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A Bit of Belmont Stakes

5/25/2016 10:55 AM

2016 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival

Who would think that the Belmont Stakes actually predates the Kentucky Derby by 8 years and the Preakness Stakes by 6 years?! It was first run in 1867 at what was then called Jerome Park.  Click here for a bit of it's history if you'd like to learn more. Unfortunately this year there is no chance of a Triple Crown winner with the defeat of Nyquist in last Saturday's Preakness Stakes by Exaggerator...

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Posted in History Horse Racing Horses By Marianne Barker

CasinoOn Wednesday morning Mare and I walked through just part of the Canfield Casino with Charlie Kuenzel and learned so many new things we had never known before. We were only there for an hour and a half and wish we could have spent the entire day. There is so much history in the Canfield Casino that so many people do not know about... us included! Now we know just a tid-bit more, we are so lucky to ...

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Posted in History By Maddy Zanetti

A Different Kind of Dark Horse

3/12/2015 1:38 PM

Though we have focused mainly on the Dark Horses of racing history there are many other Dark Horses that have overcome the odds in their fields. We thought we would highlight a few of the Dark Horses in America’s Political history!history-jkp-portraitThe first Dark Horse candidate in America was James Knox Polk who got his start in Tennessee Legislature. Polk was the Democratic candidate for the 1844 presidential ele...Read More
Posted in History The Dark Horse By Maddy Zanetti

Always Firm but Gracious

4/10/2014 12:26 PM

He was known around town as the tap dancing man with the wildly outlandish stories .  His real name was George Bookasta, and it was only until recently that I learned those stories he told were all true.Born on July 14, 1917 it didn't take long before he was discovered by a talent scout.  His Hollywood career began at the age of three and the family moved out to Hollywood. He starred in movies suc...Read More
Posted in General History By Jamie Onderdonk
We are very excited to be introducing The Dark Horse of Saratoga Springs! This new brand and image is one that we have been working on for some time now. Before we show you all of the new and exciting things we plan on doing with The Dark Horse I wanted to share with you the history behind it and where the name comes from.As many of you know Saratoga Springs is home to the oldest thoroughbred race...Read More
Posted in General History Horses The Dark Horse By Maddy Zanetti
It's time for chowder again! This year is the 16th year of Chowderfest. And Chowderfest Saratoga Springs 2014 is going to be awesome! Every year The Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau puts on one of the most fun, and successful, events in Saratoga! Every year more contestants create a chowder concoction for even more guests to try! This year there will be 85 different establishments serving ch...Read More
Posted in Dogs General History By Maddy Zanetti

My Saratoga Story

1/23/2014 12:18 PM

People who know me know I always say "Saratoga has been very good to me".  Growing up in Long Beach, N.Y. and raising my 2 boys Nicholas and Dominic who are 5th generation, you would think I would never move.  Then 17 years ago I came to Saratoga for the first time to go to the races.  I had never been to Saratoga or even heard of Saratoga with the exception of the song "You're so vain" by Carly S...Read More
Posted in General History By Jamie Onderdonk
Saratogians and racing fans were all aware that this year, 2013, was a very special one for horse racing in Saratoga Springs. More specifically, the 150th year of racing in Saratoga Springs. You see, on August 3, 1863, two horse owners and men of great wealth, decided to create a race track.  John Morrissey and William R. Travers created a track on the north side of Union Avenue in Saratoga Spring...Read More
Posted in General History By Jamie Onderdonk
When the reindeer herd arrived in front of the store in the beginning of December this year, many of you asked who made them, where did they come from and what their story was! Well, here is the history!You may remember my (Mare) Dad, Hans H. L. Hustedt, who was the craftsman builder of our spectacular dollhouses, barns, outhouses and furnishings. Dad was the quintessential handyman with many skil...Read More
Posted in General History By Marianne Baker

Doggie Wall of Fame

6/17/2013 5:33 PM

coryMany moons ago, a good friend and co-worker, Tom Burnes suggested that we have a water dish outside the store for the many dogs that often stopped in to the shop to give us wags and licks! Since we had some wonderful bowls for sale and we put one right out that day. The treats were not far behind and now there are lots of dogs that will not let their people walk by without a treat, a hello lick or...Read More
Posted in Dogs History By Marianne Baker

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