The New York Racing Association has announced the stakes programs for the 2011 Belmont fall championship meet and the 2011 Aqueduct fall meet, featuring 30 graded stakes races and nearly $9 million in purses.
As expected, Breeders' Cup Aug. 10 announced that Santa Anita Park in California will serve as the 2012 host site of the two-day World Championships.
New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Aug. 8 that Churchill Downs Technology Initiatives Company will open a call center in Amherst, N.Y., to handle the New York Racing Association's telephone betting services.
The New York Racing Association will name a race in memory of Steve Schwartz, former director of media relations for the company, at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 13.
The New York State Racing and Wagering Board on Aug. 5 approved a plan for the New York Racing Association to offer full-card simulcasts of harness racing from New York tracks.
The New York Racing Association has struck a deal with Resorts World Casino New York by which the gaming company will operate some concessions at Aqueduct, which is being redeveloped to accommodate 4,500 gaming machines.
Attendance and handle at Saratoga continue to post increases compared with 2010 through the second week of the meet, or 10 days, according to the New York Racing Association.
The New York Racing Association, Inc. and Equibase Company have announced they will launch the "Play Saratoga" Facebook game on Wednesday, Aug. 3.
The New York Racing Association prepared college students for the upcoming academic year by awarding $8,000 in scholarships on the third annual College Day at Saratoga Race Course.
The Saratoga jockey colony will take on the Philadelphia Orchestra in a softball game to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund Aug. 1.
New York Racing Association reported that attendance for the first four days of its Saratoga meeting was up 2%, while all-sources handle rose 10%.
Belmont Park has become the sixth racetrack to earn re-accreditation from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Safety and Integrity Alliance.
Belmont Park, saying it benefited from the shutdown of New York City Off-Track Betting Corp., reported increases in attendance and most pari-mutuel handle categories for its 2011 spring/summer meet.
The New York Racing Association, which has a long tradition of clashing with state government officials, faces a new review of its books by the state's chief fiscal watchdog.
The New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Fasig-Tipton, and New York Racing Association during an Aug. 13 forum will discuss the future of New York racing and breeding after video lottery terminals begin operating at Aqueduct.
The jockey and trainer title chases for the Belmont Park spring/summer meet came down to the final two races on closing day, July 17, with Ramon Dominguez holding off a challenge by Javier Castellano to be leading jockey.
The New York Racing Association's net revenue is projected to decrease 3.9% this year while its wages and benefits are up 5%, according to its 2011 budget that was released July 15 by state officials.
The New York Racing Association announced July 11 that it has discontinued its lawsuit against the Division of the Budget over a Freedom of Information Law request by a newspaper.
The head of the New York Racing Association said he made "a mistake" by not sharing details about management pay hikes with state oversight officials, but he defended the fiscal health of the association.
There were 11 winning tickets for the record-setting Pick 6 at Belmont Park June 15, with each ticket paying $308,963.
Potential record-breaking heat causes NYRA to cancel racing June 9; forecast is for temperatures to drop off dramatically by Saturday's Belmont Stakes.
The New York Racing Association has reached an agreement with ESPN to televise up to 13 weekends of racing to the United Arab Emirates, including Dubai.
Ramon Dominguez joined Jorge Velasquez as one of only two jockeys to win six races in a single day at Belmont Park, aided by a sweep of the June 5 New York Stallion Series races aboard Darrin's Dilemma and Hessonite.
As the field for the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) makes its way onto the track for the post parade at Belmont Park, the horses will be accompanied by Frank Sinatra's timeless recording of "New York, New York."
Javier Castellano shot past Cornelio Velasquez in the Belmont Park spring/summer jockey standings by winning five races June 2.
The New York Racing Association and The Jockey Club have announced that, for the first time, tickets for the June 9 Belmont Stakes Charity Celebration can be purchased online at https://www.tjcis.com/grayson/BelEventTickets.
On Friday, June 10 at Belmont Park, one day before the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), The New York Racing Association will run the sixth race in memory of Jack Kelly.
A state panel has approved a resolution that permits Genting New York LLC, the future operators of the Aqueduct casino, to obtain a $225 million mortgage to help finance construction activities at the facility.
Electrical repair specialists, working overnight into the morning of May 14, restored full power to Aqueduct Racetrack after an accident a day earlier cut power to the facility.
The New York Racing Association and the NBC Sports Group May 12 announced a partnership to broadcast "Summer at Saratoga," live racing from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., over seven weekends beginning July 23.
New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo says he does not want to be "disruptive'' to the New York Racing Association, but he still wants the racetrack operator to get an in-state company to run its telephone wagering call center.
Attendance, on-track handle, and NYRA Rewards account wagering posted substantial increases at the recently concluded 2011 Aqueduct Racetrack winter/spring race meeting, while total all-sources handle was down.
Lawmakers in New York said they plan to put off until next year passage of a measure permitting casino gambling in the Catskills resort region of the state.
Attendance and on-track handle posted huge gains at Aqueduct April 9 as Dianne Cotter's homebred Toby's Corner provided a stunning upset victory in the $1-million Resorts World New York Casino Wood Memorial (gr. I).
The New York Racing Association has announced that beginning March 29, it will be conducting an online "Get to Know Mo" contest.
The New York Racing Association's stakes schedule for the 2011 Belmont Park spring/summer meet includes the return of four graded stakes that were on hiatus in 2010 due to financial constraints.
Another off-track betting corporation in New York State is facing mounting fiscal problems and is considering Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection.
A New York lawmaker wants to put the now-defunct New York City Off-Track Betting Corp., out to competitive bidding.
Kimberly Justus, director of guest services for the New York Racing Association, has left the company due to personal family reasons, NYRA announced Feb. 19.
Suffolk Downs and the New England Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association continued to negotiate Feb. 18 and indications are that the two sides are creeping closer to common ground on a contract for 2011.
The horsemen in Oregon have joined the list of groups supporting the New England chapter of the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association as dispute over a 2011 live racing contract at Suffolk Downs continues.
The operators of Aqueduct's future video lottery terminal casino have begun pressing state officials to permit table games at the facility and New York's other racetrack casinos.
For the second straight day, racing at Aqueduct Racetrack was canceled for Thursday, Feb. 3 due to the effects of the major storm that hit the Northeast.
Total pari-mutuel handle at New York Racing Association tracks was up 76% in the first month after the shutdown of New York City Off-Track Betting Corp., according to state officials.
Aqueduct and Penn National canceled live racing for Jan. 21 because of a snowstorm moving through the Northeast.
Philip Dunn, former executive director of simulcast and supervised broadcast programming at the New York Racing Association, died Jan. 3 at the age of 81.
Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino announced Dec. 27 it will give random breathalyzer tests to jockeys, stewards, assistant starters and members of the gate crew when its meet begins Jan. 5.
The inclement weather that has impacted business and travel in the Northeast has resulted in the Dec. 27 cancellation of live racing at Penn National Racecourse and simulcasting at Aqueduct and Belmont Park.
Racetracks and OTB corporations in New York are circulating a draft agreement to permit live video streaming of races over the Internet -- a move supporters said could help pick up some business.
Seeking to make long-stalled legislative gains in the aftermath of the New York City Off-Track Betting Corp.'s shutdown, a number of racing interests are stepping up efforts to create a single, statewide OTB network.
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