In the 150 years of horse racing in Saratoga, the "Summer Place to be" has become a place that exemplifies tradition. Our Matt Hunter caught up with a group of men who have a Saratoga tradition of their own that spans four decades.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Coming back year after year, Saratoga's jockeys and trainers have certainly become familiar faces, but they're not the only mainstays at the Spa.
This week marks the 40th consecutive year that a group of friends from Staten Island and New Jersey have been piling into their cars and making the drive north to Saratoga. This year, a group of nine made the annual trip.
Some of the friends met in grade school, others met in college and they've gradually picked up a few more along the way - all bonded by their love of horse racing, and the atmosphere at Saratoga.
"Being on Staten Island some of us had gone to Monmouth and somebody said 'Let's go to Saratoga for a few days' and we just fell in love with Saratoga,” said Jim Tate, a New Jersey resident.
"We come here really for the fun. We come to the track obviously to see if we can win a few dollars but the most important thing is we have a good time. Win or lose we always have a good time,” said Tom Howard, a New Jersey resident.
In honor of the tradition, Sunday's fourth race has been named the "Staten Island Boys 40th Year Celebrating Saratoga."