ALBANY, NY – The state Racing Association has quietly reached a $68,500 settlement with the owners of the Schenectady-based food truck called the Wandering Dago, which was bounced from Saratoga Race Course on the first day of the 2013 meet. The truck’s ouster came after NYRA officials received an email from a top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo warning that the truck’s name was “a problem waiting to blow up.”

A one-paragraph notice filed with U.S. District Court in Albany late last week stated that NYRA admits no liability, and the parties “agree not to comment further after the settlement.”

The owners of the Wandering Dago, Andrea Loguidice and Brendan Snooks, filed suit in August 2013 against several NYRA officials as well as employees and leaders of the state Office of General Services claiming that the truck had been rejected by OGS’ summer lunch program on Empire State Plaza as well as the race course due to its controversial name.

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