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  • NYRA president and chief executive officer Christopher Kay

    NYRA Board Awards Bonus, Raise to CEO Kay

    A revamped racing program and enhancements to the customer experience were among the successes trumpeted by the NYRA board of directors Aug. 6, and in return president Christopher Kay received a bonus and a raise.

  • 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.

  • La Verdad won the 2014 Distaff Handicap.
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    La Verdad Tries Stretch-Out in Critical Eye

    La Verdad seeks her first win beyond six furlongs as she heads a group of nine New York-bred fillies and mares in the $200,000 Critical Eye at one mile. Earlier on the card, Flipcup heads $125,000 Bouwerie.

  • Chris Kay, NYRA President and CEO

    NYRA Board Gets Optimistic Report From Kay

    Optimism was evident May 28 as the board of directors of the New York Racing Association heard Chris Kay, president and CEO, detail several improvements customers can expect on what could be an historic Belmont Stakes day.

  • Vyjack wins an allowance race April 27.
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    Vyjack Victorious Off the Bench at Aqueduct

    Grade II winner Vyjack, at this time last year a contender on the road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), returned from a lengthy layoff April 27 to win a seven-furlong allowance at Aqueduct.

  • Wicked Strong flies home to take the Wood Memorial.<br><a target="blank" href="!i=3162050773&k=rxX5TkC">Order This Photo</a>

    Wicked Strong Charges to Wood Memorial Score

    From maiden winner to latest addition to the field for the May 3 Kentucky Derby, Centennial Farms' Wicked Strong soared past tiring 8-5 favorite Social Inclusion and runner-up Samraat to win the April 5 Wood Memorial (gr. I).

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    Dads Caps Gets His Due in Carter Upset

    Hard-knocking Dads Caps had been three times the bridesmaid in recent starts, but he broke through at the highest level April 5 at Aqueduct Racetrack when stealing the Carter Handicap (gr. I) at odds of 10-1.

  • Coup de Grace fights for victory in the Bay Shore Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="!i=3162219038&k=w8MvHcW">Order This Photo</a>

    Coup de Grace Finishes Strong in Bay Shore

    A brief player on the Triple Crown trail in Florida earlier this year, Fox Hill Farm's Coup de Grace got back to sprinting and scored a game nose win in the $300,000 Bay Shore Stakes (gr. III) April 5 at Aqueduct Racetrack.

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    My Miss Sophia Romps in Gazelle

    Mathis Stable's My Miss Sophia rolled to a decisive victory April 5 in the $300,000 Gazelle Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct Racetrack, stamping her ticket to the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).

  • That Handicapping Show: Wood Memorial Stakes

    Claire Novak and Frank Angst handicap two big Kentucky Derby prep races this weekend in the Wood Memorial and Santa Anita Derby. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Wood Memorial Stakes.

  • Kobe's Back faces undefeated Favorite Tale in the Bay Shore.

    Bay Shore Stakes Debut for Favorite Tale

    Although he'll be facing some stakes winners when he makes the first stakes start of his career April 4 in the Bay Shore (gr. III) at Aqueduct Racetrack, Favorite Tale figures to receive plenty of attention.

  • Sweet Reason won her seasonal debut on March 7.<br><a target="blank" href="!i=3111034584&k=VfJMPw6">Order This Photo</a>

    Sweet Reason, Got Lucky Class of Gazelle

    Grade I winner Sweet Reason and grade II-placed Got Lucky are the class of the $300,000 Gazelle Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct April 5, an event for sophomore fillies on the road to the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).

  • Uncle Sigh in the Withers Stakes.

    Uncle Sigh Carries High Hopes, Purple Heart

    "This horse has got the mind for a Derby horse," Gary Contessa remarked. "He'll walk into that stadium and there'll be 150,000 people there...and he'll be like 'Yeah, this is cool...whatever.' "

  • Inks Deal for Wood Sponsorship has signed on as title sponsor of the $1 million Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I) in a two-year partnership agreement, the New York Racing Association announced March 28.

  • 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.

  • Sweet Reason was a winner in her first race of 2014.
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    Sweet Reason Comes Back a Winner

    Treadway Racing Stable's Sweet Reason, winner of the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course last summer, made a successful return to the races March 7 at Aqueduct Racetrack in the featured eighth race.

  • Haskin: 'Horseplayers' and Pioneer Days

    'Horseplayers,' mainly Team Rotondo (Peter Rotondo Sr. and Jr. and Lew Davis), brings me back to a time long ago in my life; a time of smoke-filled busses and a cacophony of thick Brooklyn accents moaning.

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    Strapping Groom Grinds Out Tom Fool Win

    Strapping Groom rallied in deep stretch to claim the $200,000 Tom Fool Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct Racetrack, his first graded stakes score since a 15-1 upset in the Forego Stakes (gr. I) last summer.

  • That Handicapping Show: Gotham Stakes

    Claire Novak and Frank Angst handicap the talented field of the Gotham Stakes. A Kentucky Derby points race with serious contenders, it includes a rematch of Uncle Sigh and Samraat.

  • 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.

  • Weather Leads to More Cancellations

    Due to snow in the Baltimore, Md., and Washington D.C. area, live racing at Laurel Park has been canceled for Thursday, Feb. 13. The New York Racing Association announced there would be no Friday racing at Aqueduct.