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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

Two Views

by Vic Zast Someone who knows more about epiphanies can perhaps explain why The Jockey Club has risen from its marketing doldrums. Harvey Pack, the wise-aleck horse racing color man, used to joke that... Read More

His Moment

by Vic Zast Saturday’s card was the best of the new season. A notable crowd of 25,375 fans witnessed top competition from start to finish. Three stakes – all graded, an opener that saw the venerable Caixa... Read More

New Round of Night Life

There have been 22 days of horse racing in Saratoga this summer─two fewer than the 24 mandated by the Harriman Law in 1962 that gave permanency to an exclusive season and 18 shy of the 40 that’ll be run... Read More

Fashion on Parade

Mechanicville, N.Y. has 5,000 residents. One in 10 attended Ray Price’s 15th annual “Stakes at Saratoga” party in the backyard of Saratoga Racecourse. “I started with 10 people,” Price explained. “By the... Read More

Wishing Whitney Well

The toughest choice Saratoga horseplayers make might be where to buy sweet corn. BJ Farms’ stand near the rail station on West Avenue vies for favoritism with Stannard Farms of South Cambridge, NY at the... Read More

Drinking It In

Are you among the one in a million people who believe that going to school would be something you’d like to do on your day off from work when you’re supposed to be having fun or relaxing? NYRA, in conjunction... Read More

Sheikh Track

Sheikh Mohammed moseyed over to the Fasig-Tipton auction grounds for the first time on Saturday. He was surrounded by entourage, but acted mono-majestically. Someone had to tell him what rain was. Being... Read More

Summit of Sorts

Light bulbs are shining in attics. The yearlings are back and the bats are leaving the barns for a new cozy dark spot to live in for the next week or two. Homeowners experienced in bat control know that... Read More

Kiss Goodbye

Last summer, just before he went into Saratoga Hospital to have a hip repaired, Dr. Leo Hoge, local racing historian and former medical practitioner, recounted his memories of Secretariat to library assistant... Read More

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