Racing and Its Fans Return to Saratoga

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY- Fifty years ago, Teddy Heisler dragged his friend Allan Carter to opening day at Saratoga Race Course. It was a life-changing experience. Carter-the historian at the National Museum of Racing since 2004 -hasn’ t missed a Spa opener since. With his buddy Heisler along for chuckles, stories and, of course, some gamble Friday, Carter attended his 51 st consecutive opening day at America’s oldest track. There may have been a few folks with longer opening-day streaks at the Spa, but that was of little consequence to Carter,…

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Best holiday reads 2017, picked by writers- part two

What to pack along with the aftersun and flipflops? From fictions about lesbian footballers and updated Greek classics to biographies and poetry, our guest critics offer their vacation must-reads John Banville Colm Tibn s exhilarating House of Names ( Viking 14.99) is a retelling of Aeschyluss drama on the sacrificing by Agamemnon of his daughter Cassandra and its tragic consequences, including the murder of Agamemnon by his wife, Clytemnestra. The volume has a controlled, hushed quality, like that of a Morandi still life, which only serves to heighten the terror…

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Gray Introduces Legislation to Authorize Sports Wagering in California

Assemblymember Adam C. Gray( D-Merced ), Chair of the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee, has announced the introduction of ACA 18, a constitutional amendment to authorize sports wagering in California contingent upon a change in federal law. ACA 18 is a response to the proclamation that the U.S. Supreme court will hear an appeal by the nation of New Jersey in its bid to decriminalize sports betting-a decision that will have ramifications for sports wagering across the country. ” I am pleased to see the U.S. Supreme Court has shouldered the…

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Tom Jenkins’ best sports photos of 2016

The Guardian and Observer sport photographer Tom Jenkins selects his favourite images from 2016 and recalls how each one was created Andy Murray wins Wimbledon again 10 July 135 mm lens 1/1600 f4 ISO 1000 Championship-winning point at Wimbledon is always a little bit nervy for me even though I have done many of them over the years. There are some pretty big decisions to be made what lens do you go on as you dont know where on the court they will celebrate? Do you go upright or landscape?…

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