We were going to take another marathon walk through Brooklyn and back, but the weather forecast was iffy. So what to do? Head up to Saratoga Springs and bet on the ponies, of course!
Who needs handicapping? The secret to my success is betting by name. Case in point: I doubled my money on a horse named Casual in the first race. If we had stayed for the final race, my favorite pick for the day, Backseat Rhythm, would have payed out big bucks with 6-1 odds.
To beat the crowd, we left right after the seventh race and walked downtown through Congress Park. On the right is one of Saratoga's famous springs. When we lived in Saratoga in the summer of '97, we'd walk here after dinner and feed the ducks. Then we'd go to Stewart's for $1 cones (Raspberry Graham Cracker Crunch was a favorite), which are now $1.75...talk about inflation!
Jon's two favorite Saratoga houses. The house on the left is on Union Avenue near the racetrack, and the one on the right is one of North Broadway's famous mansions that's occupied only during the summer horse racing season. Every time we pass the house on the right, Jon talks about the time he saw a guy on the veranda getting his hair cut.
We ended the day at the Malta Drive-In Theatre on Route 9.