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Calling the races

Well placed: Sonny Taylor nearing 50th year with NYRA

Sonny Taylor, NYRA Placing Judge, with the official results of race #1 on Wednesday 7/31 at the Saratoga Race Course. He has held this job for 49 years.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Sonny Taylor, NYRA Placing Judge, with the official results of race #1 on Wednesday 7/31 at the Saratoga Race Course. He has held this job for 49 years.
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One dead heat is just like any other dead heat after almost half a century of watching races, even if that race is the $1 million Travers Stakes at the Saratoga Race Course. "It just happened to be the Travers," said Sentell "Sonny" Taylor , 76, a placing judge for the New York Racing Association. "We judge it like any other race." Determining last year's tie between Golden Ticket and Alpha hadn't come with any ...

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