Migratory Patterns: Following the Horses, Following the Sun

All traffic this way . . . out of town, that is. It's not just the birds that travel south, it's the horses. And with the horses go the trainers, and with the trainers go the barns and all their trappings. Here at Saratoga, the migration south (mainly to Florida) begins just after Labor Day, … Continue reading Migratory Patterns: Following the Horses, Following the Sun

A View from the Backstretch, photography at the National Museum of Racing

The Saratoga Special, "View Points," by Melaina Phipps September 3, 2011 A View from the Backstretch, photography exhibit currently on display at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, brings together more than a dozen amateur photographers to share their firsthand views of life behind the racing scene. The exhibit will be on display at the … Continue reading A View from the Backstretch, photography at the National Museum of Racing

The Travers Stakes: A Trove of Traditions, Old and New – Around the Oval with Melaina Phipps – Horse Racing Nation

The Travers Stakes: A Trove of Traditions, Old and New - Around the Oval with Melaina Phipps - Horse Racing Nation.         How does Saratoga celebrate the Travers Stakes? Here are some of the local customs that surround this illustrious racing tradition.

Summers of Celebrity: Racing with the Stars at Saratoga and Del Mar – Around the Oval with Melaina Phipps – Horse Racing Nation

Summers of Celebrity: Racing with the Stars at Saratoga and Del Mar - Around the Oval with Melaina Phipps - Horse Racing Nation. Where will you be following the ponies this summer? East coast or West, you'll be in good company! Click the link above for the latest post on Around the Oval with Melaina … Continue reading Summers of Celebrity: Racing with the Stars at Saratoga and Del Mar – Around the Oval with Melaina Phipps – Horse Racing Nation

Springtime Comes to the Spa – Around the Oval with Melaina Phipps – Horse Racing Nation

Springtime Comes to the Spa - Around the Oval with Melaina Phipps - Horse Racing Nation Please click on the title above to visit my new blog on the HorseRacingNation.com web site. It's my "local color" take on the world of Thoroughbred racing. Enjoy the first post and  please leave comments and suggestions if you … Continue reading Springtime Comes to the Spa – Around the Oval with Melaina Phipps – Horse Racing Nation

Year’s End 2010, Part 2

August: Saratoga Racing Ah . . . Saratoga, the August place to be. Sadly, this was the first summer in six years that I was not a full-time Saratoga resident. Admittedly, I watched the races with full paddock coverage almost daily from my iPhone or my computer via TwinSpires.com, so I did catch a lot of what I would … Continue reading Year’s End 2010, Part 2