August 10, 2013 – Thoroughbred racing is in full swing at Sartoga Race Course, the most historic track in the United States. The start of thoroughbred racing at the track, often referred to as the “Graveyard of Favorites,” goes back more than 130 years. In its second year of horse racing, the track drew 10,000 people for the first four-day meet. Today, millions of avid racing fans visit the track during the meets, and on certain days, like Travers Stakes day, over 60,000 people jam the facility. Socialite Marylou Whitney, daughter of C.V. “Sonny” Whitney, has been coming to Saratoga in August for many years, and one of the track’s most popular summer events has been the annual Saratoga Pet Parade for dogs only. Over the years, the greatest jockeys, trainers, and thoroughbreds have performed at Saratoga. In 1930, Triple Crown winer Gallant Fox was beaten by a 110-1 shot named Jim Dandy in the Travers Stakes; On August 66, 1954, Native Dancer finished his 22-race career with a victory in the Oneonta Handicap, a non-betting exhibition race that he won by 9 lengths while carrying 137 pounds; Continue reading Saratoga Race Course the Most Historic Track in the United States
Bill Walton and Kareem Abdul Jabbar, the two ex-UCLA greats with five NCAA titles between them, went head-to-head in the NBA Western Conference finals in 1977. Though Jabbar averaged 27.7 points per game and 16 rebounds to Walton’s 19.3 ppg and 15.3 rebounds, Walton’s Portland Trailblazers won the series in 4 games. Portland went on to the finals and beat the 76ers.