Tom Precious

  • New York OKs Full Casino for Tioga Downs

    Tioga Downs, a Standardbred track west of Binghamton in the struggling Southern Tier region of New York, will be permitted to install slot machines and table games under a plan approved Aug. 30 by the New York State Gaming Commission.

  • Racing at Saratoga

    Review: Spa Surface Not Factor in Fatalities

    The New York State Gaming Commission Aug. 30 reported that a preliminary review has found that surface conditions at Saratoga Race Course are not to blame for the 14 equine deaths during the track's current meet.

  • NYRA president Christopher Kay

    NYRA Defends Financial Report at Meeting

    The head of the New York Racing Association tangled with a state financial oversight board member Aug. 16 in a seemingly annual dispute over how the racing corporation reports on its financial performance.

  • Daily Fantasy Sports Legalized in New York

    Daily fantasy sports contests are now legal in New York state under legislation signed into law today by Gov Andrew Cuomo, the eighth such state since January to give some level of lawful backing to the online gambling sector.

  • Saratoga racing supporters are in a battle with the New York governor

    Cuomo Administration Fires Back at Criticism

    The administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo is hitting back at criticism from the Saratoga Springs community over the recent controversy involving the now-scuttled plan to end a four-year period of state government control of NYRA.

  • Resorts World Casino at Aqueduct

    Major Expansion Planned for Aqueduct Casino

    The operator of the video lottery terminal casino at Aqueduct Racetrack plans a December groundbreaking on an expansion project expected to add more than 750,000-square-feet to the facility, but the plan hasn't been presented to NYRA.

  • Finger Lakes in upstate New York

    Absent a Deal, Finger Lakes Future in Doubt

    Thoroughbred trainers, owners, and breeders are scrambling to determine the future of racing at Finger Lakes after lawmakers ended their 2016 session without resolving how racing will be able to compete in the face of a new commercial casino.

  • Casino at Aqueduct generates revenue for horse racing

    NY Prepares for Potential Casino Competition

    One of the last acts of the New York legislature before its 2016 session ended June 18 was to send a message to one of its neighbors: New York is poised to act if New Jersey moves to build casinos near the New York border.

  • Saratoga Race Course, one of three NYRA tracks

    Extension of State Control for NYRA Looms

    Unable to break a negotiating logjam, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers have tentatively agreed to extend the state's control of the New York Racing Association for another year rather than return it to private hands.

  • New York Lawmakers Address Workers' Comp

    Legislation was given final approval June 16 in New York to give new flexibility to a workers' compensation insurance fund for jockeys that has seen skyrocketing premium hikes in recent years.

  • Andrew Cuomo

    Lawmakers Defy Cuomo, Pass NYRA Legislation

    Defying Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York lawmakers June 15 gave final approval to legislation that would return the New York Racing Association to private control after a four-year period in which the board was dominated by appointees of the governor.

  • New York Assemblyman Gary Pretlow

    Pretlow: NYRA Privatization Talks Stall

    Talks have stalled over returning control of the New York Racing Association to private hands after a four-year period in which appointees of Gov. Andrew Cuomo have dominated the not-for-profit corporation's board of directors.

  • VLT proceeds are part of state audit of NYRA

    Audit: NYRA 'Overstated' Financial Condition

    New York's top fiscal watchdog said the New York Racing Association's portrayal of its financial improvements have been artificially inflated after an audit found the not-for-profit operation has run up deficits of $109 million on the racing side.

  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

    Cuomo Submits NYRA Privatization Plan

    The New York Racing Association would be returned to private hands, though with a leash from state government that has controlled its operations over the past four years, according to legislation proposed June 8 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

  • Prospect of a Meadowlands casino has New York on edge

    NY Has Plans Should NJ Expand Casino Gambling

    Officials in New York have been quietly discussing ways to "send a shot across the Hudson River" in advance of New Jersey's fall referendum in which voters will determine if two casinos can be located in the northern part of the state.

  • Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson.

    Horseman Hendrickson Resigns as NYRA Adviser

    John Hendrickson, who operates a Saratoga Springs, N.Y.-based stable with his wife Marylou Whitney, resigned in frustration as a special adviser to the state-run New York Racing Association’s board of directors.

  • The Resorts World Casino at Aqueduct

    New York Racinos Aim to Offer Daily Fantasy

    New York's racetrack-based casinos are under fire from two key legislators for trying to get the industry included in a measure under consideration at the state Capitol to legalize fantasy sports wagering.

  • VLT casino at Aqueduct in New York

    Senate Committee OKs NYRA Legislation

    A measure to end the state's control of the New York Racing Association is advancing in the New York legislature, and a key lawmaker said Gov. Andrew Cuomo has still not revealed his own idea for the future of the racing organization.

  • Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack

    Finger Lakes Horsemen Call for Support

    After months of saying Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack is at risk of closure, the organization representing horsemen at the upstate New York track have begun a statewide ad campaign.

  • Trainer Suspended Five Years in New York

    Racing regulators in New York have slapped a five-year ban on trainer Jerome Palumbo in a case state officials began investigating more than four years ago after one of his horses tested high for TCO2.

  • Finger Lakes in upstate New York

    No Purse Protection for Finger Lakes

    The head of the horsemen's group at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack is predicting the end of racing at the upstate Thoroughbred track, after a new state government budget deal failed to protect purse levels.

  • Large Increase in Aqueduct VLTs Approved

    New York has approved a large increase in the number of video lottery terminals at Aqueduct Racetrack in a last-minute deal that officials say could expand the footprint of the Resorts World Casino at the Queens track.

  • Aqueduct Could See Increase in VLTs

    Aqueduct Racetrack would see a sharp increase in the number of slot machines it offers at its Resorts World casino under a deal being negotiated at the Capitol in Albany as part of state budget talks, Newsday reported.

  • Churchill will host Kentucky Derby May 7

    NY OTBs, CDI Resume Rocky Simulcast Talks

    With the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) fast approaching, New York's off-track betting corporations and Churchill Downs Inc. have resumed negotiations to end a bitter dispute over simulcast fees.

  • New NJ Casinos Could Impact New York Racinos

    A trade group for New York's racetrack-based casinos is warning of major revenue drops at their facilities if New Jersey voters this fall approve a referendum permitting two new casinos near New York City.

  • NY Approves New Rule on Workers' Compensation

    Regulators have approved a new rule that makes it simpler for the New York State Gaming Commission to impose upon Thoroughbred owners and trainers an insurance program to provide workers' compensation coverage.

  • N.Y. Legislation Would Halt OTB Casino Plans

    A New York lawmaker, sharply critical of the Nassau Off-Track Betting Corp. bid to try to locate a casino at Belmont Park racetrack, has introduced a measure banning casinos by either of the two Long Island-based OTBs.

  • NY Bans Trainer Sedlacek for Five Years

    Trainer Roy Sedlacek was banned from all racetracks in New York for five years by regulators following what officials said was evidence two horses that ran last October at Belmont were administered an opioid analgesic drug.

  • Tribe Sues to Block Finger Lakes-Area Casino

    A New York Native American tribe has filed a lawsuit to block a recently approved casino that has everyone from upstate casinos to racetracks worried about losing business to the new gambling resort under construction.

  • Jockeys and exercise riders covered under new workers' comp plan in New York

    NY Tracks, Horsemen Have Workers' Comp Deal

    A deal has been reached between regulators and New York Thoroughbred industry interests for payments to a fund that provides workers' compensation payments for injured jockeys, apprentice jockeys, and exercise riders.

  • NY Workers' Comp Rates to Change in 2016

    New York regulators and the state's Thoroughbred industry are attempting to negotiate new workers' compensation rates for jockeys before the current system expires at the end of the year.