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Saratoga marches on at its own pace

Traditions -- good and bad -- die hard at Saratoga. Dave takes a trip down memory lane by way of the Saratoga press box.

Updated: August 6, 2001, 4:18 PM ET
By Dave Johnson | Special to ESPN.com

The Press Box at Saratoga is a real trip. The historical ambiance alone is enough to give you the willies when you walk in, especially if you haven't been there in a while. The ghosts of Red Smith, Pat Lynch and Willie Dempsey are all there for sure. Smith, the fabled sports writer for The New York Times, and Lynch, a long time handicapper for the Hearst newspapers, were unique souls, but not as colorful as Dempsey. Before they installed a mutuel machine in the Press Box, Willie was there to ...

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