Saratoga Shots

August 7th, 2015, 2:00 pm by Greg
The field leaves the starting gate for the first race of the 2015 season, 7/24/2015

The field leaves the starting gate for the first race of the 2015 season, 7/24/2015

Photographs by Martin Benjamin

Sea Raven prevails to win the first race of the 2015 track season,  7/24/2015.

Sea Raven prevails to win the first race of the 2015 track season, 7/24/2015.

Trainer Leah Gyuamati, in the winner’s circle, after her horse, Sea Raven, won the first race of the 2015 meet, 7/24/2015.

Trainer Leah Gyuamati, in the winner’s circle, after her horse, Sea Raven, won the first race of the 2015 meet, 7/24/2015.

Day of Fury literally leaps from the starting gate on opening day, 7/24/2015.

Day of Fury literally leaps from the starting gate on opening day, 7/24/2015.

The Ortiz Brothers – Jose and Irad – entering the paddock before a week, 7/26/2015.

The Ortiz Brothers – Jose and Irad – entering the paddock before a race, 7/26/2015.

A racing fan, 7/31/2015.

A racing fan, 7/31/2015.

Racing fans, 7/26/2015.

Racing fans, 7/26/2015.

Racing fan, 7/26/2015.

Racing fan, 7/26/2015.

The jockey footrace was won by Angel Cruz, who easily bested the field of jockeys running barefoot from the starting gate on the main track, 8/1/2015.

The jockey footrace was won by Angel Cruz, who easily bested the field of jockeys running barefoot from the starting gate on the main track, 8/1/2015.

Rock Fall beats The Big Beast in the A.G. Vanderbilt Handicap, 8/1/2015.

Rock Fall beats The Big Beast in the A.G. Vanderbilt Handicap, 8/1/2015.

Texas Red, ridden by Kent Desourmeaux, wins the Jim Dandy Stakes, beating Frosted, 8/1/2015.

Texas Red, ridden by Kent Desourmeaux, wins the Jim Dandy Stakes, beating Frosted, 8/1/2015.

Jockey Kent Desourmeaux, cooling down winner Texas Red with some ice water over the head, as he heads to the winners’ circle after the Jim Dandy Stakes, 8/1/2015.

Jockey Kent Desourmeaux, cooling down winner Texas Red with some ice water over the head, as he heads to the winners’ circle after the Jim Dandy Stakes, 8/1/2015.

Jockey Kent Desourmeaux being interviewed in the winners’ circle after winning the Jim Dandy Stakes aboard Texas Red, 8/1/2015.

Jockey Kent Desourmeaux being interviewed in the winner’s circle after winning the Jim Dandy Stakes aboard Texas Red, 8/1/2015.

Frosted is horsing around in the paddock before the Jim Dandy Stakes, 8/1/2015.

Frosted is horsing around in the paddock before the Jim Dandy Stakes, 8/1/2015.

Diptych of champion Rachel Alexander winning the 2009 Woordward Stakes [against the boys] is compared here to her second foal, Rachel’s Valentino, as the 2 year old daughter wins her first start as a maiden, 8/2/2015.  Check out the form in the two photographs made six years apart from each other.

Diptych of champion Rachel Alexandra winning the 2009 Woordward Stakes [against the boys] is compared here to her second foal, Rachel’s Valentino, as the 2-year-old daughter wins her first start as a maiden, 8/2/2015. Check out the form in the two photographs made six years apart from each other.

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