Legendary Times Union sportswriter returns to work

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Times Union sportswriter Tim Wilkin spending some time with Travers winner Keen Ice at Keeneland during Breeders' Cup week in 2015. Photo provided from Wilkin's Facebook

Albany Times Union sportswriter Tim Wilkin and his byline are back in the paper after a two-month absence from the Hearst-owned property.

Wilkin, who runs the UAlbany men’s basketball beat, was out of work with a “nasty virus.” Before returning to the newsroom on Thursday, the Saint Bonaventure University graduate spent his last day at 645 Albany Shaker Rd on Wednesday, March 15.

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Besides College Basketball, the Rochester native also leads the broadsheet’s horse racing coverage and is considered by many to be one of the nation’s best turf writers. [While other outlets do a good job, Tim goes above and beyond. I personally don’t know of any other person who knows more about Saratoga, horse racing or the ponies.]

Fittingly, Wilkin’s first story back was about, you guessed it, horse racing. The article was about Mechanicville-native Chad Brown’s consideration to participate in the upcoming Belmont Stakes

Here’s a snippet:

Four days after the biggest win of his training career, Chad Brown was still soaking it in at soggy Belmont Park on Thursday afternoon.

“I am just so happy and grateful that it has happened for me and my team and everyone that has supported us,” Brown said by phone from his Belmont office. “I’m happy for the owners.” KEEP READING.

It’s good to have you back, Tim!

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