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Familiar melody brings thoughts of summer, track

Rana Meehan of Cohoes assembles her family for a rendition of the "Sar-a-tog-a" jingle at Saratoga Race Course. From left, in front, are Laura Mason of Bennington, Vt.; Rana Meehan (in yellow); Tyler Meehan of Cohoes (in orange); Peter Meehan of Cohoes (in red); and Betsy Meehan of Huntington. Standing in back, from left, are Charlie Ostler of Bennington; Damian Meehan of Cohoes; and John Meehan of Huntington.
Rana Meehan of Cohoes assembles her family for a rendition of the "Sar-a-tog-a" jingle at Saratoga Race Course. From left, in front, are Laura Mason of Bennington, Vt.; Rana Meehan (in yellow); Tyler Meehan of Cohoes (in orange); Peter Meehan of Cohoes (in red); and Betsy Meehan of Huntington. Standing in back, from left, are Charlie Ostler of Bennington; Damian Meehan of Cohoes; and John Meehan of Huntington.
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The Saratoga jingle? “Is there a Saratoga jingle?” asked Meagan Coleman of Cooperstown. Darn right there is. All you have to do is match four consecutive syllables to four consecutive rising notes — “Sar-a-tog-a!” “As soon as you said it, we knew what is was,” said Coleman, who spent a sunny Sunday at Saratoga Race Course with sister Lindsay Hayes and mother Colleen Coleman, who also live in Cooperstown. The jingle has been used at ...

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