IN THE PADDOCK | by Tom Law

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The serious countdown to Opening Day at Saratoga is in full swing. Probably safe to say it’s been in fast motion for the last few weeks, but after Tuesday it’s single digit days remaining until the 40-day meeting gets underway.

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The halfway point of 2015 came and went a week ago already, and what better reason than that to look back at a June for the memory banks.

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Whether American Pharoah won or lost, last Saturday’s Belmont Stakes was going to be one to remember.

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Well, hello again. What’s it been, a year already? Hard to believe 12 months have slipped past since we last heard from you.

What’s your name again?

That’s right, “Good For Racing.”

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Tis the season to read or listen to the words, “good for racing.”

Sometimes those words are ramped up a notch to “great for racing.”

The discussion is about as tired and boring as the racing is dead versus the racing is alive and well debate in the weeks leading up to and including the Triple Crown. Conclusions cannot be made about the game when only looking at the winter months or looking at the nearly 300,000 fans that packed Churchill Downs for two days in May. But we’ll revisit that discussion another day.