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On the Clock: Racetrack clerk takes horse bets, questions, compliments in stride

Mary Fergusson of Schenectady smiles at her workplace, Window 1701 at Saratoga Race Course. As a pari-mutuel clerk, Fergusson knows all types of bets; she is also happy to help people making their first  investments.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Mary Fergusson of Schenectady smiles at her workplace, Window 1701 at Saratoga Race Course. As a pari-mutuel clerk, Fergusson knows all types of bets; she is also happy to help people making their first investments.
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Mary Fergusson of Schenectady stood at her station at Saratoga Race Course. And waited. Wednesday’s first race was just minutes away. People considering investments on horses such as Meet the Mets, Little Nick and Saint Arthur would soon come to the Bank of Mary to buy in. “I love the job,” the 52-year-old Fergusson said of her work as a pari-mutuel clerk at the race course. “I love Saratoga, I’ve always loved Saratoga, I’ve been ...


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