08/19/2014 7:39PM

Saratoga Smiles 2014


Saratoga is in full swing, with its crown piece, the Travers Stakes, coming up this Saturday.  This year, the meet seems to be flying by faster than ever, perhaps in part due to the unusually crisp nights, which feel more like September than August.  But it makes the days and special moments all the more precious.

I post photos of smiling racetrackers regularly on my Facebook page, to help show the world that our sport has countless wonderful participants who are happy and proud to work with horses.  From the most famous jockey to the least-known hotwalker, from countries around the world, our community is a wonderfully tight-knit group.  Horse racing offers plenty of reasons for Saratoga Smiles.  :-)

Some of the people in the above photos are well-known, of course.  In other cases, I don't know their names - and sometimes don't even speak their language.   I haven't IDed the photos when I know names, so that viewers can appreciate each smiling face as a star.

I'll post many more such photos next week.  Till then, keep smiling!


Rosana Rivera More than 1 year ago
Lovely photos. Many different smiles. One big family. One that is not bound by blood but by the love of the sport and that magnificent creature, the Thoroughbred horse. Rosana
nancyb More than 1 year ago
I was beginning to worry that you had forgotten about us here in DRF blog land!I love how you capture the special zest that Saratoga has for horseman and fans alike.
Yuwipi More than 1 year ago
Feared you had given up on us non twitter/facebook fans Barbara. Thanks for taking the time, especially from Saratoga, to brighten everyone's day. I happened to be there the day all the great jockey's were honored and signing for the PDJF. What a lot of great memories! Thanks again.
Margaret Garrett More than 1 year ago
As always, you seem to capture the pure joy most feel around horses...And I am so glad you share it with us! :)
SR Vegas More than 1 year ago
Barbara I've been waiting for your next blog post. ... and , of course it made me smile ! These are terrific !! I especially like the group picture ...brings me back to a specific, and memorable day with HOF jockeys ..Angel Cordero Jr, Laffit Pincay Jr, and Pat Day ....... as I had my own photo opportunity when they did the "BC Jockeys Tour" and made a stop at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, prior to the 2008 BC races. I smile as look at that photo above my PC, as I am writing this. Your article brought it all back. ps..I also love the pictures from various encounters that we have crossed paths. As my young nephew would say ... You are the bomb !! Don't wait so long to send and share your remarkable photos ! Sincerest regards SR Vegas
Jane Raymond More than 1 year ago
I love your DRF blogs, you always show& tell such nice stories! Thank you, Barbara! :)
Mary Mendribil Nelson More than 1 year ago
You make ME smile. Love love love your blogs!
Mary Mendribil Nelson More than 1 year ago
Make me smile. Barbara, love your blogs.
Bronwyn Duffy More than 1 year ago
beautiful...real life...the backside...nothing but magic for all involved!!!!.....always...thank you Barbara
Eveline Kjelstrup More than 1 year ago
Wow, what a story! I just love the way you did this.