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SARATOGA SPRINGS: Track readies for meet

A new, highly polished natural wood floor and new sub flooring have been installed on the lower clubhouse at a cost of $111,000.

On the Oklahoma side of the track complex, five old barns, which were built in the 1880s, were restored. They were jacked up two feet, leveled off and restored with Adirondack sawmill lumber, the way they would have been in the 19th century, said union carpenter foreman Bill Winslow, who oversaw the work.

Roughly $280,000 was spent on renovating the barns, which house 90, 9-feet-by-13-feet stalls. Because horses stay at the track until late November and return in May, Winslow said there was only about a five-month window to perform the work. They hardly needed that long " Winslow said crews began the work in early March and finished May 10.

Also on the Oklahoma side, Wheeler is trying out a new surface material for six of the barns' many wash stands, where the horses are bathed. Following an edict from the Department of Environmental Conservation to keep wash and rain water separate, and wanting to give the horses the most comfortable surface to bathe on, Wheeler is experimenting with a substance called Flex-Pave. The material is a recycled rubber and paving material mix that has more give than stone or concrete. The cost is $1,000 per wash station.

Take the shuttle

Raymond Melleady, Capital District Transportation Association executive director, said the CDTA has added new shuttle routes from Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs to both the racecourse on Union Avenue and Saratoga Gaming and Raceway on Crescent Avenue.

The base fare for such a ride is $1 for adults and 50 cents for senior citizens and people with disabilities.""

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