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N.Y. Legislators Set Meeting on Franchise

The New York Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming, and Wagering will hold a meeting Sept. 12 to review Gov. Eliot Spitzer's anticipated recommendation regarding the franchise to operate Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga.

As Spa Enters Homestretch, Business Remains Brisk

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As Spa Enters Homestretch, Business Remains Brisk

Through the fifth week of the Saratoga meet, attendance is up 6% from last year, on-track handle is up 7.5%, and total handle is up 6.1%, according to figures released by the New York Racing Association.

Spitzer Recommendation May Not Come Sept. 4

Spitzer Recommendation May Not Come Sept. 4

In an Aug. 25 news conference at Saratoga Race Course, New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer said he may not meet the Sept. 4 deadline to make a recommendation as to which organization should receive the franchise to run racing at the Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga racetracks.

Capital Play CEO: Saratoga is Crown Jewel of New York Racing

In an Aug. 23 presentation at the Saratoga Hotel and Conference Center in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Capital Play CEO Karl O'Farrell called Saratoga Race Course the "crown jewel of New York racing" and pledged his company's commitment to maintaining the historical significance of the track should Capital Play gain the governor's recommendation for the 20-year franchise to operate Belmont, Aqueduct, and Saratoga race courses.

Concerned Citizens for Saratoga Racing Support NYRA

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 Support NYRA

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 Day At The Spa: Aug. 23, And They Race Horses, Too

While slightly difficult, it is entirely possible to come to Saratoga without watching a horse race. You can come, for instance, to enter the hot dog eating contest â€" and if you are like Crazy Legs Conti from New York City and can consume 21.5 hot dogs as he did yesterday, you can also win.

Meeting with NYRA Starters, Jockeys at Saratoga a Success

An Aug. 9 meeting among members of the racing industry and jockeys at Saratoga Race Course was a deemed a success by Bruce Johnstone, the New York Racing Association's manager of racing relations, as discussions took place over the recent issues before the starts of several races at the New York oval.

Funny Cide to Have His Day at the Spa

Funny Cide to Have  His Day at the Spa

Funny Cide, the first New York-bred to win the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes (both grade I), and who captivated fans with his pursuit of the 2003 Triple Crown, will be celebrated with a retirement party Aug. 10 at Saratoga.

New York Governor Vetoes Rebate Legislation

New York Governor Vetoes Rebate Legislation

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has vetoed legislation advocates said would have made it easier for tracks and off-track betting corporations to begin bettor rebate programs as a way to compete with off-shore entities and others in the pari-mutuel wagering industry.

Medication Consortium Gets $300,000 in Contributions

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The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium received $100,000 contributions from the New York Racing Association and the United States Trotting Association, and $50,000 contributions from the Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and the Hambletonian Society, the organization announced July 26.

Spitzer Asks Racing Franchise Contenders to Re-Submit Bids

Spitzer Asks Racing Franchise Contenders to Re-Submit Bids

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer is asking the four entities vying for the state's Thoroughbred franchise to re-submit their bidding packages to reflect changes made in their structure and plans over the past year. He also opened the door for any of the existing bidders to join forces in a joint venture deal.

NYRA Planning 'Funny Cide Day' at Saratoga

The New York Racing Association, after speaking with Sackatoga Stable managing partner Jack Knowlton and trainer Barclay Tagg, is moving ahead with plans to hold a "Funny Cide Day" at Saratoga Aug. 10," at which the recently retired Kentucky Derby and Preakness (both gr. I) winner will be honored.

NYRA Announces Purse Increases for Belmont, Saratoga

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NYRA Announces Purse Increases for Belmont, Saratoga

The New York Racing Association July 29 announced significant purse increases for its 2007 Saratoga Meet. Purses will also increase for the final three weeks of Belmont Park's Spring/Summer Meet beginning July 4.

Plan Floated Linking NYRA, Excelsior

The Spitzer administration has floated a plan to link the New York Racing Association with Excelsior Racing Associates to run racing and casino operations at Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga racetracks.

Racing Industry Executives Launch Consulting Firm "MORE"

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Terence Meyocks and Philip O'Hara, Jr. announced the formation of a new industry partnership June 12. The well-known Thoroughbred racing executives are the founding partners of Meyocks and O'Hara Racing Enterprises, Inc., a strategic acquisitions and advisory partnership which will market itself under the acronym "MORE."

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.

Commentary: Back Into The Hole

By John McEvoy - I have been caught in the squeeze between aggressive corporations battling for monopolistic control of "the product" while turning a frigid shoulder to the people who purchase the product.

NYRA Hires Official to Oversee Market Development

The president of the Saratoga Convention and Visitors Bureau will resign from the post June 29 to take the job of senior vice president of sales and market development for the New York Racing Association.

Cauthen Joins Capital Play in Franchise Bid

Former jockey and Hall of Fame member Steve Cauthen, who became the youngest rider to win the Triple Crown when he rode Affirmed to sweep the three classic races as an 18-year-old in 1978, has joined the team of Capital Play, one of four bidders engaged in competition for the franchise rights to Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga in New York.

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

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.

Excelsior Loses Steinbrenner Family Backing

Excelsior Racing Associates lost some of its major backing April 1, with the announcement that the Steinbrenner family and a major New York City development firm will no longer be involved in the effort to obtain New York's lucrative Thoroughbred racing franchise.

Nader Discusses New Position with HKJC

The Hong Kong Jockey Club named Bill Nader, senior vice president and chief operating officer of the New York Racing Association, as its executive director of racing. The HKJC made the announcement March 15, and Nader is expected to assume his new position April 23. He agreed to serve in his new role for a minimum of three years.

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