Off To The Races

4 Mar

By SULEIKA JAOUAD 

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

 

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6 Responses to “Off To The Races”

  1. Rob Coughlin March 4, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

    Thank you for sharing these thoughts and experiences. I am thinking about you and wishing you well.

    Your neighbor and Kate’s dad,

    Rob Coughlin

    • suleikajaouad March 4, 2012 at 7:15 pm #

      Thank you, Rob. Your support means a lot to me!

  2. David Steindorf March 4, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

    I think of Saratoga as my second home. Do you know Caffe Lena, the oldest coffee house in America, which was voted the best small folk music venue in North America by the International Folk Alliance? I used to be on the Caffe’s Board of Directors (president), and continue to enjoy the music and the intimacy. Drop in some time.

    David Steindorf
    Albany, NY

  3. Sandra March 4, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

    As two-time cancer survivor myself, I look for your blog updates almost every day. You are an inspiration to me, and I am humbled by your strength and courage. Although you are undoubtedly tired and discouraged from time to time, never stop fighting and never stop expecting tomorrow to bring you good news. Blessings to you, darling. Sandra C.

    • suleikajaouad March 6, 2012 at 8:14 am #

      Thank you, Sandra, for making my day. It’s always so inspiring to hear from survivors. Blessings!

  4. Camille March 6, 2012 at 11:53 am #

    I remember going there in 1996 with all of you and Grand Ma, we bet 1 or 2 dolls and won the race, sometimes 🙂
    I still have postcards and pictures in my head of the horses, i’d love to go there again with you guys!

    Thanks Suleïka,
    And nice picture as usual!!

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