• An exercise rider rides a horse during morning workouts at the Oklahoma Training Track on Thursday, July 21, 2016, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The thoroughbred racing season at Saratoga Race Course opens Friday. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    Saratoga to open for its 148th season of thoroughbred racing

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — The 148th season of thoroughbred racing in Saratoga Springs gets underway this week, kicking off nearly seven weeks of a summertime tradition dating to the Civil War.