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NYRA, Saratoga 150 unveil new attraction for 2013 season


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – NYRA and Saratoga 150 saddled up to celebrate 150 years of thoroughbred racing in Saratoga Springs Tuesday, by inducting some of the most accomplished horses into the Hoofprints Walk of Fame.

At a ceremony at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, the New York Racing Association and the Saratoga 150 Committee unveiled the 30 inaugural thoroughbreds who made the cut, including Secretariat, Affirmed, and Man O' War.

Modeled after the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the attraction celebrates the 150th anniversary of thoroughbred racing at Saratoga Race Course.

"This is a very exciting time for the track, and for the region. Halls of Fame aren't only for humans. Some of these horses were winners in the early 1900s. It was a very tough choice to pic these initial 30, but more will eventually be added," said Saratoga 150 Committee Chairman Charles Waite.

The Hoofprints Walk of Fame will be located just outside the Clubhouse gates at Saratoga Race Course and will feature an inaugural class of 30 horses. Each inducted thoroughbred will be represented by a granite plaque with information on its owner, trainer, jockey and signature wins at Saratoga. "Hoofprints" will be completed by opening day, July 19, 2013.

Saratoga 150 Committee Honorary Chairs Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson were joined by Committee Chairman Charles Wait and several senior executives from NYRA to announce the inaugural class of honorees Tuesday.

For information on the "Hoofprints Walk of Fame" inducted Saratoga Race Track thoroughbreds, go to www.saratoga150.com.

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