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Keeping Score

Keeping Score: Behold the Pharoah

Friday, August 28, 2015

Good morning! The gates opened early today at Saratoga Race Course, where 50,000 people are pushing and tugging for a look at Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. Not since hippies danced in the mud at Yasgur’s farm has upstate New York been inundated by such a celebratory crowd of thrill seekers. The 3-year-old brown colt has reeled off eight straight wins and is the 1-5 favorite to win again today … 0

Keeping Score: No breaks

Friday, August 14, 2015

(Second of two parts) Good morning! Monica Driver was “catatonic with nerves” before the seventh race at Saratoga Race Course on August 3. Turf races favor horses that have drawn the inside posts, and her 5-year-old gelding named Analysis would be stationed on the outside in post 10 (which is 1-for-22 at this … 0

Keeping Score: Group Analysis

Friday, August 7, 2015

Good morning! Before the seventh race at Saratoga on Monday, Bill Gutfarb and several of his syndicate partners were keeping a keen eye on Analysis, their gelded racehorse sired by Freud. “He gets rattled in the paddock,” said Robert Driver, whose wife Monica operates the Mosaic Racing Stable. “We put cotton in his … 0

Keeping Score: Fade to Green

Friday, August 1, 2014

Good morning! Former Deerfield Academy teacher, administrator, coach and Mr. Everything Bob Merriam passed away last week at age 90. Merriam was interred at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Deerfield, a pastoral burial ground that holds the remains of many of the school’s iconic figures, including legendary headmaster Frank … 0

Keeping Score: Road rage

Friday, July 25, 2014

Good morning! There’s nothing like an old fashioned rhubarb to liven up the dog days of summer at Monadnock Speedway, where Mini-Stock driver Mike Stebbins’ six wins in two months had his fellow competitors conspiring to snatch the … 0

Keeping Score: A Manny moment

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Good morning! In Arizona this summer Greenfield’s Joe Hudson got something the Red Sox would love to include in their rewards program: a big bear hug from Manny Ramirez. The 42-year-old slugger is currently a player-coach with the Chicago Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate in Des Moines, Iowa, having come … 0

Keeping Score: The Darke side

Monday, July 21, 2014

Every four years a soccer ball crosses over the horizon and we become enthralled with a sport that’s worshiped every place but North America. Thrilling as the U.S. team’s game against Belgium was on Tuesday, it was a loss and it sent the Damn Yankees home with an … 0

Keeping Score: Saving par

Friday, July 18, 2014

Good morning! On Monday morning Allen Boudreau of Hinsdale, N.H., grabbed the clubs from the back of his pickup, slung the bag over his shoulder and trekked up to the first tee of the Northfield Golf Course. “Thumbs … 0

Keeping Score: After the gold rush

Monday, June 30, 2014

Good morning! Tuesday’s ruling by the Supreme Judicial Court to allow an anti-casino referendum on November’s ballot promises to liven up the debate about the pros and cons of slot machines and table games in the Commonwealth. A … 0

Keeping Score: And all his horses

Friday, June 20, 2014

Good morning! All hail the Kings, winners of two Stanley Cups in three years, patched up and sent back onto the ice by trainer Chris Kingsley, the kid who grew up on Elm Street in Greenfield and hung out with his buddies at Jimmy’s Market, now JC’s on … 0

Keeping Score: Trophy time

Friday, June 13, 2014

Good morning! At this writing the L.A. Kings were battling the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Kings’ trainer Chris Kingsley is a GHS grad who learned to skate on Highland Pond and at the Collins-Moylan Arena. Maybe he’ll bring the Stanley … 0

Keeping Score: CC That

Friday, June 6, 2014

Good morning! Paul Matties says there’s a bettor at Belmont Park today who will wager $10,000 on California Chrome — all in $2 tickets. “He thinks he’ll be able to sell them as souvenirs,” laughed Matties, who lives near Saratoga and is a professional gambler. That’s one way … 0

Keeping Score: Comfort zone

Friday, May 30, 2014

Good morning! Greenfield’s Josh Hillman won’t be intimidated by the company he’s keeping on Monday, even if it includes two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen. Earlier this month Hillman qualified for the U.S. Open Sectionals by shooting a 2-under-par 70 at the Schuyler Meadows Club in Loudonville, N.Y. … 0

Keeping Score: Odds breakers

Friday, May 23, 2014

Good morning! Most harness horse players bet to win, place and show, but there are those who get their kicks from off-the-wall strategies that Bill McQuiston has seen his share of at the Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The affable 64-year-old McQuiston is the harness track’s mutuels manager and … 0

Keeping Score: Swinging for a dream

Friday, May 16, 2014

Good morning! The long odds of playing in next month’s U.S. Open were reduced significantly this week for Greenfield native Josh Hillman who shot a 2-under-par 70 at the Schuyler Meadows Club in Loudonville, N.Y. The course was one 111 playing venues where 10,127 golfers began the process … 0