Saratoga Mama Summer 2016

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SARATOGA'S RACETRACK Theresa St. John HISTORICAL PHOTOS FROM The Saratoga Room at the Saratoga Springs Public Library STORY & PHOTOS BY

The gates will open for the racing season on July 22nd this year and the meet will conclude on September 5th, 40 days later! That's 36 more days than at it's inception, when the season's meet was a mere four days long! Today, people come from all over the world, standing in line to enter the grounds, anxious to hear that famous cry "AND THEY'RE OFFFFF!" at the Spa City's historic racetrack. It really wasn't too different in 1863, when Saratoga Springs opened what would become one of the world's most beloved sports facilities, with worldwide competitors and a vast audience.

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