Philadelphia, PA ( - I promise not to use "Triple Crown" in this column.

How did everybody's Triple Crown picks do? I guess I broke my promise.

The summer thoroughbred racing season is about to arrive as the calendar changes to July. Del Mar and Saratoga are about to open for live racing, offering the best races in the country.

"Saratoga is the gem of New York racing and American racing," said Martin Panza, NYRA's Senior Vice President of Racing Operations. "The rich stakes schedule, abundance of turf racing and the 2-year-old races all combine to make Saratoga an unparalleled afternoon for both the experienced handicapper and the casual fan. Each racing day at Saratoga we work on getting people out to the track by enhancing our product and taking care of our guests by making it a good experience."

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