Here and There in Saratoga--Wednesday, August 8, 2001

By Sean Clancy
From The Saratoga Special, reprinted with permission

"I'm going to take a pair of scissors and cut these clothes off in one swipe, then walk straight into the lake."--Valet Denny McCabe walking back to the jocks' room after the last race

"Bobby Knight once said, 'the best time of every sportswriter's life is the the three years he spent in second grade."Excerpt from Frank Deford's Hall of Fame address

"Congratulations, Buddy."--Winning jockey Jerry Bailey to Earlie Fires in the winner's circle after the Hall of Fame Stakes

"Because that's what The Saratoga Special is about."--Trainer John R.S. Fisher explaining to jockey Herbie Castillo why a picture of him and his son riding a lead pony made the paper

"I've ordered the same sandwich three days in a row and it comes out differently each time."--diner at the Sales lunch counter

"At least you don't throw them."--Consignor Bettina Jenney to a paper boy who was handing them off at the sale

"Possibly."--Consignor Tom VanMeter answering if Eaton Sales had more employees than horses at the sale

Name of the Day:
Ready (fifth race). Can't you hear the instructions around the barn. "Get Ready ready."

Weather forecast:
Wednesday: Sunny. High around 87F. Winds W to SW 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. Low near 66F. Winds near calm.
Thursday (24 hours): Sunny. Highs near 90 and lows in the mid 60s.
Friday (24 hours): Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 80s and lows near 60.
Saturday (24 hours): Sunny. Highs in the low 80s and lows in the upper 50s.

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