About the authors

Brien Bouyea is the Hall of Fame and Communications Director at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Prior to joining the Museum in 2010, Bouyea was the executive sports editor at The Saratogian, where the paper’s sports section and its racing supplement, The Pink Sheet, won numerous national and state honors under his direction. Bouyea won individual writing awards from the national Associated Press Sports Editors, as well as multiple state awards from the New York State Associated Press and New York News Publishers Association. A native of Plattsburgh, N.Y., Bouyea graduated from The College of Saint Rose (Albany, N.Y.). He served on the Saratoga 150 History Committee for the 2013 celebration of racing’s sesquicentennial in Saratoga Springs. Bouyea is also the sports editor and a contributing writer for Saratoga Living magazine and has written for several other publications, including the Troy Record, Albany Times Union, and New York Horse magazine. His first book, “Bare Knuckles and Saratoga Racing: The Remarkable Life of John Morrissey,” was published in 2016 by The History Press. He lives in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Michael Veitch spent 40 years as the lead thoroughbred racing writer and columnist for The Saratogian and its award-winning racing supplement, The Pink Sheet. He has served as a trustee of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame and chairs that institution’s Hall of Fame Historic Review Committee. A native and resident of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Veitch is a graduate of Plattsburgh State University and the author of two previous books about Saratoga racing, “Foundations of Fame: Nineteenth Century Thoroughbred Racing in Saratoga Springs” and “Summit of Champions: Thoroughbred Racing in Saratoga Springs 1901-1955.” Veitch served on the Saratoga 150 History Committee for the 2013 celebration of racing’s sesquicentennial in Saratoga Springs. He has also done work for Daily Racing Form, Thoroughbred Record, and The Racing Times, among others. He has been recognized by the National Museum of Racing in its Joe Hirsch Media Roll of Honor and was inducted into the Saratoga Springs History Museum’s Hall of Fame.