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.
The starting gate will always be a dangerous place, but thanks to Bob Duncan and Roy Williamson, it looks a little safer going into the meet's final week.
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.
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.
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.
Hal Handel, a longtime executive with the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority and Greenwood Racing, is the new executive vice president and COO of the New York Racing Association.
- By Claire Novak
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.
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 Ã¢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.
Daily average purses are projected to increase by 12 percent, or $66,854, during the Belmont Park Fall Championship meet, the New York Racing Association announced Aug. 20.
Attendance, on-track handle, and all-sources handle remain up through three weeks of the Saratoga meet when compared with figures for the comparable period in 2006, the New York Racing Association announced Aug. 13.
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.
Members of the New York Racing Association's gate crew will meet Thursday with jockeys at Saratoga Race Course to discuss issues caused by miscommunication before the start of several recent races at the New York oval, NYRA CEO Charlie Hayward said.
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 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.
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.
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.
Mohegan Sun, which operates one of the world's most successful casinos in Connecticut, has formed a partnership with one of the bidders hoping to run Thoroughbred racing in New York state.
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.
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.
A day after the head of the New York Racing Association expressed optimism about holding onto its Thoroughbred franchise, Gov. Eliot Spitzer praised the new leadership at NYRA for helping the group recover from its legal troubles.
A measure in New York to increase the amount of money Thoroughbred owners pay from purses to the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association has gained legislative approval and now goes to Gov. Eliot Spitzer for his consideration.
Jim Gallagher, most recently a consultant for the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium, has been named executive director of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association.
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.
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."
Former New York Racing Association executive Bill Nader missed his first Belmont Stakes (gr. I) in more than a decade. Nader was named executive director of racing at the Hong Kong Jockey Club and relocated to Hong Kong in April.
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.
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer is considering a new Thoroughbred racing franchise model in which separate entities would run the racing and gambling side of business at racetracks.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced June 7 that the NTRA Charities Ã¢â‚¬" Barbaro Memorial Fund will make its first two disbursementsthis Saturday at Belmont Park.
New York officials have called a meeting with the four Thoroughbred franchise bidding groups for June 8 to discuss the future "structure" of the franchise to operate Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga.
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.
The New York Racing Association, struggling under federal bankruptcy protection, is awarding its non-union employees raises and pension increases, officials said May 31.
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.
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.
New York officials are considering a major overhaul of the state's Thoroughbred racetrack industry, with an eye to possibly shutting down Aqueduct racetrack, having a new operator run Belmont and giving the New York Racing Association rights to operate Saratoga.
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.
The New York Racing Association has officially announced the release of an Internet wagering application that allows New York fans full access to not only Magna/Churchill racetracks, but also those that have exclusive agreements with TVG.
John Lee was named director of communications and media relations for the New York Racing Association May 10.
Legislation passed by the New York Senate would increase for one year funding the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association receives from purses.
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer raised the possibility that a decision on who will be the next Thoroughbred racing franchise-holder in the state might not be made before the legislature ends its session near the end of June.
State regulators have ordered the New York Racing Association to stop taking any Internet wagers from Connecticut residents, an embarrassing blow to NYRA on the first day of its new Internet wagering program.
MGM Mirage has ended its deal with the New York Racing Association to build and operate a video lottery terminal casino at Aqueduct.
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.
The New York Racing Association keeps bleeding funds, according to the racing group's latest disclosure to a federal bankruptcy judge overseeing its reorganization.
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.
Four groups have submitted bids to operate New York's Thoroughbred racing franchise, and a final decision could be made by the end of May.
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.
A joint venture led by Las Vegas casino developer Steve Wynn has dropped out of the running for the franchise to operate three New York racetracks.
Aqueduct's live St. Patrick's Day card Saturday and the live card for Sunday, March 18, were cancelled after a ferocious Nor'easter on Friday left the New York City Metropolitan area covered overnight with a dangerous mixture of snow, ice and rain.
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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