Stories by Steve Viuker

And They're Off!

This is the time of year - August and into September - when horse racing almost seems like part of the mainstream again. At The Spa in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and "where the surf meets the turf" in Del Mar, Calif., tens of thousands of Americans flock to the racetrack five days a week, lugging coolers and trailing the kids behind them. They cheer the horses, place a few bets, buy souvenirs and go home happy.