It was charlie cella's dream to turn OP into the best 3 year old racing venue in the nation and it looks like his son(s) are going to honor his dreams and wishes. I think there will be 4 races now that carry a $1 million dollar purse. Plus they bumped up the purses of a few other races, too. I fully expect 8-14 horse fields, and with the $100 million dollar expansion of my home track, I expect it to become even better than it already has been. I swing by once a week to check out the construction and changes.......it's a pretty enormous undertaking, they've even had to move traffic lights out on Central Ave. Hotel and pool and conference center won't be up til 2020, probably start after this racing meet is over. Most years they have to turn down quite a number of people who want barns there. I wanted to respond to a post in the blogs, but not letting me, even though I used my correct special password. Maybe when Lisa gets settled in she can figure out why I can't ever post in the Blogs section. I sure would like to sometimes. In the meantime, wanted to say that J I am not, and never have been, much of a Saratoga fan. It's been chalk city and too many 2 year old maiden races for my taste....and so many scratches.......I had 4 horses I liked and 3 scratched......that seems like a typical day lately.. Most of the 2 year olds never last til ky derby prep towards the end. of it all. At any rate, even the exactas are dreadfully chalky.