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“Just defy, just defy, just defy.”

The words echoed up the brick walls surrounding Gaffney’s Restaurant in downtown Saratoga Springs as the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce hosted racing fans Thursday to support Triple Crown winner Justify, whose connections announced a setback that will delay the 3-year-old colt’s training.

The Saturday Special – July 7

Independence Day in the books, the final countdown on for Saratoga and Del Mar and another loaded weekend of racing action to preview in this week’s edition of The Saturday Special presented by Pin Oak Stud.

The Saturday Special – June 30

Royal Ascot in the books, the World Cup in full swing, Independence Day around the corner and a big slate of racing action as we prepare to cross into the second half of 2018 here on the final day of June.

Walsh gets back in the saddle

Robbie Walsh has never been accustomed to laying low. His is the typical DNA of a steeplechase jockey –full speed ahead. But for the better part of the past year, the 42-year-old Irishman has been recovering from surgeries and rehabbing his knee and shoulder after a fall from Janet Elliot’s Alajmal at last year’s Fair Hill Races.

The Saturday Special – June 16

Raise your hand if you’re feeling a little bit of a hangover from another memorable Triple Crown. Fortunately there’s plenty of action on track this weekend to cure what ails and we preview the action here in The Saturday Special presented by Pin Oak Stud.

Priceless Moment

The day before Justify’s date with Triple Crown destiny in the 150th Belmont Stakes, trainer Bob Baffert made the short walk from Barn 1 in the Belmont Park stable area to the main track gap to stake out a spot to watch the red colt’s final gallop before his run at history.