Moose wanders onto Saratoga racetrack

June 15, 2009 12:50:26 PM PDT
And it's Bullwinkle by a nose - a really big nose - at Saratoga Race Course. A large moose has wandered onto the grounds of the historic upstate New York racetrack where the likes of Man o' War and Secretariat have run.

Saratoga Race Course employees arrived at work Monday morning to find the cow moose wandering on the sidewalk outside track property.

After New York Racig Association security worked with the Saratoga Springs police department to bring the moose to safety inside the gates of the racetrack, Environmental Conservation officials tranquilized the moose with the intention of delivering it unharmed back to its natural environment.

The moose was first spotted around 6 a.m. by Saratoga city police officers along Nelson Avenue. It eventually wandered onto Frank Sullivan Place, strolling along the outside of the track fence. City police requested that NYRA security open the Lincoln Avenue entrance to the track to lure it inside, in order to keep it out of harm's way, as well as to ensure the safety of pedestrians and drivers.

The moose attracted several dozen onlookers, who were kept away from the animal by police.

The track opens its six-week season July 29.


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