Hearts beat faster when the bugle sounds.
And the mighty Thoroughbreds and their fearless jockeys thunder down the track.
At Saratoga Race Course, the oldest track in the nation, the thrill of horse racing spans generations and never grows old. More than a century ago, when men wore stove-pipe hats and women's dresses touched the ground, there was the same air of excitement in Saratoga.
In this 149th season, the track edition of Saratoga Living magazine takes you deep into our special Saratoga world of thoroughbred competition.
Did you know that all three of this year's Triple Crown champions have ties to Saratoga or the Capital Region?
You'll read about the race course in the early days, when gangsters and other criminal types would bribe the jockeys and drug the horses.
What happens when it's time for a racehorse to retire? Many Saratoga horses find new homes through a local adoption program.
You'll learn about the careers of Javier Castellano, Victor Espinoza and Garrett Gomez, three legendary jockeys who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at Saratoga's National Museum of Racing.
An essay, "A Love Letter from Kentucky to Saratoga" eloquently describes "the pomp, the elegance and the heady rush" of a day at the Derby or the Travers.
It's a feeling shared by all Saratoga track-goers.
And it begins with the bugler's call.S