Lori Mahan

Lori Mahan

Photos provided.

LAKE GEORGE — Louise Rourke, a polio survivor, and Bridget Simpson just recently swam the length of Lake George relay-style on Monday, July 30. They began their journey at 6:30 a.m. and completed their 21-hour swim at 3 a.m.

“It was really a very amazing and fulfilling experience for me; it was pretty emotional at the start to see so many people there and it was such a quiet, calm, beautiful morning. The weather really cooperated for us and it was wonderful having my husband, he drove the boat, but also both my son and daughter-in-law in the boat helping,” Rourke expressed.

Her son and daughter-in-law also participated as trackers, both paddling different sections of the lake and helping to get the kayakers out with their boats for their shifts. Rourke’s sister and brother-in-law also helped driving a tender boat at the southern end of the lake. The tender boats brought the kayakers out to where the women were swimming. At the northern end of the lake, her husband’s cousin and his wife were in the tender boat.

“There were a lot of logistics involved with the planning and to just see it all come together and go smoothly and go really faster than I anticipated,” she said.

Rourke’s most difficult part was the night time section of the swim.

“You lose perspective in terms of where everything is. You don’t have that depth perception. My husband had put LED lights on the bow of our boat so that we could clearly see where the boat was,” she explained.

While Rourke started the swim, doing the first six miles from the north village, Bridget did the next six miles and they alternated the entire swim.

“I would say that was the roughest part of the lake because there’s more boat traffic by that time of day. Even though it was a Monday, it was a beautiful weather day so there were boats out and about,” she explained.

Once they began their swim, “I was overwhelmed as more and more people kept showing up. That was just wonderful,” Rourke commented.

As the relay got to the end, it was Simpson’s turn to swim the last six miles, but Rourke decided to jump back in a quarter mile before the end, so they could finish together.

“At 3 a.m. there were people there at the finish. A lot of them Rotarians. To see their white lights waving and hear the cheering and it was really something. One of the Rotarians told me they had stayed overnight in Ticonderoga so that they could be sure to be there to greet us,” she reminisced.

“My whole reason for doing this swim was to raise awareness about the lingering existence of Polio in the world and the need for immunizations in general. I think a lot of young people today don’t understand what Polio is and they’ve never experienced it so they don’t know what a devastating disease it is; they don’t understand that it could come roaring back,” Rourke said, stressing the purpose of their swim.

Donations are still being raised for Rourke’s cause through the Saratoga Rotary Club. People can donate online at www.portal.clubrunner. ca/50091/Event/swim-to-endpolio. Every dollar donated will equal three to Polio eradication.

“At the finish it was also very emotional but really almost at that point, it was amazing to imagine that we were there, and we had done it and that it was over with. It was really pretty amazing experience,” Rourke concluded.

Thursday, 09 August 2018 13:08

JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Ride to Cure Diabetes, one of the nation’s top type 1 diabetes (T1D) cycling fundraisers, will return to Saratoga Springs Sept. 13-16. One of six Ride to Cure Diabetes events held nationwide, the event will bring together up to 700 cyclists of all ages and skill levels representing 80 JDRF chapters from around the nation and Canada, as they fundraise for JDRF, the global leader in T1D research. Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. It occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, called beta cells. While its causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved. Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D, and—at present—nothing you can do to get rid of it.

“We’re thrilled to once again host this inspiring event,” said JDRF Development Director Denise Nicastro.

“It brings hundreds of people together from all over the country who are connected on an intimate level because of this disease. They form new friendships, experience the unparalleled comradery of the ride community, and raise money to find a cure for T1D,” Nicastro continued.

“Last year’s Spa City ride was a huge success. Participants raised $2.7 million, which made our event the nation’s top revenue-generating ride of the year! It also pumped more than $500,000 into Saratoga’s economy, which earned an award from the Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau,” she stated.

JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Their mission is to accelerate lifechanging breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. To accomplish this, JDRF has invested more than $2.2 billion in research funding since our inception. They are an organization built on a grassroots model of people connecting in their local communities, collaborating regionally for efficiency and broader fundraising impact, and uniting on a national stage to pool resources, passion, and energy. JDRF collaborates with academic institutions, policymakers, and corporate and industry partners to develop and deliver a pipeline of innovative therapies to people living with T1D. Their staff and volunteers throughout the United States and their six international affiliates are dedicated to advocacy, community engagement and their vision of a world without T1D. For more information, please visit jdrf.org or follow them on Twitter: @JDRF There is a $2,000 fundraising minimum to take part in the ride, which begins and ends at the Saratoga Springs City Center. Riders choose an event fundraising package and set their own mileage goal (25, 60 or 100 miles). Along the way, they receive support from ride coaches and fundraising experts who help them reach and exceed their fundraising goals. During the event, participants join fellow riders in lively seminars, excursions around town, award dinners and team celebrations that lead up to the main event, Ride Day.

“Reaching the fundraising requirement isn’t hard,” explained Nicastro.

“Participants are surprised at how quickly the money rolls in once they start contacting people. Those who complete their fundraising receive a commemorative JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes jersey. T1D riders also have the option to receive a special T1D version of the jersey instead,” she finished.

Since its inception, JDRF Ride events have raised more than $47 million for research on 70 human clinical trials of potential T1D therapies. Proceeds from the Saratoga ride will also support an array of educational programming and support groups for those suffering from the disease living in the 15 counties served by JDRF’s Northeastern New York chapter. Other 2018 Ride to Cure Diabetes sites include: La Crosse, Wis. (Aug. 9-12); Loveland, Colo (Aug. 23-26); Amelia Island, Fla. (Oct. 4-7); Death Valley, Calif. (Oct. 18-21); and, Santa Fe, NM (Nov. 1-4). To register and for more information, visit jdrf.org/ride, call 518-477-2873 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thursday, 09 August 2018 12:34

2 DAYS ... $62.8 MILLION

Photos by Cathy Duffy and Fasig-Tipton Photo

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearlings sale took place Monday, August 6, and Tuesday, August 7; both nights were extremely lucrative for those involved. On Monday, Triple Crown winner American Pharoah’s offspring had outstanding sales. Hip 26, a filly from the first round from American Pharoah, sold for $1.2 million to OXO Equine.

The Saratoga sale was the last catalog put together by the late Fasig-Tipton vice president Bill Graves, who has a memorial plaque dedicated to him in the stables, and who passed in May. His son, Brian Graves of consignor Gainesway was present for the sale. Acknowledgement to Bill Graves was felt throughout the evening via a speech by announcer Terence Collier, a commemorative tie for sale to benefit the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, and a tribute in the catalogue.

Monday’s session had 83 horses sold for a total of $28,965,000 – up 19 percent from last year’s opening night, where only 75 horses brought in $24,425,000. The average for Monday’s sales was $348,976, up 7 percent from last year. The median sat comfortably for the second year in a row at $300,000. Only 24 horses went unsold. The second top selling horse from Monday was also offspring to American Pharoah, Hip 62, sold to Bob Baffert, owner of Triple Crown 2018 winner Justify, for $1 million on behalf of M.V. Magnier of the Coolmore partnership. Baffert will be inducted into Saratoga Walk of Fame during Red Jacket Ceremony on Friday, August 24, New York Showcase Day. Baffert is a four-time Eclipse Award-Winning trainer, he is one of only two trainers in history to win multiple Triple Crowns. In 2015, he had his first Triple Crown via American Pharoah and in 2018 via Justify. Hip 82, sired by Into Mischief, was the third highest selling to OXO Equine for $950,000.

On Tuesday, Hip 196, Medaglia D’Oro’s sire was the top seller, for $1.35 million to R. Masiello, C. Larsen, at West Point. Hip 204, also sired by Medaglia D’Oro, sold to Pheonix Thoroughbred for $1.3 million. Rounding out the top three was Hip 143, another sire of Medaglia D’Oro, sold for $1 million to Lael Stable. 170 horses were on sale for the two-day auction, which saw record highs since 2001. Sales were up 9 percent to $369,376, with the media tying with last year at $300,000. Tuesday’s session was the strongest of the two this year, with 87 yearlings sold for $33,829,000, up 18 percent from last year’s second session which sold 81 horses for $28,570,000. The average for Tuesday was $388,839 which was up 10 percent, the median also rose by 17 percent to $350,000; each figure an improvement from Monday’s session.

Friday, 03 August 2018 11:32

Saratoga Ninja Lab

Photos by Cathy Duffy.

MALTA – The Saratoga Ninja Lab, the first membership gym of its’ kind, is now open in Malta. Located at 9 Stonebreak Road, Suite 3, this gym is the perfect place for anyone to turn into a ninja. Currently, throughout the month of August, the Ninja Lab is running summer camps Monday through Friday in one-week, half-day sessions. Morning sessions are from 9 a.m. to noon and afternoon sessions run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., each camper will be put into groups of similar ability. For only $200, your budding ninja can enjoy strength and self-confidence building activities on all of the obstacle courses. It’s time for them to find their inner-ninja! All of the coaches at The Ninja Lab are CPR certified and background screened.

Other open gyms and classes are provided at The Ninja Lab, along with the opportunity to host your child’s birthday party.

“I’ve been pleasantly surprised with all of this,” said co-owner Molly Morgoslepov.

“To me, this type of activity, is so much fun that people don't realize they're exercising and working out. They're strength training here and I think that once people try it they'll be pleasantly surprised, and they'll leave here sweating and they'll realize, 'wow, if I do this every Friday night, it's a different type of training.’ It'll really be awesome,” she continued.

Dan Kirchner, another co-owner, found the space on January 18.

“Here we are, less than six months later, and we’re open,” Morgoslepov said.

The Ninja Lab has already hosted their first birthday party this past weekend and the ninja team was impressed.

“It was awesome!” she said.

Safety is number one and fun is number two at The Ninja Lab.

"I am a personal trainer, so I come at this from kind of a safety standpoint, I’m the safety person. It was really important to me when we came into this space that it wasn't going to be a free for all. Not that we don’t want kids to come in and have fun, but we want kids to come in and learn something and get stronger. They may not even realize they're getting stronger, but they're physically active and they are in here learning a new skill. They're having fun, so for me, I want to make sure it's safely. All of the employees here all bring some kind of skill to the table. Whether its gymnastics, rock climbing, some of these are ninjas that have been on the show, and they all have some kind of background,” Morgoslepov said.

As stated on the website, the principles The Ninja Lab stands by are as follows:
- Constant positive reinforcement
- Zero bullying policy
- Cheer for your fellow Ninjas
- Don’t worry about the Ninja next to you, he/she is somewhere completely different in his/her journey
- Leave happy, tired, and stronger than you were yesterday.

Prices, membership information, classes and open gym schedules can be found at www.saratoganinjalab.com.

The Ninja Lab is still hiring, and the application can also be found on the website.

Friday, 03 August 2018 11:30

Local All-Star Moments

SRYMCA/Saratoga Honda Summer Youth Basketball League

Junior Division
PJ’s BAR-B-QSA  33  -  Saratoga Financial Services  26
PJ’s BBQ got off to a quick start and had a nine point halftime lead over previously unbeaten Saratoga Financial Services and cruised to a 33 to 26 win. Christian Mello playing his first game since getting back from Little League games led his team with 10 points while Riley Waterhouse, Jacob Bader and Yudely Tineo each scored seven points in the win. Tobey Diulio had five points and Josue Matinez added foru points in the loss.

Cudney’s Launderers  38 – Village Photo  28
Cudney’s used Antone Robbens game high 11 points along with Channing Adriance 10 points and Bryant Savage’s eight points to get a 38 to 28 victory. Village Photo’s Ben Van Valkenburg, Jaden Cousar and Kemauri Johnson had eight points apiece in the loss.

Senior Division
Berkshire Hathaway Blake Realtors  50 – Saratoga PBA  36
Berkshire Hathaway Blake Realtors remained undefeated with a 50 to 36 victory over Saratoga PBA. Logan Bevan had a game high 19 points while teammates Niko VanVailis, Stephen Bebee and Tom Vallano had 12, nine and six points respectively for the winners. Aiden Dunn dropped in 12 points and Alex Cutler scored 11 points in the loss.

Saratoga Springs Firefighters  36 – Synergy Promotions 32
The Firemen got 18 points from Charlie Didonato and another 11 points from Ryan Boyle but it was Jack Bullman whose 16 rebounds and smothering defense helped get The Firemen their first victory of the season a 36 to 32 hard fought win over Synergy. Elijah Woods had a team high 15 points along with 14 points from Pat Deschanie for Synergy.

Saratoga Strike Zone
Monday, July 23rd really separated the men from the boys. The forgotten Jaguars had a fourth quarter comeback against the Steelers to show they aren't out.  The Seahawks already punched their ticket for the post season with their dominating win over the Panthers, doing so without their anchor Christian Baitinger. The raiders continued their run to be the top team in the AFC beating the Colts! 

High Scores:
Rick B - 235, 213, 279- 727

Billy W - 256, 263, 203- 721

Kenny C - 221, 246, 249-716

Mike R - 245, 212, 254-711

Joseph P - 225, 227, 257- 709
Contribution by Cody Gatzendorfer.

Wow! Big scoring night here at the lanes! Vinnie Nichols sent a text to his teammate earlier in the day letting him know he was going to shoot a 300 and he did just that! Bob Forbes had a great night with a 246, 278, 279 for an 803 series! Ed Pickett Sr. and Billy Wigand split the crazy jackpot for $23 each, at $2 to enter they made back 10 times their money! As we approach the final weeks it’s all division matches, and tensions couldn’t be higher with so many division standings as tight as they are. Good luck and good bowling to all competitors! 
Other high scores from the night include:
Billy Wigand 244,248,275 = 767
Vinnie Nichols 201,257,300 = 758
Cliff Stoddard 268,190,257 = 715
Walter Thorne Jr 220,237,224 = 681
Chris Charon 215,219,223 = 657 

2018 Whitney Cup at Saratoga Polo Association
SARATOGA SPRINGS - The 2018 Whitney Cup Trophy will be the prize at Saratoga Polo Association this Friday and Sunday in all its glory during the 120th Anniversary Celebrations. Tickets are going quickly...including Sunday’s final and Kentucky Bluegrass BBQ after the match! Go to SaratogaPolo.com/tickets or call 518 584 8108.

SARATOGA SPRINGS - As SUNY Empire State College marks the 10th anniversary of its RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, students, alumni, faculty, staff, friends and family celebrate the inaugural cohort’s 10-year reunion in Saratoga Springs.

The inaugural nursing cohort comprised 42 students. Today, the college enrolls approximately 1,250 nursing students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Since the establishment of the RN to BSN program, the School of Nursing and Allied Health has added three online degree programs: The Master of Science in Nursing Administration, the Master of Science in Nursing Education, and, in 2018, a Bachelor of Science in Allied Healthcare, to better meet the needs of New York’s health care providers and the people they serve.

SUNY Empire has transfer pathway agreements with all 37 SUNY and CUNY community colleges and many private institutions. Pathways agreements with nearly half of the SUNY community colleges provide a seamless education for registered nurses seeking their bachelor’s degree. Recently, the college also has developed enhanced partnerships with Corning, Rockland and Ulster community colleges, which enables nursing students to complete initial bachelor’s coursework on their campus through a blend of face-to-face and online learning.

The college’s nursing partnerships have taken on new importance because in December of 2017, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law what is known as the “B.S.N. in 10” legislation, which requires all future graduates of associate degree programs in nursing to complete a bachelor’s within 10 years. A column by SUNY Empire Officer in Charge Mitchell S. Nesler, details the college’s leadership role as this legislation takes effect.

“Congratulations to SUNY Empire nursing students, alumni and the faculty and staff who educate and support them on a decade of success,” said Nesler.

“SUNY Empire nursing students and alumni play a critical role in patient care throughout New York state, and their accomplishments merit celebration. The college takes great pride in the challenging work nurses do to care for the sick and suffering every day,” Nesler continued.

“Celebrating our nursing students, alumni, faculty and staff is a joy,” said Bridget Nettleton, dean of the School of Nursing and Allied Health. 

“Better-educated nurses means better health care for the people of the state. Continuing to provide nurses, and their employers, with the education they need to meet every increasing and complex health care is essential for success. Thanks to the hard work of our students, and the education and support they receive from our faculty and staff, SUNY Empire nursing graduates are professional health care providers of the highest quality,” Nettleton commended.

In the spring of 2014, the School of Nursing and Allied Health became part of the at-large Tau Kappa chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (STTI). STTI is the most prestigious nursing honor society, which recognizes academic excellence and achievement in its members.

Thursday, 26 July 2018 14:33

Local All-Star Moments

Photos provided.

Saratoga Springs Little League

All three Saratoga Springs Little League Teams (10U, 11U, and 12U) advanced to the State Championship Tournaments. They are the only Little League in the State represented in all three tournaments!  The 12U team is still playing in the State Championship this week in the Bronx. The 11U All Star players and coaches worked very hard and represented in the State Championship Tournament as Section 2 North Champions. Their run ended Sunday but they made it to the final eight teams in NY State. They lost to Tri Village 10 to 7 Sunday. They recorded 10 hits with Mack Harris, Ronan Rowe, Drew Stallmer and Daniel Klochaney all recording multiple hits. Unfortunately, it just wasn't enough, and they came up short. Better luck next year to these fine players and coaches. The Saratoga Springs Little League 10U All Star players and coaches worked very hard and represented in the State Championship Tournament as Section 2 North Champions last week. Their run ended Monday evening...but they made it to the final six teams in NY State, obviously a great accomplishment! They lost to Merrick Bellmore 7 to 6 on Monday. They took a 4 to 3 lead into the fifth but came out of it down 7 to 4. They were down but not out, fought till the end. In the top of the sixth they cut the lead to one run and loaded up the bases, but they came up just short.

SRYMCA/Saratoga Honda Summer Youth League

Saratoga Financial Services  39 Cudney’s Launderers  29
Saratoga Financial Services got four points apiece from Noah Tousignant and Noah Diulio while teammate Jacob Alexander added two points in a win over Cudney’s Launderers. Cudney’s was led by Antone Robbens 14 points along with nine points from Bryant Savage.

Village Photo  32 - PJ’s BAR-B-QSA  26 With the help of Kemauri Johnson’s seven points and teammates Jordon Cousar’s six points and four points apiece from Jackson Howell and Jaden Cousar, Village Photo was able to get a hard fought victory over PJ’s BAR-B-QSA by a score of 32 to 26. PJ’s picked up 10 points from Jacob Hernandez, four points from Yudley Tineo and two points from Ethan Calderon in the loss.

Berkshire Hathaway Blake Realtors  67 - Synergy Promotions  35
With everyone on the team scoring in both halves of the game Berkshire Hathaway Blake Realtors used that balanced scoring attack to beat Synergy 67 to 35. Niko VanValis scored 14 points along with eight points from Stephen Bebee and six points apiece from Jamie Cohen and Andrew Masten and another four points from Jacob Armer. Synergy got nine points from Caleb Beverly and four points from Gordon Murray.

Saratoga PBA  31 – Saratoga Firefighters 28 PBA got off fast and had a 16 to 5 halftime lead over Saratoga Firefighters and never looked back in getting a 48 to 28 victory. PBA’s Alex Cutler had a game high 16 points and teammates Aiden Dunn, Emelyn Tineo and Connor Johnson each scored seven points. Arion Rose had seven points, Sean Lee had four points, and two points apiece from Joe Reynolds and Ryan Boyle in the loss.


SARATOGA SPRINGS — Skidmore College hosted the 39th annual Polo by Twilight event to benefit the Palamountain Scholarship Fund on Tuesday, July 24, at the Saratoga Polo Fields on Bloomfield Road in Greenfield Center, New York. All proceeds from the Palamountain Scholarship event benefited the Joseph C. and Anne T. Palamountain Scholarship Fund, created and named to honor Skidmore’s late president and his wife for their 23 years of dedicated service and leadership at the College. The scholarship benefit began in 1979 by Anne Palamountain to raise money for students who require financial assistance to attend Skidmore College.

“Anne’s greatest passion was building endowment for financial aid, which she saw as the most effective way to make a college education accessible to all students,” said Dr. Philip A. Glotzbach, President of Skidmore College. 

“Anne championed the benefit event for 35 years, helping the Joseph C. and Anne T. Palamountain Scholarship Fund reach a total of $5.8 million,” Glotzbach continued.

The fund supports financially eligible juniors and seniors whose outstanding academic records and co-curricular service exemplify the unique contribution that the Palamountains have made to Skidmore College. The fund has enabled hundreds of students to attend and graduate from Skidmore. Skidmore alumnus, Eleuterio “Ele” Martinez Ramirez, class of 2018, is the fifth Anne T. Palamountain Scholar Award recipient. In 2008, Ramirez made the difficult choice to leave his family and community in Oaxaca, Mexico because of political violence and lack of educational opportunities to pursue a better life. When he came to Saratoga Springs at age 14, Ramirez did not speak English. He worked for two years before deciding that he needed to resume his education to meet his goals in life. He was accepted into Skidmore’s Pre-College Program while he was a senior at Saratoga Springs High School. Ramirez, who graduated in May from Skidmore with a major in math and minor in physics, plans to pursue a career in engineering. He completed a summer internship with General Electric in his sophomore year, and last summer he went back to his hometown in Mexico to teach young students photography skills. This summer he will go back to teach math and computer skills to students at his childhood school, truly following Anne Palamountain’s example of always giving back to the community.

“Behind every success, there is hard work and sacrifice. My time at Skidmore College has been a hard journey, but thanks to my mentors and professors, and to self-motivation, I am where I am today,” Ramirez said.

Ramirez’s plans to teach young students in his hometown will be supported by funding he received from a SEE-Beyond Award from Skidmore, which will bring much-needed resources to his community and allow him to significantly improve the education offered to students. SEE-Beyond Awards invite students to apply their academic learning to realworld challenges and aim to help them clarify the interrelationship between their educational and post-baccalaureate goals.

“I have not forgotten my roots and the need to give back to my community in Oaxaca, Mexico. I give my most sincere thanks to Anne Palamountain and all who have contributed to the Palmountain Scholarship Fund for these great opportunities that I have had at Skidmore College,” Ramirez said.

The 2018 Polo by Twilight event began with a reception and The Palamountain Cup Polo Match, followed by a silent auction and a gourmet dinner prepared by Skidmore College’s award-winning chefs. For more information, visit skidmore.edu/palamountainbenefit.

Thursday, 19 July 2018 12:14

The TRF Hosts Retired Racehorses

SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Thursday July 19, from 5 to 8 p.m., the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) hosted an “Open Barn” where visitors met retired racehorses and explored the barn. The horses at the TRF Summer Farm @Saratoga are representatives of the Thoroughbred horses to whom the TRF provides lifelong sanctuary through their network of 19 farms. These farms are located in 12 states and include eight Second Chances programs at Correctional Facilities.  These five horses are from the TRF’s original Second Chances Farm at the Wallkill Correctional Facility and will be here for the summer to meet TRF friends and fans. Who are the horses? Cogs My Man is an 18-yearold, Kentucky bred gelding with 5 career starts. 

His sire, Louis Quatorze, won the Jim Dandy Stakes here at Saratoga in 1996.    Son of a Gun is a sweet, smart 12-year-old bay gelding, who would definitely like a human to call his own. Blown Save is a 10-year-old bay gelding, who raced 12 times. His sire is the great Smart Strike. He is the big man of the herd standing at 17 hands.  Dusk to Dawn is an impressive looking 7-year-old, bay, NY bred gelding.  His sire is Malibu Moon. “Dusky” had 8 career starts. He is a big horse and quite the character.  He last raced in 2015 and still remembers the call to the post song when played!  Bold Mon is a 15-year-old grey gelding who had a successful racing career with lifetime earnings of $170,000.  His last race was at Saratoga and he is happy to be back for a visit.  The farm will be open Tuesdays during racing season from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., or by appointment with the TRF.  The retired racehorses will be staying at the Heading for Home farm located just east of Saratoga Springs.  Heading for Home is a racehorse rescue and retraining facility for both Standardbred and Thoroughbred racehorses.

This partnership formed as a result of a collaboration with Racehorse Aftercare Charitable Endeavors of Saratoga (R.A.C.E.).  This group of racehorse aftercare organizations was launched in 2015 and promotes education and awareness on racehorse aftercare in the Saratoga area. “We are thrilled to introduce our retired horses to the Saratoga community and to have the opportunity to elevate the conversation regarding racehorse aftercare” said TRF Director of Development and Communications Jennifer Stevens. “TRF’s national headquarters is based in Saratoga Springs, yet we rarely have a chance to have our supporters meet our herd in person. Each horse has a unique personality and a story to tell. We hope the community will visit the farm to meet them and come to appreciate and love them as we do,” Stevens continued. For more information, or to schedule a visit, please call the TRF at 518-226-0028.  Because the farm is a private venue, unscheduled visits are prohibited without prior permission.

Thursday, 19 July 2018 12:11

Local All-Star Moments

Saratoga Strike Zone
Monday, July 16 was interesting. The mighty Jets showed the league how to squish the fish as they pummeled the Dolphins! The Steelers continued to show dominance and took down the Raiders even though they had super sub John Pancake on the team. Although the Raiders lost, that didn’t stop Kevin Ngo from winning a cool $500 from the crazy 8’s jackpot. The Giants and Chargers match was interrupted by a “rain delay” and they had to move to another pair but that didn’t affect sub Bruce Simek as he rolled 259,258,218 and 269 for a 1004 series! HIGH SCORES FROM THE NIGHT WERE: Kevin Ngo 253,237,257= 747 Mike Demartino 248,264,227 = 739 Rick Schott 232,278,215= 725 Cliff Stoddard 261,234,222 = 717 Rick Bogholtz 234,222,259 = 715 Christian Baitinger 221,243,237=701 Contribution by Chaz Senecal.

SSRYMCA/Saratoga Honda Summer Youth League
Saratoga Financial Services 26 – Village Photo 23
With Rodell Evans III scoring 20 of his team’s 26 points, the Saratoga Financial Services team squeaked out a 26 to 23 victory over Village Photo. Rodell scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half when Saratoga Financial needed it most. Village Photo was led by Ben Van Valkenburg’s seven points along with Jaden Cousar’s six points. PJ’s BAR-B-QSA  24 – Cudney’s Launderers 21 In another close game, PJ’s BARB-QSA  got a game high eight points from Sammy Chaucer and an awesome block under the basket to pick up a hard fought 24 to 21 win over Cudney’s. PJ’s also got four points from Jacob Bader and three points from Riley Waterhouse. Cudney’s Launderers were led by Nick Scalo with seven points and five points from Channing Adriance.
Saratoga PBA  38 –  Synergy Promotions 28
PBA used Alex Cutlers game high 16 points along with Trey
Stanislowsky and Aiden Dunn’s eight points apiece and four points from Alexander Savage to grab a 10-point win over Synergy. PBA got off to a great early start and had a 20 to 7 lead at halftime. But in the second half, shots started falling for Synergy and they closed the gap to a four-point deficit only to have PBA pull away at the end. Elijah Woods got seven points, five points apiece from Gordon Murray, Antonio Calderon, Carter Cigan and Tobia Boyce and Caleb Beverly with three points each in the loss. Berkshire Hathaway Blake Realtors  36 – Saratoga Springs Firefighters 29 The Realtors got off to a quick start but the Firefighters never let them pull to fall ahead but in the end, the Realtors held on for a 36 to 29 triumph over the firefighters. The victors got 13 points from Logan Bevan while teammates Gage Berbue, Aiden Bevan and Andrew Masten scored seven, six and five points respectively. Arion Rose scored 16 points and Ryan Boyle added five points in the defeat.

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