New York State Racing and Wagering Board Chairman John D. Sabini issued the following statement today in response to the death of Yankees owner and harness racing enthusiast George Steinbrenner:
"George Steinbrenner's love for Standardbred and Thoroughbred horse racing and his intense interest in winning was evident to all sports fans. During his nearly 40 years of involvement with racing, he wanted his equine athletes to get to the finish line first as much as he wanted his beloved Yankees to crown each season with another World Series trophy.
He was a frequent visitor to the Saratoga Race Course during the summer -- even when his ballplayers were heading into the home stretch of competition for the American League pennant.
He will be greatly missed by all of us involved with the Sport of Kings and lovers of baseball. His entire family has my deepest condolences, sympathy and gratitude for his contributions to sports."
Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner Dies At 80