Tom Precious

  • 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.

  • Finger Lakes in upstate New York offers live racing and electronic gaming

    Finger Lakes Says Its Future in Jeopardy

    Officials at Finger Lakes in upstate New York said the facility risks closure as early as 2017 unless the state takes action to protect its finances in the wake of approval Dec. 21 of a full-blown casino about 25 miles away.

  • Finger Lakes Seeks Reduction in Race Dates

    In an apparent move to pressure state officials to at least lower its mandated tax rate, Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack said Dec. 18 that it wants to cut the number of Thoroughbred race dates in 2016 by nearly 20%.

  • Fantasy Sports Under Scrutiny in New York

    New York's Standardbred industry warned of the growing financial consequences of racing-based daily fantasy sports sites, while a major off-track betting corporation says OTBs should have the authority to offer such contests.

  • Eight acres of land at Belmont Park have been taken off the market

    Move Stirs Speculation on Belmont VLT Casino

    An eight-acre parcel of land on the grounds of Belmont Park is no longer being offered to private developers, a move that is raising concerns in some circles that the state may be eyeing the site for a VLT casino.

  • NY Hearing to Focus on Fantasy Sports Impact

    Three New York legislative panels are seeking answers to the impact the daily fantasy sports industry is having on other sectors of the gambling industry, including horse racing and the state's own lottery system.

  • Trainer Steve Asmussen

    Asmussen Fined in New York PETA Probe

    The New York State Commission Nov. 23 proposed far-reaching equine drug rules as they slapped trainer Steve Asmussen with a $10,000 fine stemming from a probe into allegations of equine abuse brought against him by PETA.

  • Steve Asmussen

    New York to Release Results of Asmussen Probe

    After considerable delay, New York regulators Nov. 23 are poised to release the much-anticipated results of a probe into allegations by an animal rights group about horses under the care of trainer Steve Asmussen.

  • New York Racinos Approve Move to Halt Fantasy

    The move this week by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman against fantasy sports sites DraftKings and FanDuel may have its vocal detractors, but the state's racetrack owners support Schneiderman's move.

  • NYSGC equine medical director Dr. Scott Palmer

    NY Pilot Program Offers EKGs for Horses

    New York is beginning a pilot program at Aqueduct Racetrack and Belmont Park to screen Thoroughbreds for cardiac arrhythmias with the use of a small recording device attached to a smartphone or computer.

  • NY Rule Impacts Testing for Claimed Horses

    The state of New York, citing costs savings, is considering a plan to halt a practice in which the state, at its expense, tests all claimed horses to check for the presence of drugs or other substances.

  • Audit: New York OTBs in Financial Peril

    New York's top fiscal watchdog said payments to racetracks, competition from advance deposit wagering entities, and sharply rising simulcast fees are contributing to increasingly perilous finances at five OTB corporations.

  • NY Lawmakers Hear Views on Internet Poker

    New York's racetrack-based casino operators are urging state officials to go slow with any effort to legalize online poker and, if permitted, any internet poker program should be awarded only to licensed facilities.

  • Mark Gearan

    NY Gaming Commission Chairman Resigns

    The chairman of the panel that regulates horse racing and all gambling entities in New York state has resigned, just over a month before the Gaming Commission is expected to award licenses to commercial casino operators.

  • New York Forum to Discuss Lasix Use

    Considering possible changes to the state's equine drug laws, New York regulators are calling together education, veterinary science, and industry experts to discuss the use of the anti-bleeding medicine furosemide.

  • Court Ruling Could Slow Finger Lakes Casino

    A push to develop a new commercial casino in the Finger Lakes region of New York was ordered to slow down by an appeals court, which determined local officials did not not follow environmental review procedures.

  • Coupled entries 1, 1A and 2, 2B leave a starting gate.

    New York Coupled Entry Rules Modified

    New York state regulators have modified a couple of ways in which wagering on Thoroughbred races is conducted as part of an effort to boost field size and revenues for the industry.

  • Workers' Comp Remains for NY Exercise Riders

    A measure to remove a mandate that exercise riders be provided workers' compensation coverage from the New York Jockey Injury Compensation Fund failed to get approved in either house of the New York legislature.

  • Bill Lets New York OTBs Use Capital Funds

    New York off-tracking betting corporations will be permitted to dip into their capital funds to help pay for operating expenses under legislation given recent final approval by the New York lawmakers.

  • NY Legislature Ends Palm Sunday Racing Ban

    The New York State legislature has halted a longstanding ban against pari-mutuel wagering and live racing on Palm Sunday, a move industry supporters claim will raise revenue for tracks and the state.