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Horse racing talks never get out of the gate in Albany

When 2008 begins, New York State will no longer have any state-approved organization running it's horse racing tracks. The multi billion-dollar industry will likely be run by an oversight board, because Governor Spitzer and the legislature have so far failed to agree on a new franchise agreement. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Heard Up North: Sam the Bugler summons the ponies

One of the most iconic sounds in the North Country is the "Call to the Post" at the Saratoga Horse track. It turns out that for the last fifteen years, one guy has been blowing that little tune. He's today's Heard Up North. Note: Sam prefers not to use his last name. He lives on Long Island and plays in a rock and roll band in his spare time.  Go to full article
Funny Cide at Saratoga. Source: Wikipedia
Funny Cide at Saratoga. Source: Wikipedia

Funny Cide ends gloried run, Sackets Harbor celebrates

One of the most storied racehorses of the last thirty years retired Friday in Saratoga Springs. Funny Cide was adored by the public for being a blue-collar horse that came agonizingly close to capturing the 2003 Triple Crown. The horse was owned by a group of friends from Sackets Harbor, not far from Watertown. As Brian Mann reports, they got into the thoroughbred horse-racing business on a whim. That whim took them into the horse-racing history books.  Go to full article

NYRA President Resigns

Governor Pataki says he hopes that the public will have new confidence in the New York Racing Association, now that its president, Terry Meyocks, has resigned. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Comptroller Criticizes NYRA

State Comptroller Alan Hevesi has issued a scathing report and audit detailing what he says are ten years of management and accounting abuses by the New York Racing Association, a quasi-governmental agency that runs New York's horse racing tracks. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Promise & Scandal as Saratoga Opens

The New York Racing Association may have it's greatest season yet at the Saratoga Racetrack, with the appearance of the almost Triple Crown winner Funny Cide and the opening of the movie Sea Biscuit. But the troubled racing association is also still smarting from a scathing report by the state Attorney General that focuses on corruption. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

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