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  • Gary Pretlow said he expects to introduce the Assembly’s version of the sports bill as early as May 31

    New York Legislature Moving on Sports Betting

    Lawmakers in New York say they are advancing efforts to legalize sports gambling in the state before the Legislature ends its 2018 session June 20. However, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has shown little interest in pressing ahead with the matter.

  • New York Revokes Charlerie's License Three Years

    Thoroughbred trainer Brandon Charlerie had his license to own and train Thoroughbreds revoked for at least three years after what regulators say was his role in claiming a horse in 2016 at Belmont on behalf of two individuals who weren't licensed.

  • New York Thoroughbred Breeders Executive Director Jeffrey Cannizzo and New York Racing Association senior vice president of racing operations Martin Panza

    Report: N.Y. Equine Industry Jobs Surpass 42,000

    New York is bullish on its equine industries, racing executives say, in pointing to a new report that shows more than 42,000 jobs are tied in some fashion to equine activities, with an economic impact of $5.3 billion—up 121% in the past 13 years.

  • Finger Lakes Horsemen Target Insurance Expenses

    Thoroughbred horsemen at Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack have agreed to dip into revenues that the purse account receives from the track's casino to help subsidize rising insurance costs the industry pays for jockeys and exercise riders.

  • Trainer Linda Rice

    Report: Trainer Rice Being Investigated

    Daily Racing Form reports that the New York State Gaming Commission is investigating trainer Linda Rice for receiving information on race entries in exchange for payments to the New York Racing Association office.

  • Quarantine on Belmont Park Barn is Lifted

    A quarantine at Belmont Park's Barn 44, in place for more than two weeks after a horse tested positive for Equine Herpesvirus-1, was lifted Jan. 26 by NYRA and the New York State Gaming Commission, which regulates the industry.

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    State Comptroller, NYRA at Odds on Accounting Issues

    Two new financial reviews by New York's chief fiscal watchdog suggest the New York Racing Association continues to overstate the financial health of its racing operations by using VLT proceeds to make its racing business look rosier than it is.

  • Racing at Finger Lakes

    Proposed Finger Lakes Turf Course Gaining Ground

    Thoroughbred industry executives in New York are pressing ahead with an effort to build a turf course at Finger Lakes Racetrack, which has seen racing handle slide over the years amid smaller field sizes and competition for gambling dollars upstate.

  • A horse walks a shedrow at Belmont Park

    Second EHV-1 Positive Extends Quarantine at Belmont

    The New York Racing Association announced Jan. 19 that a "precautionary quarantine" at Belmont Park's Barn 44 remains in place after a horse that tested positive for equine herpesvirus-1 again came back with a positive result in a follow-up test.

  • Tack: helmet and goggles and vest outside barn

    Workers Comp Premiums for NY Riders to Drop in 2018

    New York Thoroughbred owners and trainers for the first time in more than a decade will see a decline in overall insurance premiums paid to provide workers compensation coverage for jockeys and exercise riders, industry officials said Dec. 29.

  • NYTHA president Joseph Appelbaum said workers' compensation is the biggest issue facing New York horsemen

    New York Examines Workers' Comp Options for Riders

    Rising workers' compensation costs for a jockey injury protection fund in New York could be sharply slowed or even reduced under a series of ideas in intensifying discussions among Thoroughbred interests, insurers, and state regulators.

  • The planned location of a new hockey arena at Belmont Park, close to the Belmont Long Island Rail Road station

    Horsemen All Aboard Improved Belmont Train Stop

    The new head of the group representing owners and trainers at New York Racing Association tracks says the plan to relocate the NHL's New York Islanders to Belmont Park could boost interest in Thoroughbred horse racing.

  • An artist's rendering of the planned hockey arena at Belmont Park

    Governor Outlines Plans for Arena at Belmont Park

    Outlining a plan that the New York Racing Association sees as potentially attracting new fans to racing, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Dec. 20 announced a development project on the Belmont Park grounds that will feature an 18,000-seat hockey arena.

  • New York Clocker Suspended at Least 10 Years

    State regulators in New York revoked the license to work in the racing industry of a former head clocker at the New York Racing Association for his role in an alleged conspiracy involving electronic trespassing of internal NYRA records.

  • A box for completed Lasix cards at Belmont Park

    New York Discusses Race-Day Lasix Rules

    With one regulator openly worrying that the racing industry is "breeding bleeders," the New York State Gaming Commission is moving to take a fresh look at possible new rules governing the future use of furosemide.

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    NYRA Unveils New Board

    The New York Racing Association announced June 7 the formation of a new board of directors that moves the racing corporation from the state government to private hands. The new privatized board will be chaired by Michael Del Giudice.

  • Immigration Officials Arrest 16 in Saratoga Springs

    Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are declining to confirm or deny whether 16 men arrested in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. earlier this week on immigration violations had employment connections to the city's Thoroughbred racetrack.

  • Aqueduct Racetrack

    NYRA Converting Aqueduct Inner Track to Turf Course

    Construction has begun at Aqueduct Racetrack to add a new turf course on what has been the facility's inner dirt track and to renovate the facility's main dirt track for winter racing, New York Racing Association officials said May 4.

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    NYRA Deal Stalled After Budget Bills Fall Apart

    A tentative deal to return the New York Racing Association to private hands ran aground April 5 when a broader package of state budget bills that included the NYRA component fell apart at the state Capitol in Albany.

  • Finger Lakes

    Cuomo Proposes Plan for Finger Lakes

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing a plan to keep racing afloat at Finger Lakes Racetrack that calls for new contributions to a purse account from the track's owners.

  • Strife Building Over New York VLT Proceeds

    At issue is an infusion of cash flowing since October to the Nassau County Off-Track Betting Corp. from 460 video lottery terminals—out of 5,500 total VLTs—at Aqueduct's Resorts World casino.

  • The New York State Gaming Commission is moving forward on new drug testing and recordkeeping rules.

    New York Regulators Act on Drug Testing, Records Rules

    New York racing regulators on Jan. 23 gave preliminary approval to an expansion of equine drug testing and recordkeeping rules, as well as to set a minimum set of penalties to be imposed on trainers and others with repeated equine drug violations.