Going into the Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 24 at Gulfstream Park, I thought favorite Upstart might need a race before delivering his best. read blog
Upstart, a prime contender on the Triple Crown trail, was contentedly grazing across from his stall at trainer Rick Violette Jr.'s barn at Palm Meadows a day after his impressive win in the Lambholm South Holy Bull (gr. II).
New York-bred Upstart proved his class Jan. 24 at Gulfstream Park, tracking pacesetter Bluegrass Singer to the final turn and then drawing away impressively to win the $400,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II).
The New York THA has released documents in conjunction with a review of the challenge of its 2014 election by Terry Finley, who lost the race for president to Rick Violette Jr. by a slim margin
NYRA in consultation with the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, announced Jan. 16 additional steps to further enhance safety protocols for Thoroughbred racing already in place at Aqueduct.
The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, which met Jan. 10 in the wake of a spate of catastrophic breakdowns at Aqueduct Racetrack, said racing participants will be asked to be more vigilant.
The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association will meet Jan. 10 with management of the New York Racing Association to discuss an increase in equine fatalities at Aqueduct Racetrack that has occurred during the winter meet.
New York attorney Karen Murphy says the NYTHA board should not be investigating itself regarding a protest about how a November election was conducted.
The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association board of directors has a four-part plan to address an objection of its November election results by presidential candidate Terry Finley.
The NYTHA election has raised a number of concerns. read blog
An attorney for Terry Finley said "all legal options" are on the table in his client's quest to seek a new election for president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association.
West Point Thoroughbreds president Terry Finley said Dec. 10 he has officially contested the recent New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association in which he ran for president and lost by 14 votes.
In perhaps the most contentious election in the history of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, trainer Rick Violette Jr. was re-elected president despite a strong bid by owner Terry Finley.
Those who took the New York Assembly Racing Committee up on an offer to speak Nov. 18 had little to say about NYRA's future governance. Instead, winter racing at Aqueduct, and health and safety issues, were the focus.
National THA endorsement leads to criticism from its members. read blog
The outcome of this year's New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association could significantly change the priorities of the owners and trainers organization.
Richard A. Violette Sr., the father of trainer and New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association president Rick Violette Jr., died Oct. 17 after a brief illness. He was 85.
West Point founder Terry Finley is running for New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association president against two-term incumbent Rick Violette Jr.
The future structure of the New York Racing Association and the implications for year-round racing in the state were examined Aug. 12, the first day of the Saratoga Institute on Racing & Gaming Law in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Eliminating race-day Salix is gaining momentum. read blog
Every horse that breaks from the starting gate in a race at a New York Racing Association track will generate a $1 donation to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund , it was announced July 24.
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Tonalist turned in his final work before the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) July 26, going five furlongs in 1:01.79 in company with stablemate Life In Shambles at Saratoga Race Course.
The New York State Gaming Commission and New York Racing Association have announced enhanced security protocols for horses running in the two grade I stakes on the July 5 Stars and Stripes card at Belmont Park.
The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (NYTHA) again will partner with other horse groups to sponsor the Genesee Valley Off-Track Thoroughbred Series.
Trainer Rick Violette Jr., talks about Belmont longshot Samraat.
The New York State Gaming Commission and New York Racing Association has announced enhanced security protocols for horses running in the four $1 million-plus grade 1 stakes races on Belmont Stakes day, June 7.
The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association said owners that race at New York Racing Association tracks will donate $5 per start to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance.
Effie Trinket, stablemate of Derby runner Samraat, will be tough to beat in the May 3 Churchill Downs Distaff Turf Mile (gr. IIT). Nine older fillies and mares will battle for $300,000.
In his first two-turn start, undefeated Samraat extinguished any doubts about his ability to handle route racing with a scintillating 16 3/4-length score in Damon Runyon Stakes for New York-bred 2-year-olds Dec. 18.
Effie Trinket, a three-time stakes winner at Belmont Park, ventures from New York for the first time to face graded company in the $175,000 Mrs. Revere Stakes (gr. IIT) on the grass Nov. 16 at Churchill Downs.
The Jockey Club amended the rule from "Sold Without Pedigree" to "Sold as Retired from Racing" so an owner can retire a Thoroughbred from racing without affecting its breeding privileges.
Three-year-old prospect Carried Interest ran second as the 1-2 favorite in an allowance event at Gulfstream Park Feb. 24 in his first race since finishing second in last fall's Futurity Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park.
The equine industry in New York represents a $4.2 billion economy responsible for 33,000 direct and indirect full-time jobs, a group of racing-related organizations said in a study released Oct. 16.
Prodded by a rash of equine deaths at Aqueduct Racetrack last winter, the New York State Racing and Wagering Board Oct. 11 imposed what officials promised will be the first round of rules intended to make for safer racing.
Besilu Stable's Royal Delta worked five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 July 15 and will ship to Delaware Park for the $750,000 Delaware Handicap (gr. II) July 21, trainer Bill Mott said.
Limiting field size makes races less attractive to bet on. read blog
Patsy C. Symons' Gitchie Goomie got her first graded stakes score in the $250,000 Dr. James Penny Memorial Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Parx Racing July 3.
The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association April 13 announced a plan to reform medication policies in Thoroughbred racing that it believes addresses many of the issues that have brought criticism to the sport.
In response to proposals for expansion of casino gambling beyond the existing facilities at racetracks, representatives of the state's racing and agricultural industries have joined forces.
New York's largest horsemen's group is among the latest calling on the Paterson administration to halt a looming agreement with a Wisconsin Indian tribe to build a casino in the Catskill Mountains.
Even-money choice Flamin' Hot was elevated to first following the disqualification of Escrow Kid in the $96,000 Anderson Fowler Stakes before a Father's Day crowd of 24,262 at Monmouth Park June 20.
A New York horsemen's group will continue to get additional purse money to fund its operations, including health benefits for backstretch workers at New York Racing Association tracks, under final passage of legislation July 16 by the state Senate.
Summer Doldrums has one prior career start at Presque Isle Downs, and it resulted in a 12-length victory in a one-mile allowance test June 8. If he's as sharp now as he was 3 1/2 weeks ago, he'll be a major force in the $175,000 Presque Isle Mile July 4 at the Pennsylvania racetrack.
The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association said June 4 it recognizes the contribution made to purses by New York City Off-Track Betting Corp. but won't support a proposal that would reduce the amount NYCOTB pays to purses and the New York Racing Association.
Lawrence the Roman, who had crushed his opposition by nearly 30 combined lengths in three previous starts, gave a severe jolt to the Derby plans of his connections when he beat only one horse in the $70,070 Whirlaway, a race for 3-year-olds won handily by second choice Summer Doldrums Saturday at Aqueduct.
No one would have questioned trainer Barclay Tagg had he pointed his star 3-year-old turf horse Showing Up to the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs.
Beverly Green's Dearest Mon, a promising 3-year-old son of Maria's Mon, was a late scratch out of Saturday's Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) because of his outside post.
Rick Violette Jr.'s Man From Wicklow should be a solid favorite in Saturday's $200,000 Pan American Handicap (gr. II), where he attempts to become the second horse to sweep the meet's two top turf handicaps.
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