The New York Racing Association posted a 2.3% average daily total handle gain for 2013. The increase follows a 2012 season during which NYRA posted sizable gains in all handle categories.
The ninth and final race Jan. 5 at Aqueduct Racetrack was canceled after a harrowing tractor broke down on the outer rail of the backstretch of the inner track.
Javier Castellano earned his first year-end riding title and David Jacobson was leading trainer on the New York Racing Association circuit in 2013.
The purse for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), the third jewel of the Triple Crown, will be $1.5 million for the 146th renewal June 7, 2014, the New York Racing Association announced Dec. 28.
David Jacobson broke the New York record for training victories in a year Dec. 27 at Aqueduct. Jacobson has 160 wins for the season at Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga, passing the mark set by Gary Contessa in 2007.
Trainer David Jacobson will have an opportunity to set the single-season record for New York Racing Association wins on the final weekend of the season.
The New York Racing Association jockey colony has donated almost $6,000 to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation in 2013, the organization said Dec. 23.
2014 will be a year of experimentation at NYRA. read blog
NYRA president and chief executive officer Christopher Kay outlined some of the plans the organization has for 2014 and provided an update on what has happened so far this year during a Dec. 10 keynote address in Arizona.
Dan Silver has been named director of television and interactive platforms for the New York Racing Association, effective January 2014.
The board of the New York Racing Association met for the first time a year ago, but it wasn't until its eighth meeting Dec. 4 that its members offered significant disagreement to a proposal made by chair David Skorton.
The minimum stakes purse for the 2014 winter meet at Aqueduct Racetrack has been increased to $100,000 from $75,000, the New York Racing Association announced Dec. 4.
The New York Racing Association is finalizing a "fresh look" budget for 2014 that will hike fees imposed on simulcast partners and raise prices for racetrack admission and parking while cutting a number of expenses.
Wind gusts of up to 40 miles per hour caused New York Racing Association officials to cancel racing at Aqueduct for Nov. 27.
Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) winner Goldencents has been assigned 120 pounds and is the high weight among the nine expected starters for the Nov. 30 $500,000 Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Global Betting Exchange has been chosen as the winning bidder, pending finalization, to provide technological upgrades to the New York Racing Association's advance deposit wagering platform, NYRA Rewards.
Legislation to authorize a statewide standard for rebate programs at New York tracks and off-track betting corporations is before Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his approval or veto.
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Five-year highs in both all-sources and on-track handle highlighted figures from the recently concluded Belmont Park fall meeting released Nov. 9 by the New York Racing Association.
In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Secretariat's retirement parade at Aqueduct, The New York Racing Association has released "The Secretariat Collection," a YouTube playlist with all 15 starts in New York.
P.J. Campo, who served as vice president and director of racing for the New York Racing Association, has taken a job as vice president of racing with The Stronach Group.
Pari-mutuel takeout rates and other issues were discussed during a lightly attended meeting of the New York State Racing Fan Advisory Council Oct. 19 at Belmont Park.
Martin Panza, longtime racing executive at Betfair Hollywood Park, is moving to the New York Racing Association, according to reports, although officials have not confirmed the hire.
Chris Kay, president and chief executive officer of the New York Racing Association, will deliver the keynote speech during the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program Global Symposium on Racing and Gaming.
Champion Royal Delta wrapped up serious preparation for defense of her Beldame Invitational Stakes (gr. I) win with a four-furlong breeze Sept. 23 at Belmont Park.
The New York State Gaming Commission and NYRA announced Sept. 20 enhanced security measures will be in place for horses competing in the September 28 Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
A major construction and rehabilitation effort at the historic Saratoga Race Course took another baby step toward what New York Racing Association officials hope will be eventual final state approval.
Optimism is high heading into the 12-day Keeneland September yearling sale. A new four-day format for Book One greets buyers and sellers beginning Sept. 9.
A stakes schedule worth $9.5 million awaits horsemen at Belmont Park, which begins its 37-day fall meet Sept. 7 with a new Pick 5 wager featuring a low takeout, and a bevy of promotions.
Extra days and races, so far, not downgrading the meet. read blog
Wagering and attendance both declined slightly during the 40-day 2013 meet at Saratoga Race Course that concluded on Labor Day, Sept. 2.
NYRA and Penn National Gaming Inc. will launch a special reduced takeout Thursday Pick 4 that will link the final two races at Belmont Park with the first two races at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.
The New York Racing Association will employ a new system and betting terminals from AmTote International across a suite of platforms throughout its racetracks beginning Tuesday, Sept. 3.
Proceeds from admissions on closing day at Saratoga Race Course Sept. 2, will be donated in the name of Ramon Dominguez to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, the New York Racing Association announced.
The New York Racing Association reported net income of $8.2 million for the first six months of 2013, up 2% from the same period in 2012 because of an increase in video lottery terminal revenue and a decrease in expenses.
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Veterans of various descriptions enter the spotlight. read blog
The amount of racing at Saratoga Race Course, the quality of the technology available at the track, and the future of the facilities at all New York Racing Association tracks were the focus of an Aug. 26 forum.
A day after two horses broke down in the same race on the turf at Saratoga Race Course the issue dominated a scheduled New York Racing Association Equine Safety Committee.
In an emotional ceremony in the winner's circle at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 25, retired jockey Ramon Dominguez was presented with the Mike Venezia Award and the 2012 Eclipse Award trophy he was unable to accept last January.
The Jockey Club announced Aug. 20 the election of Barbara Banke, Bobby Flay, Andrew Rosen, and Bill Thomason to the Club's membership.
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Visitors leave disappointed after disqualification in stakes race. read blog
Interests representing racing, real estate, and casino industries opened their wallets wide open to pay for lobbyists and campaign donations during a final frenzy when New York officials approved casino expansion plans.
The New York Racing Association reported that all-sources wagering was up less than 1% and attendance down slightly during the first half of the 40-day meet at Saratoga Race Course.
Chris Kay, chief executive officer and president, of the New York Racing Association, has been elected to the board of directors of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.
The New York Racing Association will host a public forum Aug. 26, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame on 191 Union Avenue, across the street from Saratoga Race Course.
FOX Sports and The Jockey Club announced Aug. 8 a multi-year agreement to air prominent graded stakes races starting in 2014 from many of horse racing's best known tracks on FOX Sports 1.
Trainers Gary Contessa and Linda Rice will be among the industry speakers participating in the New York Racing Association's next "New Owners Luncheon" at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 18.
Dennis D. Dammerman, member of The New York Racing Association board of trustees from 2006-2012, died this week, according to his family. He was 67.
Total handle increased slightly at the 2013 Belmont Park spring/summer meet, which ran 56 days from April 26 through July 14, according to figures provided by the New York Racing Association July 21.
With weather forecasters calling for temperatures in the low to mid 90s July 19 in Saratoga Springs, New York Racing Association officials are taking additional precautions.
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