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New York Bred Stakes Purses Boosted

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All New York bred stakes races upcoming at Belmont Park and Saratoga currently carrying a purse of $75,000 added will be boosted to $100,000 added.

Track Execs: Retention Barns Have Share of Support

In the wake of the New York Racing Association's announcement it would require starters in the June 7 Belmont Stakes to be in a "stakes barn" about 24 hours before the race, officials at two major dual-breed racetracks said detention, or retention, has achieved its goals but continues to be assessed on a regular basis.

NYRA Reverts to Former Policy on Closing Wagering

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The New York Racing Association announced Friday it has notified the New York State Racing and Wagering Board that beginning April 12, Wood Memorial day, it will revert to its previous policy of stopping betting when the gates open to start each race.

Weather Continues to Disrupt Racing

Citing poor track conditions, Turfway Park canceled the remainder of Monday's race card following the third race. Poor weather has also delayed opening of Aqueduct's main track.

Scientific Games' 4Q Revenue Up 10%

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Scientific Games Corp. announced fourth quarter financial results (year ending Dec. 31, 2002) Feb. 28 and reported a 10% gain in revenue for the quarter.

Tommy Pascuma Dead at 67

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Former trainer Tommy Pascuma, who in later years worked as an assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Phil Johnson, John Parisella, and John Hertler, passed away Feb. 27 after a long illness. He was 67.

Cyber Secret No Secret For Whirlaway

Moments after 3-year-old filly Cyber Secret's win in the Jan. 26 Busanda, owner Sanford Goldfarb served notice about an upcoming event to those in the winner's circle: "February 8th, mark your calendars, Torre And Zim runs in the Whirlaway!" he warned.

Castellano Rides Winner Day After Spill

Javier Castellano returned to the races and to the winner's circle Thursday, less than 24 hours after narrowly escaping serious injury in a one-horse spill at Aqueduct. Castellano won Thursday's fifth race on favored Message Red, his second mount of the day.

New York Racing Industry Upset With VLT Plan

Gov. George Pataki has rocked the New York racing industry with a plan to dramatically alter the revenue-sharing arrangement for the state's long-stalled video lottery program and also impose a higher tax on pari-mutuel handle.

NYRA Hires Management Company For Aqueduct

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The New York Racing Association announced it has entered into a three-year facility management agreement with Tishman Real Estate Management Co. for NYRA's Aqueduct Race Course in Ozone Park, Queens, N.Y.

NYRA Releases 2003 Stakes Slate

The New York Racing Association's Board of Trustees today approved an innovative stakes schedule for 2003 that will offer 180 stakes and $36.275 million in stakes money available at Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course.

NYRA Security Guard Arrested for Mystery Voucher Scam

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A security guard for the New York Racing Association was arrested and charged with theft in the third degree on Monday for stealing returned envelopes to the NYRA that contained mutuel vouchers worth up to $10,000.

Mahony Named VP of New York Mutuels

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Patrick Mahony has been named the vice president of mutuels for the New York Racing Association, NYRA president and COO Terry Meyocks announced Nov. 21.

NYRA Strikes Alternate for Pick 6 Bets

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The New York Racing Association announced that it will no longer allow bettors to make an alternate runner selection for Pick 6 wagers, beginning with Saturday's card at Aqueduct.

NYRA to Stop Wagering Early at Simulcast Sites

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The New York Racing Association will stop accepting wagers from its simulcast outlets when the first horse enters the starting gate, beginning with the opening of the inner track meeting at Aqueduct on December 4.

New Tote Security Measures Announced

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The NTRA's wagering technology working group on Friday called for three intitial, concrete steps to improve electronic wagering security in an effort to increase customer confidence. The steps will be implemented immediately by Churchill Downs, Magna Entertainment, and the New York Racing Association, as well as by the three largest totalisator companies. Other racetracks and off-track wagering operators were expected to sign on as well.

NTRA Enlists Security Expert to Test Tote Systems

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association's newly implemented Wagering Technology Working Group has enlisted Ernst & Young's technology and security risk services to assess and test the security systems currently in place at the three major tote companies.

"In Front:" Marshall Cassidy Returns

Marshall Cassidy, the voice of racing in New York from 1979 to 1990, will return to the announcer's booth, this time at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, Ariz. He will call the races at Turf Paradise beginning Oct. 25 through Nov. 2.

NYRA and Trump in VLT Deal? It's Possible

The New York Racing Association, with its video lottery terminal program running behind schedule, is turning to outside casino operators to run its proposed Aqueduct VLT facility, and among those under consideration is Atlantic City casino mogul Donald Trump.

Purse Record Set at Saratoga

In a press release dated Sept. 19, the New York Racing Association declares that Saratoga Race Course paid out its highest daily average purses and average overnight purses during the 2002 meeting that ran 36 days, from July 24th-Sept. 2.

NYRA Raises Purses for New York-Bred Races

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As a result of strong wagering at New York Racing Association tracks this year, purses for New York-bred races will be raised by $2,000 during the upcoming Belmont Park fall meet.

On-Track Numbers Improve at Saratoga

Through the first two weeks of the Saratoga season, total handle is up 6.8 percent, while on-track attendance and on-track handle are slightly down from last year's record-setting meet.

NYRA Disputes Amount of Loss Reported for 2001

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The New York Racing Association disputes a report in the Daily Gazette newspaper in Schenectady, N.Y. Thursday that its operating loss for the year 2001 was $11.3 million. Senior vice-president Bill Nader said the actual loss was closer to a quarter of a million dollars.

NYRA Chairman Criticizes Magna Investment in Maryland

Early in a program about the Saratoga season at the National Museum of Racing Monday night, New York Racing Association chairman Barry Schwartz criticized the recent purchase of a majority interest in the Maryland Jockey Club by Frank Stronach's Magna Entertainment.

NYRA Issues Restrictions on Shock-Wave Therapy

The New York Racing Association has issued a policy whereby horses that receive shock-wave therapy cannot race for at least 10 days after treatment. Earlier, the California Horse Racing Board ordered restrictions on shock-wave therapy effective July 24.

California Invader Janet Tops New York Handicap

English-bred Janet, a two-time grade I turf winner last year, faces seven rivals under top weight of 119 pounds in the $250,000 guaranteed New York Handicap (gr. IIT) at 1 1/4 miles over Belmont Park's inner turf course.

Guilty NYRA Clerks Fired

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The New York Racing Association has announced it has terminated the 16 pari-mutuel employees who pleaded guilty this week to charges relating to federal tax fraud.

Saratoga Purses Could Hit Record Level

New York Racing Association officials have put in place purse increases for the Saratoga racing season that are expected to push the purses to record levels, surpassing an average $600,000 per day.

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