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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


Life returned to the racecourse on a day NYRA hung a skeleton in the grandstand and parked a hearse out in front. The Abby Todd Dancers of Albany, NY performed “Thriller” between races. Their dance began... Read More


The racing on Monday felt strange in several ways. First off, the main track was fast – this after Irene had toppled oaks on Broadway, flooded the Hudson and caused power outages the day before. Then,... 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

The British are Coming

Beau Mistral won the first race at Saratoga for Dave Collins of Lenox, MA. The two-year-old Irish-bred filly took the opener at Nottingham Racecourse in a simulcasted British maiden race that the fan of... Read More

Dinosaur and Diving Horse

No sooner had the Michael Matz-trained Union Rags beat Stat in the Saratoga Special that people started comparing the two-year-old colt to Barbaro. Matz entered the splendid son of Dixie Union in the grade... Read More

Sight Unseen

Steve Asmussen, one of the world’s most accomplished Thoroughbred trainers, watched his undefeated filly My Miss Aurelia win the gr. 2 Adirondack Stakes from a spot on the rail among the free tee-shirt... Read More

Half-Baked Who Dat

Wednesday in Saratoga offered up a mixed plate of emotions. It was the first Foxwoods Mardi Gras Day, a promotion that was pitched as an afternoon on which the racecourse would be turned into New Orleans... Read More

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