Saratoga Snacks: Bright Legacy, Comfy Retirement

Once owned by Bill Parcells, the horse is reveling in his new life.

Saratoga Snacks
Retired Thoroughbred Saratoga Snacks is led by his favorite groom, Pedro.

Saratoga Snacks, a thoroughbred that won nearly $750,000, has become quite the celebrity at ReRun, his retirement home in East Greenbush.

“He probably gets two or three people visiting him in a week. They’ll stop by when they are coming between Saratoga and Belmont,” says Lisa Molloy, ReRun’s executive director.

The 8-year-old gelding is also an ambassador and official model for Saratoga Horseworks, an Amsterdam, N.Y., company that sells American-made horse blankets and accessories. “They made him a whole set of blankets, bandages, everything,” says Molloy.

Snacks, who was owned by Bill Parcells and Gary Sciacca, the horse’s trainer, came to ReRun on Dec. 31.

“He’s huge, absolutely massive,” says Molloy. “He was known for being kind of wild at the track. He’s calmed down quite a bit and he’s quite happy with his lot in life.”

Parcells and Sciacca want Snacks to be kept in conditions similar to the racetrack, Molloy says.

“He gets turned out every day. He still wears shoes. He gets to be a horse. If he wants to come in, he’ll tell you when he wants to come in. He likes his stall. For his entire life, he lived in a stall. Some horses don’t like being outdoors all the time. It’s kind of like going from living at The Ritz to living under a bridge. They are used to having everything done for them.”

Karen Bjornland

An award-winning writer, Contributing Editor Karen Bjornland has been contributing to saratoga living for 12 years. Her work has also appeared in Adirondack Life, the Albany Times Union and Schenectady's Daily Gazette, among many other publications. She lives outside of Saratoga Springs in Greenfield Center.


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