Here and There in Saratoga--August 31, 2001

By Sean Clancy
From The Saratoga Special, reprinted with permission

In the "We Couldn't Have Said It Any Better" Department:
"The latest issues of The Saratoga Special arrived in the mail yesterday. When I sat down to read them, I thought, 'Rats! Only a few more days left before they stop.' Then it occurred to me that if you give people an unlimited quantity of something they like, soon it gets to be old hat and the thing that makes it so special is gone. I guess what makes Saratoga so special is just that--the quantity is limited to only six weeks. Then we have 46 weeks following to look forward to it again."--Andrea Steiner

Worth Repeating:
"It's hard to find good help and he‚s got it."--Donnie Meche, on Steve Asmussen's stable

"That's why they call it gambling."--Jocks' agent Ralph Theroux about the charity bet in the Turf Writers that went awry

"Don't forget how big you are?"--Pinkerton to a jockey

"You're no cowboy."--Assistant trainer Seth Gregory to a former jump jockey looking quizzically at a Western saddle

Name(s) of the Day:
We're suckers for one-word names--Decisive (second race), Rumored (fourth race), and Upside (fifth race).

The Weather
Friday: Partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms. High around 82. Winds south to southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation 30 percent.
Friday night: Variably cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Low around 64F. Winds mostly southwest less than 5 mph. Chance of precipitation
50 percent. Rainfall amounts near a quarter of an inch. Heavier amounts in localized areas.
Saturday (24 hours): Partly cloudy with scattered thunderstorms ending late and becoming clear. Highs in the upper 70s and lows in the low 50s.
Sunday (24 hours): Sunny. Highs in the low 70s and lows in the upper 40s.
Monday (24 hours): Sunny. Highs in the mid 70s and lows in the low 50s.

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