Moose on the Loose Hits Saratoga Race Course

Wayward moose wanders onto ground of historic racetrack
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2009 1:43 AM CDT
A wandering moose peruses the grounds of the Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, NY.   (AP Photo/Lynn Drew, New York Racing Association)

(Newser) – Fans spotted a different kind of four-legged visitor yesterday at the Saratoga Race Course when a wayward moose wandered onto the grounds, reports the Albany Times-Union reports. Dozens of surprised onlookers—most of whom had never seen a wild moose before, let alone one on a racetrack—gathered to see the young 500-pound female before wildlife officers tranquilized it and loaded it onto a trailer for release back into the wild.

"I wonder if she could beat the horses,” mused a Saratoga cop. “It would be a heck of a race. I’ve done a lot of things. I’ve never been on moose duty before.”