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Behind the scenes at Saratoga
SARATOGA SPRINGS -- For more than 150 years, race fans have enjoyed the beautiful sunrise at Saratoga Race Course. Track maintenance has been working hard to make sure everything is picture perfect on opening day, and with almost five miles to groom, they've had their hands full prepping the surfaces.
"The track is prepped yesterday afternoon for opening today. They're watering all day with the predicted forecast. Everything we do on the track depends on the weather," says Glen Kozak, Vice President of Track Surfaces.
Our crews got a behind the scenes look before the gates opened Friday. We went inside the Silks Room, where the public can't access but can look inside. Inside you'll find hundreds of different colored silks. Each one is different, and represent some of the most storied owners in racing. Behind the building, what's called an Equicizer. It was created to help Jockey's stay loose and in shape. If you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of them in between races. One person we were lucky enough to run into was "Sam the Bugler."
"My favorite is Saratoga and it's because of the people and what I expect is that we will entertain a million people roughly in the 40 racing days, and I will play for every person humanly possible," he says.
A hidden gem at the race course, we're told is the Backstretch tour. It starts outside the Clubhouse Gate, and will take fans around the Backstretch until 9am most days.
"You get to get back up and personal, get to see where all the stars of the show, where they train, how they prepare. It's an extensive process and I don't think a lot of people really understand or see all of the preparations that go forth," says John Durso Jr. Spokesperson for NYRA.
Each tour will run about 45 minutes.