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This Week At Saratoga: July 14

It’s here: the week so many of us wait for beginning in September, the end of the countdown that begins with the last race on Labor Day. And as in previous years, I’ll post weekly updates about various events—racing, philanthropic, historical—taking place in Saratoga Springs, right through to closing day. Opening day is officially this…

Minorette under Joel Rosario captures the Belmont Oaks. Photo credit NYRA/Adam Coglianese

NYRA Built It, And They Came

Horse racing is a dying sport or so, at least, goes one sort of conventional wisdom, in the face of declining foal crops, handle, field size, and crowds.  Fifty years ago, more than 50,000 people went to Aqueduct on the 4th of July weekend to watch the historic Suburban Handicap, in which Iron Peg defeated…