What a meeting.
Terrific performances, age-old records broken and stars in the making emerging from the 2016 Saratoga meet. Add in a dead heat during the closing weekend and the addition of a widely popular late Pick-5 for bettors and you have the perfect lead in to the fall racing season.
So what better way than capturing the Saratoga season in a series of tweets that will take you back to a magical 40 days of racing and six and a half weeks of summer bliss.
Sweet Loretta, John Velasquez up, wins the G3 Schuylerville S. for trainer Todd Pletcher on Saratoga's opening day. pic.twitter.com/HgU9iyld2K
— Horsephotos (@HorsephotosCom) July 22, 2016
Who else but Todd Pletcher would kick off the meet with a Grade 1 win by Sweet Loretta in the Schuylerville.
Same old song...SONGBIRD wins the Coaching Club American Oaks (top) and today's Alabama, at Saratoga. Mike Smith up. pic.twitter.com/0CNh96zVEC
— Barbara Livingston (@DRFLivingston) August 20, 2016
Songbird was one of the stars of the meet capturing two Grade 1’s and vaulting back into the racing spotlight.
Eric Guillot's voodoo Travers board is up and running pic.twitter.com/0kn8HNs3Ff
— Tim Wilkin (@tjwilkin) August 17, 2016
Eric Guillot’s Laoban stole the Jim Dandy on the second weekend and put up his hilarious voodoo board as he prepared the son of Uncle Mo for the Travers.
10 times 15 Church Restaurant, Saratoga. We're joining the Church here! pic.twitter.com/65jqSHo2qH
— DallasStewart (@DallasStewart3) August 21, 2016
Trainer Dallas Stewart spent a lot of time at Church in August….15 Church that is….
— Frosted (@OneFastCookie) August 27, 2016
Frosted crushed the Whitney field and talk of a Whitney-Woodward sweep was in the air at the Spa.
Paola Queen (Flatter). 55-1 in the Grade 1 Test. pic.twitter.com/AXzDp2J2Oe
— Frances J Karon (@francesjkaron) August 7, 2016
Paola Queen pulled the big upset in the Test at 55-1.
Wedding Dress was off slow
— David Grening (@DRFGrening) August 27, 2016
By far, the funniest tweet of the meeting goes to Dave Grening from the Form.
There's an "All the King's horses" joke in here somewhere pic.twitter.com/LtxqhCC7jm
— Mike MacAdam (@Mike_MacAdam) July 27, 2016
A close second from my pal Mac, when a tractor decimated the rail early in the meet.
— Nina Ledkovsky (@blinachka) August 21, 2016
Tourist won the Fourstardave on the fourth weekend’s main event.
Congratulations, Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta, for their greatly deserved induction into Racing's Hall of Fame! pic.twitter.com/efPWXO5S5K
— Jamie Newell (@wowhorse) August 12, 2016
Two great race mares made their way to the Hall of Fame in mid-August.
— Sam Pendolino (@PendolinoSam) August 20, 2016
Alabama day, and specifically Songbird, delivered.
— Susie (@ponyace) September 1, 2016
Arrogate’s historic track record win in the Travers was one for the ages.
— Gene Kershner (@EquiSpace) August 27, 2016
The Travers win by Arrogate completed a King’s Bishop-Travers double, Drefong winning on the front end.
— VideoHipico (@videohipico) August 29, 2016
Flintshire added the Sword Dancer to his earlier win in the Bowling Green on Jim Dandy weekend.
— GAHorseRacing (@GAHorseRacing) September 3, 2016
Last year’s Queen’s Plate winner Shaman Ghost upset Frosted in the Woodward. Javier Castellano, one of the best money riders in Saratoga history, with a brilliant ride.
— NBCSN (@NBCSN) September 3, 2016
Dead heat in the Spinaway between Pretty City Dancer and Sweet Loretta.
— TwinSpires.com (@TwinSpires) September 5, 2016
It’s no joke who won this year’s edition of the Hopeful.
— Matt Shifman (@AndyScoggin) September 5, 2016
The final standings find Jose Ortiz, Chad Brown and Michael Dubb on top.
— Chris Watson (@WatsonSports) August 28, 2016
Until we meet again.
Gene Kershner, a Buffalo-based turf writer, is a member of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association, and tweets @EquiSpace.