IN THE PADDOCK | by Tom Law

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Everyone talks about pace.

In racing it's early pace, fast pace, slow pace. Pace makes the race. That kind of stuff.

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The 2015 Triple Crown is nearly a year in the books, the 2016 edition now only days away.

There’s a new cast of characters and plenty of familiar names associated with the current crop of 3-year-old stars. There’s an undefeated colt with connections who came close to the sweep not that long ago, others trained by past horsemen who’ve succeeded on America’s biggest stage, too. There is interest in the new but make no mistake, there’s still plenty of American Pharoah fever to go around in the Bluegrass.

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Minutes removed from Spotlight being awarded the Oscar for Best Picture Sunday came the predictable consensus about a film involving hard-nosed investigative journalism being awarded the top prize from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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People clutched dog-eared copies of paperbacks and worn-looking hardcovers as they filed into Page Hall on the University at Albany Downtown Campus Tuesday evening.

The books they toted – with titles such as Into The Wild, Into Thin Air, Where Men Win Glory, and Three Cups of Deceit – were as diverse as the people carrying them. Students mixed with retirees, young professionals sat alongside seasoned veterans of the white- and blue-collar workforces.

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About three-quarters of the way through the Wednesday night group run and nearly finishing up the perimeter loop of Skidmore College the reality set in as the words came out of my mouth to a man half my age.