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Old 03-05-2012, 12:31 PM   #1
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Toga Party X Update

After an bit of back and forth, I think we are all set for the annual week at Saratoga. Once again we had groups buy out the whole tent during the week, but NYRA seating was able to arrange for us to have individual tables at the Big Red Spring again on those days. It will be on Wednesday and Thursday this year when we will have to relocate, but it worked out just fine last year, so no problems are anticipated. I also coordinated with Ted Craven this year so we have one big block together with them Friday through Sunday in the Festival Tent. Should be getting the actual tickets very soon.

This is the sort of news that takes a bit of the chill out of the air on a still wintery day.
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Nice work as usual, Al. Barring anything unforeseen, I should be there for most of the week.

I actually like the tables by Big Red better. They're sunnier.
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Nice work as usual, Al. Barring anything unforeseen, I should be there for most of the week.

I actually like the tables by Big Red better. They're sunnier.


It's almost worth it when Ted's group is there to rent the whole Big Red Spring tent, but we're still a couple tables short of equating the $ levels. I think the whole BRS tent runs $300 if I remember right, so if we ever got to 12 tables between the two groups, it might be worth it. Of course one of those Sundays is a giveaway day, so it would be right out that day unless they change the distribution process.
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Al,

give me the dates again please.
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give me the dates again please.


August 11-19
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Old 03-08-2012, 07:16 PM   #6
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It got to 60 degrees today and I got two big bundles of tickets in the mail today. It draws nearer!
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That's awesome...can't wait for this year's renewal...10 years eh? That calls for something special...gotta put on my thinking cap...
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That's awesome...can't wait for this year's renewal...10 years eh? That calls for something special...gotta put on my thinking cap...


Wow!!! Mike, Ten years ... It seems like only yesterday.The first year was a huge success.Guys came from everywhere Trijack, from Cal. Bill W.from Texas.CJ was still in uniform serving his country somewhere and who could forget Winmanwin, from Brooklyn N.Y. what a fun guy.Mike Dudley got us in the Executive Box located at the top of the stretch.Mike also got us all free tee shirts. You could tell that first year,that this was going to be continued for a lot of years to come.

Any PA member that dose not make this Toga affair at least once is missing out on something very special.

Every year with OTMAL, is better than the year before.

Thanks Mike for supporting this great event

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I'm thinking lobster tails and champagne ?
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I can assure you this wouldn't disappoint:

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Now that my wife and I have moved a little closer to the East Coast, we're thinking of driving up from Alabama for this year's gathering. Are there major problems finding lodging in the area during the race meeting? Any idea of how far in advance I might have to book, how far from the track I might end up, and what rates "typically" (if there is such a thing) run? What do attendees usually do? Any information or suggestions would be appreciated.

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Now that my wife and I have moved a little closer to the East Coast, we're thinking of driving up from Alabama for this year's gathering. Are there major problems finding lodging in the area during the race meeting?.


During the week, no. On weekends, yes.

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Any idea of how far in advance I might have to book, how far from the track I might end up, and what rates "typically" (if there is such a thing) run?


The sooner the better. This place is on broadway, the main street, and is about a mile from the track. In season, it runs about $200 a night. I've stayed there. It's very well run.

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We stayed in Johnstown a couple of nights at the newer Holiday Inn Express, about 30 minutes out, for $100 each night on a weekend. Was cheap and very convenient plus it was an easy drive to the track.
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I stay on Wolf Road in Albany - a 20 minute drive to the track.
Lots of places there, by the airport.
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Now that my wife and I have moved a little closer to the East Coast, we're thinking of driving up from Alabama for this year's gathering. Are there major problems finding lodging in the area during the race meeting? Any idea of how far in advance I might have to book, how far from the track I might end up, and what rates "typically" (if there is such a thing) run? What do attendees usually do? Any information or suggestions would be appreciated.


Hope you can make it. It's something I start looking forward to every year about a week after the meet ends. It's a lot of fun.

Others can give you info about hotels as I really don't know much about that end of it. If you look back on the old threads from previous years I've tried to give a run down of the places that I thought were good to eat at, but I can tell you I haven't come close to hitting all of them taht are out there. It's a great town and be sure to look up other local attractions because there's all kinds of stuff to do both before and after the races each day.
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