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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

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

Grade I Happy Birthday

by Vic Zast Saratoga’s oldest generation of horse racing fans will recall when the Whitney Handicap (gr. I) was the first of only four Saturday graded stakes that identified the calendar. In those days... Read More

Name Blame

by Vic Zast Everything considered, you’d expect the New York Racing Association to cancel Wandering Dago’s contract for screwing around with barbecue by flavoring pulled pork with sweet basil marinara... Read More

Peace for a Change

A couple weeks before today’s start of the Thoroughbred meet in Saratoga Springs, NY, when thoughts went more to the Phish concerts and the New York City Ballet than to horse racing, a neighbor proclaimed... Read More

Happy New Year, Happy Birthday

By Vic Zast At midnight on the last day of the year, as the moon lays a blanket of light on the pastures and the wind stirs the needles on the pines that line their edges, nothing seems different than... Read More

The Look of Leftovers

Suddenly, with the onset of Travers Week, the tone of the racecourse has shifted to horse racing. Saturday alone will feature four graded stakes. The horses that will race are among the best of their generations... Read More

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