August 25, 2002 |
People start arriving at Saratoga Race Course as early as 7 a.m. to stake out a position where they will spend the afternoon. They may be content to spread out a blanket on a small patch of ground where they can't see a live horse and can barely see a television monitor. For much of the last week they had to endure oppressive heat and humidity.
August 3, 1989 |
Computer problems frustrated a record opening-day crowd of 30,658 at Saratoga Race Course on Wednesday, and track officials said today's card might be canceled if the problem is not fixed by morning. "There's some sort of gremlin running around that software, and we can't find it," said Gerard McKeon, president of the New York Racing Assn. "If we can't get it fixed . . . we're going to announce (the cancellation) at about 9 a.m. tomorrow."
August 24, 2013 |
Kasey Kahne was fed up with all of Joe Gibbs Racing by the time contact with Matt Kenseth ended his race at Watkins Glen earlier this month. It was the fourth time a JGR driver had wrecked him, and he took to Twitter to voice his displeasure, posting: "Headed to Joe Gibbs Racing to talk to whoever will come out front. " But when he had his chance Saturday night to right all of those wrongs, Kahne passed. A clean racer to his core, he trailed Kenseth for a dozen laps around Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee, trying every which way possible to pass him without wrecking him and failing miserably.
July 23, 1994 |
They came. They bet. And, as usual, most of them lost. No matter. Saratoga Race Course was open again Friday, for the 126th time. Julie was back and all seemed right with the world--even if those pocketbooks and wallets were a little bit lighter. Nothing, it seems, can dampen the spirits of racegoers when the New York Racing Assn. packs its 1 million pounds of equipment and moves it north to the rolling foothills of the Adirondack Mountains.
July 28, 1994 |
Maybe the New York Racing Assn. could use a little horse sense. Three years ago, riding Saratoga's popularity all the way to the bank, the NYRA broke with tradition and expanded the thoroughbred racing meet from 24 days to 30. And the fans came in droves--more than 100,000 for the first time in its storied history--and bet an extra $11 million. This year, after two more record-setting meets, another four days were tacked on, giving the venerable track its earliest starting date ever.
August 21, 1989 |
From its start, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was a hit. The operators scheduled an inaugural induction ceremony that included appearances by Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson and Honus Wagner. The Hall of Fame in tiny (population: 2,300) Cooperstown, N.Y., took that beginning in 1939 and has built on it since.