Saratoga Race Course will be missing two well-known trainers on Saturday, August 3, as both Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey and Gary Sciacca will be in Canton, Ohio as guests of former NFL coach Bill Parcells for his enshrinement into the NFL Hall of Fame.
Parcells, a resident of Saratoga Springs who races horses as August Dawn Stable, spent 19 seasons as a head coach in the NFL, 14 of them winning years. He led the New York Giants to victories in Super Bowls XXI and XXV and the New England Patriots to an appearance in Super Bowl XXXI. Parcells, 71, was the first to lead four different teams into the playoffs. He retired in 2006, having coached the Dallas Cowboys to two playoff appearances in his four years there.
“I'm excited about it; excited for him,” said McGaughey, who met Parcells while he was coaching the New England Patriots. “It's an opportunity I'll probably never get again. The guy has been a good friend, and he was nice enough to invite me. I'm going to head over there and see what it's all about. It's a huge honor, no matter what sport it is.”
Parcells will not be on hand to watch his Saratoga Snacks, a winner of six of eight starts, in Thursday afternoon's John Morrissey, where he is the 7-5 morning-line favorite. Sciacca, who trains the 4-year-old, will leave on Friday for the weekend's ceremonies.
“I'll make the jacket dinner that night, where they give him the gold jacket, and get to meet everybody, and then I'll go to his party on Saturday,” said Sciacca. “I'm looking forward to it.”
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