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Labor Woes at Belmont as Triple Crown Bid Nears

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is urging both sides to resolve a labor dispute that’s threatening to scratch I’ll Have Another’s chance of winning thoroughbred racing’s first Triple Crown in more than 30 years.

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His intervention comes as a mediator meets Tuesday with the New York Racing Association and union leaders. Some track workers have gone two years without a new contract.

Cuomo says it’s unacceptable that the dispute could get in the way of Saturday’s Belmont Stakes.

An official with the union representing maintenance and starting gate workers at the racetrack says he hasn’t heard of any progress in the talks as of Tuesday afternoon.

About 150 union members at NYRA’s Belmont, Aqueduct and Saratoga tracks have authorized a strike over overtime and scheduling.

 

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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