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DRF, NYRA Host Hirsch Tribute Service

The Daily Racing Form, together with the New York Racing Association, invites family, horsemen, media, and friends to remember and celebrate the life of turf writer Joe Hirsch during Belmont Stakes Week. The tribute service will be held from 10:30-11:30 a.m. June 5 at Belmont Park in the North Shore Terrace (4th floor Clubhouse level).

Who's Who Among Who's Owed by MEC

Magna Entertainment Corp. claims it owes more than $235 million to its largest 50 unsecured creditors, including many prominent names in the Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry.

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.

Issues Delaying VLT Casino at Aqueduct

Issues Delaying VLT Casino at Aqueduct

The company selected to operate video lottery terminals at Aqueduct said there are a host of unresolved issues, including restructuring its financing deal, before it can close on a final agreement with the state of New York to begin construction on the long-delayed facility.

TVG, NYRA Reach Signal Agreement

TVG, NYRA Reach Signal Agreement

TVG and the New York Racing Association have reached a two-year agreement on the distribution of NYRA signals, allowing Aqueduct programming to return to the horse racing network Jan. 3.

NY Implements New Ticket Cashing Rule

Effective Jan. 1, 2009, the New York State Racing and Wagering Board (NYSRWB) has implemented a new rule concerning any winning pari-mutuel ticket purchased at a New York pari-mutuel facility that is not cashed within ten days and has a cash value of $300 or more.

NYRA Projects Surplus; Budget Deferred

NYRA Projects Surplus; Budget Deferred

The New York Racing Association is projecting a surplus next year, its first since 2000, despite an estimated drop in handle at its three racetracks brought on by the economic downturn. But regulators Dec. 22 were unconvinced about some of the optimistic forecasts, and deferred approving NYRA's 2009 budget.

NY Jockeys Join the MDA Muscle Team

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NY Jockeys Join the MDA Muscle Team

New York has some great pro sports teams, but none of them can match the star power of New York's Muscular Dystrophy Association Muscle Team, made up of top pro athletes, including several jockeys, who have teamed with children challenged by MD for two inspiring events.

Belmont Handle, Attendance Averages Down

Belmont Handle, Attendance Averages Down

The 37-day 2008 Belmont fall meeting, which ended on Oct. 26, produced mixed business results. All-sources handle on NYRA races was $356.3 million, compared with the 2007 figure of $346.5 million, for an increase of 2.8%. Because the 2008 meet included four more days than the 2007 meet, there was actually an 8.3% decline in the equivalent daily average all-sources handle figure.

Justus Joins NYRA Team

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Justus Joins NYRA Team

The New York Racing Association announced Oct. 31 that Kimberly Justus has assumed the newly-created post of director of guest services. In her new role, Justus is responsible for all customer service functions at NYRA.

NYRA Announces Board of Directors

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NYRA  Announces Board of Directors

The New York Racing Association announced Sept. 24 the current composition of its 2008 board of directors. Ten of 11 governmental appointments to the board have been made and all 14 NYRA elected seats have been filled.

JC Gold Cup to be Televised on ESPNEWS

JC Gold Cup to be Televised on ESPNEWS

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, in conjunction with the New York Racing Association, announced that the Sept. 27 Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) at Belmont Park will be televised live on ESPNEWS.

NYRA Gets 25-Year Extension

NYRA Gets 25-Year Extension

The New York Racing Association, created more than 50 years ago to bolster the Thoroughbred industry, took on a new life Sept. 12 with the formal approval by the state of a new 25-year franchise to exclusively operate Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga racetracks.

Horse Advocate John Hettinger Dies

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Horse Advocate John Hettinger Dies

Horse advocate John A. Hettinger, a member of the Board of Trustees of the New York Racing Association and Chairman Emeritus of the Grayson Jockey Club Research Foundation, died Sept. 6 at his Akindale Farm in Pawling, New York after a lengthy illness. There will be no public ceremony.

Weather Forces Spa to Cancel 8 Races

Weather Forces Spa to Cancel 8 Races

A severe summer thunderstorm, complete with heavy rain, hail, and lightning, washed out part of the main track at Saratoga, forcing the cancellation of racing after the second race Aug. 8.

Plan for Saratoga Stakes Fees Announced

Fasig-Tipton will pay the nomination and entry fees for any of the six 2009 graded stakes for 2-year-olds at Saratoga Race Course on horses sold at its upcoming Saratoga select yearling sale, it was jointly announced Aug. 2 by the sales company and the New York Racing Association.

Kozak to Take Over for Passero at NYRA

Kozak to Take Over for Passero at NYRA

The New York Racing Association Aug. 1 announced that John Passero has resigned as director of racing surfaces, effective at the conclusion of the Saratoga meeting Sept. 1. Glen Kozak will take over Passero's responsibilities at the start of the Belmont Park meeting Sept. 5.

Zito Talks Mass Cap for Commentator

Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito gave every credit to Commentator after the 7-year-old gelding won his second Whitney Handicap (gr. I) by 4 ¾ lengths over Student Council and Grasshopper July 26 at Saratoga. Zito was thrilled that the New York-bred, owned by Tracy Farmer, can now be counted alongside multiple Whitney winner Kelso.

Frankel Impressed with Ginger Punch

Hall of Fame trainer Robert Frankel was still amazed with the way Ginger Punch managed to defend her Go for Wand Handicap (gr. I) July 26 at Saratoga title by muscling her way between horses after being boxed in at the top of the stretch.

Wet Weather for Saratoga Opener

Wet Weather for Saratoga Opener

Weather not fit for beast or man was the story opening day at Saratoga Race Course July 23. Drenching rain left the main track a sea of slop, necessitated the transfer of five turf races on the 10-race card to the dirt, and kept the attendance on the light side -- 18,127 -- for an opener. The crowd was significantly lower than the 30,052 who came out last year under perfect weather conditions.

Bill Would Clear Way for NYRA Bankruptcy

Bill Would Clear Way for NYRA Bankruptcy

The bill is fairly minor in nature, enacting a series of mostly technical amendments to a law approved earlier this year giving NYRA a 25-year extension to run Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga. But NYRA officials have said they could not resolve its bankruptcy proceeding without it.

Casino Drive Owner Gives to Anna House

Casino Drive Owner Gives to Anna House

Nobutaka Tada, managing director of the Japan-based stable that campaigns grade II stakes winner Casino Drive, announced June 24 that stable owner Hidetoshi Yamamoto has donated $30,000 to the Belmont Child Care Association's Anna House.

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