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For Saratoga Springs, August is Christmas

Wish list is for good weather and chubby wallets as track opens

A rider exercises a horse on the main track at Saratoga Race Course on Tuesday afternoon.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
A rider exercises a horse on the main track at Saratoga Race Course on Tuesday afternoon.
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That silence you hear this morning is a city holding its collective breath, hoping for ample track attendance and tourists to avert a local recession. Shopkeepers, taxpayers and public officials alike will strain to hear the regular clicking of turnstiles at Saratoga Race Course starting this morning and continuing through Labor Day. So far, Saratoga Springs has avoided the worst of a nationwide recession that has left many people jobless, retirees with suddenly dwindling savings ...


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