Manny Ycaza, Bobby Ussery and Braulio Baeza were on horseback at Saratoga Race Course on Monday, Aug. 2, 1965.
Anthony Morette, Milton C. Kling and Anthony Tripoli were on holiday — all made sure they were part of the opening day crowd of 16,009.
People in the grandstand and clubhouse were in good moods.
“The fans expressed approval of the $3.5 million expansion program concentrated in the grandstand area,” wrote Bob Castle, who covered racing for the Schenectady Gazette. “Since last August’s meeting a new addition — 500 feet long — has been added to that section. The plant now will comfortably accommodate 30,000 to 35,000 spectators.”
The addition included two new escalators and a dining area for grandstand patrons.
Some fans also approved of the action on the track. Kling, Schenectady’s fire chief, chose Indulto in the feature race — the Flash Stakes — and hooked him up with Turkish Fight in the eighth race for the daily double. Jockey Manny Ycaza brought Indulto home at 5-1. Turkish Fight was the bigger risk at 20-1, but the long shot came through. Kling had five tickets on the double, which paid $105.60. The chief might have had to buy dinner for pals Roy Marco and Al Hurwitz.