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The Triple Crown May Be Missing A Leg This Year

In 1867 the first-ever Belmont Stakes was run, since then the third and longest leg of the Triple Crown of horse racing has been run through thick and thin; world wars, great depressions, the Carter administration, none of these were big enough to stop the race. That all might change this year. The NY Racing Association, who runs the Belmont, Aqueduct and Saratoga race tracks may not be able to open for the Spring-Summer season due to budgetary concerns.

“Anytime you face the possibility of not running the Belmont spring meet, and therefore the Belmont Stakes, it is a serious situation,” spokesman Dan Silver said Monday.

NYRA President Charles Hayward has reported previously that the Association is likely to run out of operating money in May or June.

One of the major stumbling blocks has been the delay in naming an operator for the slot machines at Aqueduct, which was approved in 2001 but has yet to be enacted.

Last year the NYRA received a state bailout of $30M to help stave off bankruptcy, but that money will be gone by spring meaning the Triple Crown may find itself a Double Crown for the first time.



And It’s the Luv Guv By Inches

29luvgov_600Marylou Whitney, a octogenarian heiress and horse racing enthusiast and her husband John Hendrickson own two horses named after former New York Governor Spitzer’s quick fail from grace after revelations about prostitutes came out. One, named “The Ninth Client” after his name in FBI files and the other is named after the NY Post’s excellent headline after the scandal broke, “The Luv Guv.” Formerly named “Town Prowler,” after the precipitous decline of Mr. Spitzer, Whitney and Hendrickson opted to change the 2-year old thoroughbred’s name. Since then, Luv Guv has struggled, taking 10 tries before winning his first race, but this next weekend he’ll be vying for the longest leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes.

If Luv Guv were to win, theoretically it could lead to a hilarious awkward moment where current Governor, David Paterson — a extracurricular paramour in his own right — would be presenting the trophy to Whitney and Hendrickson.

The owners insist that the changing of the name was not solely because of Spitzer. “There’s been a lot of love govs,” Mr. Hendrickson said, mentioning, among others, James E. McGreevey, who resigned as governor of New Jersey in 2004 after disclosing an affair with a man.

“We’re not trying to poke fun at him,” Mr. Hendrickson said. “We are Republicans, but we did support him. I think we each gave $10,000, and we like him. We thought this was a fun name.”

Fortunately, the NY Times managed to get a comment from horse racing enthusiast, former NY Senate Majority Leader, Skidmore College alum and sometime-facist, Joe Bruno who was a big rival of Spitzer’s. “I thought it was hilarious. The situation with the governor was pretty tragic and reprehensible, and I think for them to kind of weigh in to lighten the mood of all that was going on around such a real tragedy, I think was great.”

The Times contacted Spitzer for a comment but he declined.

After the jump, stay tuned for another neat connection between to owners and Governor Paterson that goes way back in horse racing history.

[NY Times]

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