Construction has begun at Aqueduct Racetrack to add a new turf course on what has been the facility's inner dirt track and to renovate the facility's main dirt track for winter racing, New York Racing Association officials said May 4.
A new state budget in Albany for the first time gives the New York Jockey Injury Compensation Fund authority to negotiate directly with insurance companies for not just traditionally covered workers.
State regulators in New York are moving to add several drugs to race-day threshold standards in order to be in sync with national model rules of the Association of Racing Commissioners International.
An upstate New York harness racetrack, struggling to compete with added casino gambling in the region, is scuttling plans to open for another racing season April 21.
New York horsemen and tracks will pay the full costs of equine drug testing in the state, an amount that totals more than $4 million annually, under a state budget deal that was given final adoption by lawmakers April 9.
The New York Racing Association, operating under the control of the state government since 2012, will be returned to private hands under a deal that came together April 7 at the New York Capitol.
A tentative deal to return the New York Racing Association to private hands ran aground April 5 when a broader package of state budget bills that included the NYRA component fell apart at the state Capitol in Albany.
Proposals to shift NYRA back to private operation could be stripped from budget legislation and dealt with in June toward the end of the New York legislative session.
A final agreement has been reached to permit Thoroughbred racing to continue at Finger Lakes Racetrack as part of a two-year deal that includes additional funding for purses from several stakeholders.
New York Senate and Assembly budget plans propose only two governor-appointed positions on a new privatized NYRA board of directors. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed his office choose six appointees.
The horsemen's group at Finger Lakes racetrack in upstate New York approved a deal Feb. 27 permitting the track to remain open this year in the face of new gambling competition that's expected to eat into purse account funds.
Whether any Thoroughbred racing is held this year at New York's Finger Lakes racetrack could be decided in a key meeting the evening of Feb. 27 by the board of directors of the track's horsemen.
The number of racing dates at New York's Finger Lakes racetrack could plummet by at least 15 percent under a proposal pushed by state officials to help the track cope with competition from a newly opened commercial casino.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing a plan to keep racing afloat at Finger Lakes Racetrack that calls for new contributions to a purse account from the track's owners.
With the opening of a new nearby casino already eating into racino revenues at Finger Lakes Racetrack, the horsemen's group at the track and state officials have stepped up negotiations to avoid what could be the closure of the track.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo quietly squashed a NYRA restructuring bill with a "pocket veto."
At issue is an infusion of cash flowing since October to the Nassau County Off-Track Betting Corp. from 460 video lottery terminals—out of 5,500 total VLTs—at Aqueduct's Resorts World casino.
New York racing regulators on Jan. 23 gave preliminary approval to an expansion of equine drug testing and recordkeeping rules, as well as to set a minimum set of penalties to be imposed on trainers and others with repeated equine drug violations.
New York regulators slapped a veteran jockey agent with a minimum 10-year license revocation for his role in a case alleging computer tampering at the New York Racing Association.
New York racing regulators Jan. 20 released a set of proposed sweeping equine drug and recordkeeping rules that arose from the state's investigation into allegations made by PETA against trainer Steve Asmussen in 2013.
New York legislators say they plan to push back against some of the provisions proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to return NYRA to private hands after nearly five years of a Cuomo-controlled board of directors running the racing corporation.
New York state would stop paying costs associated with equine drug testing in the horse racing industry, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed in his new 2017 state budget plan.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday proposed that the New York Racing Association be returned to private control, but the plan would retain sizeable influence by the governor over its operations.
An influential New York state senator this week will take testimony about what the Thoroughbred industry envisions for the future of the New York Racing Association.
A New York state oversight panel has approved major spending plans for 2017 by the New York Racing Association, though not before an annual disagreement surfaced about whether NYRA runs a surplus or deficit from its racing operations.
Simulcasting will return to Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack following a short-term deal between the track and the local HBPA.
A labor dispute between the owners of Finger Lakes Racetrack in upstate New York and the horsemen's group at the Thoroughbred track is forcing a shutdown of its simulcasting operations on Jan. 1.
A New York-based veterinarian has been suspended by regulators for falsely submitting health certificates for three horses seeking to enter the grounds at Aqueduct Racetrack.
A bill lawmakers passed intended to pressure Gov. Andrew Cuomo to return NYRA to private hands sits among the few pieces of legislation not yet delivered to the governor for his consideration.
Thoroughbred trainers and assistant trainers will now be required to fulfill at least four hours annually of continuing education coursework in order to retain their racing licenses with New York state.
An effort in New York to set minimum annual continuing education thresholds for Thoroughbred trainers is back on track, with state regulators expected next week to embrace the new rule.
Four years after the administration of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo began floating ideas for re-developing a large, unused parcel at Belmont Park, state officials Dec. 9 called off a long-stalled bidding process for the site.
Jockey Luis Saez has begun serving a five-day suspension instead of continuing a legal tussle with New York racing regulators over an alleged "careless riding" incident this summer at Saratoga Race Course.
Legislation permitting the New York Jockey Injury Compensation Fund to look at alternative coverage options for its increasingly expensive workers compensation insurance program has been vetoed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
New Jersey voters overwhelmingly rejected a ballot measure to expand casino gambling into the northern part of the state that risked eroding revenues at nearby New York racetrack-based casinos, including at Aqueduct Racetrack.
A lawyer representing Thoroughbred Jockey Luis Saez is fighting back against this week's New York State Gaming Commission decision to continue a disciplinary proceeding that could lead to a suspension of the rider for a "careless riding" incident.
A major equine drug infraction case, which led to the revocation of a Standardbred trainer's license, has been overturned by a New York state appeals court.
The New York Gaming Commission's board Nov. 1 rejected a hearing officer's recommendation to drop a suspension order against Thoroughbred jockey Luis Saez for a "careless riding" incident and demanded a new examination into the matter.
New York regulators are poised to approve a rule setting minimum annual continuing education thresholds for Thoroughbred trainers.
A state financial oversight panel has declined to act on a request from the state-controlled New York Racing Association to raise its discretionary spending limits.
The New York Racing Association has agreed to pay a $150,000 penalty and implement new procedures to halt the dumping of polluted wastewater at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Tioga Downs, a Standardbred track west of Binghamton in the struggling Southern Tier region of New York, will be permitted to install slot machines and table games under a plan approved Aug. 30 by the New York State Gaming Commission.
The New York State Gaming Commission Aug. 30 reported that a preliminary review has found that surface conditions at Saratoga Race Course are not to blame for the 14 equine deaths during the track's current meet.
The head of the New York Racing Association tangled with a state financial oversight board member Aug. 16 in a seemingly annual dispute over how the racing corporation reports on its financial performance.
Islandia village board approves a plan to convert an existing Marriott hotel into a casino.
Daily fantasy sports contests are now legal in New York state under legislation signed into law today by Gov Andrew Cuomo, the eighth such state since January to give some level of lawful backing to the online gambling sector.
Claims can be voided for additional race-day blood and urine positives for banned substances under a new rule approved July 25 by New York racing regulators.
A recent move by New York legislators to scare off investors in possible future casinos in New Jersey could backfire, according to the operator of Meadowlands Racetrack.
The administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo is hitting back at criticism from the Saratoga Springs community over the recent controversy involving the now-scuttled plan to end a four-year period of state government control of NYRA.
The operator of the video lottery terminal casino at Aqueduct Racetrack plans a December groundbreaking on an expansion project expected to add more than 750,000-square-feet to the facility, but the plan hasn't been presented to NYRA.
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