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Countdown to Saratoga: 10 days to go

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Let's throw a party. The countdown has hit the 10-day mark. To commemorate the milestone, we celebrate with a look back at the 2004 season. 

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Wayne Lukas saddles Azeri for the Go For Wand Stakes.

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 Better Talk Now and recently retired Ramon Dominguez win the Sword Dancer.

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 The Chief takes a familiar path home.

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At 6 am, fans wait for the gates to open to get a picnic take on Travers Day.

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Bobby Frankel and his beloved Happy hold court at the Oklahoma track.

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At the break in the Grade 1 Go For Wand. The classy field included Storm Flag Flying (red cap), Sightseek (pink cap) and eventual winner Azeri (far left).

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Wayne Lukas strolls the paddock with proteges Todd Pletcher, center, and Mark Hennig.

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Coming over the last in the AP Smithwick, Barzulu, in the blue cap, looked a winner until he planted his nose on the turf. That opened the way for Praise the Prince and Rob Massey, in the white and green, to take charge.

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 In a stirring renewal of the Whitney, Ken Ramsey's Roses in May (red cap) edges Perfect Drift.

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The Chief, Allen Jerkens, pulls off another upset, this time with Society Selection, in the red, who gets the best of Ashado.

 

Long-time racing photographer Tod Marks has been a part of The Saratoga Special and Steeplechase Times for years, and a racing fan for even longer. See his work online, and check this space regularly. His View from the Rail Photo Gallery will be a weekly part of thisishorseracing.com. 

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