All the color of thoroughbred racing is caught ii in the silks that surround jockeys Al Widman and Robert DeStefano (right) on a paddock bench at Saratoga. Few of the racing colors shown here are more than a generation old, but many are rich in turf tradition. The polka dots (top row) of Belair Stud were carried by three Kentucky Derby winners—Gallant Fox, Omaha and Johnstown. The King Ranch running W brand appeared on two others: Assault and Middle-ground. Widman wears Mrs. Russell A. Firestone's white and green; DeStefano, the famous blue sashes of Brookmeade Farm.
Many racing silks reflect their owners' eccentricities. Mrs. Isabel Dodge Sloan chose blue for the cross sashes of Brookmeade Farm, always wears a bit of blue herself. Angelina Prima's silks bear the trumpet of her band-leader son Louis.