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Joe Bianchino

Joe Bianchino is a producer with 104.5 The Team.  He grew up in the Capital Region and is an avid fan of all sports, including hockey, baseball, football, soccer and horse racing.  He is a die-hard Giants, Yankees and Rangers fan.
Saratoga Race Course Opening Weekend
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Saratoga Opening Day Picks

Friday is opening day at Saratoga, and the picks are in.

Race 1: Kowboy Boots - Successful Brothers - Goodnewsisnonews

Race 2: Overspending (ST) - Wall Street Lady - Aimone

Race 3: Fashion Alert (ST) - Evrybdymstgetstonz(BB) - Tulira's Star

Race 4: Mumtaazah - Magsamelia - Judy Legend

Race 5: Can'thelpbelieving (ST) - Special Agent - Papy

Race 6: Saluda - Full Tap - Graeme Crackers

Race 7: Joes Blazing Aaron - Monument Hill - Tiz Sardonic Joe

Race 8: Ballerina Belle - Aventure Love - Kiss Me Lola

Race 9: Storming Inti - Tourist - Cabo Cat

Race 10: Maura's Pass (BB)- Chasing Paradise - Winter Wish

*(ST) = Sure Thing, expect the horse to win.

*(BB) = Best Bet, horse likely to finish within the top three at longer odds.

Follow me on Twitter @Joe_1045 for live advice and updates throughout the Saratoga meet!

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Joe Bianchino, 1045theteam.com
Joe Bianchino, 1045theteam.com
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Reading The Saratoga Post Parade

Do you remember the first time Neo saw the Matrix - that dizzying display of scrolling code?  He saw no rhyme nor reason nor pattern - just a furious loop of unexplainable binary.  With time, though, with experience, and tutelage, he began to see the woman-in-the-red-dress for the trees.  In other words, he figured it out.

This is as close as I can come to explaining what it's like to, for the first time, survey the past performance program at Saratoga.  Like Neo, you won't have a clue what you're looking at.  But, also like Neo, you'll get the hang of it.  To help, we've detailed what information can be found where and explained what it means in relation to an actual horse race.

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Brazil v Germany: Semi Final - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
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ESPN FC’s Adrian Melville With Armen And Levack

With the World Cup Final now set, and the U.S.'s tournament in the rearview mirror, Armen Williams and I were joined by ESPNFC.us's Adrian Melville to answer some questions.

What the hell happened to Brazil? How good is Germany?  Was the USA's World Cup a success?  Who will win it all on Sunday

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Philadelphia Phillies v Washington Nationals
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Buster Olney Joins Armen And Levack

All the focus, halfway through the baseball season, has been on the Yankees' suspect pitching.

And while the attention is deserved, and while the team should, without a doubt, be looking to trade for a starting pitcher, more should be said about the Bombers' brutal bats.

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Belgium v USA: Round of 16 - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
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How Should We Feel About The World Cup?

Before you can know how to feel about the U.S.'s World Cup, you must ask yourself, are you an optimist, or a pessimist?

If you're an optimist, you'll likely focus on the Americans' escape from the Group of Death - a feat no one thought possible - and the great young talent that showed itself in the form of DeAndre Yedlin and Julian Green and rule this World Cup a success.

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Mike Stobe, Getty Images
Mike Stobe, Getty Images
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Mike Fisher Joins Armen And Levack On Jason Kidd

We should have seen it coming, really.  We should have known that, eventually, someone named Kidd would throw a temper tantrum.

And we should have known that when he did, a Russian billionaire wouldn't react well.

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Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images
Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images
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Buster Olney Joins Armen And Levack

Enjoying a welcomed vacation from the misery he tends to spread to all he touches, Yankee fans were quite comfortable not hearing anything about or from Alex Rodriguez.

They were happy.  They were content.

Until this week, when reports surfaced that the suspended third baseman plans to return to the Yankees next season, and when Manager Joe Girardi told reporters he's expecting as much.

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