Posts Tagged ‘David Paterson


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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Who Wears Short Shorts

runnerNew York Governor David Paterson is now a cover model after being photographed and interviewed for an upcoming piece in Runner’s World Magazine. And people think the magazine industry is dying! I’m renewing my subscription to Runner’s World RIGHT NOW.

Because he’s legally blind, Paterson didn’t play sports as a child and only got into running recently in his 40s. His wife, Michelle who is an avid runner herself helped push him along by challenging him to participate in the 1999 New York Marathon. “…Her first thought was to tell me not to; she knew it would be the fastest way to get me to do it,” Paterson told Runner’s World. “When I finished the race I had to go to the hospital. I’d become hypothermic.”

Maybe she was still angry about him having affairs at a Days Inn on the upper west side…

Since he’s, you know, blind, he requires a “companion” to keep him from running into a plate glass window or whatever. And how does the governor entertain his brain while he runs? “I hum music to myself while I run, usually old disco tunes, or inspirational songs like ‘I Will Survive’ and the ‘Rocky’ themes, or some old TV themes like ‘Hawaii Five-O’ and ‘Secret Agent Man,’ ” said Paterson.

Nothing says winner more than Gloria Gaynor hummed by a blind man in short shorts…

[NY Post]

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