A crew from C-SPAN, the cable channel that covers government proceedings and public affairs, visited Saratoga Springs, New York, in late September 2017.
In addition to speaking with various community leaders, C-SPAN producers talked to horse trainer H. James Bond, outrider Natalie Rutigliano, and jockey Robbie Davis while it toured the Oklahoma Training Track and the facilities at the historic Saratoga Racetrack.
C-SPAN’s Local Content Vehicle also stopped by several other local sites, including Congress Park, the Saratoga Battlefield in Stillwater, and Grant’s Cottage in Wilton.
In addition to local politicians and racetrack people, several local authors were interviewed: Alan Carter (who is the historian at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame), Field Horne (whose work includes Saratoga Springs: A Centennial History), David Fiske (biographer of Solomon Northup, the author of Twelve Years a Slave), and Andrew McKenna (author of Sheer Madness: From Federal Prosecutor to Federal Prisoner). Saratoga Springs History Museum director Jamie Parillo also spoke with C-SPAN staff.
The segments will be aired as part of two of C-SPAN’s projects: Book TV (Saratoga pieces will air on C-SPAN2 at 12 noon on December 16), and American History TV (airing on C-SPAN3 at 2 pm on December 17).
The segments will also be available for online viewing later, at the channel’s Cities Tour web page.