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New York racing at crossroads

Updated: August 28, 2012, 6:07 PM ET
By Paul Moran | Special to ESPN.com

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- The air rushes from the Spa's balloon suddenly and this year with the distinct sound of both finality and relief. Even the acquisition of the Travers canoe by Mike Repole, inventor of vitamin enriched water and enthusiastic owner of racehorses, met with resigned disinterest on Sunday when it was removed from the infield pond for transport to a swimming pool on Long Island. Sunday mornings after the Travers Stakes have for more than 50 years dawned on the canoe painted ...

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