New York Post Eliminates Racing Coverage

Paper fires entire racing staff June 7, one day before the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

The New York Post fired three horse racing reporters June 7, one day before the $1 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I), and will no longer have staff cover the sport.

Writer Ed Fountaine, along with handicappers John DaSilva and Anthony Affrunti, were let go immediately. They were informed that the paper, one of New York's three major metropolitan dailies, will have no staff coverage of the Belmont Stakes.

Fountaine, 60, was a Post employee for 15 years and formerly worked for Daily Racing Form.

The paper will no longer feature racing analysis or news. Earlier this year, the New York Daily News also reduced coverage, although that publication still includes analysis, news, results, and entries.  
A June 7 memo from Post editor Col Allan to the staff said 13 full-time positions were eliminated throughout the organization.