By Peter Applebee
SARATOGA SPRINGS, July 11, 2021 — Have you ever seen the movie The Perfect Storm? If you haven’t, check your local cable listings and streaming networks.
Simply stated, via the magic of studio technology, the film features arguably the greatest scene of a ship caught in perilously high seas.
A personal highlight was a monologue delivered by George Clooney as the ship’s Captain, Billy Tyne, conveying what the experience is like.
There is no direct relationship to Saratoga here, but there can be if you put your imagination to work.
And so we have paraphrased Tyne’s thought process in relation to Thursday’s Spa opener. Now, to begin our return to history and tradition…
Cross over the Twin Bridges.
Slip off Northway Exit 13.
It’s getting hot now, the sun high in the sky.
Head to Wright Street for parking.
Scratches and changes are up: Fast and Firm.
Mark up the Form and take in the last bit of A/C.
Join the cooler and chair brigades – slouching towards equine Mecca.
Wave to the homeowners parking cars on their lawns.
Their smile widens a bit – ‘Great to see you!’ they offer
Stop and see who’s around at the Trackside Grill.
‘Hey, how’s your meet going so far?!‘
Roll through the turnstile and step inside.
A beehive of activity as far as the eye can see.
The light is somehow a bit different now.
Without prompting, a touch of moisture forms in the corner of the eye.
How long has it been? Seems like only yesterday.
You’ve got ideas in a couple of spots and you’re ready to fire.
You’re a horseplayer and it’s Opening Day at Saratoga!
Rhetorically, is there anything better?