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Post Time: Saratoga - The meet in tweets

Arrogate crushes the Travers field by 13 1/2 lengths

Arrogate crushes the Travers field by 13 1/2 lengths

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.

Who else but Todd Pletcher would kick off the meet with a Grade 1 win by Sweet Loretta in the Schuylerville.

Songbird was one of the stars of the meet capturing two Grade 1’s and vaulting back into the racing spotlight.

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.

Trainer Dallas Stewart spent a lot of time at Church in August….15 Church that is….

Frosted crushed the Whitney field and talk of a Whitney-Woodward sweep was in the air at the Spa.

Paola Queen pulled the big upset in the Test at 55-1.

By far, the funniest tweet of the meeting goes to Dave Grening from the Form.

A close second from my pal Mac, when a tractor decimated the rail early in the meet.

Tourist won the Fourstardave on the fourth weekend’s main event.

Two great race mares made their way to the Hall of Fame in mid-August.

Alabama day, and specifically Songbird, delivered.

Arrogate’s historic track record win in the Travers was one for the ages.

The Travers win by Arrogate completed a King’s Bishop-Travers double, Drefong winning on the front end.

Flintshire added the Sword Dancer to his earlier win in the Bowling Green on Jim Dandy weekend.

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.

Dead heat in the Spinaway between Pretty City Dancer and Sweet Loretta.

It’s no joke who won this year’s edition of the Hopeful.

The final standings find Jose Ortiz, Chad Brown and Michael Dubb on top.

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.

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