No more than a half-hour's drive from leafy, austere, 222-year old Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., stands the equally celebrated Saratoga Race Track.
No end of great athletes have pounded down the backstretch at the track nicknamed House of Upsets. Man o' War, Secretariat, Gallant Fox and American Pharaoh, to name but a few.
A thoroughbred of a different sort steps out onto his chosen track for the first time Wednesday, far from the familiar competitive environs of the New York campus.
"This,'' says Union Dutchmen coach Rick Bennett of Spencer Foo, "is a driven young man.
"What's most impressive about him? Some people call it 'motor.' Compete level.
"There are many names for it.
"He has it.
"Always did, but that quality kind of came to the forefront the last two years with us. And it was really impressive, was really infectious throughout our lineup.
"We had a couple of guys who really pushed, worked so hard, set the tone, and the rest followed their lead. Spencer was one of those players.
"And he was rewarded for that."