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New York Legislation Would Tighten Licensing Standards


With scandals at the New York Racing Association having left a string of criminal convictions over the past couple years, the chairman of the Senate racing committee has proposed legislation to tighten state law to ensure convicted felons cannot obtain racing licenses in New York.

Officials, Others Ponder Future if NYRA is Indicted

Officials, Others Ponder Future if NYRA is Indicted

As the racing industry's breath-holding continues as it awaits the ongoing investigation by the U.S. Attorney's office, it is a question state and federal officials, as well as NYRA's boosters and competitors alike, have been increasingly pondering.

Belmont Fall Meet Numbers Decline

Daily average attendance and handle were off across the board at the recently concluded 38-day Belmont fall meet.

Aqueduct to Open Amid Flurry of Changes

Fans at Aqueduct for opening day Wednesday of the Big A's 44-day fall meeting will notice that New York City's track is undergoing changes. But while these changes are being made, the racing will continue, capped by HolidayFest (Nov. 27-30) and the $350,000 Cigar Mile (gr. I) on Nov. 29.

Melnyk Named to NYRA Board

Eugene Melnyk has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the New York Racing Association Inc.

New Look, New Layout at the Big A

Fans making their way to Aqueduct for the Oct. 29 opening day of the fall meeting will see some changes at the racetrack. Construction has changed access and the entrances to some areas, but live racing will continue through Dec. 31.

Major Shakeup at NYRA; Meyocks Resigns as President and COO

From press release -- New York Racing Association chairman and Chief executive officer Barry K. Schwartz announced today a major reorganization of NYRA's management structure, including the resignation of president and COO Terry Meyocks.

NYRA Hires New Chief Financial Officer

NYRA Hires New Chief Financial Officer

The New York Racing Association, poised to make major reorganizational changes in a bid to keep its racing franchise intact, has hired a new high-level executive to oversee its much-criticized finances.

Personnel, Purses Subject of Private NYRA Meeting

Personnel, Purses Subject of Private NYRA Meeting

The trustees of the New York Racing Association, a target of allegations of wrongdoing and mismanagement, met in private Sept. 24 to devise ways to keep from losing the franchise to operate the state's premier Thoroughbred tracks.

Some New York Tracks to Have VLTs Within Months

Some New York Tracks to Have VLTs Within Months

As the New York Racing Association sits on the video lottery terminal sidelines, others in New York are racing ahead with efforts to get the devices up and running, possibly by the end of the year.

Spa-Tacular

Spa-Tacular

By Ray Paulick -- The Saratoga season of 2003 is one New York Racing Association officials will not soon forget, and for good reason. They overcame numerous obstacles to post record numbers at what most people acknowledge is American racing's most important meeting.

The Greatest Game to Sponsor CNBC Program

The Greatest Game, an initiative to encourage Thoroughbred ownership, will sponsor the Friday edition CNBC's "Squawk Box" when the show is broadcast live from Saratoga Race Course leading up to the Aug. 23 Travers Stakes (gr. I). The show airs on CNBC weekdays from 7-10 a.m.

NYRA Criticized Over Loan

An internal audit of a little known state fund found the New York Legislature has given the embattled New York Racing Association loose reins over $60 million it owes the state.

NYRA Reviewing Management Practices

After meeting with its newly hired security consultant, the New York Racing Association on Wednesday said it has begun a review of its practices already under investigation by state and federal authorities.

Trainer Ward Critical of Recent Attacks on NYRA

Kentucky Derby-winning trainer John Ward has called some of the recent attacks on the embattled New York Racing Association "essentially a political assassination campaign" linked to development of video lottery terminals at racetracks in the state.

Rainy Belmont Meet Suffers Decrease in Handle

On-track attendance was up 2.8% at the Belmont Park spring meeting but on-track and total handle both suffered decreases, the New York Racing Association reported.

Feds Seeking Indictment Against NYRA

Federal prosecutors are preparing an indictment against the New York Racing Association that will allege a corporate conspiracy that permitted corruption to occur at its three racetracks. Sources also say the state is currently developing a contingency plan in case the NYRA is ousted from its duties.

NYRA's Mystery Voucher Promo Stopped Mid-Stream

After mailing out 180,000 vouchers to its fans, the New York Racing Association has scuttled its marketing tool known as the "mystery voucher'' program after state regulators ordered new safeguards implemented in the program.

Saratoga to Offer Portable Luxury Suites

Saratoga Race Course will introduce five portable luxury suites for the 2003 summer meet for corporate and private outings, officials with The New York Racing Association announced on Thursday.

Report Spurs Response From NYRA's Schwartz

Report Spurs Response From NYRA's Schwartz

Controversy has once again hit the New York Racing Association following an article published in Thursday's edition of the Albany Times-Union that shows former chief executive Kenneth Noe has received $7,000 a month, plus expenses, since his retirement in a deal that will continue even beyond his death.

Here and There

Brisnet.com has introduced a series of three online handicapping contests...Members of the Dance Theater of Harlem's Cast from "St. Louis Woman" visit Belmont Thursday.

Casino Mogul Trump Joins List of NYRA Critics

Casino Mogul Trump Joins List of NYRA Critics

Using a smiling, cigar-chomping photograph of gangster Al Capone atop a caption saying "he would have loved'' the thought of putting slot machines at New York Racing Association tracks, casino mogul Donald Trump has joined in on the growing chorus of NYRA critics.

Spa Takes Back Seat to Defense of NYRA

Spa Takes Back Seat to Defense of NYRA

The charges and countercharges battle between the New York Racing Association and New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer continued June 24, with NYRA charging the state's chief law enforcement agent "does not understand NYRA's operations," and that he made "no attempt" to make his damaging report balanced.

NYRA Seeks to Lower Pari-Mutuel Takeout

NYRA Seeks to Lower Pari-Mutuel Takeout

Quickly taking advantage of a new pari-mutuel deregulation move by the state, the New York Racing Association has proposed reducing its takeout on certain bets at Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga.

Saratoga Simulcasts to Belmont

For the first time ever, racing fans in New York will be able to watch and wager on the entire Saratoga meeting this summer from Belmont Park. In the past, Aqueduct served as the Saratoga simulcast site.

Belmont Ball Raised $175,000 for Research

The Belmont Ball, hosted by the New York Racing Association on June 5 at Belmont Park, raised more than $175,000 for the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. The black-tie event this year honored internationally renowned equine artist Richard Stone Reeves and also paid tribute to Affirmed on the 25th anniversary of his Triple Crown triumph.

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