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Luck ‘o the Irish at Saratoga Race Course

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All day at Saratoga Race Course, horseplayers have been hoping the luck of the Irish will help them at the betting windows. YNN's Matt Hunter has more on the track's fourth annual Mid-Summer St. Patrick's Day.

SARATOGA RACE COURSE -- Normally a sea of red and white, Saratoga Race Course was awash in green Thursday for the track's fourth annual "Mid-Summer St. Patrick's Day."

At every corner of the track, racing fans were decked out in those old Celtic colors, which just happened to get them through the gates for free.

"I've got my green derby, I've got my sunglasses here, a little horseshoe," Tom Siebel.

"I've got this Irish shirt and of course all of these Irish doo dads and an Irish pin too," said Janine Foster and Sheila Stanhope.

Whether it was the St. Patrick's Day parade through the grounds, a few tunes from the McKrells or Irish step dancers and bag pipers, bits and pieces of Irish culture were everywhere.

For NYRA, the day is a chance to highlight the track's already family friendly atmosphere.

"Any day where you can have corned beef and cabbage and a Guinness is a good day," said Stephen Travers, NYRA VP Director of Hospitality and Guest Services.


Hints of the old country could even be found on the racing form. In the fifth race, Irish Wedding. In the ninth, Irish Exchange's.

Once and for all, eager horse fans were just hoping the luck of the Irish would be on their side.

Tom Siebel said, "Hopefully, hopefully we can take all of our winnings from last time, which weren't very big and roll them over to today."

Janine Foster and Sheila Stanhope said, "I'm hoping today! I haven't too much luck this meet so I'm hoping today's the day, I brought my good luck charm. St. Paddy is going to help us."

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