Keyword: Eliot Spitzer

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • State Fails to Approve NYRA Deal

    State racing regulators failed to approve a temporary license for the New York Racing Association to continue racing in January while talks about a permanent franchise deal continue.

  • NY Senate Mulls Overhaul to Spitzer Racing Franchise Plan

    A day after New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer recommended the New York Racing Association for a 30-year franchise extension, officials with the Republican-led Senate said an alternative is being crafted to bring in more players to run the lucrative franchise.

  • Steroid Prohibition Topic at Saratoga Racing and Gaming Institute

    Albany Law School's Saratoga Institute on Racing and Gaming Law got off to a fast-paced start Aug. 7 when Dr. Don Catlin, a pioneer in the field of athletic drug testing, addressed a group of assembled lawyers and industry representatives gathered at the Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

  • State Officials Tell Bid Groups NYRA Should Run Tracks

    New York state officials told three Thoroughbred franchise bidding groups they want to let the New York Racing Association continue running the state's major racetracks and begin a new bidding process for rights to operate casinos at Aqueduct and Belmont Park.

  • Empire Group Alleges Collusion in N.Y. Bid Process

    Empire Racing Associates has accused two of its competitors of secretly meeting to discuss a possible joint venture involving New York's Thoroughbred franchise, which Empire contends violates state procurement rules involving collusion.

  • NYRA Receives Permission to Offer Internet Wagering

    The New York Racing Association will become the first racing entity in New York to offer internet wagering. State regulators April 26 approved a NYRA application to permit the potentially lucrative form of gambling, beginning as soon as NYRA can start the venture.

  • Swindal Leaves Excelsior as N.Y. Franchise Bids Aired

    Steve Swindal, the New York Yankees executive embroiled in divorce proceedings with the daughter of George Steinbrenner, has dropped out of Excelsior Racing Associates, one of four groups vying to win the New York Thoroughbred franchise whose proposals were made public April 5.

  • New Panel to Evaluate Groups Seeking New York Franchise

    A New York state government panel is being created to evaluate groups interested in taking over the franchise to operate Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga racetracks, a process that suddenly makes wide open the race to replace the New York Racing Association.

  • Aqueduct Casino, More VLTs Possible in '08 Plan

    New York state officials said talks are under way to permit construction to proceed on a casino at Aqueduct, and a crack has opened to possibly permit more video lottery terminals in the state. Additionally, there is a plan by the state to provide more public assistance to keep the New York Racing Association afloat through 2007.

  • Farmer Defends Support for Spitzer's Election

    The surprisingly large influx of campaign contributions from breeders and horse owners in Kentucky, California and elsewhere to the New York gubernatorial campaign of Eliot Spitzer did not come from individuals secretly vying to obtain the New York Racing Association franchise, according to one of the top donors.

  • New York gubernatorial candidate Eliot Spitzer.

    Kentucky Horsemen Make Donations to Spitzer

    Groups and individuals trying to influence the future direction of horse racing in New York have opened their wallets to statewide candidates and campaigns of legislators who will have a role in picking a new owner of the franchise to operate Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga racetracks.

  • Spitzer: Award Franchise 'As Rapidly As Possible'

    New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, the frontrunner in the New York governor's race, said he wants the franchise to run Thoroughbred racing in the state to be awarded sooner than later, and indicated the decision doesn't have to wait until the next governor takes over in 2007.

  • Cooperation, Not Politics, Led to Deal With Prosecutors

    The New York Racing Association's political muscle had nothing to do with the deal in which prosecutors agreed to indict NYRA, but not prosecute it if it agrees to certain reforms and pays a $3 million fine, NYRA chairman Barry Schwartz said Thursday.

  • Anti-Trust Concerns Lead to Veto of New York Legislation

    Legislation designed to make it easier for New York tracks to coordinate racing schedules and sell their products jointly has been vetoed by Gov. George Pataki, who said the bill could "work to the detriment of New Yorkers who patronize horse racing and betting facilities."

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Spa-Tacular

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- The Saratoga season of 2003 is one New York Racing Association officials will not soon forget, and for good reason. They overcame numerous obstacles to post record numbers at what most people acknowledge is American racing's most important meeting.

  • NYRA Criticized Over Loan

    An internal audit of a little known state fund found the New York Legislature has given the embattled New York Racing Association loose reins over $60 million it owes the state.

  • NYRA Reviewing Management Practices

    After meeting with its newly hired security consultant, the New York Racing Association on Wednesday said it has begun a review of its practices already under investigation by state and federal authorities.

  • Feds Seeking Indictment Against NYRA

    Federal prosecutors are preparing an indictment against the New York Racing Association that will allege a corporate conspiracy that permitted corruption to occur at its three racetracks. Sources also say the state is currently developing a contingency plan in case the NYRA is ousted from its duties.

  • Eliot Spitzer, New York AG &quot;applauds&quot; NYRA actions.

    New York AG Approves of NYRA Action on Security, Money-Handling

    New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer said he came away from a one-hour meeting with New York Racing Association Chairman Barry Schwartz convinced that NYRA will now be taking steps to improve the operations he sharply criticized last month following a three-year investigation.

  • Casino mogul Donald Trump.

    Casino Mogul Trump Joins List of NYRA Critics

    Using a smiling, cigar-chomping photograph of gangster Al Capone atop a caption saying "he would have loved'' the thought of putting slot machines at New York Racing Association tracks, casino mogul Donald Trump has joined in on the growing chorus of NYRA critics.

  • Attorney Denis McInerney, presented NYRA&#39;s response to attorney general&#39;s report.

    Spa Takes Back Seat to Defense of NYRA

    The charges and countercharges battle between the New York Racing Association and New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer continued June 24, with NYRA charging the state's chief law enforcement agent "does not understand NYRA's operations," and that he made "no attempt" to make his damaging report balanced.

  • NYRA Chairman &amp; CEO Barry Scwhartz.

    NYRA's Schwartz Alleges AG Bungled Report

    Barry K. Schwartz, NYRA chairman and CEO, issued a scathing response Saturday to the state attorney general's critical report of the association's operations.

  • AG's Report Suggests NYRA Unfit to Operate Franchise

    State officials should consider removing the New York Racing Association as operator of Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga racetracks for ignoring and covering up an empire overrun with employee corruption that includes cheating of its customers, New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has charged.

  • Credit Card Company: Online Wagers to be Blocked

    Citibank, the nation's largest credit card company, is beginning a new system to block customers from using their plastic to make online wagers, New York attorney general Eliot Spitzer said June 14. The impact on companies that offer pari-mutuel wagering remains to be seen.

  • New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani postponed announcement about off-track betting corporation sale.

    NYRA Employees Indicted; Giuliani Cancels News Conference

    Four New York Racing Association employees have been indicted as part of a probe by state investigators into an alleged money laundering operation. New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani cancelled an 11 a.m. news conference at which he was to announce a group led by Magna Entertainment had won the purchase rights to the New York City Off Track Betting Corp.