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Many Happy Returns

Say what you will about the horses competing at Saratoga this summer. The quality will improve Saturday when two $600,000 graded stakes are run─the grade I Diana Stakes for fillies and mares on the turf... Read More

Dominguez hot on Domingo

Day three of the meet is too early to begin worrying about empty seats. But if the attendance was 18,425 as reported July 22, they counted obese people twice. Despite beautiful weather and a card suited... Read More


It’s darn near impossible to keep up with all that’s going on in this town. Once the horses arrived, Saratoga Springs sprung to life like hydrangeas in season. The Hat’s Off to Saratoga Festival has begun... Read More

Whetting the Appetite

A reassuring indication that Saratoga is still a place that’s set in its ways was embodied in the deliciously ironic delivery of two pre-meet announcements. The first was that Shirley’s Restaurant, a newly... Read More

Time to Get On with It

If in 1863 John Morrissey didn’t believe that change was necessary, Saratoga horse racing fans would be watching harness races and looking into the north at horses running instead of the south. The sun... Read More

Light Bulb

A woman from New Jersey, who’ll remain nameless, waited until the fourth race to redeem her coupons for free long-sleeved tee-shirts. At 11:30 am, the lines wound from the top of the stretch to the finish... Read More


Maggie Wolfendale, the NYRA broadcast analyst, doesn’t actually see the horses at the same time she describes them. She prefers a remote area in the paddock to present her observations, one away from distractions... Read More

Looking Forward

It was a wise decision by NYRA to cancel Sunday’s racing. The heavy rains and winds didn’t relent until 4:00 pm and, even then, being in Saratoga would have felt like being at Aqueduct in April. This morning... Read More

Party On

Three exceptional displays of philanthropy occurred at the 14th annual Belmont Child Care Association’s fundraiser at the Gideon Putnam Hotel on Wednesday evening. First, Michael Dubb, the charity’s chairman... Read More

Show Business

A succession of locally-produced television shows about horse racing occurs every weekend morning on Channel 12. For the most part, they’re produced by Capital District OTB (Albany, NY). Horse ownership... Read More

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