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Horsemen fear new casinos might doom harness raceway

Another horse walks by as Steven Millard prepares Sand Pebble for the next race inside the paddock at the Saratoga Casino and Raceway harness track on Thursday, May 8, 2014.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Another horse walks by as Steven Millard prepares Sand Pebble for the next race inside the paddock at the Saratoga Casino and Raceway harness track on Thursday, May 8, 2014.
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There’s a calm, collected mood that seems to tame the chaotic atmosphere of the paddock area on race night at the Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The nonstop hustle of trainers and grooms, standardbreds and drivers runs like an intricately choreographed dance. But the dancers are 1,200-pound animals and the crews rapidly outfitting them with sulkies. Like other veteran drivers, Mickey McGivern stays calm, poised behind a line of teams waiting to advance toward the illuminated ...


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