In an Aug. 25 news conference at Saratoga Race Course, New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer said he may not meet the Sept. 4 deadline to make a recommendation as to which organization should receive the franchise to run racing at the Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga racetracks.
A senior advisor to New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer said the governor has not decided on any one plan for the state's Thoroughbred racing franchise, but acknowledged that a slew of ideas "from shutting down Aqueduct to splitting up the franchise" have been on the table.
A day after the head of the New York Racing Association expressed optimism about holding onto its Thoroughbred franchise, Gov. Eliot Spitzer praised the new leadership at NYRA for helping the group recover from its legal troubles.
New York state officials told three Thoroughbred franchise bidding groups they want to let the New York Racing Association continue running the state's major racetracks and begin a new bidding process for rights to operate casinos at Aqueduct and Belmont Park.
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer is considering a new Thoroughbred racing franchise model in which separate entities would run the racing and gambling side of business at racetracks.
The New York Racing Association, struggling under federal bankruptcy protection, is awarding its non-union employees raises and pension increases, officials said May 31.
New York officials are considering a major overhaul of the state's Thoroughbred racetrack industry, with an eye to possibly shutting down Aqueduct racetrack, having a new operator run Belmont and giving the New York Racing Association rights to operate Saratoga.
More than four months after an Aqueduct racing accident left Jose Santos with five fractured vertebrae and a fractured sternum, the Eclipse Award-winning jockey remains on the sidelines. But an innovative new therapy may facilitate his eventual return to the saddle.
The Belmont Child Care Association has received a donation of $250,000 from Gretchen and Roy Jackson, owners of the late Barbaro, who won the 2006 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
MGM Mirage has ended its deal with the New York Racing Association to build and operate a video lottery terminal casino at Aqueduct.
Hall of Fame trainer H. Allen Jerkens has two of the five horses entered in the April 21 Bed o' Roses Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Aqueduct. He has won the race seven times, and his contenders this year are Any Limit and Swap Fliparoo.
Aqueduct canceled its Sunday card because of the high wind and heavy rain forecast for the New York area.
Because of heavy rain and strong, variable wind, racing was cancelled at Aqueduct Race Track Thursday, April 12, seven minutes to post for race 3.
A joint venture led by Las Vegas casino developer Steve Wynn has dropped out of the running for the franchise to operate three New York racetracks.
California shipper Victorina appears to head the field of seven fillies and mares entered in the 53rd running of the March 24 Distaff Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at six furlongs at Aqueduct.
Apprentice Joe Talamo, runaway leader in the jockey standings at Fair Grounds, will switch his tack to New York for the start of Aqueduct's main track meet in early April, according to his agent, Ronnie Ebanks.
Aqueduct's live St. Patrick's Day card Saturday and the live program for Sunday were canceled after a ferocious Nor'easter on Friday left the New York City Metropolitan area covered overnight with a dangerous mixture of snow, ice and rain.
Aqueduct's live St. Patrick's Day card Saturday and the live card for Sunday, March 18, were cancelled after a ferocious Nor'easter on Friday left the New York City Metropolitan area covered overnight with a dangerous mixture of snow, ice and rain.
Live and simulcast racing at Aqueduct has been canceled for Friday, March 16.
The Steve Wynn-led group interested in obtaining New York's Thoroughbred franchise says it wants to add a racetrack operator to its joint venture--and it could include entities already lined up with other bidders.
With two more major stepping stones to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) taking place this weekend, three prominent trainers took a moment to discuss the outlook of their potential stars.
Jockey Abel Castellano Jr., injured in a racing accident at Aqueduct on Sunday, March 4, will be sidelined indefinitely with a broken collarbone.
After missing nearly four weeks of racing because of a badly bruised knee, jockey Ramon Dominguez returned to action at Aqueduct in Wednesday's first race, nearly winning on his first mount back. Semichi and Dominguez put away the speedy Unbridled Sunshine but could not hold off a late charging Uptothechallenge.
Mike Hushion got his 1,000th training victory Wednesday when River City Rebel rallied to win the $47,000 allowance feature at Aqueduct.
A New York state government panel is being created to evaluate groups interested in taking over the franchise to operate Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga racetracks, a process that suddenly makes wide open the race to replace the New York Racing Association.
Eclipse Award-winning jockey Jose Santos, injured in a racing accident at Aqueduct Feb. 1, has been diagnosed with further fractures to the spine than initially detected by physicians, while Ramon Dominguez, who has not ridden since being involved in the same spill, has received medical clearance to return to racing.
Philadelphia Park-based trainer Ramon Preciado seeks to add to his success in New York with Amber Note in Aqueduct's Rare Treat.
A winter storm has led to cancellation of racing at tracks from the Ohio Valley to New York.
Racing at Aqueduct was canceled Feb. 3 when jockeys refused to ride in the final four races on the card, citing dissatisfaction over the medical care they'd received at nearby Jamaica Hospital.
Jockeys Eddie Martin Jr. and Norberto Arroyo Jr. were involved in a spill during Aqueduct's fifth race Saturday as two horses died. Following the incident, the remainder of Saturday's nine-race live card was canceled, as was Sunday's scheduled program.
Jockey Jose Santos, who won the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) aboard Funny Cide in 2003, remained hospitalized Feb. 2 with serious injuries incurred in a three-horse spill at Aqueduct Race Course the previous afternoon.
Jockeys Ramon Dominguez and Jose Santos were taken to Jamaica Hospital Thursday afternoon after they were involved in a three-horse spill during the running of the eighth race at Aqueduct.
The New York Racing Association, currently seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, reported an operating loss of more than $7 million in December.
The forecast of an Arctic cold front led Aqueduct to cancel live racing for Friday, Jan. 26. The track will be open for simulcasting.
Jockey Ramon Dominguez rode five winners from eight mounts over Aqueduct's inner dirt track on Friday afternoon.
Jazil, winner of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), finished second in a 1 1/16-mile allowance/optional claiming contest Jan. 5 at Aqueduct in his first start since winning the Belmont and recovering from a bruised hind cannon bone.
The state of New York has filed a motion to have the New York Racing Association's bankruputcy petition dismissed.
Half Ours eked out a victory in an allowance/optional claiming race at Aqueduct Thursday in his first start since being sold for $6.1 million at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
The New York Racing Association is asking a federal bankruptcy judge to halt the state's plan to turn Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga over to the next Thoroughbred franchise-holder.
Empire Racing Associates said it is willing to put more money on the table for the state of New York in order to win the franchise to run racing over the next 20 years at Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga racetracks.
The 2007 New York Racing Association stakes schedule highlights the inaugural Breeders' Cup Challenge with Belmont and Saratoga each hosting challenge-day events. The powerhouse race days highlight NYRA's stakes schedule, which features 38 grade I races and nearly $33 million in stakes purses.
Empire Racing Associates, which made a bid for the franchise to operate three New York racetracks, released a plan Nov. 30 to protect the historic charm of Saratoga Race Course and strengthen racing there. The plan will form a major part of the proposal Empire Racing will take to the state legislature in January, officials said.
MGM Mirage, keeping a watchful eye on developments for New York's Thoroughbred franchise, is preparing to move ahead with plans to construct a casino at Aqueduct.
Excelsior Racing Associates has been selected by a state government committee in New York to be the next holder of the franchise to run racing at Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga racetracks.
John Imbriale, the New York Racing Association's backup track announcer until his retirement in early 2005, will return as Aqueduct's winter announcer in 2007.
Jockey Jose Santos was injured in a spill during Saturday's first race at Aqueduct and took off his mounts for the rest of the card, although he was not hospitalized.
Aqueduct's main track will be closed for racing and training Nov. 17-20 and will reopen for training on Nov. 21, the New York Racing Association announced Nov. 16.
Because of track conditions, Thursday's live race card at Aqueduct was canceled.
The New York Racing Association will get its $19-million bailout from state government provided it gives assurances that it "does not anticipate" filing for bankruptcy protection in the next six months.
High winds again forced the cancellation of racing at Aqueduct on Sunday afternoon after the first race. The horses were in the paddock for the second race when the announcement was made.
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