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Joe Bianchino, 1045theteam.com
Joe Bianchino, 1045theteam.com
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Saratoga Survival Guide Part One – Getting In, Getting Around, and What to See

We're just days away from Friday's opening of the Saratoga Race Course's 144th season, and we at 1045theteam.com have what you need to get yourself ready for all that the track has to offer.  Today, we tell you how to get to, how to get around in, and what you need to see at, the famous course.

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NYRA Extends Deal With NBC Sports Group

The NBC Sports Group announced this morning an agreement with the New York Racing Association to extend the “Summer at Saratoga” series through 2013.

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Courtesy NYRA, Adam Coglianese
Courtesy NYRA, Adam Coglianese
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Final Saratoga Race Course Attendance And Wagering Totals

The 40-day meet at the Saratoga Race Course wrapped up on Monday and the final attendance and wagering numbers are in.

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Courtesy NYRA, Adam Coglianese
Courtesy NYRA, Adam Coglianese
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Mike Repole, Todd Pletcher, John Velazquez Top 2011 Saratoga Meet Standings

For the second consecutive year, owner Mike Repole, trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez finished atop the leader board at the prestigious Saratoga Race Course meet.

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Courtesy NYRA, Adam Coglianese
Courtesy NYRA, Adam Coglianese
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Havre De Grace Beats The Boys In Woodward At Saratoga

Two years ago, it was Rachel Alexandra.  This year, it was Havre De Grace's turn to beat the boys.

Havre De Grace put herself squarely in the Horse of the Year honors on Saturday afternoon with a 1 ¼-length victory over seven males in the 58th running of the Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward.

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Courtesy NYRA, Adam Coglianese
Courtesy NYRA, Adam Coglianese
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John Velazquez Becomes 2nd Among All-Time Saratoga Race Course Jockeys

If you've ever been to the Saratoga Race Course, you've probably won some money by betting on jockey John Velazquez.  If not, shame on you.

There's a reason Velazquez keeps winning you money - it's because he keeps winning!  He's now in the number 2 spot among the all-time leading jockeys at Saratoga.

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Courtesy NYRA, Adam Coglianese
Courtesy NYRA, Adam Coglianese
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Saratoga Race Course On-Track Wagering Still Positive After Cancelled Sunday

Even though racing was cancelled at Saratoga Race Course on Sunday due to Hurricane Irene, on-track wagering was still up compared to the 2010 race season through week six (33 days) of the meet.

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Courtesy 104.5 "The Team"
Courtesy 104.5 "The Team"
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Saratoga Betting Advice: The Birthday Bet And Chad Brown

Let's be honest, there aren't any sure bets at the Saratoga Race Course.  You can study the Daily Racing Form.  You can look at past performances or you can go with a trainer/jockey tandem.

But there seems to be a couple of sure-fire Saratoga bets that work for me every week.

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Courtesy NYRA
Courtesy NYRA
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Sunday Racing Canceled At Saratoga Race Course

Hurricane Irene is having a huge impact on the entire east coast with evacuations, power outages and massive flooding.  Irene is wreaking havoc in the sports world as well.

Sunday's entire 11-race card at Saratoga Race Course has been canceled due to the hurricane.

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Courtesy of NYRA, http://www.facebook.com/thenyra
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Talking Track: Stay Thirsty Wins Travers – Caleb’s Posse Wins King’s Bishop

Two questions were being asked coming into Saturday at Saratoga.  How would Uncle Mo come back from injury, and who would step up to take control of the three-year-old division?  Well, both were answered in a loud way.  Uncle Mo would come back with a huge, albeit second best effort, and Stay Thirsty staked his claim as the best of his class.

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Rob Carr, Getty Images
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Stay Thirsty Wins Travers Stakes

As the northeast prepares for Hurricane Irene and all the rain water it'll bring, there was some irony at the 142nd Travers as Stay Thirsty wins the Mid-Summer Derby. Stay Thirsty was able to defeat Preakness winner Shackleford and Belmont winner Ruler on Ice.

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Courtesy Facebook
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Camping Out For Picnic Tables At Travers Stakes

The Travers Stakes is what makes the Saratoga Race Course so special.  It's the one race everyone looks forward to each year.

In addition to the great horse racing, the Midsummer Derby is also known for something else - people camping out overnight to get a spot in the coveted Saratoga picnic area.

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