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Last Gasp

by Vic Zast If anyone had doubts about what kind of racing surface awaited the 129 horses listed in the overnights for Saratoga’s final day, those doubts were obliterated at 6:25 AM Monday. A morning storm... Read More

Twice Upon a Time

by Vic Zast Once upon a time, a little racecourse with brown wooden stands, a white linen table-clothed dining room and a winner’s circle drawn in chalk stood among the cooling pines of a quaint Victorian... Read More

Veteran Days

The public may not know how well new NYRA CEO Chris Kay will do in leading the franchise toward an exciting new future, but by now it has a good read on how often he’ll preside at a ceremony. Kay seems... Read More


Only one week of Thoroughbred racing remains and for the thousands of visitors who descended on Saratoga Springs, NY for the sport, the 150th season has practically ended. After waiting so long through... Read More

Tough to Take

by Vic Zast The annual one-day fly hatching season came to an end with nightfall on Saturday. Leaving the track was like battling locust. The critters were pesky as mosquitoes in the Yukon as they flew... Read More

Standard of Perfection

by Vic Zast A crowd of 31,894 fans pushed its way into the racecourse to see the reigning Horse of the Year. From his humble beginnings to his strolls through the streets to the bars of the city to his... Read More

Six Fingers Up

Early Sunday morning, in lieu of the morning workouts, three turf writers introduced a maiden first-time golfer named Micah to words that they wouldn’t dare use in their columns. The lesson in blue language... Read More

Year of the Disappeared

An old racetrack goer who’s visited this track for 47 straight summers said the 2009 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) won by Rachel Alexandra was the best Saratoga horse race he’s seen. Stonestreet’s Preakness... Read More

Popping Up Pink

Freelance horse racing writer Teresa Genaro epitomizes a press corps that never puts its pencils down. Her work is popping up all over, from the pages of Forbes, to The Saratogian, to The Blood-Horse ... Read More

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