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This Week at Saratoga: August 4

Possibly the busiest week of the meet, with multiple fund-raising, education, and historical opportunities abounding as we head to the sales next week. Highlights including an Allen Jerkens tribute evening on Thursday, the Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday, and this weekend’s terrific slate of racing, including a Whitney for the ages, its 10…

Innovation Economy winning the Belmont Gold Cup. He was one of three horses euthanized Saturday at Saratoga. Photo credit NYRA/David Alcosser

Fatalities at Saratoga Raise Troubling Questions

On Saturday morning during training hours, Jackson N Leonard broke down during a breeze on the main track. Vanned off and later euthanized, he was one of three fatalities at Saratoga that day, two during training, one during racing, the first ones of this year’s racing meeting. New York Racing Association staff, the horse’s trainer…

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No Room at the Paddock Rail at Saratoga

In the weeks leading up to the opening of this year’s Saratoga meeting, the New York Racing Association endured diatribes from all directions as the changes to this year’s season were gradually rolled out. Payment for picnic tables and the Carousel came in for particular criticism, along with new policies for paying admission prices and…