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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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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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Travers and King’s Bishop Preview: Talking Track

Well folks, it's all come down to this.  The Saratoga season has been a slow crescendo to this moment.  The Jim Dandy, Whitney, Sword Dancer, Alabama - all mere preludes to this Saturday's running of the 142nd Travers Stakes.

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Stay Thirsty Is Favorite As Travers Stakes Field And Odds Set

We're just 3 days away from the 142nd running of the Travers Stakes - the Travers is scheduled for Saturday, August 27th.

Today, the field and odds were set.

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Courtesy NYRA, Adam Coglianese
Courtesy NYRA, Adam Coglianese
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Attendance, On Track Wagering Up At Saratoga Race Course

We're heading down the homestretch at the Saratoga Race Course - there's less than 2 weeks left in the meet.

And after checking out the latest attendance figures, the "Summer Place To Be" is living up to its nickname.

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Courtesy NYRA, George Kalinsky
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Boxing Great Joe Frazier To Visit Saratoga Race Course On Friday

Smokin' Joe Frazier is coming to the Saratoga Race Course!

The Spa will celebrate the 40th anniversary of one of the most memorable fights in boxing history - Ali vs. Frazier I - when it hosts former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier on Friday, August 26th.

Frazier will sign autographs and present a trophy in the winner's circle after a race named for him.

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Travers Stakes Post Position Draw Set For Wednesday

We're just 5 days away from the 142nd running of the Grade I, $1 million Travers Stakes and the excitement is building.

Post Position Draw for the Travers, scheduled to be run Saturday, August 27, will be on Wednesday, August 24th at 11:00am.

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Talking Track: Alabama Stakes Recap

It was a gorgeous summer day at the Saratoga Race Course for the 131st running of the Alabama Stakes.  The race was supposed to be the crowning of It's Tricky, the three year old filly who had already won two legs of the TVG Triple Tiara.  However, Royal Delta stole the show and scored an emphatic victory.  

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Talking Track: Alabama Preview

The Saratoga Race Course season continues its slow crescendo to the Travers with Saturday's renewal of the $500,000 grade one Alabama Stakes.  This race, for three year old filles at a mile and a quarter, features some real quality and will surely be a jewel of the 2011 Saratoga season.  I've broken it down and submit for your approval my preview of the Alabama Stakes.

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Talking Track: Betting the Odds

The Saratoga season is reaching it's peak.  We're into week five and have therefore begun the crescendo into two of the Spa's biggest stakes races, the Alabama and the Travers.  In anticipation of these two races, which I'm sure will be infinitely hard to handicap, I thought I'd bring you a little article on how to bet the odds.  This is Talking Track:  The Novice's Guide to the Saratoga Race Course.

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Courtesy NYRA/Adam Coglianese
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Attendance and On-Track Wagering Increases At Saratoga Race Course

We're halfway through the 2011 meet at Saratoga Race Course and fans are proving that horseracing is alive and well in the Capital Region.

 

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The Birthday Bet Strikes Back!

Yes, it happened again for me at the Saratoga Race Course on Friday afternoon.  The "birthday bet" worked!

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