A Man, A Goose, and a Racetrack
Melvin White, long-time infield worker at Saratoga Race Course, recently discussed his long-time friendship with the famous Saratoga Infield Goose (who has a Twitter account, @SaratogaGoose, named in her honor) with the Albany Times-Union.
White brought the well-known bird to the track about 25 years ago, and she’s been following him around the facility ever since. White posts signs with race changes on the boards in the Spa infield, and “Dukie” as he calls the goose, spends her days there, honking conversations with him and begging for lunch scraps.
Dukie, who lost part of her beak in an accident when she was young, doesn’t fly, although White isn’t aware of her wings having been clipped. She spends part of her time in an indoor/outdoor pen to prevent her from wandering onto the track during races.
“We just appreciate each other,” he told writer Tom Keyser. “She’s a friend of mine.”
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