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Opening Day--Saratoga Raceway
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I made it out there yesterday.  Beautiful day, 55 degrees and sunny.  12 race card, good feature race.  I talked to a few trainers and will have a story up later today on my website, http://www.harnessracing228.com and I will also post the link here.  

The crowd was surprisingly strong despite very little publicity and build up.  

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There is your Race 12 winner, Sporty Spook, who paced the mile in 1:55.2!
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#3
Unfortunately those images are showing up. Apparently they are from your email account which is password protected.
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#4
It's good to hear that the crowds were impressive. Having the nice weather in this part of the country is helping out.
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#5
The story

https://harnessracing228.com/2017/02/20/...t-not-bad/

Sorry about the images---I will keep trying.
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#6
Hope you got one of the t-shirts before they were all gone. It's good to see more people showed up on opening day than expected, even if it meant a few didn't get their shirt.
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#7
The t-shirts were long gone by the third race-----lol.   Maybe next year
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#8
Saratoga opening day handle was over $469,000; yesterday it was $281,000. Of course, the cards were 12 and 10 races respectively, but on Sunday, an average of $39,000 was bet per race compared to $28,000 per race on Presidents Day.

Bottom line: Getting people to the track helps! I call it marketing, not sure what others call it. The sport has appeal! Is anybody listening? Or as they say in Niagara Falls, “Who listening?”
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#9
Interestingly, Presidents Day was typically one of the more advertised racing holidays in the past. Multiple items were only a $1 including special bets, concession items, and programs for the various tracks. It was a great way to celebrate a holiday that really didn't have much of a tie to any other celebrations. It would be great to see the race tracks embrace THAT holiday as THEIR holiday.
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