Sanford family to be featured

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Renowned author and racing historian Michael Veitch will host a presentation discussing the thoroughbred racing legacy of the famed Sanford family Thursday at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Hall of Fame Gallery and is free and open to the public.?

The Sanford family has played a prominent role in the history of thoroughbred racing, especially at Saratoga Race Course, a news release said. The 100th running of the prestigious Sanford Stakes for 2-year-olds will be run July 19 at Saratoga.?

Veitch will discuss the Sanford family’s relationship with Saratoga, including the family’s success in racing, breeding and the annual Matinee Trials that were held at the Sanford Stud Farm in nearby Amsterdam. John Sanford campaigned 1916 Kentucky Derby winner George Smith, as well as Sergeant Murphy, the first American-owned horse to win the famed Grand National steeplechase in England.

Sanford also stood the stallion Clifford, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in August.?

Another aspect of the presentation will focus on the Friends of Sanford Stud, an organization that has become the caretaker of the old Sanford broodmare barn and the remaining memorabilia in Amsterdam.

The organization has a dedicated group of volunteers raising funds to keep the Sanford legacy alive, the release said.?

Veitch has been covering horse racing for The Saratogian and its racing supplement, The Pink Sheet, since 1979.

A member of the Saratoga 150 Committee, Veitch is a trustee of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame and serves on the Museum’s Hall of Fame Nominating Committee, Historic Review Committee and Pillars of the Turf Committee. He is a former host of “Down the Stretch” on Capital OTB and his writing has appeared in a variety of media outlets, including Daily Racing Form.

Veitch is the author of two books on Saratoga racing: “Summit of Champions” and “Foundations of Fame.”

He was inducted into the Saratoga Springs History Museum Hall of Fame in 2013 and is a member of the nominating committee of the thoroughbred division of the Canadian Racing Hall of Fame.