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Running a Blue Streak

Saturday’s first race, the 13th running of the Silks and Satins 5K was won by David Roucci. The 23-year-old runner from Germantown, New York beat a field of 1100 participants through the streets of the... Read More

Breakfast Tutorial

Man does not live on food alone. Souls become nourished in Saratoga by meeting its people, by being near the Thoroughbreds and by walking the grounds and the city. Still nobody picks winners on an empty... Read More


The long held practice of keeping track of the date in flowers at the head of Union Avenue each morning was abandoned by the city of Saratoga Springs in what must have been a cost-cutting measure. The... Read More

Wedding Bells Ring

The police blotter in the newspaper is what all the guests at Carmel Grey’s 75th birthday party were talking about when Grey, a visitor from Indianland, South Carolina, returned from the racetrack to her... Read More

Goat Patrol and Just Goats

If you’ve ever wondered how much one of those big plastic bags stuffed with empty beer cans is worth, the answer is $25. The “goat patrol” provides a public service for NYRA, scavenging the grandstand... Read More

Yankee Doodle Dandy

The USS Saratoga ball cap that Tom Capstraw wore on Wednesday was not a tricked-up accessory to his NYRA-issued red vest, white shirt and black bow tie. It was “Proud to be an American” day at the track... Read More

Closing Out

Six television cameras, lined up in a row like the cannons at Fort Ticonderoga, were pointed at NYRA's communications director John Lee as he began an 11:00 am press gathering in the Saratoga winner's... Read More

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