Weather: Partly cloudy
Track condition: Muddy
Saratoga’s racing season this year began with some of the wettest weather ever, as the entire Northeast experienced record-breaking rainfall in July and August. The soggy conditions did not, however, deter racing aficionados from attending this year’s meet at the country’s oldest race course; attendance numbers were up throughout the season. Wet or dry, Saratoga Race Course again offered up the heart-pounding excitement of seeing some of the world’s finest, fastest Thoroughbreds compete for some of racing’s most famous stakes.
Spicing that excitement with plenty of Skidmore spirit, alumni club leaders from all around came together in Saratoga for a classic day at the races in August. Cynthia Shaw, associate director of alumni affairs, invited local-area club leaders to meet with their counterparts from throughout the country, as a way of saying thank-you for their service to the college. More than 20 club volunteers and guests accepted the invitation and ventured to Saratoga, meeting on campus and then heading down to the track.
Although the morning started out like so many during the summer—pouring rain—the clouds cleared and the skies brightened by post time. As the weather improved, the group kicked into high gear.
After a sumptuous buffet lunch in the Paddock Pavilion, compliments of Skidmore, the risk-takers in the party sized up the first race, made their choices, and placed their first $2 bet of the day—also compliments of Skidmore! Wagers after the first race were at the discretion of each guest. While there were no big winners among the Skidmore crowd that day, everyone had a great time socializing and exchanging tips, if not on the horses, then on ways to devise and coordinate successful alumni club events. It was a great opportunity for regional volunteers to come together from far and wide and enjoy a summer’s day in Saratoga. —SG
To learn more about regional club activities across the country, contact Cindy Shaw at 518-580-5618 or firstname.lastname@example.org.