Opening day in ’65 brought changes to Saratoga Race Course, usual enthusiastic crowd
Manny Ycaza, Bobby Ussery and Braulio Baeza were on horseback at Saratoga Race Course on Monday, Aug. 2, 1965.
Anthony Morette, Milton C. Kling and Anthony Tripoli were on holiday — all made sure they were part of the opening day crowd of 16,009.
People in the grandstand and clubhouse were in good moods.
“The fans expressed approval of the $3.5 million expansion program concentrated in the grandstand area,” wrote Bob Castle, who covered racing for the Schenectady Gazette. “Since last August’s meeting a new addition — 500 feet long — has been added to that section. The plant now will comfortably accommodate 30,000 to 35,000 spectators.”
The addition included two new escalators and a dining area for grandstand patrons.
Some fans also approved of the action on the track. Kling, Schenectady’s fire chief, chose Indulto in the feature race — the Flash Stakes — and hooked him up with Turkish Fight in the eighth race for the daily double. Jockey Manny Ycaza brought Indulto home at 5-1. Turkish Fight was the bigger risk at 20-1, but the long shot came through. Kling had five tickets on the double, which paid $105.60. The chief might have had to buy dinner for pals Roy Marco and Al Hurwitz.