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Food vendor ejected from Saratoga Race Course over its name

Once again, the owners of a Schenectady-based business called The Wandering Dago, which sells BBQ, say they are having trouble with the State of New York, having been told Saturday to vacate their spot at the Saratoga Race Course. One of the owners, Andrea Loguidice, says a  NYRA representative told them they had two hours to leave or their food truck would be towed. She says a state official apparently found the company name offensive. Loguidice, an attorney, says she and co-owner Brandon Snooks are planning what to do next. "I generally do environmental law," says Loguidice, "but it looks like I'll be going into contract law."

Loguidice said her business was also once prevented from operating at the Empire State Plaza in Albany.

Loguidice says she and Snooks are proud of their heritage and says when they named their business they had in mind Italian immigrants who would ask to be paid "as the day goes" rather than at the end of the week. Their food truck is mobile and Loguidice says their pay depends on the day. "If it rains, we don't make money," she says. According to Merriam-Webster, "dago" refers to a person of Italian or Spanish descent, is a variation of "Diego" - a common Spanish given name - and is usually offensive.

Loguidice points out state agencies, including Taxation and Finance, have approved of their business. "How do you do this to a small business?" she asks. 

The spokesman NYRA has handling the response to this story was not available for comment.

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