Horse-track

Clark Gable and Carole Lombard reading the odds at a horse race in the San Fernando Valley. June 1938.

Gable thrived being around Lombard’s youthful, charming, and frank personality, once stating, “You can trust that little screwball with your life or your hopes or your weaknesses, and she wouldn’t even know how to think about letting you down.”

Holy heat! If it didn’t feel like summer in NYC(or wherever you may be) to you it sure does now.

One of our favorite things about summer? Saratoga Horse Races.

Saratoga native Liz Ronk (you can also find her on tumblr here) has been photographing at the track since 2002. On the eve of the 141st running of the Travers Stakes – the oldest major thoroughbred race in America – LIFE.com presents a gallery of Ronk’s evocative, revealing pictures, taken at the horse track that many consider the most beautiful in the nation.

see more– Saratoga: Horse Racing’s Heart