Keyword: Christopher Kay

  • Kay Discusses Saratoga Meet, 'Clean Audits'

    New York Racing Association president and chief executive officer Chris Kay July 21 lauded his organization's accomplishments over the last year and provided a preview of improvements customers can expect to see this summer at Saratoga Race Course.

  • VLT proceeds are part of state audit of NYRA

    Audit: NYRA 'Overstated' Financial Condition

    New York's top fiscal watchdog said the New York Racing Association's portrayal of its financial improvements have been artificially inflated after an audit found the not-for-profit operation has run up deficits of $109 million on the racing side.

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    NYRA: Safety Push Helped Reduce Breakdowns

    The New York Racing Association March 24 credited multiple safety protocols implemented over the past several years for a catastrophic injury rate that has been lower than the average for all Equine Injury Database tracks.

  • NYRA president Christopher Kay

    NYRA Board Preparing Privatization Plan

    The New York Racing Association is preparing to return to private control, board chairman Michael Del Giudice said at a meeting of the association's board of directors March 10 in New York City.

  • A successful Saratoga meet this year contributed to financial gains for NYRA

    NYRA: Handle, Attendance, Income Increase

    At the end of a year that saw record-breaking wagering and attendance, the board of directors of the New York Racing Association Dec. 9 celebrated success while at the same planning conservatively for the future.

  • Saratoga had a productive summer meet in 2015

    NYRA Touts Finances, Customer Service

    NYRA president Christopher Kay, whose contract extension was announced Oct. 21, said the organization most likely will experience an increase in profit this year exclusive of revenue from video lottery terminals.

  • American Pharoah at Del Mar August 23.

    NYRA Devising Strategy to Share 'Pharoah'

    The head of the New York Racing Association said Aug. 23 the organization will attempt to create as many opportunities as possible for patrons to view American Pharoah, who has been confirmed for the Aug. 29 Travers.

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    Saratoga Handle, Other Revenue Spikes

    Business so far at the Saratoga Race Course meet has been very strong, NYRA officials reported Aug. 12, but they also noted that operating revenue for the year is down compared with 2014.

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    NYRA Caps Travers Day Attendance at 50,000

    The New York Racing Association announced Aug. 6 that attendance at Saratoga Race Course will be capped at 50,000 for the Aug. 29 blockbuster race card highlighted by the 146th Travers Stakes (gr. I).

  • Plenty of Questions at Saratoga Meet Preview

    Two days before the opening of a Saratoga meet that will see a number of changes, a near-capacity crowd at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame had plenty of questions for NYRA president Chris Kay.

  • Pan American Conference Draws a Crowd

    More than 300 representatives from 27 countries will converge upon New York City for two days of business presentations focusing on the sport of Thoroughbred racing as part of the Pan American Conference.

  • 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.

  • The board of the New York Racing Association made no recommendations about the future of Aqueduct Racetrack.

    NYRA Plan Won't Recommend Changes at Aqueduct

    The agenda for the Nov. 12 meeting of the board of the New York Racing Association was short and sweet: to discuss a re-privatization plan for the organization due next spring to the office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • Del Mar Race Course

    Encouraging Starts to Saratoga, Del Mar Meets

    The important summer meetings at Del Mar and Saratoga Race Course each registered improved numbers compared with their 2013 seasons. Total handle was up at Del Mar; Saratoga saw total handle improve and a spike in attendance.

  • TVG, NYRA Extend Multi-Year Agreement

    TVG Network and the New York Racing Association announced July 15 a multi-year extension of their agreement for TVG to televise, stream, and accept wagers on live horse races from NYRA 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.

  • 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.

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    NYRA Chief Discusses Aspects of Growth Plan

    NYRA president and chief executive officer Christopher Kay outlined some of the plans the organization has for 2014 and provided an update on what has happened so far this year during a Dec. 10 keynote address in Arizona.

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    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.

  • NYRA Committee Discusses Turf Breakdowns

    A day after two horses broke down in the same race on the turf at Saratoga Race Course the issue dominated a scheduled New York Racing Association Equine Safety Committee.

  • NYRA presented $15,000 to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund in the name of Ramon Dominguez.

    Dominguez Honored in Saratoga Ceremony

    In an emotional ceremony in the winner's circle at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 25, retired jockey Ramon Dominguez was presented with the Mike Venezia Award and the 2012 Eclipse Award trophy he was unable to accept last January.

  • NYRA Chief Meets With Locals in Saratoga

    After meeting with the media earlier in the day July 17, New York Racing Association president and chief executive officer Chris Kay made his first public appearance at the annual Saratoga Race Course meet preview.

  • NYRA CEO Chris Kay

    Kay Named President and CEO of NYRA

    Christopher Kay was named president and CEO of the New York Racing Association following unanimous approval by its board of directors at a meeting June 18. The appointment is effective July 1.

  • Lawyer Kay Expected to be Named NYRA Chief

    The New York Racing Association is trying to quickly call a board meeting for the week of June 17 to approve a new chief executive officer to run the three-track racing franchise now overseen by the state of New York.