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Saratoga Diary: Pointer Sisters Play for Good Cause

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Equine Advocates, an organization founded by Susan Wagner a decade ago to make certain that horses received protection from slaughter, abuse and abandonment, honored Staci and Arthur Hancock at its annual fund-raiser on Thursday night.

Saratoga Diary: 'Graveyard of Favorites' Sums Up Monday Card

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This season, the sobriquet "Graveyard of Favorites" is appropriate for Saratoga in more ways than one. Monday brought the fifth day of daily on-track attendance decline and featured an upset of enormous proportions in the Amsterdam (gr. II).

Have Horse, Will Travel

By Victor Zast - Observers believe there are so many rich purses in America that traveling overseas is a needless risk. Still others blame the medication, quarantine rules, and a fear of the region by Americans for a reluctance to ship. Whatever the reason for some to stay put, people with a sense of adventure will travel.

A Time to Give

By Victor Zast - People in racing are the most generous on earth, but now is the season to be sharing, and the less lucky in life are hoping that we, the more fortunate, won't forget them. So overwhelming is the power of fund-raising initiatives dedicated to saving our horses that often the efforts devoted to helping humans in need are unseen.

Set of Cups

By Victor Zast - If one is willing to view demise as a positive force, then it becomes easy to reckon with change. Racing should consider conducting three World Thoroughbred Championships in the course of the year, not one.

Ageless Passion

By Victor Zast - It was good that I got to Lisa Sammons on the Tuesday that I did. A couple days later, she was flat on her back in bed. It turns out the dentist extracted her wisdom teeth. Luckily, I was the one to extract a bit of her wisdom.

Advice For Men Only

By Victor Zast - To men who are true horseplayers, racing is a daily passion that starts with a scan of the entries and ends with a reading of the results.

Let's Move On

By Victor Zast - Why has Thoroughbred racing decided to put its future into the hands of a public relations agency?

Hine Sight

By Victor E. Zast -- Sonny and Carolyn Hine knew a lot about life and how to live it; yet horses, and each other, were all that they ever had

On the Corner

By Victor E. Zast -- A non-scientific poll conducted on a Chicago street corner finds that a majority believe Seabiscuit is racing's Horse of the Year for 2002.

On the Corner

A non-scientific poll conducted on a Chicago street corner finds that a majority believe Seabiscuit is racing's Horse of the Year for 2002.

Melbuhn Musings

By Victor Zast -- The Melbourne Cup is only race in the world for which a holiday is proclaimed and on which 90% of a country's population will bet.

Third Try a Charm

By Victor E. Zast -- A Thoroughbred breeder hopes the third time is the charm for his broodmare Dash of Salt.

Heartbreak

By Victor Zast -- My 4-year-old maiden named Ensign Shipp was vanned from the track in an ambulance. Everyone knows that horse racing isn't an easy game, yet I wonder why it takes a moment like this to remind me of it.

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