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No Use Complaining

Some horsemen are complaining that they can't get their horses into a race. The complaints are especially loud from trainers who have traveled their stock to Saratoga from long distances, specifically... Read More

Happy Birthday Heeshes

Charlie Zast of Queens, NY has never missed being in Saratoga on his birthday. But one of these years, August 1 will fall on a weekday and his mom and dad won't be able to drive him up the Taconic to see... Read More

Chicken of Horse Racing

People pretending to be someone other than they are constituted a theme. Siro's booked an Elvis Presley tribute band to play in its backyard on Friday evening and the performer who played Elvis took his... Read More

Chicken Salad

Shortly before Saratoga racing took its Tuesday Sabbatical, the town's preservationists gathered at the city library to hear what the locals wanted done when NYRA came into some money. Public forums like... Read More

Hoop Dreams

Rumors abounded on Monday morning that the jockeys were planning to play a ringer in Wednesday evening's basketball game between the New York Horsemen and them. Word has it that one of the Siena College... Read More

Hat's Off to Scisney

Four judges, all wearing fancy millinery, awarded prizes to contestants in three categories at the 19 th annual "Hat's Off to Saratoga" hat contest. A hat at the track is no longer the choice for many... Read More


Horses and courses, of the collegiate variety, coalesced at the Big Red Spring as Saratoga held its first-ever College Day. Karaoke began the proceedings prior to the first post at 2:30 pm. The karaoke... Read More

Pick Nix

Jack Etzler waited 85 years to make his first visit to Saratoga. The dapper senior citizen spent the morning on the backside Thursday after a long day of wagering, imbibing at Siro's and dining at the... Read More

Playing the Gender Card

"Run Like a Girl" is the slogan that NYRA marketing officials are using to promote Rachel Alexandra's appearance in the Woodward Stakes on Saturday. Attendance and handle are slightly down and the superstar... Read More

Tasty Morsels

Dawn broke murky and gray but by noon the sun had peaked out from behind the clouds and Saratoga Racecourse returned to usability. It was the second Sunday without a give-away; next Sunday prepare to line... Read More

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