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Track's opening day in '74 brings familiar sights and some new things

Beverly and David L. Yunich smile in their box at Saratoga Race Course on July 29, 1974. Yunich, a Union College graduate and former collegiate baseball standout, later become vice chairman of R. H. Macy & Co.
Photographer: Gazette file/Ed Schultz
Beverly and David L. Yunich smile in their box at Saratoga Race Course on July 29, 1974. Yunich, a Union College graduate and former collegiate baseball standout, later become vice chairman of R. H. Macy & Co.
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Hats, suits and ties were in fashion — and horse racing was the passion. People from all over the Capital Region visited Saratoga Race Course on Monday, July 29, 1974. It was opening day for the 24-day meet, and 16,981 people were in the stands and at the rail for their first looks of the season. The crowd size of 40 years ago was a conversation topic. “The attendance figure was encouraging because it was ...

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