Ready or not, it’s time for Saratoga

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"tracksideYou ready? The question gets asked – rarely answered – around our office above Broadway in Saratoga Springs. We’re not, but we’re working anyway. The first edition of the 12th year (a dozen, folks) of The Saratoga Special will be out Friday morning for Opening Day.

The newspaper will have its usual assortment of entries, results, handicapping, stories, quotes, numbers, oddball facts, personal viewpoints and more. Thirty-five editions – Wednesday through Sunday starting July 20 and ending Sept. 2. No papers Mondays and Tuesdays except Aug. 6-7 for the Fasig-Tipton sales days. We have the usual team – Joe, Sean, an assortment of other Clancys, ace photographers Tod Marks, Dave Harmon and Connie Bush, design wizard Erin McNamee and a bushel of writers, handicappers, reporters, assistants you’ll get to know as the meet unfolds.

Of course, the whole thing couldn’t happen without advertisers so support the businesses you see in the paper and feel free to refer us to your friends, family, neighbors or even perfect strangers.

You can pick up the paper free all over the track and the town. At the track, you’ll see Special racks at the clubhouse television screens, at the base of the grandstand escalator by the Carousel, at the base of the other grandstand escalator, at the top of the clubhouse escalator (the one with the red and white awning), in the racing office, by the jocks’ room and a few other spots known and unknown. Around town, stop in a Price Chopper, a Stewart’s, a hotel lobby and loads of other spots including Five Points Market, Impressions gift shop, Lyrical Ballad bookstore, the Stadium Cafe restaurant and others. You can always get papers at our office too – stop in at 433 Broadway, Suite 301. It’s above the Putnman Market and Putnam Wine stores on the third floor in the front of the building (with a great view of the street). We’re also right next to the One Big Roof yoga and meditation studio so if you need to relax, that’s the spot.

Full digital editions will also be available on the web at our Digital Editions section. You can sometimes read tomorrow’s paper tonight, and we’ll also do our best to post individual stories on the site. Tod Marks will regularly update the View from the Rail gallery of photos on the site so be sure to check there often.

See you at the track.

Calendar of Events
Add these to your things to do this summer in Saratoga:

– Saratoga Preview at museum tonight: Jockey Rosie Napravnik, trainer Dale Romans, jockey agent Matt Muzikar, and journalist Michael Veitch will be the featured guests at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s annual Saratoga Preview Wednesday, July 18 at 7 p.m. in the Museum’s Hall of Fame Gallery. The event will feature an audience-driven discussion with the panelists and is free and open to the public. Brien Bouyea, the Museum’s communications officer, will moderate the program. There will be drawings for giveaways from the Museum’s gift shop, including merchandise from Special advertiser Embrace The Race, the apparel for the horse racing lifestyle.

– Library discussion with Durkin: Renowned track announcer Tom Durkin talks with sports journalist Mike Kane at 7 p.m. Monday, July 23 at the Saratoga Springs Public Library. The free program, part of the “Saratoga’s Racing Legends” series, will be held in the library’s H. Dutcher Community Room. Durkin has been calling races at Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga since 1990. The Chicago native studied theater at St. Norbert College and began his career as an announcer at county fairs in Wisconsin in the early 1970s. Including the Breeders’ Cup, which he handled from its inception in 1984 through 2005, and the Triple Crown, which he called for several years through 2010, Durkin has called races at more than 50 tracks in six countries.