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For one day, races just for fun

No pressure as race track’s annual open house features mascots, nonwagering horse races, and children’s activities to benefit charity

Richard Hutchinson, of Chadds Ford, PA, scoping out the horses during a Steeplechase race at the 32nd Annual Open House at the Saratoga Race Course on Sunday.
Richard Hutchinson, of Chadds Ford, PA, scoping out the horses during a Steeplechase race at the 32nd Annual Open House at the Saratoga Race Course on Sunday.
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Two-year-old Ryleigh Shaw sat on Mike Sullivan’s shoulders Sunday, her strawberry blonde curls bouncing as she waved at her favorite contender in the noon race at Saratoga Race Course. “Hi, Twinkle!” the little Ballston Spa resident called, as the racers readied themselves in the starting gate. It was a tight squeeze for some of them, since the gate was made to accommodate thoroughbred horses, not the crew that took to the track for this race ...

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