SARATOGA SPRINGS — The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will host its Countdown to the Breeders’ Cup preview program Saturday, Oct. 29 at noon in the Hall of Fame. Racing experts Jeff Carle and Michael Veitch will provide analysis and predictions for each Breeders’ Cup race. The program is free to attend for Museum members and is included with paid admission for non-members.
Carle was the leading apprentice jockey at the Belmont Park spring and fall meets in 1989, as well as that year’s Saratoga meet. He won 290 races during his career and had purse earnings of more than $5.3 million. After his riding career ended because of injuries, Carle turned to training. He operated a public stable for 10 years and won several stakes races. Carle has appeared on a variety of Capital OTB programs and produced a variety of news and feature stories for the network. He has also hosted programs at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame and served as a public handicapper for the Schenectady Daily Gazette.
Veitch covered horse racing for The Saratogian and its racing supplement, The Pink Sheet, from 1979 through 2017. He serves as chairman of the Museum’s Hall of Fame Historic Review Committee and is a member of the Hall of Fame Nominating Committee. A former host of “Down the Stretch” on Capital OTB, Veitch’s writing has appeared in a variety of media outlets, including Daily Racing Form. He is the author of four books on Saratoga racing history: Foundations of Fame: Nineteenth Century Racing in Saratoga Springs, Summit of Champions: Thoroughbred Racing in Saratoga Springs 1901-1955, Legacy of Excellence: Thoroughbred Racing in Saratoga Springs 1956-2008, and The Travers: 150 Years of Saratoga’s Greatest Race (co-authored with Brien Bouyea).
The program will also include drawings for prize packages such as wine baskets and Museum memberships.
Brien Bouyea, the Museum’s communications officer, will serve as the event moderator. The Breeders’ Cup World Championships will take place Nov. 4 and 5 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky.