“More pasta salad, please,” says wanna-be party goer behind Abigail’s mom. (Photo by Rhonda Lane)
I was over-the-moon delighted to be invited to a picnic last summer at Abigail Adsit Racing Stable in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Well, now you can come along, too. You can see it’s a gorgeous summer day. The racetrack is dark, meaning there’s no racing, so folks are about as free as they get during the race meet when horses still need tending.
So, you never know who may drop by.
Many interesting guests
Early arrivals lined up for an organized photo. Noted animal photographer Cathleen Duffy obliged with taking the same photo with three cameras, including mine.
Bloggers, turf writers, horse owners, photographers, exercise riders, novelists, a bloodstock agent, a Super Famous Triple Crown winning jockey, grooms and many crucial racetrack workers found their way to the group gathered around the shade tree in front of a table with a long submarine sandwich.
The talk was good and spirited as when people from different backgrounds share a common interest, in this case, a love for horses and horse racing.
After years of social media contact, I finally met novelist Natalie Keller Reinert. As of this writing, Natalie recently released TURNING FOR HOME, part of her Alex and Alexander series about a thoroughbred training stable and breeding farm.
We also got the opportunity to pose with Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew’s jockey Jean Cruguet, the link goes to an M.E. Altieri article about him.
I babbled. He’s used to it, I hope.
For more about Abigail and her stable