The 150th year of horse racing in Saratoga kicked off Friday and didn't disappoint.  Thousands flocked the historic race course despite temperatures in the mid-90's by afternoon time.  In fact, over 21,000 made their way to Saratoga.The highlight of the day was a dead heat finish in the Schuylerville between Brazen Persuasion and Bahnah.  The first race of the year was won by Hardest Core.

There were 10 races in all.  For all results click here courtesy of NYRA:  http://www.nyra.com/saratoga/results/20130719/. 

For the photo finish shot, click here courtesy of NYRA:  http://www.nyra.com/saratoga/photo-finish/20130719/race9/win/.  

By:  Mike Lindsley, "Mid-Day with Mike, M-F 1-4, Yankees pre/post game host on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio.  Follow him on Twitter at Twitter.com/MikeLSports.