Mudders morning at the track

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Breakfast in the grandstand

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?

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A dedicated band of race fans showed up to enjoy eggs and waffles and watch the horses stretch their legs.

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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.

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And electricians getting ready for the big day had some fun with the tote boards.

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Find It

The Saratoga Racecourse
Union Avenue
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

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Really, AOA, really? We are doing this? A daily count down to probably one of the sleaziest things we have going on in the capital district besides the Lotto and Strip Joints--Saratoga Racetrack? It is basically place your bets here and lose your money..kinda like legalized theft...but made classy with fancy hats and grandstands, polo shirts, craft beers and benefits...Can you tell I am over the racetrack...

And, I can kinda get behind the Strip Joints, those girls gotta work...

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