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.
Faces in the crowd — some pensive, some passive — watch a race at Saratoga Race Course on opening day, Aug. 2, 1965. Saratoga, celebrating the 150th anniversary of racing in the city this year, opened for its annual summer meet this past Friday.
Supreme Court Justice Michael E. Sweeney, right, makes a judgment under the watchful eye of Saratoga Springs attorney William L. Ford.
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Tripoli try to pick a winner at Saratoga Race Course on Monday, Aug. 2, 1965.
Schenectady residents Anthony Morette, left, and Frank Barbarulo study selections in front of the race course grandstand escalator — a new addition in 1965.
A group of race fans enjoy Saratoga on Aug. 2, 1965.
Schenectady Fire Chief Milton C. Kling, left, smiles after hitting the daily double at Saratoga Race Course. Roy Marco, center and Al Hurwitz are cheered by Milt’s good fortune.
Daniel P. Shepard and Clarence Schwenker, stylish in fedoras and jackets, cheer on runners on the track.
Dan Nolan has his mind on his money — and his money in his mouth.
Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Qualtere show off summer styles on opening day.
Some people hoped the 6 horse would bring them fortune and glory.