Saratoga Shots

August 16th, 2016, 11:00 am by Greg
Laoban being walked in the shedrow by handler Sixto for Southern Equine Racing before The Jim Dandy Stakes

Laoban being walked in the shedrow by handler Sixto for Southern Equine Racing before The Jim Dandy Stakes

Photographs by Martin Benjamin

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Mechanicville native and current leading trainer at the 2016 Saratoga meet, Chad Brown, in paddock shedrow

Mechanicville native and current leading trainer at the 2016 Saratoga meet, Chad Brown, in paddock shedrow

Mohaymen stumbles out of the gate for the start of The Jim Dandy Stakes.  Eventual winner #2 Laoban gets off to a good start

Mohaymen stumbles out of the gate for the start of The Jim Dandy Stakes. Eventual winner #2 Laoban gets off to a good start

Jockey Jose Ortiz starts to crack a smile as Laoban approaches the finish line to win The Jim Dandy at long-shot odds of 27-1 for a $56 payoff on a $2 to win ticket

Jockey Jose Ortiz starts to crack a smile as Laoban approaches the finish line to win The Jim Dandy at long-shot odds of 27-1 for a $56 payoff on a $2 to win ticket

Laoban’s trainer, Eric Guillot, exults after his horse wins $600k The Jim Dandy as he enters the winner’s circle

Laoban’s trainer, Eric Guillot, exults after his horse wins $600k The Jim Dandy as he enters the winner’s circle

AP Indian wins the Vanderbilt Stakes at Saratoga Race Course

AP Indian wins the Vanderbilt Stakes at Saratoga Race Course

Jockey Joe Bravo show AP Indian some love and gratitude after winning the Vanderbilt Stakes

Jockey Joe Bravo show AP Indian some love and gratitude after winning the Vanderbilt Stakes

Jockey Mike Smith shipped in from California to ride Effinex in The Whitney Stakes

Jockey Mike Smith shipped in from California to ride Effinex in The Whitney Stakes

Frosted winning $1.25 million The Whitney Stakes with an exhilarating and tour de force performance in the prestigious race

Frosted winning $1.25 million The Whitney Stakes with an exhilarating and tour de force performance in the prestigious race

Jockey Joel Rosario on Frosted entering the winner’s circle with the ‘blanket’ of “Mary Lou Whitney Roses”

Jockey Joel Rosario on Frosted entering the winner’s circle with the ‘blanket’ of “Mary Lou Whitney Roses”

All In The Family – Trainer Robbie Davis gives riding instructions to his daughter, jockey Jackie Davis, in the paddock with owners looking on

All In The Family – Trainer Robbie Davis gives riding instructions to his daughter, jockey Jackie Davis, in the paddock with owners looking on

Leading jockey at the 2016 Saratoga meet, Irad Ortiz Jr., heads from the paddock to the track to try to notch another victory

Leading jockey at the 2016 Saratoga meet, Irad Ortiz Jr., heads from the paddock to the track to try to notch another victory