‘Queen of Saratoga’ Marylou Whitney dies at 93
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Marylou Whitney, a successful thoroughbred breeder and owner whose family helped keep Saratoga Race Course open in the 1970s, has died. She was 93.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Racing Association has canceled Saturday's card of racing at Saratoga Race Course due to excessive heat forecast for eastern New York.
Racing fans flocking to Saratoga as usual
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Fans continue to flock to Saratoga Race Course.
Despite the earliest opening day at the venerable track since 1882, total paid attendance for opening weekend...
Mariano Rivera honored at Saratoga Race Course
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Former New York Yankees star Mariano Rivera was the New York Racing Association's guest of honor on Friday at Saratoga Race Course, and he walked away with...
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — The 40-day thoroughbred meet at Saratoga Race Course begins Thursday, headlined by the $150,000 Schuylerville for 2-year-old fillies.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah (AP) — Former Utah Congresswoman Mia Love says she's poised to run in 2020 for the Republican nomination to challenge the Democrat who last year denied her a third term in...
WILTON, N.Y. (AP) — Sen. Chuck Schumer wants the upstate New York cottage where President Ulysses S. Grant died to be a National Historic Landmark.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Opening weekend festivities at Saratoga Race Course will feature an appearance by former New York Yankees star Mariano Rivera.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame wants to create a panoramic work for its Race Day Gallery and is asking artists to submit original concepts for the...
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — The New York State Associated Press Association announced the winners of its awards contest for stories broadcast, printed or posted online in 2018 on Saturday night...
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Lois Clermont, former longtime journalist with The Press-Republican of Plattsburgh, has been named the recipient of the New York State Associated Press Association's...
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — A $1.75 million renovation project has been completed at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in time for the start of the summer concert season later this...
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — The New York State Military Museum is set to formally open a new exhibit on the Korean and Vietnam wars.
The new permanent exhibit — "Hot Spots in the Cold War"...
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — New York Yankees great Joe Torre will be a commencement speaker at Skidmore College this May.
The school announced that Torre and "Einstein's Dreams" author...
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City medical examiner says a 22-year-old software engineer who was found dead at the company's New York City headquarters suffered from an abnormal heart...
Jockey Craig Perret among 9 finalists for racing HOF
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Jockey Craig Perret, trainers Mark Casse, Christophe Clement and the late David Whiteley, and five thoroughbreds are contemporary finalists for the National Museum of Racing's 2019 Hall of Fame ballot.
The racehorses are Blind Luck, Gio Ponti, Havre de Grace, Rags to Riches and Royal Delta.
Results of the voting will be announced April 22. All candidates that receive majority approval of the voting panel will be elected to the Hall of Fame.
Saratoga Race Course’s summer season 1 week longer
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Saratoga Race Course's summer meet has a new, longer schedule but the same number of racing days.
The New York Racing Association announced on Thursday the meet will run from July 11 through Labor Day on Sept. 2.
The start is a week earlier, but the number of live racing days will remain at 40 because there will be five days of racing per week instead of six. Mondays and Tuesdays will be dark.
Women’s marches in Albany, Saratoga; Buffalo event postponed
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Women's marches are coming to two upstate New York cities this weekend, but a coming winter storm has led to the postponement of one in Buffalo.
The first so-called sister march in Saratoga Springs is slated for Saturday as women unite to make their voices heard. A rally is also planned at West Capitol Park in Albany.
Organizers cited expected high winds, wind chill and snow in postponing Sunday afternoon's women's march in Buffalo. No new date has been picked.
1 person dies in fire at town house in upstate NY city
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say one person has been found dead in a Saratoga Springs town house that was heavily damaged by a fire.
Fire department officials tell the Times Union of Albany that the blaze was reported around 7 a.m. Wednesday in the middle home of a three-unit town house in a development near Saratoga Lake on the city's eastern outskirts.
Work begins to turn old church into performing arts venue
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Construction has begun on a project that will turn a historic church in downtown Saratoga Springs into a state-of-the art performing arts education and entertainment venue.
Empire State Development, New York's main economic development agency, announced Thursday that renovation work has started at Universal Preservation Hall, located a block from Saratoga's main thoroughfare.
Annual Convoy For Tots hauls in 28K new toys for NY kids
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — An annual toy collection drive spearheaded by an upstate New York law enforcement agency has hauled in more than 28,000 holiday gifts for Albany-area children.
A procession of more than 170 police, fire and emergency services vehicles along with private vehicles delivered the toys from a school in Ballston Spa to the parking lot at the nearby Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs last Sunday.
Mother, son sentenced for stealing $1M-plus from trade group
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A mother and son who admitted to stealing more than $1 million from a New York state trade group have been sentenced to prison time and ordered to repay the funds they pilfered.
Albany County prosecutors say 53-year-old Randi Smith, of Amsterdam, and 23-year-old Dakota Smith, of Saratoga Springs, were sentenced this week for embezzlement schemes targeting the New York State Weatherization Directors Association.
New Yorkers were among US troops to fall on WWI’s last day
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Before the guns fell silent on Europe's Western Front a century ago, 100 American soldiers died in combat on the last day of fighting in World War I, including several New Yorkers.
Historians at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs say the U.S. troops killed before the armistice took effect at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918, included three men from New York City: Cpl. Francis Bergen, 2nd Lt. Alfred Fawkner and 2nd Lt. Ernest Holden.
Musicians who performed for Bernstein in ’62 to pay tribute
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Two musicians who performed in a Leonard Bernstein "Young People's Concerts" in the early 1960s are reuniting at a New York college for a performance celebrating the centennial of the composer-conductor's birth.
Classical bassist Gary Karr and clarinetist Paul Green will be performing for the Bernstein tribute Saturday night at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs.
30 charged in upstate drug ring operating out of Albany
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say more than two dozen people have been arrested in connection with the takedown of a major drug ring in eastern New York.
New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood announces Tuesday that 30 people have been charged in 205-count indictment alleging that they distributed cocaine as well as heroin and illegal prescription medication from the Albany area north to Saratoga and Warren counties.
Gillibrand cancels debate over Charter Communications strike
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said Friday she was withdrawing from a debate against Republican challenger Chele Farley because of a long-running labor dispute involving the cable TV stations that were set to air it.
Change of command: NY National Guard gets new leader
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York National Guard has a new commander.
Maj. Gen. Raymond Shields, of Saratoga Springs, has assumed the duties of adjutant general of New York during a change-of-command ceremony held Friday afternoon at National Guard headquarters in suburban Albany.
Man who escaped from police in ’94 arrested again
FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) — Officials say a convicted sex offender whose escape from New York State Police in the mid-1990s launched a 13-day manhunt has been arrested for violating parole.
Pilot escapes serious injury when plane flips upside-down
SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah (AP) — Utah County authorities say small plane's pilot escaped serious injury when it crashed and flipped while attempting to land on an exposed part of the bed of Utah Lake.
The Sheriff's Office says the pilot was able to walk away from his plane after it ended up upside-down in about a foot (0.3 meter) of water about 20 feet (6 meters) from shore.
NY soldiers led attack that broke German lines 100 years ago
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — This weekend marks the 100th anniversary of the start of a World War I battle that saw New York National Guard soldiers lead the way in breaking German defenses known as the Hindenburg Line.
Historians at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs say the pre-dawn attack on Sept. 29, 1918 was led by the New York National Guard's 27th Division. The division had been called up for federal service the previous year.
Mother, son admit stealing $1.1M from statewide trade group
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A mother and her 23-year-old son have pleaded guilty to stealing more than $1.1 million from a New York home performance industry trade group during separate embezzlement schemes.
Albany County prosecutors say 53-year-old Randi Smith, of Amsterdam, pleaded guilty Monday to grand larceny and Dakota Smith, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty Tuesday to the same charges.
Ex-bookkeeper for NY tourism agency admits to $220K theft
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — The former longtime bookkeeper for an upstate New York tourism agency has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $200,000 from the organization.
Kathryn Price pleaded guilty to grand larceny and criminal tax fraud Wednesday in a Saratoga County court.
The 58-year-old Saratoga Springs resident admitted to forging nearly 200 checks from the bank accounts of the Saratoga Convention and Visitors Bureau between 2015 and last October.
City hall hit by lightning won’t reopen until next year
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Officials in Saratoga Springs say the Victorian-era city hall will be closed for months as construction crews repair extensive damage stemming from a lightning strike last month.
Mayor Meg Kelly said on Monday that the 1871 brick building won't reopen for at least another year.
Saratoga season ends with 2nd highest all-sources handle
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Saratoga Race Course has ended its 150th season with its second highest all-sources handle while topping 1.1 million in attendance for the third consecutive year.
The New York Racing Association says the 40-day meet that ended Monday totaled $659 million from all sources, including nearly $149 million from on-track wagers. The track set a record for all-sources handle during the 2017 season with more than $676 million wagered.
Sam the Bugler to play final notes at Saratoga
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Sam the Bugler is set to blow his final notes.
Sam Grossman, longtime bugler for the New York Racing Association, is retiring on Monday. He'll play his final "Call to the Post" at Saratoga before the 11th race on Labor Day, ending a 25-year career.
The day's fifth race will be named in his honor and Grossman will be honored in a winner's circle ceremony.
Trainer Chad Brown breaks own mark with 41 wins at Saratoga
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Chad Brown has broken his own record for victories by a trainer in a single meet at Saratoga, earning his 41st.
Spirit Animal won the sixth race Saturday at the upstate New York track to push Brown to the mark.
Brown won 40 races to earn the trainers' title at the 2016 summer meet. Todd Pletcher tied him last year with 40 wins.
Nixon heads upstate for campaign events
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Cynthia Nixon is taking her campaign for governor upstate as the Democratic primary nears.
The longtime liberal activist and former "Sex and the City" star will make stops in Rochester, Syracuse, Ithaca, Schenectady and Saratoga Springs on Friday and throughout the long Labor Day weekend.
Her campaign says Nixon will meet with volunteers and voters and make a stop at the state fair in Syracuse.
Catholic Boy wins Travers Stakes at Saratoga
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Catholic Boy pulled away from Mendelssohn down the stretch and won the $1.25 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday.
Catholic Boy and Mendelssohn, with Ryan Moore aboard, were at the front of the 10-horse field heading at the top of the stretch before jockey Javier Castellano put Catholic Boy in the lead, and he pulled away to win by four lengths. It was Castellano's sixth win in the Travers, extending his record.
Chad Brown, on home track, has 2 favorites for Travers
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Chad Brown's roots run deep at the Travers Stakes.
"It's the biggest race for me. It's my home track," said Brown, a trainer who grew up in nearby Mechanicville, New York. "It's very special to me. Going to Saratoga as a kid, and going to many Travers growing up, it would mean ... a lot to me personally to be able to win this race."
Good Magic the favorite for Travers Stakes
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Good Magic, the Kentucky Derby runner-up who was fourth in the Preakness, is the favorite for Saturday's $1.25 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.
A field of 11 was entered Tuesday for the 149th edition of the 1 1/4-mile Midsummer Derby, the longest running major race in the country.
Racing executive from UK to speak at upstate NY conference
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — The head of British thoroughbred racing's largest racetrack operator will be one of the featured speakers at The Jockey Club's 66th annual conference this weekend at an upstate New York resort hotel.
Organizers of Sunday's round table discussion at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs say the gathering will focus on strategies for improving the sport.
Police arrest suspect after historic fountain damaged
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Police have accused an upstate New York man of vandalizing a historic fountain that dates back nearly 150 years.
The Saratoga Springs Police Department says a 30-year-old man who lives in the city was charged Tuesday with criminal mischief. He was identified after the department released surveillance photos after the Morrissey Fountain was pushed off its base overnight Tuesday.
Officials are still assessing damage to the fountain.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Police are looking for a man suspected of vandalizing a nearly 150-year-old fountain linked to the founder of thoroughbred racing in Saratoga Springs.
Police say Tuesday that the Morrissey Fountain was pushed off its base overnight in Congress Park in downtown Saratoga. Police say the extent of the damage isn't known yet.
Police have released surveillance photos of a man being sought in the case.
State police investigator charged in domestic dispute
WILLSBORO, N.Y. (AP) — State police say they've arrested one of their own investigators after he assaulted someone at a northern New York home.
Troopers say they responded around 3 a.m. Sunday to a report of a domestic dispute at a home in the Essex County town of Willsboro, on Lake Champlain 120 miles (193 kilometers) north of Albany.
Police say a person at the home reported being assaulted during an argument.
Diversify wins Grade 1 Whitney in slop at Saratoga
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Diversify won the $1.2 million Whitney by 3 1/2 lengths over Mind Your Biscuits in the slop Saturday at Saratoga.
Ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., Diversify ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.62 and paid $5.20 to win as the 8-5 favorite in the eight-horse field.
The Grade 1 victory gave Diversify, trained by Rick Violette Jr., an automatic berth in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs in November.
Cot Campbell among new inductees in Racing Hall of Fame
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Dogwood Stable President Cot Campbell is among the newest members of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.
The 90-year-old Campbell was inducted Friday during ceremonies held near the museum, located across the street from Saratoga Race Course.
Tenfold wins the Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Tenfold apparently likes to see himself on television.
Distracted at the top of the stretch by the infield television and drifting far to the right as he challenged for the lead, Tenfold recovered nicely under jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. and held off Flameway by three-quarters of a length on Saturday to win the 55th running of the Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Triple Crown winner Justify won't be running during the 150th meet at Saratoga Race Course, but many of the best thoroughbreds will be at the historic track for the 40-day season.
The meet features 69 stakes races worth $18.8 million in purses and opens Friday. Among those running this season will be Good Magic, Hofburg, Gronkowski, Vino Rosso, and Bravazo.