St. John's University head basketball coach Mike Jarvis has been elected to the Board of Trustees of The New York Racing Association.
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.
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.
New York is poised to give a greater share of video lottery terminal revenue to racetracks and at the same time add more to education, New York Racing Association chairman Barry Schwartz said April 18.
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.
The New York Racing Association has narrowed the choice of companies to run its future VLT betting operation at Aqueduct to two major casino firms: MGM Mirage and Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts.
Pick Six wagering at New York Racing Association tracks will be conducted on the last six races of the day's program each day beginning March 12.
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 Corp. announced fourth quarter financial results (year ending Dec. 31, 2002) Feb. 28 and reported a 10% gain in revenue for the quarter.
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.
New York regulators on Friday revoked the licenses of the former New York Racing Association pari-mutual clerks who last year pled guilty to various charges stemming from a money-laundering probe at NYRA's three racetracks.
Top New York trainer Gary Contessa is awaiting word on a ruling after at least five of his horses tested positive for the banned substance, ephedra.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A day after New York Governor George Pataki proposed sweeping changes to the state's racing laws, the head of the New York Racing Association said the plan would end up hurting the industry.
Dr. Celeste Kunz has been named chief examining veterinarian for the New York Racing Association, thus becoming the first woman to hold the position with the NYRA.
With the sale of Calvin Klein, look for Barry Schwartz to spend far more time around his passion: horses.
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.
The New York Racing association has raised Belmont's clubhouse admission from $4 to $5 for next year and will sell seats for the Belmont Stakes only in a package which includes tickets for the prior day's racing as well.
It's not quite the $5 million VISA Triple Crown, but in 2003, 3-year-old fillies will have a series of their own that offers a $2 million bonus.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New York lottery officials have selected four firms to supply video lottery terminals at racetracks for a new gambling program, but so far, track officials aren't leaping at it because they insist it will lose money.
The New York Racing Association board approved a 2003 calendar that adds a week to the Belmont fall meeting. The schedule must be approved by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board.
Reduced takeout has been credited with attracting more than $200 million in commingled handle to the New York Racing Association's three racetracks so far this year.
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.
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.
- By Mike Kane
An official of the New York Racing Association refused to confirm or deny reports that the association's chief financial officer, Alexander W. Ingle, was fired this week.
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.
Stymied in recent efforts to enter the New York racing market, Magna Entertainment is still highly interested in moving its way into the lucrative betting state, the company's president said Aug. 6.
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.
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.
According to a published report, despite growing revenue from increased simulcast handle, the New York Racing Association completed 2001 with an operating loss of $11.3 million, the largest in its history.
Excitement surrounding a fourth attempt at the Triple Crown title in six years, reduced takeout, and good weather are credited with helping Belmont Park establish across-the-board increases in attendance and handle.
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.
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.
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.
Breaking a decades-old policy, the New York Racing Association has changed the purse levels for state-bred and open company maiden and allowance races.
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's race meet open July 24.
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.
The New York Racing Association should know by the end of the week of June 24 if it will receive about $100 million in new loans for a major capital program at its three racetracks, the head of the racing organization said.
A series of racing laws in New York have been extended by state lawmakers, who failed, however, to act on several other items from an industry wish list involving video lottery terminals and off-track betting corporations.
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