It’s Horse Racing But It’s Still Rock ‘n Roll to Me
United States Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke posted a press release on his department website March 6 which announcing a lease-sale of 73-million acres of federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico, scheduled for August 16, 2017.
April 20th will mark the seventh anniversary of the tragic explosion and sinking of the BP Deepwater Horizon rig that killed 11 workers and spewed oil into the Gulf until it was capped nearly three months later, July 15, 2010.
The operation was declared officially or “effectively dead” two months after that on September 19.
For those interested, the lease sale will be livestreamed from New Orleans and it will be the first installment of a five-year program called the Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2017-2022.
On a related note, oil will soon flow through the Dakota Access Pipeline just 150 miles from where the failed protests to stop it took place. Recall that in December, authorities discovered that 176,000 gallons of crude leaked from the Belle Fourche Pipeline into Ash Coulee Creek in North Dakota.
The lease sale in the Gulf is an invitation for both profit and potential disaster. I spoke with musician and environmental activist Tab Benoit, as far back at June 3, 2010. Benoit was in New York for a show and we talked about the BP debacle after the gig.
So, what’s all this have to do with horse racing?
Well, it was Benoit who inspired the name of a four-time Louisiana Horse of the Year champion, Star Guitar. The Star Guitar Stakes is now the lynchpin for Louisiana Champions Day for state-bred horses at the Fair Grounds each year.
Bloomberg Report Confirms Islanders-at-Belmont Exclusive
A Bloomberg News report on February 24 confirmed that the New York Islanders will play in a new arena at Belmont Park.
HorseRaceInsider’s Mark Berner reported exclusively in his “Inside New York” column of February 7 that the grounds adjacent to the racetrack would be used to build a new arena hard by the Cross Island Parkway on the Queens/Nassau County line.
Islanders' owners Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin, along with NY Knicks-Rangers owner James Dolan and NY Mets owner Fred Wilpon will also provide funding to build the new arena.
New York City-based hockey fans will also be able to access the new facility via an existing Long Island Railroad station.