Steve Higginbothom: “The Pressbox’s Roaming Reporter” Visits Saratoga

(Steve Higginbothom, the mystery man in the middle, got to visit Saratoga this week. With his camera in tow. Here’s some of his story — so far)

Steve Higginbothom, my great friend who doubles as a part-time executive and lobbyist for the Arkansas Beer Wholesalers Association and a roaming reporter for The Pressbox, found his way to Saratoga this week.

And, I reminded him to make sure and take his camera.

Sure enough, Steve — who was may main man on the ground for this year’s Arkansas Derby — was able to tour the Saratoga Race Course on Wednesday and the backside this morning. He caught up with some horses and horse personalities, along the way.

This is what Steve was able to capture with his keen eye for detail and his daughter-in-law’s expert camera equipment. Thanks, as always, to our great friend:

(Trainer Barclay Tagg and Jamie Pratt, an owner from the great state of Arkansas)

(Activities around the Phipps Stables, with trainer Shug McGaughey and friends)

(Saratoga Baths)

(Saratoga Scenes)

All photos thanks to Steve Higginbothom. Thanks for his time, effort and his friendship of Thoroughbred racing.

(True Love wins the Wednesday Stakes at Saratoga / Photo by Steve Higginbothom)

That last hit where he hit me in the ass, he turned me out. I was just trying to ride my own race and he was on top of me. At the quarter pole, after the quarter pole and through the lane he hit me and turned me out. I mean he’s got the whole racetrack and he’s on top of me on the fence.

“Anytime it takes that long and you’re the one who won, you certainly don’t like it. I didn’t feel that I did anything. I was forced out. He hit me hard behind and it took me out. It turns you out.

“Well . . . you win some that way and I guess you lose some that way.”

Mike Smith, McKinzie Jockey, DQ'd To Second
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