Concerned Citizens for Saratoga Racing, a group that includes several prominent horsemen, Aug. 23 announced their decision to support the New York Racing Association in that organization's bid for the 20-year franchise to operate Saratoga, Aqueduct, and Belmont Park.
Concerned Citizens for Saratoga Racing, a group that includes several prominent horsemen, Aug. 23 announced their decision to support the New York Racing Association in its bid for the 20-year franchise to operate Saratoga, Aqueduct, and Belmont Park.
A group of horsemen, breeders, and backstretch workers met June 14 in Saratoga Springs, NY to support a call to keep the Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) program at New York State's race tracks in the hands of the New York thoroughbred industry to strengthen thoroughbred racing in the state.
Empire Racing May 30 called for the specific placement of Saratoga Race Course and other nearby racing properties on the National and State Registers of Historic Places. A letter was sent Wednesday morning by Empire Racing chief executive officer Jeff Perlee to Saratoga Springs Mayor Valerie Keehn highlighting the request.
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.
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.
Empire Racing, the Saratoga-based finalist for New York state's racing franchise, unveiled a corporate integrity program Dec. 5 that includes creation of an independent inspector general and a board of directors integrity task force headed by two independent directors with no financial interests in the company.
With the future of the racing industry in New York up in the air, the most immediate beneficiaries appear to be state officials running for office this fall, thanks to a steady flow of money from individuals and companies tied in one way or another to the Thoroughbred franchise renewal process.
A group vying to replace the New York Racing Association as operator of three Thoroughbred racetracks has joined NYRA's effort to get the state to release $19 million in funding for the financially ailing operator.
Young & Rubicam Brands and Eric Mower and Associates will form the marketing communications team as part of Empire Racing's bid to operate New York State's Thoroughbred racetracks at Saratoga, Belmont, and Aqueduct.
The continuing consolidation of racing interests seeking the franchise currently held by the New York Racing Association took a quantum leap Wednesday when it was announced that Churchill Downs Inc. and Magna Entertainment were joining the Empire Racing team.
A former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York, Denise O'Donnell, has joined the Empire Racing team to help create a comprehensive racing and corporate integrity plan that will be a "covenant of trust and confidence" with racing fans and the public.
Delaware North Companies, which operates Finger Lakes racetrack in upstate New York, has joined in the bid by Empire Racing to operate the three New York tracks currently under the auspices of the New York Racing Association.
Jeffrey Tucker, a New York breeder, has been named chairman of the fledgling Empire Racing Associates, a group of horsemen and breeders trying to position itself to be among the holders of a new Thoroughbred racing franchise in New York.
A fledgling group of owners and breeders in New York has launched a new effort to study a variety of issues affecting the safety of Thoroughbred horses, including whether some of the state's racetracks should install alternative racing surfaces.