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Polo sports new tradition: tailgating

Saratoga Polo patrons enjoy a picnic at the match on Sunday, Aug. 11. Tailgating is a big part of the experience for many polo fans.
Saratoga Polo patrons enjoy a picnic at the match on Sunday, Aug. 11. Tailgating is a big part of the experience for many polo fans.
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Thomas Clawson Slaughter IV cracked open a can of Northern Neck ginger ale, poured some into a plastic cup and topped it off with Woodford Reserve bourbon. “From my home state of Virginia,” he said, holding up the half-empty can, “Beautiful.” The concoction is Slaughter’s personal polo tradition. He and his friend, Carl Becker, and their fiancees have a season ticket slot on the tailgating side of Whitney Field. Slaughter enjoyed the fortified Northern Neck ...

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