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The Spirit of Life

2/16/2018 4:38 PM

                Prominently placed at the North West corner of Congress Park is one of Saratoga’s greatest treasures; The "Spirit of Life". This memorial was dedicated in 1915 to Spencer Trask (1844-1909) by his wife Katrina and his business partner George Foster Peabody. After the death of his first child Alanson, Spencer bought an estate in Saratoga Springs hoping the distance would help his wif...

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Saratoga is known for its “Health, History, and Horses”… the spring water, the turning point of the revolutionary war, and thoroughbred racing are just some of those examples. But did you know that because of Saratoga Springs we also have these ten things:

The Potato Chip: Many people know the story of the potato chip. In 1853, George Crum, the cook at Moons Lake House sliced potatoes paper thin, s...

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Meet Kathryn!

2/6/2017 2:27 PM

This winter we thought we would take some time to introduce you to our awesome Impressions staff, or as we like to call them; family! Many of us have been here a long time and all of us spend a lot of time together. We are not only co-workers but friends. We want to share with you a little bio about each of us! We decided to start with Kathryn. This summer she will be celebrating her 5 year annive...

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Willie Knapp, A Dark Horse Jockey

10/27/2016 11:21 AM

Born in Chicago in 1888 William Knapp was born into the racing world, his father worked at Hawthorne Race Track and he became an exercise rider at age 10. When he turned 13 he became a jockey. He weighed in at only 56 pounds, about how much a single bale of hay weighs. For the first few years of his racing career he rode in the Midwest racing circuit. He faced some challenges when he tried to more...

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Comments | Posted in History By Maddy Zanetti
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Every part of the Canfield Casino was meticulously planned. No detail was missed. Charlie pointed out that the side entrance used to be the front entrance so people could see who was coming in and going to the Casino from their seats on the hotel porches. Seeing the distinguished patrons of the Casino, made others want to be a part of the social scene. It is hard to say how Morrissey could afford ...

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Comments | Posted in History By Maddy Zanetti

Creating the Perfect Casino

6/6/2016 9:38 AM

Creating the perfect casino has many challenges. It is a controversial business and can easily be put into negative light. Many gambling houses in the 1800s were corrupted and shady. They were looked down on by churches, politicians, and the “upper class”… even though you were likely to find someone from all of the organizations at the Canfield Casino. But Morrissey and Canfield were very smart, a...

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0 Comments | Posted in History By Maddy Zanetti

A Bit of Belmont Stakes

5/25/2016 10:55 AM

2016 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival

Who would think that the Belmont Stakes actually predates the Kentucky Derby by 8 years and the Preakness Stakes by 6 years?! It was first run in 1867 at what was then called Jerome Park.  Click here for a bit of it's history if you'd like to learn more. Unfortunately this year there is no chance of a Triple Crown winner with the defeat of Nyquist in last Saturday's Preakness Stakes by Exaggerator...

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Comments | Posted in History Horse Racing Horses By Marianne Barker

CasinoOn Wednesday morning Mare and I walked through just part of the Canfield Casino with Charlie Kuenzel and learned so many new things we had never known before. We were only there for an hour and a half and wish we could have spent the entire day. There is so much history in the Canfield Casino that so many people do not know about... us included! Now we know just a tid-bit more, we are so lucky to ...

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Comments | Posted in History By Maddy Zanetti

A Different Kind of Dark Horse

3/12/2015 1:38 PM

Though we have focused mainly on the Dark Horses of racing history there are many other Dark Horses that have overcome the odds in their fields. We thought we would highlight a few of the Dark Horses in America’s Political history!history-jkp-portraitThe first Dark Horse candidate in America was James Knox Polk who got his start in Tennessee Legislature. Polk was the Democratic candidate for the 1844 presidential ele...Read More
Comments | Posted in History The Dark Horse By Maddy Zanetti

Always Firm but Gracious

4/10/2014 12:26 PM

He was known around town as the tap dancing man with the wildly outlandish stories .  His real name was George Bookasta, and it was only until recently that I learned those stories he told were all true.Born on July 14, 1917 it didn't take long before he was discovered by a talent scout.  His Hollywood career began at the age of three and the family moved out to Hollywood. He starred in movies suc...Read More
Comments | Posted in General History By Jamie Onderdonk

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