09/17/2013 8:31PM

2013 Saratoga Smiles - a look back at happy people

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During the recently concluded Saratoga meet, I posted photos of smiling racetrackers on my Facebook page nearly every night.  Many were exercise riders, by sheer virtue of my spending so much time along the rail in the mornings. But morning, afternoon, or evening, if you'd smile, I'd post your pic.  I've never seen a track where more people smile than at 'the Spa'!

Just for fun, in several installments, I'll post some of the photos here.  I generally haven't IDed them, other than some horses.  In many cases, I don't even know the people's names.  But it doesn't keep me from appreciating the fact that their happy faces helped brighten our racing days.  I hope these 50 photos make you smile, too.

 

Pony boy Sergio Salazar says to sit back, have some cool lemonade, and enjoy these 2013 Saratoga smiles...

Above:  Flat Out

Above:  King Kreesa

Above:  Jake's Magic Hat

Above: Palace Malice

Above:  The champion Royal Delta flashes her winning Saratoga smile.  :-)  :-)  :-)

Kim Dearman More than 1 year ago
What about the horses that die durning a race or euthenized because of "breaking down"?
LINDAMARIEFIORE More than 1 year ago
THANK YOU FOR THIS INSIDE VIEW OF THE BACKSIDE ...YOU MADE ME SMILE :)
Marshall Cassidy More than 1 year ago
Your work just makes me smile.
Petra Neumueller More than 1 year ago
OMG, these photographs just made my day so much brighter! They not only remind me of the fact that, in this sometimes earnest and serious business, the people who work at the base are where they are because of the pure love and passion for the sport and its four-legged heroes ... they are also a testament to you, dear Barbara, for they testify to the fact that horses and humans alike respond with joy in their hearts when you pop up in front of them with your camera in hand! You are a genius in my world, Barbara - not only because of your incredible photographic talent, but also because you show the world what great success can be accomplished by doing what you love, and doing it with grace, humility and love in the heart!
Marshall Cassidy More than 1 year ago
Photographic genius! Congratulations, Marshall Cassidy
SR Vegas More than 1 year ago
Barbara You're missing someone ...YOU! and your happy smile :) Thanks for making my day . SR Vegas
Deborah Reese More than 1 year ago
Horse racing--the best, happiest sport on the planet. :)
Pommetweat More than 1 year ago
LOVE these images -- they beautifully convey the spirit of our wonderful race track! Thanks for sharing!! :)
Turnbackthealarm More than 1 year ago
Barbara, Only you would come up with such a great idea for a blog. Thank you so much for sharing all those beautiful smiling faces. Love, love, love this compilation.
Michele Pridmore More than 1 year ago
Fabulous! Thanks for sharing all those smiling faces!