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Saratoga restaurateur hoping history repeats itself

Buyer sought to revive iconic Villa Balsamo

Realtors Christine Richardson, left, and Scott Varley, stand in front of Villa Balsamo in Saratoga Springs Friday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Realtors Christine Richardson, left, and Scott Varley, stand in front of Villa Balsamo in Saratoga Springs Friday.
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On any given weekend in August, Villa Balsamo hopped. The restaurant in an idyllic Georgian manor on the outskirts of Saratoga Springs once drew a who’s who of horse racing during the summer meet: thoroughbred owners, trainers, jockeys and the celebrities who watched them race. When the sun went down on the Saratoga Race Course, the action heated up at Villa Balsamo. “Anybody connected,” recalls Lawrence LaBelle, a former city court judge who frequently dined ...

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