This picture was taken last July. After one long, grueling month in the hospital, I couldn’t have been happier to return to Saratoga Springs, home of the annual horse racing banaza that draws gamblers, tourists and big-hat-wearers for 5 weeks every year. The restaurants raise their prices and the main drag, Broadway, is teeming with revelers. Downtown is crowded with a rowdy contingent of Harley motorcycle-types, who park their metal horses in long dominos along the main street, and the gambling crowd, many of whom eschew the track for divy bars where they can watch the races on tv. It’s a noticeable contrast from the other 11 months of the year, when this sleepy rural area is more Birkenstock than Big Hat.
Photo Credit: Kevin McKiernan