Well, we got up early, grabbed the camera and headed out to Saratoga to watch the thoroughbreds work out and get pictures of onlookers with snazzy hats. But the weather gods had other plans. Sure, the horses were out doing their thing, and there were plenty of diehards with coffee, pastries and pink sheets, but the rain kept most of the fancy hats away.
Yep, it's a good day for "mudders" at the flat track today. Still, it's opening day at Saratoga, so there was plenty of stuff to see. Here's what we saw:
A few raindrops (OK a downpour) didn't keep Capital News 9 weather anchor Heather Morrison from donning her fancy chapeau. Maybe she knows something about the rest of the day that we don't?
A dedicated band of race fans showed up to enjoy eggs and waffles and watch the horses stretch their legs.
The horses splashed around on the track but didn't seem to mind. According to a few experts we spoke with, the rain and even the thunder don't bother the thoroughbreds so much, but they get spooked by lightning.
And electricians getting ready for the big day had some fun with the tote boards.
The Saratoga Racecourse
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
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