Michael Veitch

Longtime Journalist Michael Veitch Named Historian For National Museum Of Racing

Michael Veitch, who covered the sport of Thoroughbred racing as a decorated journalist for nearly 40 years and is the author of three books on the sport’s history, has been named the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s historian. Veitch, who will officially begin the part-time role on Oct. 1, replaces Allan Carter, […]

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Stories Of Marylou, Saratoga’s Patron ‘Saint’

The third Saturday in July dawned steamy and oppressive at Saratoga. Horses trained on the Oklahoma, strolled around Clare Court, breezed in front of the grandstand, and then the grounds fell quiet. Where there should have been coolers and crowds sipping beer in the backyard, the air was still. The bugle did not sound the […]

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Veitch, Whitaker And Nagler Named To National Museum Of Racing’s Joe Hirsch Media Roll Of Honor

Esteemed media members Michael Veitch, Jack Whitaker and the late Barney Nagler have been selected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s Joe Hirsch Media Roll of Honor. Veitch, a Saratoga Springs native and graduate of Plattsburgh State University, has been covering thoroughbred racing for The Saratogian and The Pink Sheet since […]

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Bergstein Award To Be Presented During Webcast Featuring ’60 Minutes’ Legal Analyst

Team Valor International will reveal the winner of the $25,000 Stan Bergstein Writing Award on Wednesday in a live video broadcast at noon Eastern. The live webcast will be available here and archived at the same address. In addition to the award presentation, racehorse owner Andrew Cohen will headline a panel discussion on the state of investigative […]

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Denman, McCarron Among Judges For 2016 Stan Bergstein Writing Award

Barry Irwin and his Team Valor International will again honor excellent journalism in 2016 and have lined up a new slate of judges to decide the $25,000 Stan Bergstein Writing Award. Legendary racecaller Trevor Denman and Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron will join esteemed Turf writers Neil Milbert, Michael Veitch and Maryjean Wall in […]

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Veitch: Oaklawn Park Doing It Right

In a column for The Saratogian, Michael Veitch compares and contrasts the business model of Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. against that of tracks like Belmont and Aqueduct. “Unlike management at too many suffering tracks, the Cella team recognizes the absolute fundamental factor in an exciting day at the races,” Veitch wrote. “Fans in […]

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Veitch: Six-Way Race for Horse of the Year

In a column for the Saratogian, Michael Veitch identifies six horses he feels deserve consideration for Horse of the Year. “I believe a vote for any one of this group can be justified,” he wrote. Four of the six are 3-year-olds: Bayern, California Chrome, Shared Belief, and Untapable. California Chrome and Untapable each have four […]

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Veitch: NYRA’s Price Hike is Disservice to Loyal Fans

The New York Racing Association’s decision to increase admission prices at the state’s racetracks is not surprising, as track officials had begun to talk of decreasing its reliance on video lottery terminal revenue as early as last summer. The price hikes suggest, however, that the organization is approaching the problem all wrong, Michael Veitch recently […]

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Veitch: NY State’s criticism of backstretch living conditions inaccurate

Michael Veitch writes in Sunday’s The Saratogian that the state’s claim that the New York Racing Association has failed in its obligation to improve backstretch living conditions is false. “It is an insult to NYRA board members who have spent lots of their own money on programs, and to Saratogians who have joined in the […]

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Veitch: Are modern day racehorses weaker?

The idea that modern-day racehorses may be weaker than their counterparts from past generations becomes especially significant during the Triple Crown season, writes Michael Veitch at the Saratogian. In 2010, Animal Kingdom’s season was ended with an injury in the Belmont. Smarty Jones, the 2004 Derby and Preakness winner, and Afleet Alex, the 2005 Preakness […]

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