Tom Precious

  • Assembly Speaker Weighs in on NY Casinos

    The New York legislature's most powerful Democrat said Jan. 24 he would be open to further casino development at Aqueduct Racetrack, as well as several other specific locations in New York City except for Manhattan.

  • Rick Dutrow

    Dutrow Expected to File Appeal

    Trainer Rick Dutrow is expected to file an appeal of his 10-year suspension Jan. 16, one day before New York State regulators can officially revoke his license.

  • Rick Dutrow

    NY Court Again Declines Dutrow Hearing

    New York's highest court has declined -- for the second time in three months -- to hear an appeal by trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. in his legal bid to keep racing regulators from revoking his license to work in New York State.

  • NYRA Reorganization Board Holds First Meeting

    A new state-controlled board of directors at the New York Racing Association held its first meeting Dec. 12, bringing the long-embattled racetrack operator to a new and uncertain place in its history that dates back to 1955.

  • New NYRA Board to Address Ethics

    The board is expected to adopt a new code of ethics for board members and employees and put in place legal requirements regarding disclosure of outside business activities by board members.

  • Extracorporeal shock wave therapy

    NY Regulators to Adopt Shock Wave Standards

    New York regulators are expected to adopt a rule Nov. 29 setting new standards for the use of shock wave therapy on Thoroughbred horses, and should also make permanent an existing rule impacting claiming races.

  • Timeline for NYRA Tote Operator Delayed

    A move to name a new tote operator at the New York Racing Association was put off until at least the end of next summer's Saratoga meet, a state government oversight panel decided in Albany Nov. 26.

  • NYRA Board Meetings to be Open to Public

    Long accustomed to holding board meetings in secret, the New York Racing Association will cease the closed-door practice and follow the state's open meetings law by making the gatherings open to the public.

  • NY Judge Rules Against TRF in Abuse Case

    A New York judge has denied a request by the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation to block the state attorney general's office from beginning the discovery phase into horse abuse allegations.

  • 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.