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Saratoga meet to get off to hot start

Heat, humidity lead to concern for horses, fans

Handlers Pablo Montano, left, and Luis Moreno, cool off Pure Amour near the Oklahoma Training Track at Saratoga Race Course on Thursday.
Handlers Pablo Montano, left, and Luis Moreno, cool off Pure Amour near the Oklahoma Training Track at Saratoga Race Course on Thursday.
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Plenty of humans will grumble about the heat Friday at Saratoga Race Course, but racing officials are working to minimize complaints from the four-legged athletes everyone is coming to see. When racing starts Friday afternoon, kicking off a 40-day season that marks 150 years since the first thoroughbred racing meet in Saratoga Springs, the horses will be greeted with buckets of ice, extra water hoses and veterinarians watching to make sure the animals don’t overheat. ...


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