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Saratoga Saturday Picks

Picks for Saturday July, 19th.

Race 1: Kamarius - Luck of the Kitten - The Truth Or Else

Race 2: Groupthink - Sol the Freud - Handy Stan

Race 3: Contrary Opinion - Cosmic Gold - Taghleeb

Race 4: Blame Jim - Money Changer - Smithereen

Race 5: Cherokee Artist - Piquant - Be Bullish

Race 6: Vischer Ferry (BB) - Thurgood - Boston Strong

Race 7: Cinco Charlie - Nonna's Boy - Bessie's Boy

Race 8: Da Mi Basia Mille (BB) - Tasmona - Divine Luck

Race 9: Battle Force - Casino Dan - Pyrite Mountain

Race 10: Strathnaver (BB) - Alterite - Stephanie's Kitten

Race 11: All Included - Alarmed Ndangerous - Alakazan Alakazan

*ST = Sure Thing

*BB = Best Bet

World Series -  Arizona Diamondbacks v New York Yankees - Game Five
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Capital Region Sports Figures “Tip Their Caps”

Earlier this week, we showed you our own Townsquare Media "Tip your cap" tribute to Derek Jeter. Well, Capital Region coaches and other sports figures wanted to show their appreciation as well.

Check out the cameos from coaches/personalities from the following organizations: Union College, University at Albany, Skidmore College, Shenendehowa High School and the Tri-City ValleyCats!

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Fredette Finds New Home

After starting his career in Sacramento and finishing last season in Chicago, Glens Falls native Jimmer Fredette has signed a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, according to ESPN.

Fredette will get a chance to replace the departed Anthony Morrow in the Pelicans rotation

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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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David Vatz / UAlbany Lacrosse
David Vatz / UAlbany Lacrosse
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Vote Lyle Thompson For ESPYs

UAlbany Lacrosse star Lyle Thompson is up for 'Best Male College Athlete' tonight at the ESPYs.

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10 Tips For Saratoga Gambling

The Saratoga Race Course will once again open its doors on Friday.  Before it does, and before you make the trek up the Northway to gamble away your hard-earned money, read our ten tips for handicapping.

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2014 MLB All-Star Game: Mike Trout Leads AL Over NL, 5-3

Angels outfielder Mike Trout drove in two runs with two extra-base hits, and the American League beat the National League, 5-3, in the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Target Field in Minneapolis on Tuesday night.

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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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Driver of Grave Digger Monster Truck On Armen And Levack [AUDIO]

Dennis Anderson, the driver of Grave Digger, joined Armen and Levack LIVE in studio on Monday.

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Joe Bianchino, 1045theteam.com
Joe Bianchino, 1045theteam.com
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Getting Around Saratoga

In just a few days, it will officially be post time.  And party time.

Let's get you ready.

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Masahiro Tanaka (Getty Images).
Masahiro Tanaka (Getty Images).
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ESPY Preview Part 3: Best Breakthrough Athlete

By now you're getting the picture, we're chronicling the New York teams/athletes nominated for ESPY awards -- and their chances to win. The ESPYs are on Wednesday so we keep on, keepin on!

Category: Best Breakthrough Athlete

New York Team/Athlete Nominated: Masahiro Tanaka, Yankees Pitcher

The Rest of the Field: Richard Sherman (Seattle Seahawks), Nick Foles (Philadelphia Eagles) and Damian Lillard (Portland TrailBlazers).

About Tanaka: Tanaka has been unbelievable

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ESPN Radio 104.5 Offseason Athlete Spotlight

Even though the school season’s may be over, the recognition for Capital District athletes continues. Today, our “Offseason Spotlight” focuses on baseball player Justin Yurchak.

Yurchak, one of the most accomplished players in Section II, led Shenendehowa to the New York State Class AA title game this season

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