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NYRA Honors Commentator at Saratoga

NYRA Honors Commentator at Saratoga

The New York Racing Association (NYRA) paid tribute to Commentator Sept. 6, at Saratoga Race Course. The 8-year-old chestnut gelding, owned by Tracy Farmer and trained by Hall of Famer Nick Zito, was retired from racing Aug. 9, a day after finishing third in the Whitney Handicap (gr. I). He was attempting to join Discovery and Kelso as the only three-time winners of the race in its 82-year history.

Paterson Authorizes NYCOTB Reorganization

New York Gov. David A. Paterson on Sept. 1 signed Executive Order No. 27, authorizing the New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation (NYCOTB) to file a petition for reorganization under Chapter 9 of the federal bankruptcy code. The governor issued the order after it was determined that NYCOTB requires major restructuring to regain solvency. Paterson has directed the NYCOTB board of directors, led by Chairman Meyer "Sandy" Frucher, to provide the governor's office with a restructuring plan within two months, which likely will include a Chapter 9 filing for NYCOTB.

Saratoga Opening Day Way Up

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On-track and all-sources handle were up significantly over 2008 totals as Saratoga Race Course opened its 141st season July 29.

NYRA Taps New Senior VP and CFO

The New York Racing Association announced July 22 that Ellen McClain has been named senior vice president and chief financial officer. In her position, McClain will oversee all NYRA financials, including accounting, budgeting, and forecasting. She will start with the company in mid-August.

Belmont Park in Midst of Accreditation Review

Belmont Park in Midst of Accreditation Review

As officials in Maryland work to achieve full accreditation for Pimlico Race Course through the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance, the New York Racing Association is anticipating alliance approval for Belmont Park before the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

F-T Racing Festival Set for Saratoga

Fasig-Tipton Company and the New York Racing Association (NYRA) are teaming up to develop the inaugural Fasig-Tipton Festival of Racing at Saratoga Race Course The festival will be held the second weekend of the Saratoga racing season, Aug. 8 and 9, and will precede the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling auction Aug. 10 and 11.

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