Keyword: Gov. Eliot Spitzer

  • Former NYRA Employees Sue Over Charges

    Two former state horseracing officials accused of lying about how much jockeys weighed have filed a $100-million lawsuit against ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer and state officials a year after charges against them were dismissed.

  • Eliot Spitzer resigned from his post as New York governor, effective March 17.

    Resignation's Impact on NYRA Unclear

    With the March 12 announcement of the resignation of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer effective March 17, officials at the New York Racing Association said they don't anticipate his resignation would affect recent legislation that grants NYRA a new franchise. It could, however, impact other aspects of the franchise moving forward.

  • Will NYRA Take Temporary Extension?

    With another deadline looming that could shut down racing at Aqueduct Feb. 14, rumors are circulating among horsemen that the New York Racing Association might not be willing to accept another temporary extension to keep racing going.

  • NYRA Gets New Temporary Extension

    Negotiators in New York have agreed to another temporary extension to keep racing operating while talks continue on a longer-term franchise deal to operate Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga, officials said Jan. 21.

  • New York Franchise Talks Lingering

    Racing will continue to be run at Aqueduct on New Year's Day under an agreement reached Dec. 31, but government negotiators failed to resolve the permanent Thoroughbred franchise issue in New York.

  • NYRA, Board Strike Temporary Deal

    With talks going down to the wire, the New York Racing Association has reached an agreement with a state government oversight panel to at least continue running racing on a brief, temporary basis.

  • NYRA Oversight Chair: No Guarantees

    The new head of a state government panel that will oversee Thoroughbred racing in New York Jan. 1, 2008, said he could not guarantee that horses will be running at Aqueduct in two weeks.

  • New York: Clock Ticks, Talks Rage

    With closed-door talks failing to produce a deal on a new Thoroughbred franchise in New York, state officials have begun discussing getting the framework of a deal in place before a Dec. 31 deadline with passage of an agreement by the legislature in early January.

  • Audit: NYRA Underpaid State

    The New York Racing Association, whose annual deficits are "not reflective of operating in a sound and economical manner," underpaid the state of New York by $10.9 million in franchise fees from 2004 to 2005, according to a new audit by state comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

  • Audit: NYRA Underpaid State Franch

    The New York Racing Association, whose annual deficits are ?not reflective of operating in a sound and economical manner,?? underpaid the state of New York by $10.9 million in franchise fees from 2004 to 2005, according to a new audit by state comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

  • NYRA Creditors Can Vote on Plan

    A federal bankruptcy court judge has paved the way for the New York Racing Association to emerge from Chapter 11 protection pending the outcome of a vote by creditors.

  • New York Franchise Still a Question

    With a franchise expiration date of Dec. 31 fast approaching, it still remains very unclear who will be in control of Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga in 2008 and beyond.

  • Magna, Churchill Withdraw From Empire Racing

    A consortium of major horse industry companies vying for the Thoroughbred franchise in new York began falling apart Oct. 10, as Magna Entertainment and Churchill Downs announced their withdrawal from Empire Racing Associates.

  • NYRA President Charles Hayward reacting to franchise decision at Sept. 4th press conference.

    Spitzer Recommends NYRA Maintain Franchise

    New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has formally recommended the New York Racing Association continue to operate Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga racetracks while a separate operator for future casino developments at Aqueduct and possibly Belmont would be tapped down the road.

  • N.Y. Legislators Set Meeting on Franchise

    The New York Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming, and Wagering will hold a meeting Sept. 12 to review Gov. Eliot Spitzer's anticipated recommendation regarding the franchise to operate Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga.

  • Governor Eliot Spitzer

    New York Governor Vetoes Rebate Legislation

    New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has vetoed legislation advocates said would have made it easier for tracks and off-track betting corporations to begin bettor rebate programs as a way to compete with off-shore entities and others in the pari-mutuel wagering industry.

  • New York THA Breaks From Empire Racing

    The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association is breaking its ties with Empire Racing Associates, a move that will further throw into confusion the process for naming a franchise holder to operate Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga.

  • New York state Inspector General Kristine Hamann

    'Integrity' Report Released; Rebate Shops a Concern

    A report by the New York Office of Inspector General to Gov. Eliot Spitzer lists four "general areas of concern" among the four entities seeking the franchise to operate Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga, including relationships with rebate shops and bookmakers who take bets on racing from the United States.

  • New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer will not seek to re-bid the state's Thoroughbred racing franchise.

    New York Franchise: No Re-Bid, But No Decision

    Officials said New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer doesn't plan to reopen the bidding process for the state's Thoroughbred franchise--but he doesn't feel obligated to follow the recommendation of a screening panel, either.