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ISLANDERS ARENA AT BELMONT ‘A DONE DEAL’

New York State’s Franchise Oversight Board Thursday unanimously voted for all measures necessary for the Islanders Arena at Belmont Park, the final approvals essential for the Belmont Land Redevelopment Project to proceed. New York Arena Partners will

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GROOMS DESERVE HONORS

Spurred on by a recent piece penned by Todd Sidor, it occurs to me that the counselor is right; grooms, already likely to be short-changed economically, also are being underappreciated in the credit department, too.

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CRUISER-MITOLE DIRT MILE?

Personally, this handicapper is happy that the owners of Catalina Cruiser have decided to pass on Saturday’s Pacific Classic in favor of a possible return in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. And, while giving no

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HRI SALUTES CARMEN BARRERA

By John Pricci and Mark Berner — Carmen Barrera, for whom there will be a memorial service on Monday in Saratoga and Tuesday on Long Island, died her sleep last Thursday. Her passing sent a

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STATE APPROVES ISLES ARENA AT BELMONT

New York’s Empire State Development Corporation Thursday unanimously approved the New York Islanders Arena at Belmont Park. The ESD not only approved the project of the New York Arena Partners but it discounted the objections of

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SARATOGA PUTS ME BACK IN THE GAME

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Thank you, Saratoga. I needed that. Just as horses get soured on racing, so do humans. In this case, me. I surely felt I had cause. The tragic fatalities at Santa Anita

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BELMONT’S FUTURE: CHANGE FOR THE BETTER

The New York Racing Association opened Saratoga Race Course a week earlier this year and, despite cries from naysayers, all is good. For two consecutive years, NYRA upgrades cleverly developed the two spots furthest from

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MARYLOU WHITNEY, A LEGACY TRULY EARNED

On Friday of Hall of Fame morning, a capacity crowd listened intently as Marylou Whitney’s husband John Hendrickson acknowledged his late wife’s admission into racing’s pantheon. But long before racing’s great lady was acknowledged as

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