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Behind the scenes look on opening day of the track
SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Before the sun comes up, George Russo and his crews are prepping the track. They were here until around 8 Thursday night, and started back up at 4 Friday morning, sealing, then grooming it before training starts back up for opening day.
"Consistency is the depth of the cushion, and the amount of moisture in the cushion so when you balance the two together it makes a safe race track," George Russo, director of maintenance tells us.
We caught a sneak peak during Friday mornings training session, many trainers number one concern Friday afternoon is the heat.
"she's getting a bath now and with it being this hot, we give them a bath in very cool water and we have a fan on them all day, and then before we go to the races they get hosed down with cold water, and then we take them to a gathering barn where all the horses meet and we hose them down again," trainer Tom bush tells us.
After a glimpse into the morning routine of these trainers, our crews got inside access to the silk room. There are about 3,500 silks in this room, and guarantees owners the use of the design and stable name while racing in New York State.
And finally the man who needs no introduction, "Sam the Bugler," woke up early just to give us a private show.
Here at the track since 1993, he's looking forward to the start of a new season.
"Bring on these lovely vibrant people. we'll be entertaining roughly a million people live in the 40 racing days and that is what I do, I entertain every fan humanly possible."