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Travers Picnic Table Dash

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008 · 4 Comments

The Saratogian calls it Saratoga’s Wildest Race. Capital News 9 compares it to the Running of the Bulls. Whatever you call it, securing a picnic table for the $1 million Travers race day — the biggest event of the year in Saratoga — is not for the meek at heart. But my wife, being the rock star that she is, wakes up at 4am each year to join the crowds of hundreds jockeying for position outside the Saratoga Race Course hours before post time of the first race, in what is an event all is own.

This year, as was the case last, Johnny was right there with her. Rounding out team picnic table for Travers ’08 were Vinnie and Keith. I was actually prepared to join the team, but by the time I got there at the late hour of 6am, our team was squeezed in with the crowd behind police barricades, awaiting the 7am gate opening, so I wasn’t able to find them — and even if I had, I probably would have had hordes of angry masses attacking me for what would appear to be cutting in line. So I proceeded with my own 4-mile run Saturday morning.

Meanwhile, Jen, Johnny, and team were charging through the turnstiles  in a mad dash to secure a most awesome locale for the day. And Capital News 9 was there to capture the moment:


If you watch the video, you’ll see Jen’s moment to shine — note that she’s the only chick in the clip — at around the 20-second mark. Enjoy!

And go team picnic table!

Tags: saratoga springs

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 suzanne // Aug 26, 2008 at 10:01 am

    Wish I had $2 to to put on Jen to win, place or show. She didn’t stumble out of the gate, showed good form and definitely didn’t need Lasix to get to the finish line, er, primo picnic table!

  • 2 Johnny // Aug 26, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    While this is truly impressive, it must be noted that Jen was the first female in the line, fighting her way through a mob of drunken frat boys and raceway derelicts!

  • 3 jen a. // Aug 26, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    hah! now everyone knows the *real* reason i started running this year!!!

    sure, johnny – i was the token chick in that mess, but i still say you are the travers ’08 MVP since you actually scored the tables. you are but a gray blur in front of me in the news footage! good times.

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