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A slow day at the track in Saratoga (Source:  Brian Mann)
A slow day at the track in Saratoga (Source: Brian Mann)

North Country harness racing tradition gambles on a future

The North Country has a big presence in horse-racing, from a top thoroughbred breeder in Ray Brook, to the group of friends in Sackets Harbor who raced into the record book with a horse named Funny Cide. Their success on contemporary tracks draws from a long tradition of racing in the region. This week, we'll wrap up the summer by telling some of their stories. For many fans in the North Country, the sport of choice has always been harness racing. That means sturdy, standard-bred horses pulling drivers in stripped-down racing carts. You can still see cutthroat competitions at county fairs from Malone to Westport. But harness racing has fallen on hard times in recent years. As Brian Mann reports, new efforts to bring the sport back have meant bigger purses and also new controversy.  Go to full article

Mohawks sue over casino ruling

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe is suing the federal government over its decision against a Mohawk casino in the Catskills. The Department of the Interior ruled earlier this month that the site is too far from the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation near Massena. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Feds deny Mohawk Catskills casino

The federal government has rejected the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe's plan to build a $600 million casino resort in the Catskills. In a letter sent late Friday, the Department of the Interior ruled the 350-mile distance between the planned casino and the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation near Massena was too far. The DOI said too many residents could leave the reservation in search of a job at the proposed casino and cause "serious and far-reaching implications for the remaining tribal community." The Mohawks having been working for more than a decade to build a casino in the Catskills. The proposed resort had the support of Governor Spitzer. It was expected to create 3,000 jobs for the region and generate millions of dollars in revenue for New York. St. Regis Mohawk tribal chiefs harshly criticized the decision. A press release called it "arbitrary, capricious, and laughable". Chief Lorraine White said it was "a brazen paternalistic assault against all of Indian Country." David Sommerstein spoke with Chief White this morning. She explained why she called the decision a "paternalistic assault."  Go to full article

Senate leaves Albany without extending racing authority

The New York State Senate has adjourned for the year, without passing a bill to extend the state's horse-racing industry franchise. The Senate Leader, Joe Bruno, expressed disappointment and blamed the Assembly for the failure. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Bruno blames Democrats for handicapping horse racing

The leader of the State Senate says time is running out on the state's horse racing franchise. It expires at the end of the month. And Joe Bruno accuses Democrats of dragging their feet on the issue. From Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

GOP bridles Spitzer horse racing plans

Top officials from the Spitzer administration faced questions from a Senate panel about their proposals for the future of horse racing in New York State. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Mohawks caught in tribal casino debate

The St. Regis Mohawks are closer than ever to building a massive casino resort in the Catskills. The $600 million gambling and entertainment complex would become the closest casino to New York City. The project has passed an environmental review. The tribe has negotiated a gaming compact with Governor Spitzer. Yet the casino application has languished on one very important desk in Washington. As David Sommerstein reports, the Mohawks may be caught in the middle of a broader debate on tribal gaming's future.  Go to full article

Bidders reveal racing proposals

A state panel began two days of public hearings to determine who should get the state's lucrative horse racing franchise when the New York Racing Association's contract expires at the end of the year. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Mohawk Catskills casino takes major step

Another big step forward for the St. Regis Mohawks' casino in the Catskills. Monday Governor Spitzer announced an agreement with tribal chiefs on a gaming compact. As David Sommerstein reports, the deal brings the Mohawks closer than ever to tapping the lucrative New York City gaming market.  Go to full article

Mohawk casino closer, sort of

2007 begins with the St. Regis Mohawk tribe in the lead to reach a long-awaited prize -- a gaming resort in the Catskill mountains, closer than any other casino to New York City. But don't expect to belly up to the blackjack tables too soon. David Sommerstein explains.  Go to full article

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