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Racing’s Triple Crown Attempt Threatened by Strike

By Martin Gould   |   Tuesday, 05 Jun 2012 10:11 AM

Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another’s chances of winning racing’s first Triple Crown in 34 years could be dashed — by a strike.

The union representing maintenance crew workers at the Belmont Park track in New York has authorized the work stoppage that could halt Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, the Daily Racing Form reports.

Members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3 voted to strike at three tracks, but did not set a date. They have been working without a contract for more than a year.

The New York Racing Association, which runs the Belmont track called the union’s strike threat “self-serving . . .  to use the attention and excitement of a Triple Crown attempt to further its own agenda.”

I’ll Have Another won the first two legs of the Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. Only 11 horses have won all three legs since 1919, the most recent being Affirmed in 1978.





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