Capital Region Scrapbook: Saratoga Opening Day 1991

A man dressed for success  -- suntan success, anyway  -- balances beverages and bets on a Saratoga Race Course picnic table on July 24, 1991.
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A man dressed for success -- suntan success, anyway -- balances beverages and bets on a Saratoga Race Course picnic table on July 24, 1991.

SARATOGA SPRINGS – The coronavirus pandemic gave fans the shutout for the 2020 racing season; many will return this Thursday, when Saratoga begins the 2021 racing meet to an expected full house.

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The opener represented the first day of the race course’s newly expanded meet. Horses, jockeys, trainers, owners and fans were on the job for five weeks instead of the former four-week schedule.

Here’s a look at Opening Day from 30 years ago, 1991.

Gazette file photos by Bruce Squiers

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Racing fans gather near the paddock at Saratoga Race Course and watch an equine athlete and his jockey make their ways to the main course on Opening Day, July 24, 1991. File Photo

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A man dressed for success — suntan success, anyway — balances beverages and bets on a Saratoga Race Course picnic table on July 24, 1991.

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A race track fan, pursuing a possible fortune, ponders his luck.

 

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A group of racing fans celebrate a victory in the winner’s circle

 

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Experienced racing fans, and a novice, look for their seats

 

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The Saratoga Race Course back yard, near the outdoor escalator, bustles with activity

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Reggie’s Red Hot Feet Warmers entertain picnickers under the tall trees of Saratoga Race Course on July 24, 1991. The “Warmers” are annual visitors to Saratoga.

 

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