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2012 Belmont Stakes: Labor Dispute Could Disrupt Race, According To Report

I'll Have Another's biggest obstacle to a Triple Crown might have nothing to do with the other horses.

On Tuesday a mediator was trying to settle a labor dispute at Belmont Park, according to the Associated Press.

According to AP,

The dispute threatens to scratch I'll Have Another's chance of winning thoroughbred racing's first Triple Crown in more than 30 years.

An official with the union representing maintenance and starting gate workers at the New York racetrack said the mediator was meeting Tuesday morning with the New York Racing Association and union leaders.

About 150 union members at NYRA's Belmont, Aqueduct and Saratoga tracks have been working without a contract since February 2011, a year after the previous contract was given a one-year extension. The workers last month authorized a strike to begin Friday, a day before the running of the Belmont Stakes, the final jewel in the Triple Crown....

The New York Racing Association said it was "extremely self-serving" for Local 3 to use the event as leverage in labor negotiation.

However, a financial secretary for the Local 3 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers insisted that the union did not wait until this week to threaten action. He said that the union has been trying to negotiate a deal for two years.

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