Thoroughbred Racing at Saratoga

One of the best places to visit in New York State during the summer is the Saratoga Race Course. It is a time honored tradition for many and recently for me through photography and the not-for-profit organization, the Friends of Sanford Stud Farm. FSSF was established to preserve the thoroughbred racing legacy of the Sanford family, whose local Amsterdam farm Hurricana, bred, trained and raced thoroughbred horses for competition at Saratoga. Although most of the original farm is now commercial space, the group would like to save the remaining buildings to create a park where tourists could stop and learn about our rich history in thoroughbred racing.

I first photographed the Saratoga Race Course in the ’80s and several times last season, including the newly established Sanford Exhibit at the National Racing Museum and Hall of Fame. Breakfast at the track is a great way to see the thoroughbreds warm up without the crowds and the cost of admission. Trackside parking for breakfast opens at 6:45am and although you pay the parking fee ($12 weekdays, $15 weekends), the money is refunded if you exit the parking area by 10am.

The following photos were taken Saturday, July 25, 2015, at the 101st running of the Sanford Stakes. The trophy was presented by Landine (Sanford) Manigault and her son Pierre to horse #11 Uncle Vinny, trainer T. Pletcher, jockey J. Velasquez .

The #4 horse, Magna Light actually came in 1st place was was knocked down to 3rd after a formal complaint and controversial technical disqualification. Sanford descendant Landine Manigault felt badly for the owners and trainers of the disqualified Magna Light and asked me to take a photo with one of Magna Light’s owners to signify their win anyway.






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7 thoughts on “Thoroughbred Racing at Saratoga

  1. Marie Pacino

    Very nice, Jerry, really enjoyed these pictures…you captured the aura of the track perfectly! Joe and I will be going soon….!!!!!

  2. Marie Pacino

    Joe and I look forward to your photography and comments!

  3. Thomas DAnnunzio

    Hi Jerry,

    Nice photos. What’s happening in the Great state of New York? I’ve been out in Iowa since June 9th. Beautiful country here for sure. Keep The Grove Street Photographer news post coming. I always enjoy it, thanks.

    Your friend,


    Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:43:55 +0000 To:

    • Thank you Tom, Everything is happening in upstate New York right now. We are at the peak of the summer season with the opening of Saratoga Race Course. There is great music at Amsterdam’s Riverlink Park and other venues around the capital district. Lake George and the Great Sacandaga provide great boating and leisure time activities. As you well know, hiking in the Adirondacks can be a very rewarding experience as well.

  4. Diane

    Gorgeous photos as always Jerry !!

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