McCarthy finally gets to winner's circle

Monday, July 21, 2014
Their house is only two blocks up Wright Street, but they had to drag Anthony McCarthy Sr. to Saratoga Race Course kicking and screaming.
His son, Anthony Jr., on the other hand, couldn’t get there fast enough.

Martin paid her Symetra dues

Sunday, July 20, 2014
Dreams do come true on the Symetra Tour, the former Futures Tour that is billed as the official “Road to the LPGA.” But sometimes it takes a lot longer than one would think. A case in point is the unbelievable story of Mo Martin, a former Symetra Tour regular who won last week’s Ricoh British Women’s Open at the age of 31.

Danger for jockeys shown only too clearly

Sunday, July 20, 2014
Before I could talk to Ortiz, who knew Pizarro well, Ortiz and his mount, Broad Rule, missed trampling the tumbling body of Rosario Montanez by who knows how many inches. Montanez will be in the hospital for who knows how many days to get his smashed-up face repaired, along with treatment for rib and pelvis injuries.

Perth valedictorian memorialized on the moon

Saturday, July 19, 2014
According to his family, the name of the class of 1938 valedictorian at Perth High School is inscribed on a plaque left on the Moon.

A little piece of heaven

Saturday, July 19, 2014
Man, this place just delivers.
Time and again.

Congress hopefuls fill their war chests

Saturday, July 19, 2014
The people running for Congress in and around the Capital Region — for the most part — have raised plenty of cash.

Sanford isn't just another big race

Friday, July 18, 2014
Today’s rabbithole is brought to you by the fine folks who once operated one of the most influential breeding and racing operations in North America.
And they did so in Amsterdam, up the hill on Route 30.
Taylor returning to SPAC after 11 years

Taylor returning to SPAC after 11 years

Thursday, July 17, 2014
James Taylor had been such a dependable summer presence in the area, it’s startling to hear that Saturday’s return to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center is his first in 11 years.

Jerkens missed at Spa

Thursday, July 17, 2014
The melancholy isn’t supposed to happen until the end. Allen Jerkens eagerly tells of how he watched the 1973 Whitney from the infield, where he saddled Onion because of the massive crowd, and how he fully expected to see Secretariat a length ahead once they came back into view from behind the toteboard.

Cupcake craze cooling

Thursday, July 17, 2014
My sweet tooth must have been on the fritz. That’s the only way I can explain how I missed the news that a gourmet cupcake company went public with an offering of stock.

Crankbaits can land bass

Thursday, July 17, 2014
In 1995, a local bass angler at Lake Minnetonka, Minn., told North Carolina pro David Fritts that the bass don’t bite crankbaits very well. Fritts, a crankbait guru, didn’t listen to him and finished a very close second in the four-day tournament with 20 bass totaling 77.12 pounds, an average of almost four pounds per fish. The next year, he returned to Minnetonka and won the tournament

Sharpen your game at a par-3 course

Monday, July 14, 2014
While on vacation last week, I finally got a chance to play a few rounds of golf, and I moved around the area a bit to spread the wealth — and some fat divots — to numerous local layouts.

Spa trainer Chad Brown won't chase numbers

Sunday, July 13, 2014
To get back and forth from his barns to the clockers stand on the Oklahoma training track, Chad Brown uses a shortcut between Todd Pletcher’s barns. Maybe Brown would have a better shot at taking a run at the Pletcher machine for the Saratoga Race Course training title if he was willing to cut some corners in the condition book, but that’s not going to happen.

Exhibit explores vice in Spa City

Saturday, July 12, 2014
Congress Park in Saratoga Springs in the summer is the kind of zestfully green place where moms bring baby strollers and some people think the ducks can talk. If they could, their ancestors would have passed down dark stories of what humans once did inside the Canfield Casino, the great Victorian hall in the middle of the park.

‘Uncle Art’ a friend to park users

Saturday, July 12, 2014
When Arthur J. Hartig died, the line at the funeral home went out the door, as people paid their last respects to the popular caretaker of Amsterdam’s favorite recreational facility.

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