A Lifetime of Memories at Saratoga

As a reporter and fan, I've visited Saratoga Race Course every summer since the mid-1970s. Witnessing countless races, I've collected some unforgettable memories at this historic track.

American Pharoah's Unforgettable Gallop (2015)

The first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, American Pharoah's gallop wasn't just training. 15,000 fans, including excited children, came to witness the champion and roar their approval.

Rachel Alexandra Raises the Roof

 Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra stole the show in the 2009 Woodward Stakes. In a thrilling finish, she edged out Macho Again by a head. Legendary announcer Tom Durkin's call added to the magic: "Rachel Alexandra the Great...beating Macho Again..."

Arrogate's Record-Shattering Travers

Few expected Arrogate to shine in his first graded-stakes race. But jockey Mike Smith rocketed Arrogate to a lead they never relinquished. He crushed the track record with a time of 1:59.36, leaving the competition in the dust.

The Irreplaceable Tom Durkin (2014)

Tom Durkin's voice was synonymous with Saratoga racing. His booming calls and dramatic flair added an unforgettable layer to every big race. His retirement in 2014 left a void at the track.

More Than Just Races

Saratoga offers more than just thrilling races. It's about the atmosphere, the characters, and the unexpected moments that make the track so special.

My Saratoga Journey Continues

The magic of Saratoga continues to draw me back year after year. New stories and memories are waiting to be made at this historic track.

Share Your Saratoga Memories

What are your most unforgettable memories from Saratoga? Share them in the comments below!