaver!)
13: 9
14: 5

Fourteen races. What happened to less is more? The final race is a sad commentary on the $1500 for just showing up as we have a horse coming off a three year layoff. He did win his only start, but still.....

You bet $28 and got back $33.80 :ThmbUp:

OTM Al
08-01-2010, 09:46 PM
You bet $28 and got back $33.80 :ThmbUp:


I was just about to brag on that one! Came on like gangbusters after a poor start. Got down to my last ten bucks and then rallied to get back up to about $145 and just missed hitting the super in the 10th at toga. Perhaps this bodes well.

I don't give much in the way of betting tips, but if it doesn't rain here tonight, and the sky have cleared, speed on the turf is holding.

Finally got to Sperry's tonight. Not the best dining I've had up here, but it was solid. Started with the clams and crab cakes (I know, it isn't Baltimore) and both were very good. For entree I had the pan seared scallops that were served over a rice and corn mix with carrots and squash. Very nice. The wife had the wasabi shrimp. They were large prawns with a zingy sauce. We finished with the cheesecake in a jar. Don't ask, just get it. Only hiccough was a period where the waiter vanished for a little too long before bringing the entree. We had also ordered a Parmesan gnocchi side that was never brought, but it also wasn't on the bill. A mistake, but not one compounded. It is pricy and the portions are fine dining sized, ie small, but no complaints.

I also should relate I tried the Blue Smoke for lunch. Was going to go to Shake Shack but didn't want to wait on line at Shake Shack, which seems to be doing well, but Blue Smoke is priced too high. I had the pulled pork sandwich. It was quite good. Very juicy, zingy sauce, good roll, but it wasn't $9 good. They really need to drop that one down to about $7 and their other items similarly and then I think business there will pick up too.

See some people were mocking Rachel because of the result of the Ruffian. Those front two put on a strong race. 1:48.1. Asked the wife if she thought Winslow Homer ran fast and she said yes. Then I told her that one went in 1:49.7. Yeah. I love Winslow too. I didn't bet the race as it was too short in price, but I sure cheered for him. Hope he stays sound, but I'm not counting on it.

How about the Haskell though. I've said it before this weekend started. The Belmont was a good betting race but it is a negative key.

Ok, enough for tonight. Going to hit the gym tomorrow morning again and I will be hurting.

OTM Al
08-02-2010, 09:52 AM
Was thinking more about Unbridled Belle yesterday. We went to see her in the paddock before the race. She's a beautiful horse but she's bug nuts. She can't be led into the paddock. They brought her in with an exercise rider on her back led by a lead pony. Saddling her was an adventure as it basically was done on the move over about a 20 yard span and then the lead pony had to come back to her. It make you wonder how much energy was lost by her in all that. How good could she really be if she would behave. She actually looks a little more turfish to me in her build, but who knows.

It looks another nice day here. The rain did not come last night. There could be some this afternoon, but I think the turf course should still be set up for one more day for speed. Personally I hit the gym again. I am hurting, but at least today I didn't feel like puking. Baby steps. Going to go over to the Museum and read. There is English racing today, but it is low end stuff. Can't play that level here or there. Just started the sisters' third story. As expected, the last one ended poorly. The girl's father buried her alive after discovering her affair with the Sun. In death she became the origin of the frankincense bush. Such is the theme of the whole work, changes, thus the name Metamorphoses was given it.

OTM Al
08-02-2010, 01:51 PM
Yeah. I love Winslow too. I didn't bet the race as it was too short in price, but I sure cheered for him. Hope he stays sound, but I'm not counting on it.

Well sadly that was prophetic. He had to be vanned from the test barn. Another fracture. He'll be ok, but it's time to stop breeding Unbridled's Song. They all seem to break.

Had a Cantina burrito from Restaurant Row a while ago. Pretty good though this exercise thing is making me ravenous. Very fresh tasting and big.

Today is a bit more humid than it has been. A bit overcast too, so late afternoon showers are a possibility.

We want to go to the Fasig-Tipton sale tonight. If I had money I would love to take a look at hip 31. Sired by Hard Spun, half to Lost in the Fog. He could be fast......I loved both of those horses. Have a copy of that Lost in the Fog documentary, but I can't watch it.

OTM Al
08-03-2010, 08:04 AM
Heading back home in a bit for another week and a half. Next weekend is the second and last I won't be here. Sure wish I could stay. It's been pretty much perfect up here, well except for my selections. Yesterday was a complete bomb and all but tapped me out. Was really close a couple times early, but it just got worse from there. So it goes.

Guess Discretely Mine is a good sprinter. Won't make that mistake again.

Went to the sales last night. It was packed. Saw several big trainers and even Calvin Borel was seen slipping through the crowd. Of course it was full of very wealthy people. You can tell who has money as many tend to wear a kind of uniform. Clothes you know cost a bundle that just don't quite match, like red pants with a yellow shirt and a blue blazer. Almost garish, but not quite. And they tend to have odd haircuts which always are perfectly in place. There must be some sort of training for that.

The half to Lost in the Fog went for only $90,000. There was also a full brother to Ghostzapoer, but he was bid only to $135,000 and didn't meet his reserve. They are yearlings though, so it is a real crap shoot. You could really tell the difference between the February foals and those from May though. Some still had a lot of growing to do.

Better get cleaned up now. Will one again have the wife pass along tidbits. I believe she may be going to visit Funny Cide tonight.

Saratoga_Mike
08-03-2010, 05:39 PM
[QUOTE=Mike at A+]Actually the hot dog place I was referring to isn't near the Civic Center. It's closer to the SaraGlen Motel. It's on Rt. 9 BEFORE it bends left into Glens Falls downtown. If the Thai place is closed my wife is going to be pissed - my kids too. We all loved that place. We'll need to find a substitute so if anyone can recommend a good Thai restaurant we'd certainly appreciate it. QUOTE]

The Thai restaurant on Glen Street definitely went out of business. Whether it relocated somewhere else in Glens Falls, I'm not sure. As for the Michigan hot dog place, I think you're referring to Cathy and Ron's Diner (wooden-board exterior), which is located right before the intersection of Feeder Dam Rd and Route 9 (right before the Hannaford Plaza). I've never heard anyone going there just for the hot dogs. There's excellent Thai food (Sushi Thai Garden) right in Saratoga on Phila Street. I last ate there in May and it was excellent as usual.

Mike at A+
08-03-2010, 07:02 PM
[QUOTE=Mike at A+]Actually the hot dog place I was referring to isn't near the Civic Center. It's closer to the SaraGlen Motel. It's on Rt. 9 BEFORE it bends left into Glens Falls downtown. If the Thai place is closed my wife is going to be pissed - my kids too. We all loved that place. We'll need to find a substitute so if anyone can recommend a good Thai restaurant we'd certainly appreciate it. QUOTE]

The Thai restaurant on Glen Street definitely went out of business. Whether it relocated somewhere else in Glens Falls, I'm not sure. As for the Michigan hot dog place, I think you're referring to Cathy and Ron's Diner (wooden-board exterior), which is located right before the intersection of Feeder Dam Rd and Route 9 (right before the Hannaford Plaza). I've never heard anyone going there just for the hot dogs. There's excellent Thai food (Sushi Thai Garden) right in Saratoga on Phila Street. I last ate there in May and it was excellent as usual.
Thanks, I guess we'll check it out. I also remember another pretty good sushi place a bit off the beaten path (possibly on Route 50). If traveling south on the main drag (9), you make a right on the block near the Banana Republic and then go about a mile or two through a seedy neighborhood and it's on the left. We had lunch there a few years ago and it was quite good. We'll probably hit Davidson's in Glens Falls our first night which is a Saturday so there will likely be some entertainment. The next 11 days are going to go real slow but will be worth the wait.

Saratoga_Mike
08-07-2010, 08:11 AM
[QUOTE=Saratoga_Mike]
Thanks, I guess we'll check it out. I also remember another pretty good sushi place a bit off the beaten path (possibly on Route 50). If traveling south on the main drag (9), you make a right on the block near the Banana Republic and then go about a mile or two through a seedy neighborhood and it's on the left. We had lunch there a few years ago and it was quite good. We'll probably hit Davidson's in Glens Falls our first night which is a Saturday so there will likely be some entertainment. The next 11 days are going to go real slow but will be worth the wait.

Your favorite Thai place in Glens Falls did shutdown b/c of a lease dispute, but I'm told it reopened right up the street. I hope the food hasn't changed!

Mike at A+
08-07-2010, 03:04 PM
[QUOTE=Mike at A+]

Your favorite Thai place in Glens Falls did shutdown b/c of a lease dispute, but I'm told it reopened right up the street. I hope the food hasn't changed!
Thanks! That's great news. When you say "up the street", I'm assuming in the opposite direction of Davidson's (North)? And if so, how far and on which side of the street? If I remember correctly, it used to be across the street from the bed showroom and a pool hall.

OTM Al
08-09-2010, 09:19 AM
A quiet weekend at home. My last non-Spa weekend. The wife has been pretty busy with many events recent and in the future, so she has had little time to get out and about. She did however get to meet Funny Cide Sunday. He evidently has a tendency to bite and is a bit stubborn according to his owner, Jack Knowlton, who she spoke with for a while.

For me, haven't done much betting. Had a whole American dollar left in my account which I turned to $9 on Saturday taking Blame over Quality Road. I thought Haynesfield would take him on and wear him down and Blame would catch him in the stretch. Not quite what happened but got the result. Then I turned it into $4 by betting Bribon over Majesticperfection. Might have worked in Big Drama had challeneged like I thought he would, but I guess they were happy with second money. Not sure but the track seemed to let speed hold too in the couple races I watched, but could have been coincidence.

Excited to get back Friday. Pace Advantage week starts Saturday, which is always fun. Our seats will be in the back right hand side corner just like the last couple years. If you come by the tent early and I'm not there yet, have a look for me down the way at Bunbury's.

Saratoga_Mike
08-09-2010, 06:16 PM
[QUOTE=Saratoga_Mike]
Thanks! That's great news. When you say "up the street", I'm assuming in the opposite direction of Davidson's (North)? And if so, how far and on which side of the street? If I remember correctly, it used to be across the street from the bed showroom and a pool hall.

Sorry, I had asked someone if it relocated and all he said was "yeah just up the street (Glen Street)." If it were more than a block away, he would have told me, I think.

Mike at A+
08-09-2010, 06:57 PM
[QUOTE=Mike at A+]

Sorry, I had asked someone if it relocated and all he said was "yeah just up the street (Glen Street)." If it were more than a block away, he would have told me, I think.
OK, that works. There isn't much on the next block. It gets a little more "residential" in that direction. We'll find it I'm sure.

Arriving Saturday, may do Davidson's that evening and we'll take a walk around.

Saratoga_Mike
08-09-2010, 07:29 PM
[QUOTE=Saratoga_Mike]
OK, that works. There isn't much on the next block. It gets a little more "residential" in that direction. We'll find it I'm sure.

Arriving Saturday, may do Davidson's that evening and we'll take a walk around.

Here you go:

Just wanted to let everyone know Siam Thai Sushi is open once again! It is located two stores down from its older location on Glen Street. The phone number is the same (518-792-6111) and the food is better than ever!

OTM Al
08-11-2010, 10:45 AM
Not sure if anyone on the board is playing, but the big event today and tomorrow is the DRF/NHC sponsored "Battle of Saratoga" handicapping contest. Limited to 100 players with a $1000 entry fee, not only will the top three finishers get spots in Vegas (as well as a good payday for the top finishers) but the winner will be awarded the nifty Diamond Jim Brady Cup. So if any of you are involved in this, best of luck.

JustRalph
08-11-2010, 12:17 PM
Not sure if anyone on the board is playing, but the big event today and tomorrow is the DRF/NHC sponsored "Battle of Saratoga" handicapping contest. Limited to 100 players with a $1000 entry fee, not only will the top three finishers get spots in Vegas (as well as a good payday for the top finishers) but the winner will be awarded the nifty Diamond Jim Brady Cup. So if any of you are involved in this, best of luck.

Damn! Too bad I missed it ............ :rolleyes: :lol:

mabred
08-11-2010, 01:13 PM
Can someone direct me to a good sports bar to watch
the game thurs night 8/12 It would be nice if it served good food also
I'm new to saratoga don't know much about it!!

thanks for any help

ma bred

OTM Al
08-11-2010, 01:19 PM
Hey mabred. The biggest sportsbar there is Stadium which sits right on Broadway. The food I've had there is ok, though the wife had a pretty bad experience with them a couple weeks ago. They also have a west side version (you can google them, they have a web site) that was also ok, though I've also heard bad service grumblings as well. Can't think of anywhere else to watch a game other than bars, which would be hit or miss depending on exactly what team you might be interested in seeing.

mabred
08-11-2010, 01:31 PM
thanks AL

I'm looking to watch the Pats
If its a bar so be it , My son will be with me
and he loves bars.Thanks for the info

ma

OTM Al
08-11-2010, 01:35 PM
thanks AL

I'm looking to watch the Pats
If its a bar so be it , My son will be with me
and he loves bars.Thanks for the info

ma

Best bet would be either of the Stadium establishments then as they both have enough TVs that they could show whatever is going on....even Pats football.....

sonnyp
08-11-2010, 01:38 PM
thanks AL

I'm looking to watch the Pats
If its a bar so be it , My son will be with me
and he loves bars.Thanks for the info

ma



"johnny luc's" on caroline street will be showing the carolina - baltimore game on espn's national telecast. i think the pats game is gonna be a tough find.

good luck

mabred
08-11-2010, 02:01 PM
sonny

thanks. the pats are playing the saints.Can't
believe they aren't on tv. I looked at espn and
the game u said is on.Hope some place has it..

ma

sonnyp
08-11-2010, 02:29 PM
sonny

thanks. the pats are playing the saints.Can't
believe they aren't on tv. I looked at espn and
the game u said is on.Hope some place has it..

ma


here's the schedule as far as network tv (some games are shown on local affiliates but you need to be in that local area)

http://www.nfl.com/schedules

i checked the nfl ntwk and appears they won't be televising preseason games

mabred
08-11-2010, 02:41 PM
sonny

one site on the web
says the pats saints will be on nfl network tv

maybe some place will show it.

thanks
ma

mabred
08-11-2010, 02:43 PM
oops its tape delay at 11pm

Grits
08-11-2010, 05:58 PM
Al, given so many of your blog entries have been about dining . . . . here's a short little slideshow from the NYT.

http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2010/08/10/dining/20100811-saratoga-slideshow.html

OTM Al
08-11-2010, 07:19 PM
Al, given so many of your blog entries have been about dining . . . . here's a short little slideshow from the NYT.

http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2010/08/10/dining/20100811-saratoga-slideshow.html

Yep, know those places pretty well. Looking forward to knowing them better!

Mike at A+
08-11-2010, 07:49 PM
Ciro's is out of my income bracket. Plus I won't be packing a suit and tie. But Hattie's is still a possibility depending on if the fried chicken urge strikes.

Just spoke to my buddy in Glens Falls and got a few dining tips:

Sergio's went downhill. Avoid.

Massi's got a lot better since we last tried it about 8 years ago. Go to.

Chianti in Saratoga a bit pricey but worth it. Go to - on a winning day.

60 hours and counting - NORTHBOUND TO HEAVEN!

Tom
08-11-2010, 08:43 PM
Made my room reservations today, and called for a table at Denny's in Albany....mmmmmmm good! :kiss:

Grits
08-11-2010, 10:04 PM
Zo and I got here today around 3:30pm; we'll stay, hopefully, as planned--for a couple of weeks. But, I sure wish this dog could drive. HELL, I know she can't but it DOES look like the least she could do is bring in her own damn luggage!!!

What a hussy!!! She ain't worth .05 cents.

I'm over here at the desk printing out pps and her sorry butt's laying in the middle of the bed, sacked out, dead to the world, like she's the one that's been driving for 12 hours. HA. :bang:

Hope to see some of you guys in a few days.;)

JustRalph
08-11-2010, 11:31 PM
Al, any new wifi up there? Is your 3g Ipad working on track?

OTM Al
08-12-2010, 07:47 AM
Al, any new wifi up there? Is your 3g Ipad working on track?

No wifi, but haven't had a problem with the 3G.

BillW
08-12-2010, 08:12 AM
I've been using Sprint at the track every year I've been up there without any trouble. Go a 1/2 hour north and you get into the dead zone really quick.

pktruckdriver
08-12-2010, 10:10 AM
Don't you guys forget when you need a cab, ya let me know.

It seems that I may be working 6 days a week, so maybe Thursday or Friday I can stop by and say hi.

I also have a few good hidden gems for eating out, but only if you ride in my cab, PM me for my number, but remember please , I am a daytime cab, not a night driver. So any big hits and then quick rides back to the city, I'm your man, lol.

Good luck all, and I do plan to stop by for a day or 2 while the PA board is here, heck I even have a few extra rooms, (unfurnushed, no bed), if interested, they really are bare rooms , only good thing is I do have Wi-Fi.

Patrick
Capiltaland Taxi Driver

pktruckdriver
08-12-2010, 12:58 PM
Made my room reservations today, and called for a table at Denny's in Albany....mmmmmmm good! :kiss:

Tom they have Denny's in the Spa now, right off Exit 15, lol.

Zaf
08-12-2010, 04:18 PM
Had the Lumberjack Slam there this past Sunday Morn, YUM :ThmbUp:
Hope to be back at the Spa by Wednesday ! :)

Z

sonnyp
08-12-2010, 07:38 PM
sonny

one site on the web
says the pats saints will be on nfl network tv

maybe some place will show it.

thanks
ma


if this is a problem please delete.



hey ma,

the game you're lookin for is being live streamed at this link :


http://www.ilemi.com/7085/1/Watch-New-Orleans-Saints-vs-New-England-Patriots/

OTM Al
08-13-2010, 07:50 PM
About an hour and a half away right now, winding along the Hudson. It's quite a lovely sight at twilight, the sun glowing red as it settles behind the western banks. Can't wait to see everyone starting tomorrow. Have a feeling it's going to be a great week and hopefully profitable as well.

OTM Al
08-14-2010, 08:29 AM
Looks like another beautiful day at the Spa. Just got done with a little workout and will be heading to the track soon. The voice of NYRA himself, Mr Tom Durkin is currently putting himself through the paces here as well.

Failed to mention the one hazard of taking the train up to Saratoga. This is when you get trapped in a car with a gaggle of increasingly drunken self absorbed party girls. They just don't shit up and their shrill voices that can even pierce through your iPod headphones. They always wear dresses they thing are cute that really don't look that good on them, but were properly expensive, always have their bottles of wine for the trip, and can't stop saying what an awesome party is on tap for the night. At least they are generally so dumb thAt they run out of things to talk about after about two hours which are two too many. Thank god they got off at Albany....

Grits
08-14-2010, 09:47 AM
Al, the young ladies are coming to Saratoga--in search of a sponsor. Yes, they have a couple of nice dresses, and they only want to talk with well suited gentlemen.

What they fail to realize while deep into their wine bottle, these guys also bought a couple of nice suits, and put a lotta gel in their hair.

They all look good, but their economically short. Neither could gather 1K between 'em. :lol:

The young men they're interested in; they can spot these young ladies a mile away. Too, they are usually simply dressed, wearing khakis and a polo shirt.

"Clothes make the man." Nah, not at Saratoga, and not all the time.

Sorry, you had to endure.:lol:

Shelby
08-14-2010, 09:49 AM
Looks like another beautiful day at the Spa. Just got done with a little workout and will be heading to the track soon. The voice of NYRA himself, Mr Tom Durkin is currently putting himself through the paces here as well.

Failed to mention the one hazard of taking the train up to Saratoga. This is when you get trapped in a car with a gaggle of increasingly drunken self absorbed party girls. They just don't shit up and their shrill voices that can even pierce through your iPod headphones. They always wear dresses they thing are cute that really don't look that good on them, but were properly expensive, always have their bottles of wine for the trip, and can't stop saying what an awesome party is on tap for the night. At least they are generally so dumb thAt they run out of things to talk about after about two hours which are two too many. Thank god they got off at Albany....

Sorry.

I'll keep it down next time.


;):lol:

Grits
08-14-2010, 10:37 AM
LOLOLOLOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL:lol: :lol: :lol:

Bubbles
08-14-2010, 10:53 AM
To those going today: Have fun and do well. SilverSow and I will be up two days next week, either Wednesday-Thursday or Thursday-Friday. There's a chance I may be up on my own for an additional day trip, but that'll be determined by events outside my control. I'm doing radio play-by-play of Little League World Series games in Bristol, CT, and a team close to the station I'm interning at (the PA state champs) is in the regional final Monday night. If they win, they go to Williamsport. Those games start Friday.

Can't wait for next week, should be a ton of fun!

CurtisontheBay
08-14-2010, 11:23 AM
Don't forget your chalkboard !

See ya soon.

OTM Al
08-14-2010, 02:42 PM
Pretty light attendance wise at the PA tables today. Just me and offtrack. Rookies stopped by to say hi and I saw slewis coming into the track. So a bit of a slowstart, but most said they wouldn't be here until Wednesday anyway, so do expect things to pick up.speed may be good here today on the dirt. Bulldogger did what he should have but the way the winner of the 4th held on in a NW2L claimer is at least a little evidence that the track may be helping the frontrunner today.

joeprunes
08-14-2010, 03:38 PM
Hey Al looking forward to getting up there. Be there thurs,fri sat of next week. Saratoga oficially starts my winter betting. I take the summer off (for golfing)..How are the europian horses treating you? The wife givin out any goodies this year, that was nice of here with the shirts last year. Till then good luck...joeprunes

CurtisontheBay
08-14-2010, 04:47 PM
see ya at the water House Thursday night !!

Mike at A+
08-14-2010, 05:55 PM
We arrived around 1:30, went straight to Christina's for pizza - yes, it's still the best pizza in Saratoga - checked in, kids hit the jacuzzi, wife and I relaxing, betting on the puter (hit a decent super at Ellis guaranteeing a winning day). Dinner and brewskis later tonight at Davidson's and track tomorrow. Weather looks great!

Mike at A+
08-14-2010, 11:35 PM
[QUOTE=Mike at A+]

Your favorite Thai place in Glens Falls did shutdown b/c of a lease dispute, but I'm told it reopened right up the street. I hope the food hasn't changed!
For the record, we ate there tonight. Outstanding! I had the red curry shrimp and the wife and kids had sushi. Everything was top notch.

Rookies
08-15-2010, 08:43 AM
It was nice to meet a face on PA! The Rookies' boys took Al's recommendation and went to the Grey Gelding for dinner- post Spa. :ThmbUp: Excellent choice, having tried four different dinner selections and the only hiccup was a bit of a wait getting our bill- busy place.

We were invited to sit with the PA contingent, but my group love that sun in front of the grandstand, pounding back the screwdrivers and beer.

I'm taking one final shot at meeting Grits today and will probably lope back to the PA guys, during my break from the sun!

Cheers.

Saratoga_Mike
08-15-2010, 08:45 AM
[QUOTE=Saratoga_Mike]
For the record, we ate there tonight. Outstanding! I had the red curry shrimp and the wife and kids had sushi. Everything was top notch.

It is in a new location, correct?

Mike at A+
08-15-2010, 09:34 AM
[QUOTE=Mike at A+]

It is in a new location, correct?
Yes, two doors down in the opposite direction of Davidson's (north). They did it up very nicely. They do some very unique sushi rolls. My kids always go right for the tuna but my wife tried something called a Zombie Roll which had soft shell crab inside and tuna, salmon and avacado outside. It was one of the best rolls we ever had anywhere. I went Thai for my dinner and that too was excellent. Total bill for 4 was only $125 including tax, 20% tip and one beer.

Saratoga_Mike
08-15-2010, 09:46 AM
[QUOTE=Saratoga_Mike]
Yes, two doors down in the opposite direction of Davidson's (north). They did it up very nicely. They do some very unique sushi rolls. My kids always go right for the tuna but my wife tried something called a Zombie Roll which had soft shell crab inside and tuna, salmon and avacado outside. It was one of the best rolls we ever had anywhere. I went Thai for my dinner and that too was excellent. Total bill for 4 was only $125 including tax, 20% tip and one beer.

Thanks. I'm going to check it out this coming week. If you ever drive up toward Lake George, you should check out Martha's - great ice cream and hot fudge sundaes. It's a favorite of locals and tourists. It's straight up Route 9 (about 13 or 14 miles north from where you're staying, I'd guess) on the left before the Great Escape/Six Flags.

OTM Al
08-15-2010, 11:39 AM
Remember some song from when I was younger about rainy days and Sundays getting the singer down. Well, it's certainly a Sunday, and with the overcast we might have the other. I think it was the beers yesterday that have me down a bit though.....

Hung out in the paddock bar for a bit after racing yesterday. It's a fun spot and while there were many patrons, it could have been fuller. I took I nice picture from there of the setting sun lighting the top of the big white pines in the back yard while strategically cropping out the filth left behind on the ground. The way the gulls were coming in, it reminded me of seeing a landfill. The clean up crews do a hell of a job at tracks and get little press for it. Anyway, I'll post the picture when I figure out how as I don't seem to be able to do it only from iPad.

After that we stopped by 9 Maple for a drink. Nice little bar, though a bit crowded, but what should be expected on a Saturday night. The wife got a laugh over some bimbo that she believes was trying to pick me up. Personally I think she was much more interested in our stools for her and her friend. Regardless, her brief presence did not detract from the bar. Not large with a dark wood decor. Had a small band playing jazzy bluesy type music. Can't tell you about the price range. The wife hit the late pick four, so she was buying.

BillW
08-15-2010, 11:43 AM
After that we stopped by 9 Maple for a drink. Nice little bar, though a bit crowded, but what should be expected on a Saturday night.

Nice selection of Scotch, but the bar is crowded when empty. Damn that place is small. :D

OTM Al
08-15-2010, 07:31 PM
Here's the picture I took last night. Had to wait to upload until could get on the laptop.

Small crowd again today. Offtrack and I held down the fort with visits again by slewis and Rookies. Rookies said Grits was about, so stop by and say hi lady! I'm ice cold at the (virtual) windows. Of course with some of the prices that hit today, I think a few people could say that. The rain fortunately held off til after racing with no more than just a few drops from time to time.

The wife brought over the Nachos from Cantina in Restaurant Row. Pretty darn good and more than one can eat, or at least one me. Pretty good and the jalapenos were quite fresh....

Doing a quiet night at home. Going to read a bit. One of the great things about ipad is that you can download silly books to read and no one knows that you are reading them. Still have a thing for cheesy epic fantasy....

Should be an interesting day tomorrow. I may be a little late as I need to do a little clothes shopping. Got an invite to the Xpress Bet DJF post golf tourney party at Johnny Luc's tomorrow night and will also be attending a benefit Friday, so must try to look decent for once.

sonnyp
08-15-2010, 07:44 PM
i would like an honest review on johnny luc's, al.

Shelby
08-15-2010, 10:52 PM
Here's the picture I took last night. Had to wait to upload until could get on the laptop.

Small crowd again today. Offtrack and I held down the fort with visits again by slewis and Rookies. Rookies said Grits was about, so stop by and say hi lady! I'm ice cold at the (virtual) windows. Of course with some of the prices that hit today, I think a few people could say that. The rain fortunately held off til after racing with no more than just a few drops from time to time.

The wife brought over the Nachos from Cantina in Restaurant Row. Pretty darn good and more than one can eat, or at least one me. Pretty good and the jalapenos were quite fresh....

Doing a quiet night at home. Going to read a bit. One of the great things about ipad is that you can download silly books to read and no one knows that you are reading them. Still have a thing for cheesy epic fantasy....

Should be an interesting day tomorrow. I may be a little late as I need to do a little clothes shopping. Got an invite to the Xpress Bet DJF post golf tourney party at Johnny Luc's tomorrow night and will also be attending a benefit Friday, so must try to look decent for once.

It looks so peaceful and nice....I assume the temps there are at the most in the 80's? I live in the furnace...otherwise known as the state of Kansas, so I'm jealous.

OTM Al
08-16-2010, 08:46 AM
Looks like a rainy one this morning though they said it would end by post time. Saratoga Special running today, though it's pretty short. Tahitian Warrior going too in a seven furlong race. That might be interesting

OTM Al
08-16-2010, 12:57 PM
Still a bit dark, but the showers should be over. Only lost the finale from the turf, so should still be a good day. Got my shopping done at Banana Republic. I used to like them a lot before Gap bought them out. Stuff they had this fall isn't what it used to be, but was pretty good. Got a couple jackets, three pairs of pants, three shirts, a sweater a tie and a black pair of socks because at the lat minute I realized I didn't bring any. Even bought a tie for the guy who helps the wife. His clothing choices disgust us. A couple nice ladies helped me out. When I go clothes shopping, which isn't often, I find one thing that works quite well is when one comes over to ask if he/she can help, I say "Yes, I am here to buy stuff" then you get a very attentive assistant for the duration. I will look good tonight.

Mike at A+
08-17-2010, 08:22 AM
Looks like perfect weather today. Of course there is no racing but it still looks perfect. Taking the Mrs. to the oulets for her "fix", I'll bet a few races on the puter before we leave and hopefully come back to a few cashes. The track needs a day to recoup after yesterday's deluge. Glad we passed on the races yesterday with all the scratches and mud all over the grounds.

Restaurant tip: My sister had a gift certificate for "Chianti" on Division Street just off the main drag in town so we obliged and joined them for Dinner on Sunday night. The place was really hopping and a bit noisey but great atmosphere nevertheless. It's kinda pricey for our wallets but well worth every cent (I went for $240 for the 4 of us). They do half orders of pasta if you plan on ordering a big main course so that's how I went. Their Penne ala Vodka (they call it Mezzanine ala Vodka) was unbeievable and the half order was more than sufficient. Also had a chicken dish with a lemon reduction that was top notch. Wife had her standard Linguini with Red Clam Sauce and she loved it. Son had the Fusilli Bolognese which he absorbed with delight and finished with a shrimp dish featuring some huge shrimp in a lemony fresh herb sauce. My health conscious daughter (there's one in every crowd) had a salad and Capellini with Garlic, Oil and Cherry Tomatoes that she loved. Oh, and their bread is excellent. We shared some apps and desserts, had a few double espressos with Sambuca and hit the strip to walk it all off.

OTM Al
08-17-2010, 08:04 PM
Back in Brooklyn tonight to feed my birds but will head out early tomorrow and be back well before opening.

Last night was interesting to say the least. I attended the DJF benefit hosted by Xpress Bet at Johnny Luc's. In attendance were Johnny Velazquez and Edgar Prado, both good guys as well as good riders. Also there was Maylan Studart with her mommy (and not her honey) and a few other younger fellows. One may have been Mena, but I can never remember what these guys look like for the most part. One you couldn't miss though was the great Angel Cordero. The crowd was unfortunately modest, but while Monday may be the best night for the jocks, might not be for fundraising.

We entered a few raffles and bought a picture of a horse getting a bath because horses getting baths make me laugh. One of the raffles was a big flatscreen tv that one of the wife's coworkers and good friends won.

As for the bar, it was ok. I have a picture I was going to post tonight, but it seems my computer at home has suddenly and unsuccessfully died...NTLDR missing and listen to the hard drive go click click click.....honestly though the place is ok but not really special feeling. It's a jazz bar and they have a small stage near the bar and a back room with tables, so maybe it's good for music, but decor wise it was kind of weak. The drink prices seemed ok. Probably would not go back on my own though.

Seeing as I was in fine style last night and Sperry's was right next door, I took both ladies to dinner and splurged. Had their special lobster dish. Way too expensive but well worth every bite. Two pounder over a spinach pasta with a lemony sauce. Couldn't even eat it all, so took it home and told the wife she has to finish it up for lunch as lobster won't last too long. To tell you how good it is there a couple owners of another well known downtown restaurant were having dinner there. That's a compliment to the chef, who we also had the chance to meet.

So I'll see some of you tomorrow. Been dead cold so willing to take any tips anyone's got at this point :)

CurtisontheBay
08-17-2010, 08:30 PM
. Been dead cold so willing to take any tips anyone's got at this point :)

Wear a sweater - see ya Thursday. Cj will be there sometime tomorrow- press conference scheduled immediately upon his arrival. He's not taking any questions from subscribers though.

Bubbles
08-17-2010, 09:29 PM
Cj will be there sometime tomorrow- press conference scheduled immediately upon his arrival. He's not taking any questions from subscribers though.

What, he's employing the Tiger Woods approach to press conferences now?!?! :lol:

JustRalph
08-17-2010, 09:48 PM
What, he's employing the Tiger Woods approach to press conferences now?!?! :lol:

can we find a women to whack his rental car with a golf club?

Bubbles
08-17-2010, 11:25 PM
can we find a women to whack his rental car with a golf club?

Hey, Grits IS in town! ;)

OTM Al
08-18-2010, 05:57 PM
A fun day today as at last the crowd started arriving. Joining offtrack and I were Tom, Zaf, samiam, BillW, JustRalph, cj and visits by Grits and mabred. A few hits in the crowd today, but for me my biggest score was getting a full refund in the fifth. Think I have a kill set up for tomorrow at York though, so we shall see.

No restraunting tonight. Between the four am wake up and the beers Zaf gave me I'm close to wiped right now. Only foodie thing I can say is Carolina BBQ is still very tasty.

So I'm going to get a good night's sleep and see if I can get off the schnide tomorrow.

Mike at A+
08-18-2010, 06:55 PM
Best kept secret in Saratoga. If you leave the track from the main entrance and drive north toward Route 50 (to pick up 87 at exit 15), turn right at Excelsior Ave. and drive a block or two. On your left you'll see a sign for the Mendocino Brewery. They have a tasting room that opens at 5:00 PM. My son wanted to check it out so we took a ride there after the track and sat at the bar. The tasting glasses are 5 oz, the beers are excellent (Blonde Ale, Black Hawk Stout, Red Tail Ale and Lager and Blue Heron Ale among several others). The guy at the bar just kept pouring, no questions asked. If I lived around here, I'd hit this place several times a week. Hell, I'd even bring a few pizzas for the staff to show appreciation. Left a nice tip and bought a few pint glasses to go into my collection.

OTM Al
08-18-2010, 07:01 PM
At last the shot at Johnny Luc's

sonnyp
08-18-2010, 07:11 PM
thanks very much al. got a friend that is involved there. looks nice enough.

offtrack
08-18-2010, 07:33 PM
Today was Thoroughbred Retirement Day at Saratoga. I met and talked with people at five tables, where donations and support was acctepted for farms to take race horses after race retirement.

If you would like to contact any of the farm locations, the sites are listed at the NYRA web page.

OTM Al
08-18-2010, 08:47 PM
Today was Thoroughbred Retirement Day at Saratoga. I met and talked with people at five tables, where donations and support was acctepted for farms to take race horses after race retirement.

If you would like to contact any of the farm locations, the sites are listed at the NYRA web page.

Its good to send them a couple bucks. Good deeds make for good karma. Made a small donation today and plan on getting more involved with Old Friends now that they have a NY branch

OTM Al
08-19-2010, 09:03 PM
Now we are in full swing. Everyone from yesterday was back plus pktruckdriver, cj's dad and Justin, andicap, bubbles and Silver Sow plus visits by lamboguy, Ted Craven and most importantly Ted's mom.

For me, the cold streak is still on. You want to see a new way to lose? Go check the replay of the Yorkshire Oaks at York today. I'd been waiting a week to play a straight Midday - Sariska exacta. I won't ruin the punchline. Just see if you can find a replay and feel my pain.

The rest of the group did have some winners, especially the 21-1 shot in the 9th. It was a great day with great company. Tom had to head home but it sounds like we're going to grow a few more tomorrow to. As for me I have one more shot at York tomorrow morning. Going to check now to see if I can beat Starspangledbanner in the Nunthorpe. We also will have the group night at Saratoga Harness which I'm going to try to juggle with the benefit. Now back to work!

Tom
08-19-2010, 09:07 PM
I retired my bankroll today. :rolleyes:
Actually, after I got home, I realized I walked out with a place ticket on the Englehart horse that placed in the 6th. Just to add insult to injury. I did mange to win one race, but I can't cash it! Grrrrrrrrr. :lol:

Bubbles
08-19-2010, 09:20 PM
I am VERY surprised Al didn't mention the other major highlight of the day. Eleven of us started a show parlay in the second race (chipping in $5 apiece at the start), and in the third, there was only a five-horse field with an even-money favorite. We had the 2 horse, who won at 4-1, and to our thorough enjoyment, the chalk was off the board! When a group of rogue handicappers goes crazy over a $7.70 show payoff that turns the bankroll into $290, it's quite a sight.

Then Dad and I had to go get the chalk beat in the fifth... :bang:

BombsAway Bob
08-19-2010, 11:07 PM
I am VERY surprised Al didn't mention the other major highlight of the day. Eleven of us started a show parlay in the second race (chipping in $5 apiece at the start), and in the third, there was only a five-horse field with an even-money favorite. We had the 2 horse, who won at 4-1, and to our thorough enjoyment, the chalk was off the board! When a group of rogue handicappers goes crazy over a $7.70 show payoff that turns the bankroll into $290, it's quite a sight.
Then Dad and I had to go get the chalk beat in the fifth... :bang:
Group Show Parleys Rock! (just try not be the last selector)

OTM Al
08-20-2010, 08:41 AM
I retired my bankroll today. :rolleyes:
Actually, after I got home, I realized I walked out with a place ticket on the Englehart horse that placed in the 6th. Just to add insult to injury. I did mange to win one race, but I can't cash it! Grrrrrrrrr. :lol:

Well, if it pays more than the postage you could mail it in to them. There is an address on the web site for that.

And Bubbles, I was simply protecting the identities of the innocent...

OTM Al
08-20-2010, 09:58 AM
It is a perfect morning. Find myself once again at Bunbury's playing York. Big race today is the Nunthorpe, going to go in a half hour or so. Starspangledbanner is a top sprinter in the world, but going to have to try to beat him as the five panels may be a little short for him. Not an Equiano fan, but he has the look for the distance. Going to go with my standard exacta play and add a triple as an extra saver.

JBmadera
08-20-2010, 10:18 AM
It is a perfect morning. Find myself once again at Bunbury's playing York. Big race today is the Nunthorpe, going to go in a half hour or so. Starspangledbanner is a top sprinter in the world, but going to have to try to beat him as the five panels may be a little short for him. Not an Equiano fan, but he has the look for the distance. Going to go with my standard exacta play and add a triple as an extra saver.

sounds like a wonderful morning. In the big race at York I'm taking a chance on Kingsgate Native.

gl all!

pktruckdriver
08-20-2010, 10:23 AM
Sorry I'm not there, but today is the day your streak ends , so I will be there at 1130 or so.


I'm thinking 11 ,13, and 2 as the upsetters, I wish you luck Al

Patrick

pktruckdriver
08-20-2010, 10:31 AM
Wow 100-1 Sole Power, tell me you had it A l:eek:

OTM Al
08-20-2010, 11:12 PM
I didn't have it.

But at long last I cashed a ticket today, so not all lost and I am salivating over the Arlington Million stakes sequence tomorrow. Whatever you play in the Million, do yourself a favor and box the three Euros at least in an exacta if not a tri.

Big crowd today at the tent. I know I'm missing a few but everybody was back other than Tom plus we were joined by Red Knave and friend Bob, Fiveoutofsix, and Maxspa and friend. Ted Craven's group also arrived and will be sitting next to us again tomorrow.

Had a chance to be in a winner's photo today. Slewis had a horse in the feature and asked me if I wanted to be in the picture if she won as the connections weren't there. It was the race I cashed on but think I'd rather have been in the picture.

This evening I first stopped by the Gift of Life benefit at the Fasog Tipton pavilion. The event was well attended and definitely raised some money for this good cause. I had the winning bid for a first day issue of a commemorative racing stamp.

Afterward I went and joined the group at the harness track. Big crowd there including what may well have been a member of KISS. We have a picture. I will see if I can get it tomorrow. This dude was tremendous. Played a few races from Remington. Didn't hit but kinda liked the track.

Back at home now and going to bed soon. Big day tomorrow.

John
08-21-2010, 04:12 PM
I was there Friday, with my friend David and my thanks go out to OTM Al,For hosting the Tent. Only $6.00 to have a seat in the tent all day at a nice table with your racing form papers or laptop. Plus OTM Al gave us sport hats of the of the Woodward stakes that has the name Rachel on the back... NIce Cap.

It was great to hang out with the guys again [Too many to name and I might miss afew.] But, C.J, looks great as a civilan. and so does my friend Maxspa. [ never gets old.]

Bubbles, Sorry I blew the show-parlay. I could hear the Boo's as I left the tent.

Sorry to hear Joe Prunes lost a $60.00 voucher at the machine....Win it back Joe!!

And most of all thanks to all for signing on Charlie's get-well card. That will pick his spirits up for sure.

All you guys and Grits too, have a safe trip home.

:) :) :)

OTM Al
08-21-2010, 08:34 PM
John, it was a pleasure to meet you and hoping to see you for many more.

Today we reached the big day. The Alabama was a fantastic race. Blind Luck is serious race horse and she will be my bet in the distaff or whatever it is called these days. The boss man himself joined us today and brought a great spread from the Putnam Market, which is a real top end caterer/grocery in the area.

I bet small at the Spa and played Arlington hard but alas the wrong Euro won. Did have three real winners on the day which I guarantee beats the tip sheet guys despite what they say. Pretty much everybody from yesterday back again so not going to name names and sounds like we'll have a few tomorrow and even into Monday, so I'll have to bribe the kids that work the tent to get us a good table for Monday.

What I leave you with this evening I leave as a warning. Not because he is Grits' true love or because he is the handicapper we all wish he could be. In a way I feel for the man. Vinnie Vincent thought he had a permanent place with KISS. It's sad he followed them here, hoping against hope and in the end found himself shooting at straight supers at the "Home of the Flying Turns"

OTM Al
08-21-2010, 08:36 PM
PS. You really don't see the hair in this shot. As thin as mine but at least four inches above his head. He made that shirt himself by ripping off the sleeves. You could still see the threads. And to quote cj. "The guy was wearing nutters". I leave that to you to figure out...

JustRalph
08-22-2010, 03:57 AM
you can see through the hair 4 inches above his head......... :lol:

OTM Al
08-22-2010, 10:04 AM
Pouring rain this morning. Bound to happen eventually I guess. Could have been worse. A couple drunks managed to take out two electrical poles, one with transformer, out in the area near gate three in the wee hours this morning. Track was without power til nine or so but seems ok now.

Umbrella give away day, so that worked well. The wife and I took a spin around the track so she could check that all was in place and then a stop off in the jocks room. It's very nice here and they make a good ham, egg and cheese.

The spinners are lined up already......

OTM Al
08-22-2010, 04:21 PM
The rain comes and goes but it is pretty wet here. PA, BillW, andicap, Grits and friend Carmen, Red Knave and friend Bob, and cj were here. Even had a special guest appearance by the little guy.

We are going to try to get a table for tomorrow. Hopefully won't be a problem and just maybe it will be a little drier.

For me I will be enjoying a burrito from Spring St Deli this evening as the wife has a dinner meeting. We will be going to Maestro's tomorrow I believe, so will report.

Perfect day for an umbrella give away to be sure.

joeprunes
08-22-2010, 04:59 PM
Al great job getting table,hats and shirts thank your wife.

SPRCIAL THANKS to our host mike (PA) your hospitality over the years is greatly appreciated . Mike puts out sandwiches,pasta,cookies. and most important beer and soda. Most of the usuals showed up and had a good time. For those that cant make it ,its a must.. Win or lose its still worth it being with the likes of Zaf and crew..dennis and family, the imortal billw,red knave(eh), tom, sam i am,grits,johhny martino and what would it be without andy g (andy get out of the way) and special thanks for a cameo appearance from the soprano`s harry the hair whos picture was shown previous. The quote of the meet was(while the race was being run)
"it`s the pink one". If and I`m sure I did sorry for not mentioning you name.
I would like to end this with wishes for charlie and his recovery, our prayers are with you charlie see you next year....joeprunes

born2ride
08-22-2010, 05:07 PM
PS. You really don't see the hair in this shot. As thin as mine but at least four inches above his head. He made that shirt himself by ripping off the sleeves. You could still see the threads. And to quote cj. "The guy was wearing nutters". I leave that to you to figure out...

I'm making my first trek to Saratoga for the Travers and PE, and as a woman the bolded above, is I hope, not the typical fan I will meet there. Yuck.

toetoe
08-22-2010, 05:19 PM
her brief presence did not detract from the bar. Not large with a dark wood decor



I know that's how I like my ladies. :D . Oh, and it's Rainy days and Mondays. Jeez, Al; pay attention, huh ? :p .



Sincerely,

Cuthbert Toetoe
President, Paul Williams Fan Club

toetoe
08-22-2010, 05:37 PM
Al,

That distaffer (Midday ?) paid 11/4 !!! Tell me you banged her straight ... didja ?

SilverSow
08-22-2010, 06:00 PM
Al great job getting table,hats and shirts thank your wife.

SPRCIAL THANKS to our host mike (PA) your hospitality over the years is greatly appreciated . Mike puts out sandwiches,pasta,cookies. and most important beer and soda. Most of the usuals showed up and had a good time. For those that cant make it ,its a must.. Win or lose its still worth it being with the likes of Zaf and crew..dennis and family, the imortal billw,red knave(eh), tom, sam i am,grits,johhny martino and what would it be without andy g (andy get out of the way) and special thanks for a cameo appearance from the soprano`s harry the hair whos picture was shown previous. The quote of the meet was(while the race was being run)
"it`s the pink one". If and I`m sure I did sorry for not mentioning you name.
I would like to end this with wishes for charlie and his recovery, our prayers are with you charlie see you next year....joeprunes

Let me echo everything Joe said... fantastic time this year. I always enjoy this get-together, but this year seemed special somehow. Thanks to everybody for all they did to make it that way. I'll be re-sizing pictures tonight & sending them to the kid to post - with any luck they'll be up a little quicker than last year.

Dave

SilverSow
08-22-2010, 09:58 PM
Hi all...

Just got done loading the pix Andrew took onto my Facebook page... feel free to friend me there & have a look..

Dave

Pace Cap'n
08-22-2010, 10:02 PM
I've got the "Vinnie Vincent Invasion" album, might sell it for the right price

Grits
08-22-2010, 11:47 PM
I'm making my first trek to Saratoga for the Travers and PE, and as a woman the bolded above, is I hope, not the typical fan I will meet there. Yuck.

BTR, I promise you, this is a rarity. And too, this was not on the grounds of Saratoga Racecourse, proper. This was at Saratoga Harness Racino, at around 11 pm at night. I was surrounded by lovely PA men, who were gracious, and we were having a barrel of "degenerate fun". They would not dare have alllowed any harm to come to me, in any way.

When two of my friends, almost within 3 seconds of each other honed in and pointed him out to me--
"Grits, don't turn around now. . . . but have we found the guy for you." It was a total case of my being mesmerized by his whole look, his entire deal, you know the "you're the sexiest thing I've ever laid my eyes on. And God, I love your hair and your nutters."

But alas, in their infinite wisdom, my PA friends held me back. I may never, again, have an opportunity to meet such an awesome specimen of the opposite sex.:faint:

I know, for sure, one thing we had in common though. I loved hot pants, (that's what we called the ones women used to wear.) Unfortunately, I retired all of mine in the early 70s.:lol:

Is that hair not to die for?

joeprunes
08-23-2010, 09:20 AM
Al great job getting table,hats and shirts thank your wife.

SPRCIAL THANKS to our host mike (PA) your hospitality over the years is greatly appreciated . Mike puts out sandwiches,pasta,cookies. and most important beer and soda. Most of the usuals showed up and had a good time. For those that cant make it ,its a must.. Win or lose its still worth it being with the likes of Zaf and crew..dennis and family, the imortal billw,red knave(eh), tom, sam i am,grits,johhny martino and what would it be without andy g (andy get out of the way) and special thanks for a cameo appearance from the soprano`s harry the hair whos picture was shown previous. The quote of the meet was(while the race was being run)
"it`s the pink one". If and I`m sure I did sorry for not mentioning you name.
I would like to end this with wishes for charlie and his recovery, our prayers are with you charlie see you next year....joeprunes

How could I ever forget bubbles and his dad one of the originals. Bubbles good luck with your broadcasting and yeh the guys told me next year there letting you pick all the show bets and ralph (so low keed I forgot you were there) also maxspa made it this year another original still waiting for trifox to make it back here.............

Trijack
08-23-2010, 10:31 AM
Joe

I think you were referring to me Trijack. I was there the first 3 years but it seems like something always comes up that I have not been there recently.

I have missed seeing all of the gang but sounds like all had a great time again.
There is always next year.

Jack

born2ride
08-23-2010, 11:57 AM
BTR, I promise you, this is a rarity. And too, this was not on the grounds of Saratoga Racecourse, proper. This was at Saratoga Harness Racino, at around 11 pm at night. I was surrounded by lovely PA men, who were gracious, and we were having a barrel of "degenerate fun". They would not dare have alllowed any harm to come to me, in any way.

When two of my friends, almost within 3 seconds of each other honed in and pointed him out to me--
"Grits, don't turn around now. . . . but have we found the guy for you." It was a total case of my being mesmerized by his whole look, his entire deal, you know the "you're the sexiest thing I've ever laid my eyes on. And God, I love your hair and your nutters."

But alas, in their infinite wisdom, my PA friends held me back. I may never, again, have an opportunity to meet such an awesome specimen of the opposite sex.:faint:

I know, for sure, one thing we had in common though. I loved hot pants, (that's what we called the ones women used to wear.) Unfortunately, I retired all of mine in the early 70s.:lol:

Is that hair not to die for?

His hair? Yeah, it's lovely. The guy reminds me of the actor who played the ghost that haunted the NY subway that taught Patrick Swayze to use his energy to push objects in that movie with Demi Moore...geez I can't remember the name of it.

Sounds like you all had too much fun!

Storm Cadet
08-23-2010, 04:23 PM
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Our man Vince Schiavelli :eek:

PaceAdvantage
08-23-2010, 06:27 PM
Glad to see you made it over this year John, but sorry I didn't get to say hello, as I arrived on Saturday...wish I could have signed Charlie's get-well card...hope he's feeling better....

I was there Friday, with my friend David and my thanks go out to OTM Al,For hosting the Tent. Only $6.00 to have a seat in the tent all day at a nice table with your racing form papers or laptop. Plus OTM Al gave us sport hats of the of the Woodward stakes that has the name Rachel on the back... NIce Cap.

It was great to hang out with the guys again [Too many to name and I might miss afew.] But, C.J, looks great as a civilan. and so does my friend Maxspa. [ never gets old.]

Bubbles, Sorry I blew the show-parlay. I could hear the Boo's as I left the tent.

Sorry to hear Joe Prunes lost a $60.00 voucher at the machine....Win it back Joe!!

And most of all thanks to all for signing on Charlie's get-well card. That will pick his spirits up for sure.

All you guys and Grits too, have a safe trip home.

:) :) :)

PaceAdvantage
08-23-2010, 08:01 PM
Had a great time as usual with all of the great folks from this board. Special thanks to Al for working out the tables again...it really is a treat to meet all these guys and gals in person.

Playing the horses with these wonderful people sure made all the losing I did this weekend much more tolerable.... :lol:

OTM Al
08-23-2010, 09:10 PM
Big week is over now. Here for PA week plus one was the bossman. offtrack, BillW and myself. We couldn't get a table in the tent as some group had bought the whole thing, so we holed up in Bunbury's. Also in the area were Bubbles and SilverSow with family and Red Knave with friend Bob and wives.

Pretty chalky and wet again today. Best call I made was when Bubbles asked me to pick a horse running at Carlisle, so I did and next thing he comes back telling me he got $23 out of a $2 W/P bet, so I told him he should buy me a beer, which he did. I had to congratulate SilverSow on raising his son so well!

Ended up checking out around the 7th as the cold and wet was getting to me. This was just a fun fun week. We had a great time with great friends. Don't think anyone took down a big one, but didn't see any frowns.

Finally made a trip to Siro's for a drink after the races. Got to say I was unimpressed. A place that has such high menu prices and serves $17 martinis also serves beer in a can. Kinda weak. Top it off with Billy Fusilo being the only celeb we saw there and color me not impressed.

For dinner we hit Maestro's on B'way. Decent. The wife had a chicken entree that was pretty straight forward and she said it was very good. I got the lobster and scallop risotto which was ok, but it wasn't quite right and was kind of runny, which is a no no for risotto. We both agreed though that the bread pudding for dessert was really good. The wife says she thought the place was better in the winter time, so maybe will give it another go if i come back with her in the off season.

Have to head back south for a few days tomorrow. The parrots are probably furious with me at this point, but they get over it fast. I'll be back up Sat-Mon the next two weeks to close out the meet, so if you are around, I'll probably be in Bunbury's in the mornings (Sat and Mon) or over at the Museum (Sun), so if you see a guy with an iPad and a purple NYU backback, stop and say hey.

offtrack
08-23-2010, 10:22 PM
Enjoyed meeting up again today. Even though I bet very little with the track being sloppy.

I liked the cooler weather and the lighter crowd attendance. Good day for chowder.

Grits
08-23-2010, 10:50 PM
Enjoyed meeting up again today. Even though I bet very little with the track being sloppy.

I liked the cooler weather and the lighter crowd attendance. Good day for chowder.

Guys, I'm sorry I missed y'all today. I walked over to the tent, twice, but to no avail--you were MIA. And I noted, there was a big crowd of folks, every table full. I didn't look inside the pub.

Things were sloppy today, and rainy. Chilly, too. But, the sun did come out at day's end--which was good. And Offtrack, it was a nice evening (or day) for soup. Soup and sandwich it was, at Panera Bread. A fine chowder, though, I would have LOVED.

Bubbles
08-23-2010, 10:53 PM
To say the past few days at the track have been a ton of fun is a total understatement. It's always great to see everyone at the Spa this time of year, and all the show parlays, degeneracy, figure-dissecting, and bantering were tremendous fun.

I do have the pictures I took in my email inbox. In the next week, most likely once I get back from my job interview in Charleston, I'll get them up, and if anyone else has any they'd like submitted, PM me. I'll respond with my email address, and we can go from there.

Thanks to Al for the tables/NYRA swag, PA for being boss-like, and everyone who participated in the show parlays for putting up with my used-car-salesman pitches! See you next year, everyone.

Grits
08-23-2010, 10:56 PM
Hi all...

Just got done loading the pix Andrew took onto my Facebook page... feel free to friend me there & have a look..

Dave

Dave, I've not uploaded my photos to my laptop yet, but when I do, they'll get posted. I can't see your photos as I don't do Facebook. Is there anyway you can put them in the gallery here?

CurtisontheBay
08-23-2010, 11:00 PM
Arrived Thursday and met up with folks from the past; OTMAL- Grits- Bubbles- Silversow- Offtrack- JoePrunes - Zaf-Jeff--Andicap-Andy - PKTruckdriver- Tom-JavaGold-5outta6- and many more who stopped by.

Most memorable was Fridays night's trip to the harness track where my good friend Grits met up with the love of her life, Joe Nutter. Good luck DG and please invite me to the wedding!!!

Damn, and I thought I had a shot!!!!

Many of us hit a really good exacta and win ticket on a race from Evageline Downs that paid a $70+ exacta and +$20 to win.

Saturday was a great day for me although I did not cash one ticket. OTM Al with his wife's pass (she works for NYRA) took me to the paddock for the feature race and I got to see Blind Luck-Havre De grace and Devil May care up close and personal. What a priviledge to see such quality horse flesh up close. We then went to the winner's circle and watched the race. What a treat. Saw and talked to Jeaninne Edwards (an ex-Maryland commentator) of ESPN fame for a moment- what a sweetheart. Thanks Al and Kathy for a very memorable experience.

And thanks PA and all who I came into contact with the past 3 days (Thursday-Saturday) for another great weekend.

Finally- Charlie - Get well soon.

Joe Prunes- follow that recipe for Maryland style crab cakes to the letter !!!

Good Lord willing - hope to see you all next August !!

PhantomOnTour
08-24-2010, 12:57 AM
Hey CJ's Dad...Jeannine Edwards is flat gorgeous huh? Beautiful eyes. She is at Pimlico for the Preakness every year.

CurtisontheBay
08-24-2010, 09:16 AM
Hey CJ's Dad...Jeannine Edwards is flat gorgeous huh? Beautiful eyes. She is at Pimlico for the Preakness every year.

My ex's father was in charge of stable parking at Pimlico so I got to go back to the Preakness barn every year (well for 5 anyway) and talked to her several times. She is very pretty and has the most piercing eyes (Hazel ?) I've ever seen. One of the few women ever who IMO is more beautiful in person than on TV.

Storm Cadet
08-24-2010, 10:55 AM
You two better stop talking about my future girlfriend...I've got first dibs! :D

Grits
08-24-2010, 11:29 AM
Most memorable was Fridays night's trip to the harness track where my good friend Grits met up with the love of her life, Joe Nutter. Good luck DG and please invite me to the wedding!!!

Damn, and I thought I had a shot!!!!

Many of us hit a really good exacta and win ticket on a race from Evageline Downs that paid a $70+ exacta and +$20 to win.


Dennis, remember those ice cream cones you buy, those frozen things--what is it they're called? I haven't had one in years.

That's my guy--from now on--NUTTY BUDDY! He's my last chance for love.:lol: Damn, I'm going back to the Harness tonight, I know they're running horses somewhere. He may be there. But then, I have no bodyguards, that concerns me. Oh well . . . . maybe next year.

I may reschedule an appointment--don't know yet. Want to stay thru Sunday to see Rachel in the Personal Ensign in the worst, worst, way. Bless her heart, I wanna see this girl so badly. I'm afraid she'll retire before I get another chance.

Don't know when I've had so much fun hanging with a group of guys. And such a good lookin' bunch. Its nice to be so surrounded by men, not only with the ability to handicap, but also the ability to LAUGH--continuously. This is a great part of the joy of Saratoga. The food, the eating, and all that are so secondary--so secondary to being with folks that you care about, people that you adore, and enjoy. Here at Pace Advantage, there are several, along with others that I've spent time with for many years.

For those of you who have not ever made the trek to spend time with gentlemen and fellow horseplayers like PA, Al, Dennis, Cj, Justin, Bill, Ralph, Zaf, Jeff, Tom, Bob, Joe, Dave, Andrew, Andy, Rookies, Maxspa, John, OffTrack, Patrick, (and I know I've missed someone for sure that I might not have met)--it is so different from exchanging opinion and comments as pixels. When you are sharing face to face time including each other's opinions, along with much laughter, the world gets more enjoyable.

You guys are gone, my friend; Carmen is gone. Only my longtime buddies, "Oldguy" and Don are left.

Dennis--no shot????

Honey, you're in Md, I'm in Carolina. LOLOLLLL Its the long distance thing. What a killer, that'd be.:lol: Also, I'm too old for ya. You guys all love young women . . . . . And I'm ok with that, I've come to terms with it . . . . NOW, that I can hold on to my photo of "Nutty Buddy."

One thing I did get to do yesterday--finally got to the track to catch most of TLG's Talking Horses. The man is very good at his job, but I think he's spending quite a large part of his salary on clothes. When he came to the tent this past weekend, did you guys see that tie he had on Sunday??? Absolutely gorgeous. (Women notice detail; we don't miss much.);)

CurtisontheBay
08-24-2010, 11:31 AM
You two better stop talking about my future girlfriend...I've got first dibs! :D

If you're talkin' 'bout the ex wife you can have her; everybody else has. :eek:

Jeanine I"ll fight ya for !

anglemaster
08-24-2010, 11:35 AM
"finally got to the track to catch most of TLG's Talking Horses. The man is very good at his job"
This is the first opportunity that I have had to hear Little Andy, he is with out doubt one of the best I have ever heard/ seen. I never miss a show, 11:45 my eyes are fixed on the computer

Grits
08-24-2010, 11:41 AM
If you're talkin' 'bout the ex wife you can have her; everybody else has. :eek:

Did you learn this AFTER the vows? Lord have mercy, darlin', bless your heart. I hate it for ya if you did.:lol:

Next time, do a background check. Ralph can take care of it, former law enforcement that he is.

SilverSow
08-24-2010, 11:58 AM
Dave, I've not uploaded my photos to my laptop yet, but when I do, they'll get posted. I can't see your photos as I don't do Facebook. Is there anyway you can put them in the gallery here?

Hi...

My son (Bubbles) is supposed to be making the pix available in the gallery here as well... not sure exactly when... :)

Dave

OTM Al
08-24-2010, 04:23 PM
After great consideration, I have decided on the quote of the week. It looked like honors were going to go to cj with his immortal line "He's wearing nutters" but a last minute winner arose on Sunday from Grits' friend Carmen after the little guy left the tent when she proclaimed "he's adorable!". Just don't think that can be topped.

Grits
08-24-2010, 04:31 PM
After great consideration, I have decided on the quote of the week. It looked like honors were going to go to cj with his immortal line "He's wearing nutters" but a last minute winner arose on Sunday from Grits' friend Carmen after the little guy left the tent when she proclaimed "he's adorable!". Just don't think that can be topped.

Al, to Carmen, Andy knows his stuff. She appreciates those that do their job well. She adores him. Plus, like myself--she thinks he's a dresser, a fine one!

Both quotes are hard to beat! :ThmbUp:

Grits
08-24-2010, 05:02 PM
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Our man Vince Schiavelli :eek:

Indeed, they DO favor. Though, one's bigger on the wearing of clothing.

Unrelated . . . . . Ron, you were SO missed! Hope to maybe see you in the Fall downstate.

Storm Cadet
08-24-2010, 08:22 PM
Grits...yeah the NCAA really screwed me when they gave the coaches the ability to keep the athletes on campus all summer in school and workouts. I went the first weekend of the meet but thats it.

I am planning to be at Belmont for the fall championship day as they have five grade 1's as preps for the Breeders Cup. Let's see how many we can get out that day from the PA group.

CurtisontheBay
08-24-2010, 08:37 PM
Hey Ron ; I"ll buy a bunch of tix as usual and a good time will be had by all.

Grits
08-24-2010, 08:53 PM
Grits...yeah the NCAA really screwed me when they gave the coaches the ability to keep the athletes on campus all summer in school and workouts. I went the first weekend of the meet but thats it.

I am planning to be at Belmont for the fall championship day as they have five grade 1's as preps for the Breeders Cup. Let's see how many we can get out that day from the PA group.

Great!! It'll be good to see another of my longtime racing buds.;) Maybe Dennis can gather a larger crowd for the day than we had last October. Hope so.

You need some time off, tell the NCAA!

SilverSow
08-24-2010, 09:23 PM
Hi all...

With many of us posting pics, I went out & found this one... the jockey signing the autograph is the one and only Diane Nelson, who brought home the front end of the biggest ticket I ever cashed...

The recipient of the autograph is our very own Bubbles... many, many years ago... :)

Dave

pktruckdriver
08-25-2010, 04:43 AM
Just another thank you Al

The tables were great, at least the day I joined in, had fun and met alot of you, and no I did not go to the Harness excursion, but still had fun.

Bossman , you treats were nice too, thanks

Great meetimg all of you

Thanks again Al

Patrick

Grits
08-25-2010, 06:40 AM
Al, thanks again for everything. And for allowing us to share in your blog.

The Northway and I-95 and 11 hours of driving are just beyond the front door of this hotel. 4 a.m. was too early this time.:faint:

Those of you playing, cash some good ones, today.

To all of you--much thanks for the fun!!! (((((hugs)))))

(That kissing furball is gross, PA, she looks like a painted up tart; a hug is better.):lol:

lamboguy
08-25-2010, 08:41 AM
it was nice to meet you and all the other people in saratoga last thursday. i wish your son all the best.

Tom
08-25-2010, 09:10 PM
lambo...nice meeting you the other day, too. And nice to see everyone again. Finally, two days without rain! And without a winner, too! :blush:
So it goes.

Red Knave
08-27-2010, 08:59 PM
We all made it home safe and sound late Wednesday. This was my wife's first time in Saratoga and she was knocked out with the whole town. The architecture, shopping, racino, restaurants etc. etc.
I said to her, "Architecture??" ;).
And, as Tom pointed out to me a few years ago, they have live racing there.

The 4 of us enjoyed our stay even without having much success at the track (or racino). The walk up North Broadway on Saturday morning was just outrageous. Those stately homes on their micro-manicured multi-acre lots with front porches ready for curtained alfresco dining, porte-cocheres ready for the lairds carriage to return from a day at the races, coach houses larger than my home, were all something to see. Perhaps echos from a bygone era but I'm pleased that they exist at all.

Many thanks to Al for the thankless task of organizing the tables (I did say thanks, right?) and to PA for providing the venue for all of us degenerates to mix it up verbally all year and finally get a chance to see each other in real time. Pretty sweet.

And a big thanks to everyone that turned up during the week and added their tuppence to Al's blog. I made a point of reading every day starting from his first post. How about you?

Tom, sorry I missed you this year, man. Next time coffee is definitely on me.

Til next year ...

OTM Al
08-28-2010, 08:57 AM
Getting the tables together is in no way a thankless task. It's all worth it and more when everyone arrives.

Travers Day looks to be beautiful, but some pretty ugly things have happened already. The crowds started massing at five AM and from the sounds of things many were still going from the night before. They started screaming at the security people and then broke through one of the gates. They had to open the other gates early to prevent rioting as people saw others running like morons (the running of the bulls is not a misnomer) to grab a space. Lovely. You ever wonder why race track management is sometimes not so nice to patrons when this is the sort of thing they see?

Well hopefully the rest of the day goes much better

OTM Al
08-28-2010, 09:06 AM
Two other things to mention. We had to take down the picture of Vinny. It was probably inappropriate what we were doing, though he was kind of inappropriate as well.

Second, NHC is running a contest today online for the races here. These are my picks

Race 1 / (9) Maximus Ruler
Race 2 / (5) Promise Me a Cat
Race 3 / (10) Volcker
Race 4 / (4) New Pais
Race 5 / (4) Free Entry
Race 6 / (4) Brolio
Race 7 / (9) Maram
Race 8 / (7) Beyondallboundarys
Race 9 / (3) Jessica Is Back
Race 10 / (2) Trappe Shot

The race numbers don't correspond to the actual races after number six or so as a couple get skipped. I'll play $2 to win on each for fun. Wish me luck. Going to Vegas that weekend with the wife anyway as they will have nine contestants this year, but would love to go as a player.

Grits
08-28-2010, 09:22 AM
Good luck today, Al. The crowd will be great, so get your wagers in early!!! Wouldn't it be nice if folks were so eager to get in to the racetrack everyday as they are at dawn on Travers Day??? And darlin', don't worry about having to take down Vinny, he's etched in our memories forever. He, and our howling over Cj's one liner. Neither are likely to ever be forgotten. EVER!

Bob (RK), I'm glad you all had a safe trip home, and too, that the wife loved her first trip to Saratoga. She'll be back with you again next year--which means--bring extra money. You should pick up a book titled, The Saratoga Reader, Writing About an American Village 1749-1900. Its by Field Horne. An outstanding book, I loved reading about the days of long ago in and around Saratoga.

OTM Al
08-28-2010, 12:28 PM
I have a paddock pass! Will visit a few times to be sure.

Just wandered in and did a walk through the crowd. It's packed. Picked up the Saratoga Sunrise drink in commemorative glass. Not bad. Grey Goose with OJ and cranberry. Tasty.

Only a second so far out of my picks, so no real money back yet.

Tom
08-28-2010, 12:38 PM
....running like morons (the running of the bulls is not a misnomer)

Dang! I wish I had drove out today!
Wonder if I can still make a lap or two? :D

offtrack
08-28-2010, 03:23 PM
It's a bit ironic that I'm a twenty minute walk from the track, and I've stayed away so far today. The track is so crowded that........

Did go to the farmers market here though. Fresh tomatoes- mmmm.

The pre-race prattle on TV will surely drive me off the couch and over to the races around five o'clock. Have to experience the race live; and get one of those glasses Al mentioned.

OTM Al
08-28-2010, 04:38 PM
Picks have been completely awful today yet again. High point of the day was getting invited to have some lunch in the communications office. The ladies there always put out a nice spread on Travers day and it was very nice to be invited. Going to the paddock for Kings Bishop and Travers. See and be seen time. Hopefully my luck will turn around soon. It just takes one.

OTM Al
08-28-2010, 05:01 PM
In the paddock now. Not too crowded, but probably the only place on track you can say that about. Horses have just come in. Koran is being talkative, ie his horse has no shot. The 7 looks a bit unhappy. Paddock etiquette, no shorts but evidently you can wear a kilt. D'Funnybone looks to have good weight on him. I'm using him with Bulldogger in an ext act to try to beat the fave. Bulldogger looks veer calm. Big nice looking animal. Riders up. Discreetly Mine looks thin.

PaceAdvantage
08-28-2010, 05:10 PM
I like D'Funnybone over the chalk as well...kind of bummed you say the :7: looks unhappy...he's my Bud Longshot Play...

OTM Al
08-28-2010, 05:37 PM
That didn't work out so well. Seem to recall saying I wouldn't try to beat him again.....

Back in the paddock again for the big one. A bit more crowded than the last already. I'm on record with Trappe Shot.

Funny thing about the Travers is that it always seems that a big chunk of the crowd leaves right before. Can't tell that looking out though.

Horses arriving now. Trappe Shot looks awesome. Not just saying that. Opinion was set before I figured out who he was. 6 is sweaty. 9 also. 5 looks nice. 10 standing well and seems curious.

Little men are arriving. First Dude is behaving well and didn't mind the blinks going on. Our good friend Brian is working the race, unfazed by the crowd.7 looks a little dull. Super Saver is getting worked up. Riders up.

OTM Al
08-28-2010, 05:53 PM
On the rail in the clubhouse turn. Gate moving in place. See if I can get shot or two from here.

They are doing the in commercial circle.

And they're off.

Good pace.

And I'm not even close.

Again

OTM Al
08-28-2010, 06:16 PM
So who is the leader of the 3yo division now? No one stands out. Eskendereya would have run away from this lot. Guess it still must be Lucky by default and increasing his lead.

The mobs are rolling out now. No need to rush out. Probably will have a beer at the paddock bar. See if any of the pictures came out and post later.

joeprunes
08-29-2010, 08:08 AM
Hey Al thanks for the handicapping lesson I will always bet horses that look dull......................

Al all kidding aside this blog was a great idea and we should keep it going till next year and welcome all new comers to our toga party.......jp

OTM Al
08-29-2010, 08:54 AM
I tell you Joe I wasn't ten feet away from him. His coat looked flat and he kept his head down most of the time. Looked tired and disinterested. On the other hand, Trappe Shot was all but glowing and looked prime to go. The lesson here is I have no idea how to physically handicap!

Just finished at the gym. No Durkin sighting today, though likely the goings on last night had something to do there.

The crowd was massive yesterday and for once they weren't leaving early. After the last we went to the paddock bar and they just kept pouring out and even after an hour it still looked like a Monday sized crowd. Of course the refuse left behind was equally massive....

Rachel today. Have another paddock pass, so please ignore whatever I write as to how they look!

OTM Al
08-29-2010, 05:47 PM
Been pretty warm today but my betting is still ice cold. Waiting outside the paddock right now for the wife. Get to see first hand how much Rachel has grown. Never really noticed before, but the back yard gets pretty loud during a race. It swells and swells as the horses near the finish just like in the stands.

Up close where we can see them come in.

Getting pretty crowded in here for a five horse race.

Crowd waiting to see them come through. And here she is. Looks good, but what do I know about that. Life at Ten looks like a Mack truck. Lot of people pressing near the stalls.

Rachel very calm in her stall.

All saddled. Going to the roof

OTM Al
08-29-2010, 06:00 PM
Kinda high up here. Quite the view but not getting near the edge....

Coming on track now.

Big cheer goes up with Rachel's announcement. Gate coming into place.

Fall is coming up here already. Canadian geese are scattered all over the infield. The trees down in the city are showing the slightest hints of yellow.

Gate in place now as the field begins to return from the backstretch.

The apron is crowded but not packed. Much much lighter turnout than her race last year.

Time to watch a race.

OTM Al
08-29-2010, 06:10 PM
Obvious the first time that it wasn't going to happen.

Polite applause for the winner.

How big are the p3 and 4 going to be?

OTM Al
08-29-2010, 09:34 PM
My phone does not seem to want to mail my Travers pics, so going to have to wait a couple days on that.

Dinner tonight was at Chianti. They don't take reservations generally, so you haul rear end after the feature. While I prefer to sit indoors to eat, I much more prefer not to have to wait to be seated, so we sat on the patio. Still a bit warm but not uncomfortable.

We did the 3 course dinner route. Started with the Antipasti Del Chianti, a combination of hot and cold antipasta including shrimp, fresh mozzerella, spinich, tomatos, white asparagus, artichoke, meat on a stick and other stuff I don't remember. You could almost make a meal on it alone. Then we both had a half portion of Fusili Bolognese. Good fresh pasta and the sauce was perfect. For entree. I had the Fileto al Gorgonzola, a filet topped with gorgonzolla with spinich and a couple baked fries. The wife had the Corona di Scampi, shrimp with a garlic, ginger and balsamic sauce. Good portions with prices on the side of fine dining. Nice place and no complaints. I am now in the wonderful throes of meat bloat and will sleep well tonight.

So dream of tasty food and don't waste time on the silly Rachel vs Zenyatta threads. Zenyatta would have won that race easily as the two beat the hell out of each other. BTW wasn't that the regning BC Distaff champ that got creamed?

joeprunes
08-30-2010, 05:54 PM
Al good report. Getting back to watching what horses look like in the paddock I have a true story. About 5 yrs ago we had a guy on are site called purple something,. cowboy hat and all. His profession was horses knowing all about anotomy and other things we dont know. As a friendly jest he ask if I would like to go the paddock and look at the horses and would give me some info. We got down there and he asked who I liked and told him number 6 and he responded his back was slope at the degree and neck was this and legs were that and didnt look good. He then pointed to a horse that his back and legs and this was real good and looks in best shape ect. I put $50 and his horse and you guessed it my horse won going away soooo you never know what you dont know so go with the gut. In all fairness to the guy he was only trying to help....

Mike at A+
08-30-2010, 07:19 PM
My phone does not seem to want to mail my Travers pics, so going to have to wait a couple days on that.

Dinner tonight was at Chianti. They don't take reservations generally, so you haul rear end after the feature. While I prefer to sit indoors to eat, I much more prefer not to have to wait to be seated, so we sat on the patio. Still a bit warm but not uncomfortable.

We did the 3 course dinner route. Started with the Antipasti Del Chianti, a combination of hot and cold antipasta including shrimp, fresh mozzerella, spinich, tomatos, white asparagus, artichoke, meat on a stick and other stuff I don't remember. You could almost make a meal on it alone. Then we both had a half portion of Fusili Bolognese. Good fresh pasta and the sauce was perfect. For entree. I had the Fileto al Gorgonzola, a filet topped with gorgonzolla with spinich and a couple baked fries. The wife had the Corona di Scampi, shrimp with a garlic, ginger and balsamic sauce. Good portions with prices on the side of fine dining. Nice place and no complaints. I am now in the wonderful throes of meat bloat and will sleep well tonight.

So dream of tasty food and don't waste time on the silly Rachel vs Zenyatta threads. Zenyatta would have won that race easily as the two beat the hell out of each other. BTW wasn't that the regning BC Distaff champ that got creamed?
Good choice! We loved Chianti and my son had the Fusilli Bolognese as well and he really enjoyed it. As I said in a previous post, their take on Penne ala Vodka (called Mezzanine ala Vodka) was as close to perfection as you'll ever get. Yes the prices were a bit on the high side but this place is a keeper (will taste a lot better on a winning day). Did you happen to note the cars parked outside, some of which belong to the "management" of Chianti? My son is a big car freak and he was in his glory when he saw the host's Porsche. The host by the way came to our table and initiated a long conversation with us. When he found out that we were Italians from Brooklyn he really started talking like he knew us. From appetizers to dessert Chianti was a wire to wire winner.

OTM Al
09-04-2010, 01:01 PM
Back for the final weekend. Nice card today and though it looks cloudy right now, it doesn't really feel like rain.

Got to the track early today as there were a couple nice races across the sea. Big surprise by Capo Blanco in the Irish Champion. I've thought him the best 3yo middle distance horse there this year, but he stole that one. Starspangledbanner looks a bit over the top right now and was off the board at Haydock. I think his last was a bad idea for him being too short. The disappointment for me though today was I feel I had the Music Show - Lily Langtree straight exacta right, but Music Show was trapped and didn't get clear until way too late. That's a bet back next time to be sure.

Had a meatball sub from Brindisi's in Restaurant Row. This may be the best food value at the track. It's large and very good and costs only $5.50. I haven't been to the actual restaurant yet but willing to give them a shot.

Guess I was wrong about the rain. Wind just came way up and it's falling now. Shouldn't last though.

OTM Al
09-04-2010, 01:20 PM
Forgot to mention that Andy Beyer got his lunch from Brindisi's as well though he went with the chicken salad.

Rain has stopped but looks like it will be windy.

Lost the first. Going for 2-2......

OTM Al
09-05-2010, 07:35 AM
One last Sunday at the show. Give away day too, so one last opportunity to watch people show up for the crap. I've told the wife if they had empty tin can give away day they would probably move 10,000 units easy. The shirt is ok I guess.

By the way, if anyone has a good tip for today I could use it. Don't think I've ever been this cold.

Finished up the day yesterday going to the paddock for the Forego and Woodward. Thought Here Comes Ben looked interesting for the Forego because of his record at the distance but thought the class jump was too much as that was a pretty good field. Thought wrong. Must say though that Quality Road looked like a man among boys in the paddock before the Woodward. He was much bigger than his opponents. Guess he's to be trained up to the BC though so no Gold Cup appearance.

lamboguy
09-05-2010, 07:49 AM
One last Sunday at the show. Give away day too, so one last opportunity to watch people show up for the crap. I've told the wife if they had empty tin can give away day they would probably move 10,000 units easy. The shirt is ok I guess.

By the way, if anyone has a good tip for today I could use it. Don't think I've ever been this cold.

Finished up the day yesterday going to the paddock for the Forego and Woodward. Thought Here Comes Ben looked interesting for the Forego because of his record at the distance but thought the class jump was too much as that was a pretty good field. Thought wrong. Must say though that Quality Road looked like a man among boys in the paddock before the Woodward. He was much bigger than his opponents. Guess he's to be trained up to the BC though so no Gold Cup appearance.i am ice cold as in aircondioning myself, but maybe try DOUBLE DELICIOUS in the 4th @ monmouth today.she ran pretty badher first time out, but was very fast a few months ago in florida. its a very deep track in monmouth and she may have needed the race. also she had a temperature 3 weeks prior to her first race and might not have completely cleared up. horses constantly fool you, so maybe she comes in with a better effort today.

it was nice to meet you and all the others that were in saratoga the thursday that i was there. good luck.

OTM Al
09-05-2010, 01:27 PM
It's nuts here. It looks almost as crowded as Travers day and they are still stacked up trying to get in. The shirt looks ok and all but it's like a feeding frenzy out there.

Went to visit the Meadow Munchers, aka goats and sheep at the petting zoo. Goats crack me up in their single minded quest for something to eat. They have a couple babies there too. They also wish to have something to eat...

Ate the double Shack Burger for lunch. Just a little much for me.

The miracle of the day is I'm alive in the double! Had the top two in the first, though true to form I didn't bet the exacta and win bet the wrong one....

OTM Al
09-05-2010, 01:38 PM
And so much for that.....

Bubbles
09-05-2010, 10:16 PM
Pictures from the week at the track are up! Go to the gallery to see more.

OTM Al
09-06-2010, 01:41 PM
Last day of the meet. Not betting. A ten year old kid just did better than I have in the last month....everything packed and we're heading out pretty soon.

One last night out yesterday. Gaffney's again. Had the clams and the artichoke dip for starters. Clams were great, stewed with a sausage, sun dried tomato and asparagus mix. Had a haddock with lobster sauce as the entree. Pretty good all around.

The crowd was rated at almost 59,000 yesterday though it probably really was around 30, which is still good for a Sunday. Pretty light out there today.

Hard to believe the summer is over.

Saratoga_Mike
09-06-2010, 01:51 PM
Al, nice job on the blog. I enjoyed reading it throughout the meet. If you give up on racing, you just might have a career as a food critic!

sonnyp
09-06-2010, 04:28 PM
from the old saying,"it takes one to know one".......it seems you really love your food. great for you...one of life's simple pleasures !!!!


my dad once told me, " most people eat to live....you live to eat" !!

sonnyp
09-06-2010, 07:50 PM
every year, starting when i was a young boy right up til today, this has always been one of the worst of days. those silver vans are heading south on the northway, the leaves have just a tint of yellow or orange on them. the canadian geese clutter the fields where corn and beefsteak tomatos had grown. the evenings are refreshingly cool and comfortable but the old timmers know all too well sub freezing temperatures and mounds of snow are not that far away.

the old grandstand on union ave is eerily quiet and all the colorful awnings and plants are already gone. she's like an animal who's gone to an early hibernation and won't awaken for 10 months. saratoga closed today and its official......summer's over. back to the real world grind of school and work. im already looking for a 2011 calendar and circling opening day.

sometimes i wonder what it would be like, if after all these years, there wasn't tne next opening day to look forward to ?

toetoe
09-06-2010, 08:41 PM
Last day of the meet. Not betting. A ten year old kid just did better than I have in the last month....everything packed and we're heading out pretty soon.

One last night out yesterday. Gaffney's again. Had the clams and the artichoke dip for starters. Clams were great, stewed with a sausage, sun dried tomato and asparagus mix. Had a haddock with lobster sauce as the entree. Pretty good all around.

The crowd was rated at almost 59,000 yesterday though it probably really was around 30, which is still good for a Sunday. Pretty light out there today.

Hard to believe the summer is over.




Thanks, Al. :ThmbUp: .

PaceAdvantage
09-06-2010, 08:59 PM
Yes, much thanks to Al for his contributions here throughout the meet..and thanks to the iPad that made it all possible!! :lol:

Vinnie
09-06-2010, 09:00 PM
Al:

I know that I have never commented on your blog, but, thanks a bunch for keeping it going during the Saratoga meet. It has been very enjoyable to read and I have always checked it out nearly daily when I log on to the PA board.

Thanks Al.

Have a great fall and take care.

Relwob Owner
09-06-2010, 09:03 PM
Al,

To echo what others have said, thanks for the blog....this is the first time in about 10 years I havent gone up and reading your blog kept me connected.....thanks so much


RO

Bubbles
09-06-2010, 10:00 PM
I was up there today as well. If the track had to close for another 10 months, it did it as well as possible, with the gorgeous weather and several great finishes (especially the 8th, where the 5-horse's shadowroll may have made the difference between winning and running third).

I'll echo the sentiments of the previous few posters. Al, your blogs this summer were insightful and fun to read. Great job all meet.

mabred
09-07-2010, 01:45 PM
loved your thread and it was a pleasure

meeting you.I'll be there next year.Good

luck AL and to all the Pa crowd

mabred

anglemaster
09-07-2010, 02:51 PM
Thanks AL. I did not get down this year, but reading your blog made me sort of think I was at the SPA.

BillW
09-07-2010, 03:00 PM
Exellent job with everything, AL. Thanks!

offtrack
09-07-2010, 04:12 PM
Al,

Now that the dust has settled - a belated thanks for the contribution you made to the Hall of Fame from the table rental funds you collected.
Translating Ovid indeed.