Thursday, 25 January 2018 13:22

Ruth A. (Burt) Gunderson

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Ruth A. (Burt) Gunderson passed away on January 17, 2018 at the Wesley Health Care Center. She was 97.

Graveside services with military honors will be held in the spring at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Rd., Schuylerville. 

Please visit burkefuneralhome.com.

Friday, 08 December 2017 10:26

Patricia Ann Samascott

Patricia Ann Samascott

ROCK CITY FALLS — Patricia Ann Samascott, age 77, passed away Saturday, November 25, 2017 after a long courageous battle with cancer. 

A mass of Christian burial was held Saturday, December 2, 2017 at St. Paul’s Church in Rock City Falls. Donations in her honor may be made to St. Mary’s Church, 2113 East St, Galway, NY 12074.

Friday, 06 October 2017 08:53

Creamy Roasted Garlic Potato Soup

Adapted from recipe by Jessica Merchant of How Sweet Eats


total time: 1 HOUR



* Ingredients can be found at the market

1 tablespoon olive oil*

1 tablespoon unsalted butter*

1 yellow onion, diced*

3 pounds potatoes, peeled and chopped*

4 to 5 cups chicken or vegetable stock

2 bulbs roasted garlic*

1/3 cup cream*

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper


Roasted Garlic: Preheat oven to 375. Chop off the top portion of the garlic head to reveal cloves. Lightly rub back and forth to remove paper and peel any excess paper off. Pour about a teaspoon of olive oil on top the garlic cloves and let soak for 10 minutes.

 Cover with foil and roast in a baking dish for 45 minutes, or until golden brown. To eat or add to recipe: let cool, then squeeze from the bottom of the garlic head to remove caramelized cloves.

Garlic Potato Soup: Heat a large stock pot over medium heat and add olive oil and butter. Once melted, stir in the onion with a pinch of salt and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the potatoes and enough stock to cover the potatoes – starting with 4 cups and use more if needed. Bring the mixture to a simmer. Cover and cook until the potatoes are tender and falling apart, about 20 to 30 minutes. Turn off the heat.

Carefully add the mixture to a blender. Squeeze out the roasted garlic cloves and add them to the blender too. Puree the soup until totally creamy and smooth. Pour the mixture back into the pot and heat over low heat. Add the cream, salt and pepper. Taste and season additionally with salt and pepper if needed.

Friday, 11 August 2017 09:51

Rose C. Reynolds

Saratoga Springs — Rose C. Reynolds, 99, passed away on Wednesday, August 2, 2017. 

Graveside services were held 1pm Monday, August 7 at Greenridge Cemetery, Lincoln Ave.

Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes.

Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com.


Curlin Race
Friday will feature the Curlin Race, restricted to 3-year-olds, $100,000 1 1/8 dirt mile.
Breakfast at Saratoga, presented by B95.5 FM Breakfast Club
Fans are invited to enjoy breakfast on The Porch of the clubhouse while the thoroughbreds train on the main track. Breakfast is held from 7 to 9:30 a.m. and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The morning buffet is $18.50 for adults and $10.25 for kids. Mornings at Saratoga also welcome fans to go behind the scenes with a free, guided backstretch tram tour. Tram tours begin at 7:30 a.m. and depart from the clubhouse entrance approximately every 15 minutes through 9 a.m. Tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are 45 minutes in length. Breakfast and tours are available daily, except Travers Day, Saturday, August 26.
Woodford Reserve Fridays at The Post
Racing fans are invited to continue their day at Saratoga with Woodford Reserve Fridays at The Post, the lively bar and entertainment sport located adjacent to the paddock. Each Friday of the meet will feature a DJ and dancing, cocktail samplings and trivia at The Post following the day’s final race
Taste NY: Craft Beer
Taste NY: Craft Beer event, which offers guests a selection of New York craft beers available for sampling each Friday in partnership with the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets. Fans will be able to sample five craft beers for $5 at the Berkshire Bank Saratoga Pavilion from noon to 5 p.m.
Community Booth
Stop by the Community Booth this week to learn more about North Country Wild Care. This organization helps with injured and orphaned wildlife in the upstate region. After rehabilitating the animals, they are released back into the wild. Animals of all kinds are accepted, from squirrels and rabbits to owls, beavers, and foxes. The Community Outreach Booth’s goal is to interract with racegoers and share information about each week’s organization. On Saturday, the Community Booth will feature the Permanently Disabled Jockeys’ Fund.
Jim Dandy Day
Jim Dandy Day memorializes the horse that won one of racing’s most memorable upsets. The Jim Dandy Race is now run at 1 1/8 mile on dirt, Grade 2, $600,000. Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap is Grade 1, 6 furlongs in dirt, $350,000. Amsterdam Race is 6 ½ furlongs in dirt, Grade 2, $200,000. Bowling Green Race is Grade 2, 1 3/8 on turf, $250,000.
Peremanently Disabled Jockeys’ Fund Awareness Day
Saturday’s highlight is an autograph signing and photo opportunity with funds going toward the Permanently Disabled Jockeys’ Fund. This event will be mirrored across the country with many other racetracks partaking. Stop by the Community Outreach Booth for more information.
Taste NY: Food and Artisans
Taste NY: Food and Artisans, a lively on-track market where guests can sample and shop food and crafts in the Berkshire Bank Saratoga Pavilion from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The market will be held each Saturday and Sunday of the 2017 meet. The events will be complemented by handicapping tutorials and racing tips from the Bets Squad, as well as the opportunity to learn more about NYRA Bets and NYRA XP.
Ketel One Party at The Post
The fun will continue each Saturday of the season with the Ketel One Party at The Post. Saturday evenings at Saratoga will feature music from a DJ following the day’s final race, cocktail samplings and giveaways.
G3 Shuvee Handicap
Grade 3 race for 1 1/8 mile in dirt for $200,000.
Taste NY: Food and Artisans
The Sunday edition of the market will welcome guests to the Berkshire Bank Saratoga Pavilion from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Racegoers will also be able to learn about the brand new NYRA XP mobile app that was launched last week. NYRA XP is an app that helps attendees pin their car, for easier locating after the races, locate your seats and inform you of the closest restrooms, concession stands and ATMS. App users can also buy their tickets and watch the races live from their smartphone.
Community Booth
Today the booth will feature the Saratoga WarHorse Foundation. This foundation is non-profit and works directly with war veterans suffering from PTSD. It offers them a three day event in which they work with retired thoroughbreds. All lodging, classes, travel, and food is free of charge for the veterans.
Moet and Chandon Mimosa Sundays
Stop by The Post Bar every Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to sample mimosas. Must be 21+ to enjoy.
Coronation Cup
A race for 3-year-old fillies on turf for 5 ½ furlongs, $100,000.
Berkshire Bank Family Monday
Monday will be highlighted by the return of Berkshire Bank Family Mondays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Berkshire Bank Saratoga Pavilion. All kid-friendly games and activities, including the opportunity to pet a retired thoroughbred, are free of charge, with the exception of one designated activity which carries a suggested donation to benefit a local school or PTA. This week features a Reptile show.
Community Booth
Monday will feaature the American Cancer Society. Stop by the booth to find out how you can aid the foundation in cancer eradication and prevention.
Shine Again
A seven furlongs race on dirt, $100,000.
Irish-American Day
Are you feeling lucky? Come celebrate the Irish culture and heritage with traditional Irish music, dance, and food. The event will take place at the Berkshire Bank Saratoga Pavilion from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Community Booth
Wednesday the booth will be hosting K9s for Warriors. This organization provides service dogs to veterans suffering from PTSD among other service time ailments. “Our goal is to empower them to return to civilian life with dignity and independence,” according to their website. Stop by the community booth today for more information.
Moet and Chandon Wine Wednesdays
Every Wednesday The Post Bar will host this event offering different wine samples to participants 21+.
A 1 ¾ race on dirt, $100,000.
Taco and Tequila Thursdays
On every Thursday of the season, come enjoy tacos and margaritas at The Post restaurant while listening to a live flamenco guitar performance. This event takes place after the day’s final race.
Taste NY: Wine, Cider, and Spirits
Taste NY will be offering a variety of samples every Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for the wine, cider, and spirits lover. $5 for five samples, 21+ to participate.

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