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Home For The Holidays: On the Backstretch

They say that there’s no place like home for the holidays, but when you work at the racetrack, going home—wherever that may be—isn’t always an option.  The difficulty of taking time away and of making small paychecks stretch can make this season not quite like the jolly, lavish scenes that we see splashed across televisions…

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This week at Saratoga, 2016: Week of August 30

Old Saratoga, famed as a resort long before the civil war, has come back into her own. A few years ago Saratoga’s obituary notices were being written. Today the most successful season of her history came to an end. This [closing day] afternoon differed from no other Saturday of the meeting. There were the same…

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This Week at Saratoga, 2016: Week of July 18

It’s approximately 150 degrees Fahrenheit in Brooklyn, and though my ETA in Saratoga is later this afternoon (that might be a little optimistic at this point), the relative cool of the Adirondacks seems as far away and unlikely as a team-building retreat between the national HBPA and The Jockey Club. But post time on opening…