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Saratoga meet judged a rousing success
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Saratoga meet judged a rousing success

Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014
The meet as a whole was an overwhelming success in the estimation of New York Racing Association President and CEO Chris Kay.
 
Saratoga Race Course: Competitive Edge triumphs
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Saratoga Race Course: Competitive Edge triumphs

Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014
I Spent It acted like the class clown. Competitive Edge, meanwhile, went to the head of the class. Ignoring his rival’s rambunctious antics in the paddock and starting gate, Competitive Edge ran a professional race under John Velazquez to win the Grade I Hopeful at Saratoga Race Course on Monday.
 
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Box seats the Saratoga place to be

Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014
Boxes at Saratoga Race Course total 1,789 seats and are highly coveted by businesses, horsemen and racing aficionados.
 
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Things are looking up for scrappy Mohonasen

Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014
Vito Urbano thinks his Mohonasen girls’ soccer team is ready for a makeover. “The culture was always, `We’re supposed to lose,’” Urbano said. “They were always happy to keep games close. “I hope we’re getting to the point where we can go into games expecting to win.”
 
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Girls' Soccer: Despite lost pieces, Niskayuna strong

Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014
Losing an All-American striker, a starting goalkeeper, a group of hard working midfielders and a solid defender is usually enough to ensure a rebuilding year. That’s not in the plans of the Niskayuna girls’ soccer team.
 
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Pletcher top trainer again

Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014
Trainer Todd Pletcher won his fifth straight Saratoga Race Course training title, but it wasn’t easy. Mechanicville native Chad Brown was as close as one victory of the lead this weekend, before Pletcher pulled away to clinch it on Sunday.
 
Condo Commando romps in Spinaway
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Condo Commando romps in Spinaway

Monday, Sept. 1, 2014
Perhaps an anticlimax was for the best.
In Tom Durkin’s last call after 43 years as a track announcer, Condo Commando sucked all the drama out of the Grade I Spinaway by romping in the slop by 13 1⁄4 lengths over By the Moon at Saratoga Race Course on Sunday.
 
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Durkin makes a classy exit

Monday, Sept. 1, 2014
The story is over.
Our favorite storyteller has closed the books on his career, the thick personal thesaurus that he filled with nouns, adjectives and verbs, and the drab, thin program that he filled with rainbow ink to guide him through each race card.
On a gray, rainy Sunday, track announcer Tom Durkin jauntily spun a sodden final yarn in the Spinaway at Saratoga Race Course, and now will go about the business of a retired person.
 

Field hockey: Shen coping with heavy graduation losses

Monday, Sept. 1, 2014
Perfection isn’t part of the Shenendehowa plan, but getting to another championship field hockey game is.
“My job is to prepare them for the end,” said veteran Lady Plainsmen coach Jeanne Frevola. “If we take a few bumps, OK.”
 
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High Schools: Sabres retooling, goals are the same

Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014
The Schalmont boys’ soccer team had one day marked on its schedule last fall. “Last year was the year we were peaking for,” said Sabres coach Jason Beck, “We had a senior team that we knew was going to be very good, and we knew it was going to come down to us and Ichabod Crane.”
 
Saratoga Race Course: 'Luckyday' outduels Moreno
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Saratoga Race Course: 'Luckyday' outduels Moreno

Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014
With the sun below the treeline and the shadow of the clubhouse cooling off more and more of the grounds, Itsmyluckyday and Moreno did their best to turn the heat back up. The pair dueled through the stretch at the end of the 11⁄8-mile Grade I Woodward at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday, bumping each other five times in the final furlong before Itsmyluckyday emerged with a half-length victory at the wire for trainer Eddie Plesa Jr.
 
Saratoga track exhibit teaches horse sense
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Saratoga track exhibit teaches horse sense

Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014
Spending time with horses is exactly what Saratoga Race Course’s Horse Sense exhibit lets you do.
 
ALBANY

UAlbany vs. Holy Cross: Danes rally to win Gattuso's debut

Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014
The scheduled postgame fireworks started a little early for the University at Albany football team making its debut under new head coach Greg Gattuso. Trailing, 13-0, after three quarters, the Great Danes rallied and surged past Holy Cross, 14-13, when Neil Morrison returned a fumble 79 yards for the winning score with just 44 seconds left in the season opener Saturday night before 6,748 fans at Bob Ford Field.
 
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Wise Dan looks like his old self

Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014
Enough talk about Wise Dan’s guts already. They passed muster when a surgeon opened him up in mid-May. As always, they more than passed muster on the track at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday.
 
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Lopez introduces himself to Saratoga

Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014
“Cheatin’ …” The next word is unprintable in this space. I knew it was jockey Junior Alvarado even before I swung my head around to check.
 
 

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