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Gate opens to begin 147th meet-ing in Saratoga

The excitement begins with the first race and we were there from the entrance of the horses and jockeys to the paddock to the First Race. Who could ask for more than John Velasquez taking Sea Raven from back in the pack to first across the finish.

Great start for the season and a great day to begin the 147th Season in Saratoga. A record First Day attendance of 34,783 beat the previous record by 1,870 enthusiastic fans,.

All we need now is for American Pharaoh to come to the Travers.

What a great start. Even at 7:30 am - the tables were gone - at least in favorite locations. It said a big day coming up - as it turned out, the biggest opening day ever- 34,783

One of the highlights of an early morning visit are free trolley rides to the back yard where you see horses being washed and you can check out the starting gate.

You get a close-up view of the horses working out - and you can go up in the Clubhouse and even sit in Mary Louís box.

Families bring their picnics and table settings and they claim their table. You have to leave at 10 but when the gates open again at 11, you always find your table just as you left it. Thatís Saratoga tradition.