Archives for July 15, 2019

“I’m not a horse racing fan” – Another Reason to Dislike Cuomo

Cuomo explains his Saratoga absence

ALBANY — There appears to be a simple answer behind Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s absence from the Saratoga Race Course: He would rather spend his time elsewhere.

Asked Monday morning about the Times Union’s story last week detailing his decision not to visit the “summer place to be,” the governor stressed his support for the New York Racing Association, which operates racing at Saratoga, Belmont Park and Aqueduct Racetrack …

But as to a possible visit, he said, “I’m not a horse racing fan, per se.”

On opening day at the track last week, Cuomo was participating in the 2019 Catskill Challenge Motorcycle Ride.

New book explores Montana’s horse racing history

After a 10-page introduction and timeline, and a chapter tracing the advent of horses and racing in the New World and Montana, Wahler starts knocking off the tracks. She documents by chapter the history of racing in Fort Benton, Virginia City and Deer Lodge in the earliest days, then on to Helena, Butte and Anaconda and Daly’s Bitter Root Stock Farm in Hamilton during what she called racing’s first Golden Age in Montana.

Wahler hasn’t ignored the first Montana horse racers. While not state-sanctioned or controlled, racing continues in places like Browning, Crow Agency, Dodson, Baker and Busby. It includes the popular Indian relay racing that Wahler said is helping keep tracks around the state from disappearing under development.

Traces of Spokane’s first training track remain …