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)

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds
  • Gene McLean

    Gene McLean

    Gene McLean began his professional career in 1977 as a sportswriter and columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader in Lexington, Ky., and was recognized as one of the state’s best writers, winning the prestigious “Sportswriter of the Year” honor in 1985. Now the President and Publisher of The Pressbox, McLean sets ...

    Full Bio >

More From Gene McLean