Drape on Saratoga: ‘Racing’s Version of Summer Camp’

by | 07.18.2014 | 8:10am

Saratoga Race Course opens its doors today for its eagerly-anticipated summer meet. Racing fans from all across the country will travel to The Spa, the place many consider the 'mecca' of the sport.

In his latest column for the New York Times, Joe Drape writes of his love of Saratoga, a place that he fondly calls “horse racing's version of summer camp.”

Despite being a sport that has, as Drape points out, “an aging fan base” and a “pervasive drug culture”, Saratoga shows why the sport is so easy to love.

“The morning mist that rises from the Oklahoma training track, the steam rising from beneath the blankets of freshly bathed racehorses, are touchstones that are good for the soul.”

Read more in the New York Times

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