“The movie is a time capsule,” Hennegan reflected. “If we would have done this a hundred more times, we could not have picked a better year than we did. There is a statue of one of the horses we followed in front of Churchill Downs. Talk about odds in horse racing - and what are the odds of that?”
“The accessibility [at Equestricon] to really get to the people that are such key figures in the sport is unprecedented,” Lusky remarked. “I can’t ever remember an auction taking place where the actual connections to the memorabilia are there to talk to fans about it.”
As a lifelong racing enthusiast and advocate for fan involvement in the sport, Lusky can’t wait for festivities to kick off at the inaugural convention.
The ability to capture the greatest moments in horse racing history in words that will be encapsulated for generations to cherish is the everlasting gift that race callers give to the sport. The best race calls of all time are remembered almost equivalent to the performances of the actual champion race horses. The track announcer is tied to these legendary horses and races for years to come.
“The great thing about contests is that the barrier to entry is so small, in terms of money, there really is nothing to be intimidated about,” said Fornatale. “In contests, there’s really (no) limit to what you can win, but there is a limit to what you can lose. That to me is what can make it very empowering. It’s a very safe way and great way to learn the game and compete against the best players without a lot of risk.”
Dominguez will share the importance of seeing Thoroughbred racing as more than just gambling. He aims to focus on the beauty of the races and the complexities behind the scenes that allow the horses to make it to the track in the first place. Dominguez emphasized why Saratoga is a perfect place for this conversation. “It’s a very unique place where the fan can actually get to experience the beauty of the sport, and not only the betting aspect, that’s just one component of racing. It’s a whole.”
When you love horse racing, it not only gets in your blood – it gets in your mind. When you can’t be at the rail or in the barns, nothing beats spending some time reading a good book about horses. The Author Series at Equestricon brings the people behind the best in our sport’s literature to Saratoga.