breakfast on the clubhouse porch, where
I can pore over the Daily Racing Form
and, between visits to the all-you-can-eat
buffet, watch the horses work out in the
morning mist. After breakfast, if I have
visitors in tow, I take them on the daily
tour of the backstretch, where the real
work of horse racing is done. A tram
takes us to the far side of the track, where
we mingle with the sport’s most successful owners, trainers and jockeys as well
as with exercise riders, blacksmiths, veterinarians and everyone else involved in
the sport. Imagine a pregame tour of the
Yankees’ clubhouse where you can chat
with A-Rod, Jeter, managers, coaches
and a Steinbrenner or two—that’s what
it’s like, except with horse poop.
After the tour, we grab lunch at
one of the many food outlets on the
grounds and then get in line to place
our bets on the first race. Post time
most days is 1 p.m. By 5: 30 or so, we’re
all broke but happy. It’s true what they
say: You can’t beat the ponies.
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But Saratoga is far more than just horse
racing. When the thoroughbreds depart,
the town still jumps with the energy of
its commingled cultures. The college
kids at Skidmore keep the bars on Broadway lively. World-renowned writers,
composers and artists descend from
their private aerie at Yaddo—the famed
artists’ retreat—to play darts in town.
History buffs walk the hallowed hills that
saw the turning point of the Revolutionary War. Culture vultures can choose
from a wealth of museums, and downstate dowagers limo in from their second (or third) homes to take a plunge at
the Roosevelt Baths & Spa. And to truly
experience Saratoga, I recommend you
do all of the above.
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Yaddo is not open to the public, but
the taverns frequented by its conscripts—
and those crazy Skidmore kids—certainly
are. The Parting Glass Pub ( 40 Lake Ave.),
for instance, is a traditional Irish pub with
hearty food and drink, a happening bar
scene, live music and serious dart throwing in the back. Broadway, the main thoroughfare, and its side streets are teeming
with all manner of drinking establishments, whether you’re in the mood for
a grimy college dive (try the Tin & Lint,
2 Caroline St.) or a sedate, romantic
nook (The Wine Bar, 417 Broadway).
Savor the elegance,
love the location.
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