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Upstaged in the Backstretch

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Contessa Racing sign
On the backstretch of Saratoga’s Oklahoma Training Track is Gary Contessa’s training stable.

On Tuesdays in August 2016, thoroughbred racehorse trainer Gary Contessa presented clinics on different aspects of horse racing.

I attended his recent talk at his barn on the Oklahoma Training Track backstretch on Horse Psychology. A rapt audience soaked up his stories about figuring out what makes a particular racehorse tick, let alone how to deal with what ticks off the horse.

Although Gary is an animated storyteller with many experiences to share, Someone Else stole the show. I don’t think Gary minded being upstaged.

Contessa Stable Clinic

A new two-year-old in Contessa’s barn meets fans. Photo by Rhonda Lane

National Museum of Racing’s Photo Finish tour with Tod Marks: Tips and Observations

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Racing photographer Tod Marks without a camera, a rare sight near the Oklahoma Training Track in Saratoga Springs, NY. Photo by Rhonda Lane

On two Sundays in August, during the thoroughbred racing meet, the National Museum of Racing near the Saratoga Racecourse holds a special tour of the backstretch with a professional photographer.

I took the tour on the Sunday racing photographer Tod Marks, staff photog for the daily Saratoga Special newspaper and contributor to other racing publications, led the group.

Here are some tips on taking the tour, including some of my own observations and some of the photos I took.