By Brooklyn

Those who pillory New York State for its contentious relationship with racing were given additional fodder by Governor Paterson’s letter to racing fans in the Belmont Stakes program, in which our governor writes:

Young and old alike enjoy this vigorous sprint that challenges the fastest horse to outrun the race of the pack and earn one of the most coveted titles in sports.

Umm, does nobody proofread these things before they go out? Is there really no one in the governor’s office who knows the length of the Belmont? Or maybe they thought the True North was the big race of the day?


Not to be outdone, the folks at the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle hung up this beauty of headline “Charitable Man Is Favorite to Win Today’s Preakness Stakes.”