Northeast Region

News and features for Northeastern farm owners, racehorse owners, and breeders

  • Sir Greeley makes first start since the Nov. 24 Cigar Mile in the Toboggan Handicap.

    Sir Greeley Ready for Toboggan Ride

    In his last start, Denise Walsh's Sir Greeley finished well back in the Nov. 24 Hill 'n' Dale Cigar Mile (gr. I). Now trainer Jimmy Jerkens is dropping the son of Mr. Greeley down in class and shooting for a third stakes win in the $100,000-added Toboggan Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct March 8.

  • 2007 Eclipse Award-winning steeplechaser Good Night Shirt was honored with similar divisional honors by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association.

    Heros Reward Cleans Up in Maryland

    Heros Reward was named 2007 Maryland-bred Horse of the Year, as well as champion older male, sprinter, and turf runner, in the annual poll conducted by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association.

  • PA Test Results: 98.8% Steroid-Free

    Nearly all of the more than 2,000 samples tested for anabolic steroids in Pennsylvania racehorses during a two-month period came back negative, state officials said March 4.

  • Hearing Delay Shouldn't Impact NYRA

    Officials cautioned that a delay in the New York Racing Association emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection is not a sign of a larger problem for the deal giving NYRA a new 25-year franchise extension.

  • Cigar Mile winner Daaher is unlikely to compete in Dubai.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D2859628%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Daaher OK, But Unlikely for Dubai

    Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin was relieved to find that grade I winner Daaher, who finished a well-beaten third as the 2-5 favorite in the March 1 Stymie Handicap at Aqueduct, was not suffering from any ailments the morning after the race.

  • Visionaire will run next in the Gotham Stakes.

    Visionaire Headed for Gotham Stakes

    Visionaire, third to Pyro in the Risen Star Stakes (gr.III) at the Fair Grounds Feb. 9, will run next in the Gotham Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct March 8, majority owner Barry Irwin said Feb. 28.

  • Hollywood Casino at Penn National Racetrack is one of the casinos that have generated higher-than-expected revenue thus far in Pennsylvania.

    Area Growth Could Impact Revenue

    Wall Street analysts agree Pennsylvania's racetrack casinos have generated higher-than-expected revenue thus far, but growth in the market, both in state and out, could impact those numbers going forward. Thus far, slot machines around the state are producing an average win per machine of $307. There are 11,500 slots, about a quarter of the total that could be operating when all gaming halls are open in the state.

  • Retired Horses Task Force in NY

    A 13-member New York State Task Force on Retired Race Horses has been appointed to "investigate the feasibility of creating a larger market and alternative employment opportunities for retired race horses, as well as the costs and benefits of installing artificial turf at race courses."

  • PA-Bred Program Sets Sights on KY

    Pennsylvania probably won't become a leader in terms of number of Thoroughbred foals bred each year, but its breeding program figures to give programs in the rest of the United States a serious run for their money.

  • Cooperation Urged on Racing, Gaming

    An executive with experience working at racetrack casinos said Feb. 25 that even though slot machines are the revenue driver, horse racing has value and can have even more if gaming and racing factions work together.

  • Carl Nafzger is a two-time Kentucky Derby winner.

    12 Finalists Named for Hall of Fame

    Trainer Carl Nafzger and jockey Edgar Prado topped the list of 12 finalists for election to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame in 2008 when the museum announced nominees Feb. 22. Notably missing from the list was California conditioner Bob Baffert, who has been eligible for election for the past two years.

  • Penn National Race Course

    Penn National Cancels Feb. 22 Card

    Live racing at Penn National Race Course in Grantville, Pa. was canceled Feb. 22 after a snowstorm dumped around six inches of snow in the Central Pennsylvania area.

  • Parx Racing.

    Philly Park Offers Record Stakes

    Philadelphia Park Casino & Racetrack released a 2008 stakes schedule Feb. 21 that calls for 31 stakes to be run over the track's 12-month calendar, with purses totaling a record $5.475 million.

  • The 2004 Kentucky Derby victory by Smarty Jones apparently has done more for Pennsylvania racing than more than 100 Derbies and a long racing history have done for Kentucky, at least as far as legislation goes.

    Analysis: 'Smarty Slots' Take Lead

    The "Smarty slots" in Pennsylvania have been jingling for more than a year. In Kentucky, where the racing industry views Pennsylvania as a major threat, casino legislation broke from the gate in a tangle yet again this year.

  • New York governor Eliot Spitzer

    NYRA OK, But OTB Closure Looming

    Legislation giving the New York Racing Association a 25-year extension of its exclusive Thoroughbred franchise was signed Feb. 19, Gov. Eliot Spitzer said. Meanwhile, the mayor of New York City reiterated that New York City Off-Track Betting Corp. can't continue under its current arrangement with the state.

  • Bustin Stones (right) rolled to his fifth straight win Feb. 18, taking the General George (gr. II) at Laurel Park.

    Bustin Stones Wins Fifth Straight

    Bustin Stones led from gate to wire and held off a late challenge by Lord Snowdon to notch his fifth consecutive win, and first graded-stakes score, in the General George Handicap (gr. II) at Laurel Park Feb. 18.

  • The Delaware Handicap highlights a $5.3-million stakes slate at Delaware Park.

    Delaware Offers $5.3M Stakes Slate

    The $1-million guaranteed Delaware Handicap (gr. II) highlights a $5.3-million stakes program at Delaware Park in 2008. The 136-day meet runs from April 19-Nov. 11.

  • Sidney Watters Jr. with Hoist the Flag.

    Sid Watters Jr. Dead

    Hall of Fame trainer Sidney Watters Jr. died Feb. 14 at age 90 in Maryland.

  • Golden Dawn and Channing Hill cruise to victory in the Barbara Fritchie.

    Golden Dawn Rises in 'Fritchie

    A tidy six-length winner of Aqueduct's Fiesta Lady Stakes in her last start, Marty Cunningham's Golden Dawn repeated the margin and added graded status to her resume when she took the $300,000 Barbara Fritchie Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Laurel Park Feb. 16.

  • Divine Park is the highweight, at 117 lbs. General George Handicap (gr. II).

    General George Draws Solid Field

    Trainer Bruce Levine has conditioned Roddy Valente's homebred Bustin Stones through four victories -- including three black type wins -- and a successful comeback from surgery on both knees. But the 4-year-old son of City Zip will have to step it up a notch to remain undefeated when he tackles graded company for the first time in the Feb. 18 General George Handicap (gr. II) at Laurel Park.

  • Giant Moon took the Count Fleet Stakes and will start next in the Gotham (gr. III) at Aqueduct March 8.

    Giant Moon Works for Gotham

    With exercise rider Cesar Correa in the saddle, Giant Moon, a son of Giant's Causeway, worked in company with New York-bred maiden Mighty Morris. The workmates finished on even terms. Giant Moon's final time on the fast track was the third-fastest of 27 at the distance.

  • Suffolk Restructures Management

    Suffolk Downs has named long-time New England Thoroughbred racing official Sam Elliott to the position of vice president of racing and has promoted racing official Tom Creel to racing secretary, the track announced Feb. 12. In addition, Jim Pambianchi has been named the track's senior director of operations.

  • The New York Thoroughbred Breeders are relieved at the recent settlement concerning the status of New York racing.

    New Yorkers React to NYRA Decision

    Relief, tempered with caution about the future, was the word among some of New York's owners and breeders the day after it was announced that the New York Racing Association struck a deal with the state to operate racing at Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga for the next 25 years.

  • Jockey Club Fact Book Online

    Statistics in The Jockey Club's 2008 online fact book, which was released Feb. 14 and is available through the publications and resources section of the organization's website at http://www.jockeyclub.com, reaffirm the beneficial impact of "racinos" on state Thoroughbred racing and breeding industries.

  • The 2008 Belmont Stakes Logo

    NYRA Unveils Belmont Stakes Logo

    The New York Racing Association has unveiled its logo for the 140th running of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), the 1 1/2-mile final leg of Thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown.

  • Oprah Winney, winner of the 2007 Barbara Fritchie, is the co-highweight in this year's edition.

    Oprah Winney Seeks Fritchie Repeat

    The top three finishers from Aqueduct's Jan. 1 Interborough Handicap, led by Oprah Winney, will meet again in the Barbara Fritchie Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Laurel Park Feb. 16.

  • The New York Racing Association will continue to run racing in the state.

    Sources: NYRA in Control of Racing

    The New York Racing Association, in control of Thoroughbred racing in the state since 1955, will continue to run racing under a deal that came together Feb. 12 at the state Capitol in Albany, government and industry sources say.

  • Fabulous Strike

    Fabulous Strike Eyes 2008 Campaign

    Walter Downey's Pennsylvania-bred Fabulous Strike, an early favorite for last year's TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) before a lung infection put an early end to his season, has recovered and will return to the track for trainer Todd Beattie at his Hollywood Casino at Penn National base.

  • NYRA Notice to Fans, Bettors

    The New York Racing Association has posted a notice on its Web site informing racing fans and its NYRA Rewards members of the possible shutdown of racing at Aqueduct as of Wednesday, Feb. 13.

  • NYRA chairman C. Steven Duncker

    NYRA Discussions 'Going Backward'

    Negotiators on February 11 failed again to broker a new Thoroughbred franchise deal in New York, raising the chances that Aqueduct could go dark later this week.

  • Penn to Open; Weather KOs Racing

    Hollywood Casino at Penn National will open its slot machines to the public Feb. 12, but live Thoroughbred racing will have to wait at least another day.

  • New York Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno at Press Conference on Feb. 7.

    Bruno: 'Scare Tactics' Must End

    While unveiling what he called the framework of a Thoroughbred franchise agreement, Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno blasted the New York Racing Association Feb. 7 for attempting to scare its workers and horsemen by threatening a shutdown Feb. 14.

  • Penn National Profit Declines

    Penn National Gaming Inc. said Feb. 7 fourth-quarter profit fell 63%, and the company blamed the losses in part on inclement weather at some of its largest properties.

  • NYRA Deal Said to Be Within Reach

    A tentative deal is within reach to give the New York Racing Association a 25-year franchise to run Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga, legislative sources said Feb. 6, the same day NYRA indicated live racing at Aqueduct could end Feb. 14.

  • TOC: Partial Signal Consent Given

    The Thoroughbred Owners of California has given limited consent to New York's off-track betting corporations to accept wagers on California races, but is holding firm on its stance against allowing wagers from the companies'out-of-state account deposit wagering customers.

  • The Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association has named Hard Spun Horse of the Year.

    Pennsylvania Champions Named

    The Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association has named Hard Spun as its first-ever Horse of the Year.

  • NYRA Working on 'Contingency Plan'

    The New York Racing Association is working on putting a "contingency plan" in place should Aqueduct be forced to close Feb. 14, NYRA's president and chief executive Charles Hayward said Feb. 5.

  • The old grandstand/clubhouse (pictured) was demolished in 2006 to make way for an integrated racing/gaming facility.

    Penn on Schedule for Feb. 12 Opener

    The integrated gaming and racing facility has scheduled "test nights" for Feb. 8 and Feb. 10. Test nights are regularly held at casinos to ensure that all equipment is operating properly.

  • Barrier Reef outfights Roman Emperor to take the Whirlaway.

    Barrier Reef Wins Whirlaway

    Trainer Tom Albertrani may have a promising 3-year-old on the Derby trail for Darley Stable-or so it would seem after the $109,000 Whirlaway Stakes. Going 1 1/16-miles over Aqueduct's inner track, Darley's Barrier Reef battled it down to the wire with a tenacious Roman Emperor and eked out a determined half-length win Feb. 2.

  • NYRA Trustee Resigns, Blasts Bruno

    Charles Wait, president of the Adirondack Trust Company in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., has resigned from his position on the New York Racing Association's board of trustees, citing his dissatisfaction with the position of Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno as the main reason for his decision.

  • NYTB Officers Elected

    At a Jan. 28 organizational meeting of New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Saratoga native Michael McMahon was re-elected as president for a second term.

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    Interest Bought in Court Vision

    IEAH Stables has acquired an interest in multiple graded-stakes winner Court Vision, one of the leading contenders for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).