Commentary: A race to redemption

Saratoga Race Course is a cathedral of horse racing and Travers Stakes day has always been a holy day in my world, but what transpired over the weekend was nothing short of divine.

A horse named Catholic Boy ran them off their feet in the 149th Travers, capturing the Midsummer Derby by four lengths. His backers were rewarded with a handsome win payoff of $16.20 and telephone numbers in the exotic wagers.

I have felt a special connection to Catholic Boy since last November, when I placed a win bet on him in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf in honor of my father, Paul K. Halloran Sr., the best Catholic boy I have eve…

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