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Saratoga Springs and horse racing is a combination that evokes history and a love affair that spans decades. On Thursday afternoon, the earliest opening of the Spa to date, the oldest sporting venue in North America will welcome some of the finest thoroughbreds in the land. Thundering over the sacred turf that has hosted Triple Crown winners and champion thoroughbred…

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The summer racing season is underway with a big closing weekend at Belmont Park, Saratoga Race Course opening Thursday and Del Mar opening July 17. The big summer races will have a big say in determining many divisional championships. Prince of Wales Our area’s signature race, the $400,000 Prince of Wales Stakes, will be run at Fort Erie Race Track on July 23. The second…

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The real awards happen in January when the Eclipse Awards are dished out at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach. Some fake ones will happen a week or two before that when the annual Beemies are doled out. These are neither of those, but some of the horses, tracks, trainers and owners that made an impact during my travels during the past year. Best Track Visit. Ok, so…

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SARATOGA SPRINGS – The New York Racing Association has put together a monster racing card for Travers Day, which includes seven straight graded stakes races. The card has a Breeders’ Cup “feel” to it, with quality horses entered in each of the seven stakes. The three graded stakes races preceding the $1.25 million Grade 1 Travers Stakes on Saturday afternoon will highli…

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The halfway mark at Saratoga has passed and we’re into week five of the annual 40-day meeting. The spotlight will soon focus on next week’s Travers Stakes, the feature race of the racing hotbed that sits at the foot of the Adirondacks. It is Alabama weekend at the Spa and a field of eight will tackle the Grade 1 $600,000 mile-and-a-quarter trek around the Saratoga main …

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We’re approaching the mid-point of the Saratoga meeting with 18 days in the books on Thursday. In the last race of the day yesterday, Buffalo was visible in the winner’s circle as Old First Ward Stable won the finale. Mamma White Socks held off Carrera Cat in the late going to claim the $75,000 maiden special weight at the Spa. pic.twitter.com/77I0CVaSkC — T D M 🇺🇸 (@T…

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SARATOGA SPRINGS – After a long hiatus since Justify’s Triple Crown victory at Belmont Park, the 3-year-old colt division is in high gear this weekend. With Justify being retired earlier in the week, one of the 3-year-olds racing this weekend should emerge from beneath the Triple Crown winner’s shadow to star in the second half of the racing season. The major prep ra…

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SARATOGA SPRINGS – Friday’s opening day at Saratoga features the traditional Grade 3 Schuylerville for 2-year-old fillies. The eighth race on the 10-race card kicks off the graded stakes schedule of the 40-day meeting.  The 6-furlong race has attracted 10 fillies that will run for the $150,000 purse and goes to post at 5:02 p.m. in Race No. 8. Trainer Mark Casse will se…

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SARATOGA SPRINGS -- For horseplayers, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. On Friday afternoon, Saratoga Race Course will open the gates for its 40-day meeting through Labor Day, Sept. 3. Located in the foothills of the Adirondacks, the New York Racing Association (NYRA) will produce racing six days a week, with Tuesdays going dark throughout the meeting. The…

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The summer racing season takes off next week with Del Mar opening Wednesday and Saratoga a week from today. The racing season is flying past us after the exhilarating spring that gave us racing’s 13th Triple Crown winner. In addition to those two major summer meets, a week from this coming Tuesday, our area’s signature race, the $400,000 Prince of Wales Stakes, will be …

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We approach the final weekend at Saratoga with some major graded stakes remaining in the Capital Region, including a last look at Gun Runner before the Breeders’ Cup Classic. One of the biggest races during the Saratoga meeting takes center stage on Saturday afternoon.  The $750,000 million Grade 1 Woodward Stakes for 3-year-olds and upward drew five horses, including W…

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SARATOGA SPRINGS – It was a California state of mind as late afternoon shadows extended over the Saratoga Race Course on Saturday. After New York-based horses swept all three legs of the Triple Crown, California-based West Coast cruised to a gate-to-wire victory in the 148th Travers Stakes before 47,725 at Saratoga. The win by West Coast sent the 3-year-old male divisio…

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SARATOGA SPRINGS – It’s up for grabs. The 3-year-old male division, that is. The outcome of the 148th running of the Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course should provide Eclipse Award voters with a key result in deciding who will don the crown as the 3-year-old male champion. With separate winners of all three Triple Crown races, the Haskell and Jim Dandy, Saturday’…

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SARATOGA SPRINGS – The New York Racing Association has put together a monster racing card for Travers Day, which includes seven straight graded stakes races. The card has a Breeders’ Cup feel to it, with quality horses entered in each of the seven stakes. In addition, four of the stakes (Personal Ensign, Ballerina, Forego and Sword Dancer) and are Breeders' Cup Challeng…

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We’re past the halfway mark at Saratoga and into the fifth of seven weeks into the meeting. There’s plenty to discuss as we look forward to next week’s Travers Stakes and the feature race of the 40 days of racing at the foot of the Adirondacks. Some thoughts as we head into Alabama weekend….. On the left coast we’ll see if Arrogate (Even) rebounds from his performanc…