Pratico can make history with fourth straight senior title

Monday, Aug. 11, 2014
This is the 63rd year that The Daily Gazette has sponsored at least one men’s amateur golf tournament, and in all that time, no player has won four straight, in either the open or senior edition.

It wasn't hard to pick this winner

Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014
Hey, I picked a winner! In a column on June 17, I put a few bucks on Plaintiffs in the first race at NCAA Downs, and federal judge Claudia Wilken awarded the photo finish to Ed O’Bannon, et al. on Friday, bringing to conclusion a suit against the NCAA that was filed way back in 2009. I thought the players’ case had merit based on antitrust principles, and judge Wilken agreed, saying that NCAA rules on player payment for “name, image and likeness” represented restraint of trade.

Cuing up pool hall stories

Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014
Amsterdam natives who were young in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s pay tribute to Market Street pool hall proprietor Louie Allen.

Durkin is the epitome of class

Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014
There’s only one way to improve on the experience of listening to Tom Durkin’s call of Rachel Alexandra’s Woodward victory:
Watch him listen to it, while he’s standing in front of an adoring crowd.
That’s what we were treated to during the National Racing Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday.
Dobro master Jerry Douglas goes from valued sideperson to star

Dobro master Jerry Douglas goes from valued sideperson to star

Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014
A number of sidemen (sorry, sidepersons), the indispensable, often unknown players who toil behind the stars, will be performing with their own bands in the area this weekend.

Local anglers excel in pro bass tourney

Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014
Two local bass anglers have finished high in a professional bass tournament, and one is a repeater.

Trainer needs to show respect

Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014
Gee, it’s a good thing Steve Asmussen rehired Scott Blasi.
Otherwise, he might never have realized in time that the Hall of Fame induction ceremony for the best horse he’s ever trained is on Friday and not Saturday.

Bruegger’s hoping burgers will help keep brand fresh

Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014
You have to admit, it grabs your attention: Bruegger’s, the bagel bakery, is introducing burgers at its restaurants.

Trainers differ on Lasix use

Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014
The often hotly debated Lasix question took another new twist in North American horse racing last Friday evening. Where it goes from here is anybody’s guess. My guess is nowhere, but anyway, a group of 25 trainers, including some of the biggest names in the business, issued a statement advocating for a gradual phase-out of raceday medication, which essentially means Lasix.

Popular Stroke Play tournament expands field

Monday, Aug. 4, 2014
Interest in the annual Capital Stroke Play golf tournament is so high this year that event organizers have decided to expand the field beyond the top 40 on the Capital Region Amateur Golf Association point list.

Pletcher still puzzled by Palace Malice's flop

Monday, Aug. 4, 2014
Trainer Todd Pletcher didn’t have much to say on Saturday.
He didn’t have much more to say on Sunday, either.

Guillot knows when to be serious

Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014
There’s peeling back the onion. Then there’s hacking it in two with a razor-sharp cleaver and dumping the raw halves in boiling stew water. Owner Mike Moreno of Southern Equine Stables promises that if you take the time to wash off the dirt, then tug and pick your way through the tough, pungent layers of his trainer, Eric Guillot, it’s possible to get to the center of something sweet.

Take talent over voodoo

Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014
The MacGuffin for “Voodoo II: Electric Juju Boogaloo” is hanging from a tree on the Oklahoma side of Union Avenue.
Same producer, same director, same cast of characters, same set. Hell, same caterer for the crew, with an updated menu.
Same plot? Spoiler alert: No.

Amsterdam resident recalls time at ballpark concession

Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014
A small company in Broadalbin made the hot dogs for the concession stand at Mohawk Mills Park during the era of Amsterdam Rugmakers baseball games.

Filly's death a real tragedy

Friday, Aug. 1, 2014
Abby Adsit held it together.
Her filly, unfortunately, could not.
Saratoga Race Course patrons near the mouth of the horse path leading onto the track from the paddock were front and center for a bizarre, heart-wrenching scene on Wednesday.

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