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Tickets for Travers Day sold out two weeks in advance but if you’re unwilling to pay a stiff markup for a scalped ticket, you could catch a glimpse of all the runners in the $1.6 million Travers Stakes on Friday morning at Saratoga Race Course.

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The Triple Crown winner is heading east, and now we know what awaits him on Saturday. A crowd gathered in downtown Saratoga Springs Tuesday night for the draw for the 146th Travers Stakes. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief was there along with hundreds of fired up racing fans to see where their favorites will start in the summer's biggest race.

American Pharoah To Face "Graveyard Of Favorites"

Aug 25, 2015

A sold-out crowd of 50,000 will be there in person and millions will watch on television this Saturday as Triple Crown winner American Pharoah races in the Travers at Saratoga Race Course. It is one of the most anticipated races in years at the track  as American Pharoah tries to avoid the stunning losses by other horses that has led Saratoga to become known as the "Graveyard of Favorites." Secretariat, Man O'War and Affirmed are just a few of the seemingly invincible horses that lost at the track. Allan Carter, the historian at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga, says the graveyard reputation at the race course is no myth.

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Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah will run in Saratoga's biggest race this Saturday.

  A Listener Essay by Susan McDonough - a member of the New York State Humane Association.

Many people are excited about a summer at Saratoga Race Course, but not me. In my opinion, racing is bad for horses.

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The New York Racing Association announced Friday afternoon that all 50,000 tickets including season passes for the 146th running of the Travers Stakes on August 29th have been sold.

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There’s a new voice this summer at Saratoga Race Course. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Lucas Willard found out, much more goes into the job than just two minutes of action.

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In a 40-day racing season that kicked off weeks after American Pharoah’s Triple Crown win at Belmont, racing fans are showing their enthusiasm for the sport at Saratoga.

Officials with the New York Racing Association have capped attendance for Saratoga's biggest race day.

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Texas Red took the lead from Japan with an eighth of a mile left and held off Frosted to win the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy by a half-length Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.

A delegation of Capital Region lawmakers has delivered a letter to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo urging that the New York Racing Association, the organization that oversees thoroughbred racing in the state,  be transitioned back to a private, non-profit racing entity.

MLB:

In baseball, in the American League, the Yankees tripled up Baltimore 9-3, Houston edged Boston 5-4, Toronto beat Oakland 5-2, Minnesota blanked the Angels 3-0, Seattle slid past Detroit 3-2 in 12 innings, and it was the Whites Sox over Cleveland 8-1.

As part of Saratoga Springs’s Centennial Celebration, fans will be able to experience a day at the races free of charge this August.

It's one month until the meet at Saratoga Race Course and New York's horse racing organizers are preparing for a new season. In its first board meeting since April and American Pharoah's Triple Crown win at Belmont, the NYRA board is hoping improvements at the Spa will provide for an excellent racing season. 

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Triple Crown winner American Pharoah has dominated headlines and adorned magazine covers since his historic win at Belmont last weekend. With the meet at Saratoga just weeks away, the win is generating buzz throughout town.

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A new report examining the economic impact of the Saratoga Race Course shows the horse racing industry is having an increased footprint in the Capital Region economy.

The New York Racing Association has reached a settlement with the owners of a food truck that was booted from an upstate track.

The Times Union of Albany reports (http://bit.ly/15sesaJ ) that NYRA agreed last week to pay the owners of the Wandering Dago nearly $70,000 to settle the lawsuit they filed in August 2013 against the racing organization and the state Office of General Services.

MLB:

In Major League Baseball, in the National League, the Philadelphia Phillies have tossed the first combined no-hitter in team history on Monday as Cole Hamels and three relievers led the Phils to a 7-0 victory in Atlanta. Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and closer Jonathan Papelbon each pitched a perfect inning of relief to finish off the fourth no-hitter in the majors this season. It was 12th no-hitter in Phillies history, and the first since Roy Halladay threw a perfect game against the Marlins during the 2010 season and a no-hitter against the Reds in the 2010 playoffs.

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Tom Durkin, longtime announcer at Saratoga Race Course, will call his last race Sunday. Today, in the Winners’ Circle beside the flat track, Durkin opened up about his imminent retirement.

On Friday morning, sitting beside New York Racing Association President and CEO Chris Kay, Tom Durkin was brief in his opening remarks. Sunday will mark an end to his more than four-decade career of calling horse races, from the sport’s lower-level tracks to the heights of the Classic races.

Saratoga Springs is preparing for its biggest tourist weekend of the summer season, capped by horse racing’s Mid-Summer Derby.

Tens of thousands of visitors will pack Saratoga Springs and Saratoga Race Course to celebrate Travers weekend. The Travers Stakes, which will be run on Saturday, was first held in 1864, and is one of the oldest and best-attended thoroughbred races in the country.

New York Racing Association CEO Chis Kay said New York has enjoyed a great summer for racing, leading up into this weekend’s event, a key stakes race for 3-year-olds.

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NCAA – Football:

Defending national-champion Florida State is No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason college football poll for the sixth time after receiving 57 of 60 first-place votes from the media panel. Second-ranked Alabama, third-ranked Oregon and No. 4 Oklahoma all received one first-place vote. Ohio State is fifth, followed by Auburn, UCLA, Michigan St., South Carolina and Baylor.

AJ Allmendinger beat Marcos Ambrose on a two-lap dash to the finish to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International on a somber Sunday. Three-time Cup champion Tony Stewart pulled out of the race 12 hours after he struck and killed a sprint car driver who had climbed from his car during a race in Canandaigua, New York. Kevin Ward Jr.'s family says it "appreciates all the prayer and support" but that members "would like time to grieve."

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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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New York Racing Association officials have detailed the upcoming summer meet at Saratoga Race Course.

9/3/13 - Panel

Sep 3, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor, Mike Spain, and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao. Joe Donahue moderates.

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Tigers Shut Out Red Sox 3-0.

Sep 3, 2013

In baseball, Detroit beat Boston 3-0 yesterday. Doug Fister rebounded from a miserable start with seven shutout innings for the Tigers.

Elsewhere in the American League, Alex Rodriguez reached base twice while the Yankees put together an eight-run fourth to beat the White Sox 9-1. Minnesota passed Houston 10-6. Kansas City beat Seattle 3-1. Baltimore topped Cleveland 7-2. Oakland doubled up Texas 4-2 and the Angels won against Tampa Bay 11-2.

Baltimore Snaps Boston's Four Game Winning Streak

Aug 30, 2013
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In baseball, Baltimore beat the Red Sox 3-2, snapping Boston’s four game winning streak.

Elsewhere in the American League, it was Detroit over Oakland 7-6. Kansas City beat Minnesota 3-1. The Angels blanked Tampa Bay 2-0 and Seattle topped Houston 3-2.

Checking the National League, the Mets cruised past Philadelphia 11-3. Washington shut out Miami 9-0 and Milwaukee blanked Pittsburgh 4-0.

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