Tom Precious

  • New York Will Review Tote Service Deal

    New York state, in the first full day controlling the New York Racing Association, said it will review a tentative deal track officials previously made to replace United Tote as NYRA's totalizator contractor.

  • Bobby Flay is one of the new members of the NYRA board.

    State Now Controls NYRA; New Board Appointed

    The New York Racing Association is now the nation's largest state-controlled racing entity, paving a new and highly uncertain future for the not-for-profit corporation that has seen its highs and lows.

  • NY Regulators Adopt Safety Recommendations

    Prodded by a rash of equine deaths at Aqueduct Racetrack last winter, the New York State Racing and Wagering Board Oct. 11 imposed what officials promised will be the first round of rules intended to make for safer racing.

  • NY Set to Act on Task Force Findings

    New York racing officials are set to begin implementing new rules based on recommendations by a recent industry task force report to increase safety conditions for horses and jockeys.

  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo

    Report: State to Seek Bids to Operate NYRA

    Just days before the state is to take over control of the New York Racing Association, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is sending signals he wants to put the operation of the racing entity out to bid to for-profit companies.

  • State Seeks Quick Action on Belmont Parcels

    New York state officials are looking to fast-track development of two under-used parcels at Belmont Park, but are clearly backing away from plans developed four years ago for a possible VLT facility at the site.

  • Group Seeking License for New York Racetrack

    With New York's racetrack video lottery terminal operators looking to become full-blown casino destinations, a new player in the crowded market is asking regulators for the eighth and final harness racetrack license.

  • Travers Contenders Face New Security Measures

    New York state racing regulators will impose new security protocols for horses racing in the upcoming Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course, though they are less burdensome than those put in place during this year's Belmont.

  • Slot machines at Aqueduct Racecourse.

    NY Racinos: Payments Outpace Vegas and AC

    New York's racetracks say they contributed more in various tax and revenue-sharing funding during the first six months of the year than the casinos on the Las Vegas strip and Atlantic City combined.

  • Rick Dutrow

    NY Court Upholds Dutrow's License Revocation

    A New York appeals court has unanimously upheld the revocation of trainer Rick Dutrow's license by state racing regulators, a major setback for the colorful trainer's ability to keep working in the state.

  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo

    Report: NYRA Board Intact Through Saratoga

    Despite Gov. Andrew Cuomo's stinging criticism of its abilities, the New York Racing Association's board of directors will not be replaced before the start of NYRA's financially crucial Saratoga Racecourse meet.

  • Andrew Cuomo

    Cuomo: No Exclusive Casino Rights for Tracks

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is making clear that racetrack operators will not get their wish to get exclusive rights for new, Las Vegas-style casinos if New York next year approves a sharp expansion of gambling.

  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

    Cuomo Backs Off Aqueduct Casino Project

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is backing off plans to construct a massive casino and convention center with a Malaysian-based gambling conglomerate on the grounds of the Aqueduct Racetrack.

  • Schneiderman Pushing Ahead in TRF Lawsuit

    With affidavits from a whistleblower and a veterinarian, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is pushing ahead with efforts to oust the board of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.

  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo

    NYRA Getting Pounded by New York Officials

    Top state officials continued to pound the New York Racing Association, a day after regulators suggested its exclusive franchise to operate the state's major Thoroughbred tracks could be in jeopardy.

  • NYRA Fires Hayward, Kehoe Amid Probe

    The New York Racing Association has fired president Charles Hayward May 4 following revelations he may have known the racing group was violating state law by not lowering takeouts on exotic wagers.

  • New York Attorney General Sues TRF

    New York's attorney general is accusing current and former directors of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation of driving the group into financial insolvency and causing harm, and death, of some horses under their care.

  • NYRA Under Fire; Two on Leave Without Pay

    When it was revealed last year that takeout rates on exotic wagers were not lowered as required by law, executives with the New York Racing Association said they were caught unaware of the problem.

  • Catskills Resort Buyer Hoping to Build Casino

    The sale of a former destination resort complex in the Catskills region of New York has been finalized, with its new owners hoping to become casino operators if the state legalizes expanded gambling ventures next year.

  • Will NYRA Casino Revenues Last?

    The New York Racing Association took in $22.1 million in gross revenues during the first three months of the year from its new Aqueduct casino. But the question for NYRA is simple: will it last?

  • New York Set to Enact New Claiming Rule

    In response to recent equine deaths at Aqueduct Racetrack, regulators in New York are poised to adopt a rule voiding claiming race sales of horses that die during a claiming event or are euthanized on-track after a race.

  • New York Budget Calls For Gaming Commission

    State legislators have tentatively agreed to create a New York Gaming Commission to oversee all aspects of gambling in New York, including horse racing, lotteries and Indian-run and racetrack-based casinos.

  • NYRA Complying With Refunds on Overcharges

    The New York Racing Association said it is meeting a state request to refund money by March 30 to as many bettors it could identify that were overcharged when NYRA failed to follow a state law to lower its takeout on exotics.

  • Panel to Investigate Aqueduct Breakdowns

    Leading veterinarians and a Hall of Fame jockey will be among those studying the 20 fatal breakdowns of horses racing at Aqueduct Racetrack since December, New York officials announced March 22.

  • Tracks May Be Left Out in NY Gaming Expansion

    Hours after lawmakers approved an initial step to expand non-Indian casino gambling in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo raised the possibility that no racetrack casino will be among the future sites in the state.

  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo

    Cuomo: New York is 'In Denial' About Casinos

    The governor of New York is still not ready to divulge where he thinks new casinos should be located in the state, but said people are in a "state of denial" if they think casino gambling does not already exist in New York.

  • New York Revises Bute Administration Rule

    New York is returning to a standard banning the use of phenylbutazone in horses in the 48 hours leading up to a race. The state Racing and Wagering Board on Feb. 29 adopted a final rule revising the Bute time and threshold.

  • NY Racetracks Touting Expansion Benefits

    New York's nine racetracks, which are lobbying to expand their businesses into full-fledged casinos, claim 8,200 permanent jobs would be created if they are permitted to enhance their gaming operations.