Sunday, August 16, 2009

Here's to you, Rachel Robinson!!

Among the 52,435 at the Spa was Rachel Robinson, widow of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, pictured here making one of two trips to the winner's circle Sunday.

"Nick [Zito] is a friend of mine," said Robinson, who later presented the trophy to the winning connections of the West Point Handicap.

Asked what brought her to the races, she exclaimed, "Why does anyone come to the race but to bet the horses!"

Robinson, who will stay in Saratoga through Monday, said her late husband was a big horse racing fan as well.

"He used to go to Yonkers Raceway and Roosevelt Raceway whenever he had the chance," she said.

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