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Instead of looking back, today's countdown to Saratoga offers a glimpse into the Spa's upcoming 150th season. I took a weekend trip upstate to prepare for the meet, which included a stop at the track and a lot of walking downtown. Hope you enjoy the travelogue.

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We hope this barn gets it certificate of occupancy soon.

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A jockey in training.

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Leading Belmont trainer David Jacobson stands at the rail near the Nelson Avenue gate on the backside.

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Looks like the moving truck just made a dropoff at the Phipps Stable.

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Saratoga salutes the ballet, which just completed its run at SPAC.

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Daniel Chester French's beautiful Spirit of Life statue and reflecting pool in Congress Park.

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 The Canfield Casino hangs out the welcome flag to Saratoga's 150th season of racing.

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Before Shakespeare in the (Congress Park), entertainers put on a show for fans.

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Everyone's favorite tritons. Spit and Spat in Congress Park.

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A new tower or viewing stand under construction at the Oklahoma training track.

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Lightly-raced Decoder, a 3-year-old filly by War Front, gets a bath at the Phipps barn.

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A new, mixed-use building is going up on Broadway next to Lillian's Restaurant, on the site of a former parking lot.

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School Spirit, a 4-year-old colt by Pulpit, gets some grazing time at Wayne Catalano's barn.

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Year after year, the first stop in town for my pal, Curly, is a visit to Impressions, where they give out treats to pups. Curly knows just where to look.

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 Wood Memorial and recent Pegasus winner Verrazano gets dressed after a bath.

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Kentucky Oaks winner, Princess of Sylmar, enjoys a refreshing bath on a hot, steamy morning.

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