Saratoga Race Course Opening Day

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Horse Racing:

New York thoroughbred racing is heading to Saratoga for the 146th summer season.

The 40-day meet opens Friday at Saratoga Race Course. The 10-race card is highlighted by the Grade 3 Schuylerville for 2-year-old fillies and the $100,000 Sir Cat for 3-year-old turf horses.

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Officials gathered in Saratoga Springs today to unveil some new features visitors will likely spot around the Spa City, as they celrbate the 146th meet at Saratoga Race Course.

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Golf – The British Open:

The 143rd British Open is underway at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England.

This is the third major of the year. Bubba Watson won the Masters back in April before Martin Kaymer won the U.S. Open last month. Each will be after his second major title of the year.

Tiger Woods and defending champ Phil Mickelson are among the other big names looking to contend this year.

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On what’s shaping up to be the hottest day of the year, Saratoga begins its 150th season of thoroughbred racing.

This week, the New York Racing Association's new president and CEO Chris Kay met with members of the media to discuss his plans for Saratoga Race Course’s season.  One of the first questions, right out of the gate, was about the weather and whether or not racing might be cut back or suspended altogether on opening day: Kay told reporters "We've had warm days in the past. We're prepared for it..."

Saratoga Track Opening Amid Heat Wave Precautions

Jul 19, 2013
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New York racing officials say they're taking steps to make sure horses, track workers and fans are safe and comfortable as the 150th Saratoga Race Course season opens with temperatures expected to be in the mid-90s.

The New York racing Association says there will be veterinarians on horse paths, paddock, winner's circle and track to check all the thoroughbreds before and during races. Hoses and ice buckets will be available along the route the horses take to the track.

There will also be extra water in the jockeys' quarters and ice will be on sale at concession stands.