Tom Precious

  • 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.

  • The rules go before the state's Gaming Commission board Jan. 23

    NY Proposes Sweeping Equine Drug, Record Rules

    New York racing regulators Jan. 20 released a set of proposed sweeping equine drug and recordkeeping rules that arose from the state's investigation into allegations made by PETA against trainer Steve Asmussen in 2013.

  • New York Lawmakers Question Cuomo's NYRA Plans

    New York legislators say they plan to push back against some of the provisions proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to return NYRA to private hands after nearly five years of a Cuomo-controlled board of directors running the racing corporation.

  • Chris Kay

    Oversight Panel Approves NYRA Spending Plans

    A New York state oversight panel has approved major spending plans for 2017 by the New York Racing Association, though not before an annual disagreement surfaced about whether NYRA runs a surplus or deficit from its racing operations.

  • Trainers of Thoroughbreds in New York will be required to maintain a minimum of four continuing education hours per year

    NY to Require Trainer Continuing Education

    Thoroughbred trainers and assistant trainers will now be required to fulfill at least four hours annually of continuing education coursework in order to retain their racing licenses with New York state.