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NYRA OK, But OTB Closure Looming

NYRA OK, But OTB Closure Looming

Legislation giving the New York Racing Association a 25-year extension of its exclusive Thoroughbred franchise was signed Feb. 19, Gov. Eliot Spitzer said. Meanwhile, the mayor of New York City reiterated that New York City Off-Track Betting Corp. can't continue under its current arrangement with the state.

New Yorkers React to NYRA Decision

New Yorkers React to NYRA Decision

Relief, tempered with caution about the future, was the word among some of New York's owners and breeders the day after it was announced that the New York Racing Association struck a deal with the state to operate racing at Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga for the next 25 years.

Sources: NYRA in Control of Racing

Sources: NYRA in Control of Racing

The New York Racing Association, in control of Thoroughbred racing in the state since 1955, will continue to run racing under a deal that came together Feb. 12 at the state Capitol in Albany, government and industry sources say.

State Fails to Approve NYRA Deal

State racing regulators failed to approve a temporary license for the New York Racing Association to continue racing in January while talks about a permanent franchise deal continue.

Steroid Prohibition Topic at Saratoga Racing and Gaming Institute

Albany Law School's Saratoga Institute on Racing and Gaming Law got off to a fast-paced start Aug. 7 when Dr. Don Catlin, a pioneer in the field of athletic drug testing, addressed a group of assembled lawyers and industry representatives gathered at the Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

State Officials Tell Bid Groups NYRA Should Run Tracks

State Officials Tell Bid Groups NYRA Should Run Tracks

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.

Empire Group Alleges Collusion in N.Y. Bid Process

Empire Racing Associates has accused two of its competitors of secretly meeting to discuss a possible joint venture involving New York's Thoroughbred franchise, which Empire contends violates state procurement rules involving collusion.

NYRA Receives Permission to Offer Internet Wagering

The New York Racing Association will become the first racing entity in New York to offer internet wagering. State regulators April 26 approved a NYRA application to permit the potentially lucrative form of gambling, beginning as soon as NYRA can start the venture.

Swindal Leaves Excelsior as N.Y. Franchise Bids Aired

Swindal Leaves Excelsior as N.Y. Franchise Bids Aired

Steve Swindal, the New York Yankees executive embroiled in divorce proceedings with the daughter of George Steinbrenner, has dropped out of Excelsior Racing Associates, one of four groups vying to win the New York Thoroughbred franchise whose proposals were made public April 5.

New Panel to Evaluate Groups Seeking New York Franchise

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.

Aqueduct Casino, More VLTs Possible in '08 Plan

New York state officials said talks are under way to permit construction to proceed on a casino at Aqueduct, and a crack has opened to possibly permit more video lottery terminals in the state. Additionally, there is a plan by the state to provide more public assistance to keep the New York Racing Association afloat through 2007.

Farmer Defends Support for Spitzer's Election

The surprisingly large influx of campaign contributions from breeders and horse owners in Kentucky, California and elsewhere to the New York gubernatorial campaign of Eliot Spitzer did not come from individuals secretly vying to obtain the New York Racing Association franchise, according to one of the top donors.

Kentucky Horsemen Make Donations to Spitzer

Kentucky Horsemen Make Donations to Spitzer

Groups and individuals trying to influence the future direction of horse racing in New York have opened their wallets to statewide candidates and campaigns of legislators who will have a role in picking a new owner of the franchise to operate Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga racetracks.

Spitzer: Award Franchise 'As Rapidly As Possible'

New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, the frontrunner in the New York governor's race, said he wants the franchise to run Thoroughbred racing in the state to be awarded sooner than later, and indicated the decision doesn't have to wait until the next governor takes over in 2007.

Cooperation, Not Politics, Led to Deal With Prosecutors

The New York Racing Association's political muscle had nothing to do with the deal in which prosecutors agreed to indict NYRA, but not prosecute it if it agrees to certain reforms and pays a $3 million fine, NYRA chairman Barry Schwartz said Thursday.

Anti-Trust Concerns Lead to Veto of New York Legislation

Legislation designed to make it easier for New York tracks to coordinate racing schedules and sell their products jointly has been vetoed by Gov. George Pataki, who said the bill could "work to the detriment of New Yorkers who patronize horse racing and betting facilities."

Spa-Tacular

Spa-Tacular

By Ray Paulick -- The Saratoga season of 2003 is one New York Racing Association officials will not soon forget, and for good reason. They overcame numerous obstacles to post record numbers at what most people acknowledge is American racing's most important meeting.

NYRA Criticized Over Loan

An internal audit of a little known state fund found the New York Legislature has given the embattled New York Racing Association loose reins over $60 million it owes the state.

NYRA Reviewing Management Practices

After meeting with its newly hired security consultant, the New York Racing Association on Wednesday said it has begun a review of its practices already under investigation by state and federal authorities.

Feds Seeking Indictment Against NYRA

Federal prosecutors are preparing an indictment against the New York Racing Association that will allege a corporate conspiracy that permitted corruption to occur at its three racetracks. Sources also say the state is currently developing a contingency plan in case the NYRA is ousted from its duties.

Casino Mogul Trump Joins List of NYRA Critics

Casino Mogul Trump Joins List of NYRA Critics

Using a smiling, cigar-chomping photograph of gangster Al Capone atop a caption saying "he would have loved'' the thought of putting slot machines at New York Racing Association tracks, casino mogul Donald Trump has joined in on the growing chorus of NYRA critics.

Spa Takes Back Seat to Defense of NYRA

Spa Takes Back Seat to Defense of NYRA

The charges and countercharges battle between the New York Racing Association and New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer continued June 24, with NYRA charging the state's chief law enforcement agent "does not understand NYRA's operations," and that he made "no attempt" to make his damaging report balanced.

NYRA's Schwartz Alleges AG Bungled Report

NYRA's Schwartz Alleges AG Bungled Report

Barry K. Schwartz, NYRA chairman and CEO, issued a scathing response Saturday to the state attorney general's critical report of the association's operations.

AG's Report Suggests NYRA Unfit to Operate Franchise

State officials should consider removing the New York Racing Association as operator of Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga racetracks for ignoring and covering up an empire overrun with employee corruption that includes cheating of its customers, New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has charged.

Credit Card Company: Online Wagers to be Blocked

Citibank, the nation's largest credit card company, is beginning a new system to block customers from using their plastic to make online wagers, New York attorney general Eliot Spitzer said June 14. The impact on companies that offer pari-mutuel wagering remains to be seen.

NYRA Employees Indicted; Giuliani Cancels News Conference

NYRA Employees Indicted; Giuliani Cancels News Conference

Four New York Racing Association employees have been indicted as part of a probe by state investigators into an alleged money laundering operation. New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani cancelled an 11 a.m. news conference at which he was to announce a group led by Magna Entertainment had won the purchase rights to the New York City Off Track Betting Corp.

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