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Subject: Re: [NYFULTON] Sanford horse farm in Broadalbin
Date: Sun, 04 Mar 2007 23:48:49 -0000
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Amsterdam's connection with horse racing had begun in the late 1870s when carpet maker Stephen Sanford's doctor told him he was working too hard and advised a hobby. Sanford took up horse breeding, creating what was first called Hurricana Farm. With names like Chuctanunda and Molly Brant, Sanford's horses raced to glory at the Kentucky Derby and Saratoga.
In the early 1900's, there was a special celebration on Independence Day weekend prior to the opening at Saratoga. Workers from Sanford's carpet mill were given a half-day holiday and brought their families to Hurricana to watch the thoroughbreds compete.
After Stephen Sanford's death in 1913, his son John oversaw operations at the farm, renamed Sanford Stud Farms in the 1930s.
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