Tom Precious

  • Finger Lakes

    Casino Would Negatively Impact Finger Lakes

    The head of the horsemen's group at New York's Finger Lakes racetrack said the facility could be forced to close in the coming years unless state officials take action to protect it from a new commercial casino.

  • New York Panel Announces Winning Casino Bids

    New York state, in its greatest expansion of gambling, has selected three winning bidders to operate full commercial casinos in separate areas of the state but rejected proposals by Genting Americas and Churchill Downs, Inc.

  • Dr. David Skorton

    NYRA Chairman Skorton Stepping Down

    New York Racing Association chairman Dr. David Skorton announced Dec. 3 he is stepping down from the post to spend more time getting ready for his new job as head of the Smithsonian Institution.

  • Aqueduct Racetrack

    Plan Would Cut Six Aqueduct Race Dates

    The New York Racing Association board of directors will be asked Dec. 3 to approve a 2015 budget that cuts the number of racing days at Aqueduct Racetrack by a total of six days during the track's winter and fall meets.

  • New York to Act on New Medication Rules

    New York regulators are ready to consider final revisions to rules specifying allowable testing threshold levels for two dozen medications used to treat Thoroughbreds in advance of races.

  • Winter Racing Focus of New York Hearing

    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.

  • Assembly Racing Committee chairman Gary Pretlow

    Lawmaker Expresses Concerns Over NYRA Plan

    The New York Racing Association may be on a fast track to devise a plan removing it from state government control, but at least one veteran state lawmaker is in no rush to see the racing operator in charge of its destiny.

  • NYRA Board to Discuss Future of Franchise

    The leaders of the New York Racing Association will start outlining a path for the racing giant's future at a board meeting Nov. 12, and it could be a precursor to talks at the state Capitol next year.

  • Oversight Board Reviews NYRA Finances

    California Chrome may have lost the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), but the potential for a Triple Crown winner helped to drive up the New York Racing Association's overall pari-mutuel handle in the first half of 2014.

  • NYRA President Christopher Kay

    NYRA to Study Belmont, Aqueduct Development

    The head of the New York Racing Association is suggesting the racing giant might not be able keep open both its downstate Thoroughbred tracks when it morphs back into some form of private control in the fall of 2015.

  • NY Tracks Awarded Extended VLT Hours

    New York racetrack gaming facilities, most of which have been facing slumping financial numbers this year, will be able to stay open later into the early morning and be authorized to offer more free play.

  • Assemblyman Gary Pretlow, chairman of the Assembly Racing Committee

    NY Legislature Extends 2% Share for Horsemen

    First passed as a temporary surcharge in 2007, legislation has been signed into law again authorizing the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association to receive 2% of purse proceeds at New York Racing Association tracks.

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    Fan Group Critical of Belmont Day Experience

    A state-created fan advisory group has blasted NYRA for operations June 7 for Belmont Stakes (gr. I) day, saying problems that hit everything from parking lot to betting lines to lack of security hurt fan development.

  • Genting Group Reveals Plans for NY Casino

    The Genting Group has revealed its plans for a full-blown casino in New York, and as expected, it joins a growing list of would-be casino operators who want to come as close to New York City as legally possible.

  • Harness Track Backs Off Saratoga Casino Plan

    Facing community and local government opposition, backers of a long-planned full-scale casino at Saratoga Springs' harness track have retreated on the idea, instead focusing on a new site near Albany, N.Y.

  • New Standards May Be Imposed on NY Stewards

    New York racing regulators raised the prospects of imposing new transparency standards on stewards, including possibly publicly releasing videos that are used by officials in decisions affecting the outcome of a race.

  • NYRA May Lose Skorton as Chairman

    The New York Racing Association is at some unknown date losing its board chairman as it looks in the next year or so to move from a state-run entity back to a privately held corporation.

  • Gearan to Head NY Gaming Commission

    New York's agency that regulates the racing, casino, and lottery industries had his nomination sail through the state Senate March 4, which paves the way for the formal appointment of a siting panel to recommend new casinos.

  • NY Gaming Commision Head Nearly Confirmed

    The New York state Senate next week is poised to confirm Gov. Andrew Cuomo's choice for the new head of the state Gaming Commission, the powerful regulatory agency that oversees racetrack and casino operations.

  • NYRA Board Meets, Calls Executive Session

    The New York Racing Association, which has touted claims of transparency since it was taken over by the state, approved no items at its Feb. 26 board of directors meeting before quickly going into executive session.

  • New York Casino Timetable Becomes Clear

    New York's timetable for new casino developments became clearer Jan. 8 with Gov. Andrew Cuomo announcing that a college president will head a panel charged with siting the first round of four casinos.

  • NYRA CEO Chris Kay.

    NYRA Budget for 2014 Calls for Hike in Fees

    The New York Racing Association is finalizing a "fresh look" budget for 2014 that will hike fees imposed on simulcast partners and raise prices for racetrack admission and parking while cutting a number of expenses.

  • Racing Rules Get Preliminary Approval in NY

    Racing regulators in New York gave preliminary approval to new threshold levels for 24 equine drugs as well as hefty fines for racetracks, lottery agents, and others who let underage people gamble.

  • Pro-Casino Money Flows in New York

    Pro-casino forces raised in excess of $3.5 million the last four weeks to finance television ads and mailings trying to convince New York voters to approve a large expansion of gambling facilities in the state.

  • Report Shows Benefit of Aqueduct Casino

    Genting Americas has contributed more than $1.3 billion in payments to New York State and more than $200 million to the New York Racing Association and purse and breeding funds since opening Resorts World Casino at Aqueduct.

  • NY Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Casinos

    A lower court state judge in New York has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to halt a statewide ballot referendum to change the state's constitution to permit commercial, Las Vegas-style casinos around the state.

  • Will Take Charge won the 2013 Travers.

    Probe Shows No Use of 'Buzzer' in Travers

    An investigation by New York regulators and the New York State Police has cleared jockey Luis Saez of allegations that he carried an electronic device when he rode Will Take Charge to victory in the Aug. 24 Travers Stakes.

  • Last-Minute Push for NY Casino Measure

    As polls suggest some uncertainty whether New Yorkers will OK a sweeping expansion of casino gambling in a November referendum, a coalition of business and labor groups have begun a last-minute effort to push for passage.

  • Saratoga Race Course

    Oversight Board Moves on Saratoga Projects

    A major construction and rehabilitation effort at the historic Saratoga Race Course took another baby step toward what New York Racing Association officials hope will be eventual final state approval.

  • New York Reinstates Corticosteroid Rules

    New York regulators Sept. 9 re-issued an expired rule requiring the previous trainer of a claimed horse to provide the new owner with all records regarding corticosteroid joint injections within 48 hours of the race.