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Opening day in ’65 brought changes to Saratoga Race Course, usual enthusiastic crowd

A group of race fans enjoy Saratoga on Aug. 2, 1965.
Photographer: Gazette file/Ed Schultz
A group of race fans enjoy Saratoga on Aug. 2, 1965.
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Manny Ycaza, Bobby Ussery and Braulio Baeza were on horseback at Saratoga Race Course on Monday, Aug. 2, 1965. Anthony Morette, Milton C. Kling and Anthony Tripoli were on holiday — all made sure they were part of the opening day crowd of 16,009. People in the grandstand and clubhouse were in good moods. “The fans expressed approval of the $3.5 million expansion program concentrated in the grandstand area,” wrote Bob Castle, who covered racing ...

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