Keyword: New York Racing Association

  • 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.

  • John Hettinger

    Horse Advocate John Hettinger Dies

    Horse advocate John A. Hettinger, a member of the Board of Trustees of the New York Racing Association and Chairman Emeritus of the Grayson Jockey Club Research Foundation, died Sept. 6 at his Akindale Farm in Pawling, New York after a lengthy illness. There will be no public ceremony.

  • Gary Contessa, leading trainer in New York, is accepting of the new toe grab rule issued by NYRA.

    NY Trainers Weigh in on Toe Grabs

    Some leading New York trainers said a ban on toe grabs will help level the playing field, but they're not all convinced the shoes are responsible for catastrophic breakdowns.

  • NY Lawmakers Back Off Takeout on Bets

    State lawmakers in New York have backed off on a looming law raising the takeout on bets made on out-of-state Thoroughbred races, a move the industry said would have put the state at a competitive disadvantage with other states.

  • NYRA Track workers remove standing water and level out the track after torrential rains caused damage to the Saratoga race course.

    Weather Forces Spa to Cancel 8 Races

    A severe summer thunderstorm, complete with heavy rain, hail, and lightning, washed out part of the main track at Saratoga, forcing the cancellation of racing after the second race Aug. 8.

  • Steroids, NYRA Discussed at Conference

    Racing medications and the future of the New York Racing Association were among the topics discussed Aug. 5 at the eighth Institute on Racing and Gaming Law in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

  • Three Chimneys to Sponsor Hopeful Stakes

    Three Chimneys Farm has become the two-year title sponsor of the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, the New York Racing Association announced Aug. 4.

  • Plan for Saratoga Stakes Fees Announced

    Fasig-Tipton will pay the nomination and entry fees for any of the six 2009 graded stakes for 2-year-olds at Saratoga Race Course on horses sold at its upcoming Saratoga select yearling sale, it was jointly announced Aug. 2 by the sales company and the New York Racing Association.

  • Kozak to Take Over for Passero at NYRA

    The New York Racing Association Aug. 1 announced that John Passero has resigned as director of racing surfaces, effective at the conclusion of the Saratoga meeting Sept. 1. Glen Kozak will take over Passero's responsibilities at the start of the Belmont Park meeting Sept. 5.

  • Zito Talks Mass Cap for Commentator

    Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito gave every credit to Commentator after the 7-year-old gelding won his second Whitney Handicap (gr. I) by 4 ¾ lengths over Student Council and Grasshopper July 26 at Saratoga. Zito was thrilled that the New York-bred, owned by Tracy Farmer, can now be counted alongside multiple Whitney winner Kelso.

  • Frankel Impressed with Ginger Punch

    Hall of Fame trainer Robert Frankel was still amazed with the way Ginger Punch managed to defend her Go for Wand Handicap (gr. I) July 26 at Saratoga title by muscling her way between horses after being boxed in at the top of the stretch.

  • The mud and rain of opening day at Saratoga didn't bother Schuylerville winner Jardin.

    Wet Weather for Saratoga Opener

    Weather not fit for beast or man was the story opening day at Saratoga Race Course July 23. Drenching rain left the main track a sea of slop, necessitated the transfer of five turf races on the 10-race card to the dirt, and kept the attendance on the light side -- 18,127 -- for an opener. The crowd was significantly lower than the 30,052 who came out last year under perfect weather conditions.

  • NYRA Betting Menu Beefed Up

    The betting menu at New York Racing Association has been beefed up, and will now include rolling daily doubles, and superfectas on every race that meets the requirements.

  • Races Taken Off Turf at Saratoga

    Rain forced the cancellation of five turf races on the opening day card at Saratoga Race Course. Turf racing has also been canceled for the July 24 card as well.

  • NYRA Purses to be Based on Field Size

    The New York Racing Association, Inc. announced July 17 that purses for open company route races on the dirt and turf at Saratoga Race Course will be increased, based on the number of horses in a race.

  • NYRA Granted Another Temporary Extension

    The New York Racing Association has been granted another temporary extension to continue operating during most of the Saratoga meet while it negotiates a final deal with the state for a 25-year franchise.

  • Bill Would Clear Way for NYRA Bankruptcy

    The bill is fairly minor in nature, enacting a series of mostly technical amendments to a law approved earlier this year giving NYRA a 25-year extension to run Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga. But NYRA officials have said they could not resolve its bankruptcy proceeding without it.

  • A group of recent graduates of the Anna House are joined by jockey Edgar Prado.

    Casino Drive Owner Gives to Anna House

    Nobutaka Tada, managing director of the Japan-based stable that campaigns grade II stakes winner Casino Drive, announced June 24 that stable owner Hidetoshi Yamamoto has donated $30,000 to the Belmont Child Care Association's Anna House.

  • The NYRA franchise extension will be one of several racing issues taken up by the state legislature beginning June 23.

    NY Lawmakers to Look at Several Issues

    The still-stalled franchise extension for the New York Racing Association, a new steroid testing lab, and a company to run a casino at Aqueduct Racetrack are all still on the negotiating table June 23 when lawmakers in New York return to the Capitol for the final days of the 2008 legislative session.

  • Final Approval to New York OTB Deal

    Lawmakers in New York have given final approval of a deal in which the state takes over the control of the New York City Off-Track Betting Corp, a move that could be a prelude to consolidation of all the OTBs across the state.

  • It's Official: State Takes Over NYCOTB

    New York officials announced the evening of June 15 a deal to avert the closure of New York City Off-Track Betting Corp. by having the state take over the entity. The move could be a prelude to a statewide consolidation of all OTB corporations.

  • NYCOTB Takeover Plan Appears Likely

    Negotiators in New York the afternoon of June 13 were putting the final touches on legislation in which the state would take control of the New York City Off-Track Betting Corp., thereby averting a shutdown of the city's betting operations for the weekend.

  • The Belmont crowd arrived early and wagered often.

    94,476 Attend Belmont; Handle Soars

    The New York Racing Association reported that 94,476 were on hand under sunny skies on a sweltering day at Belmont Park June 7 to witness yet another Triple Crown upset, with longshot Da' Tara going wire to wire in the 140th Belmont Stakes (gr. I). The victory ended heavily favored Big Brown's attempt to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

  • Charlie Hayward, president and chief executive officer of NYRA

    NYRA Delivers Partnership with UPS

    The New York Racing Association and UPS have announced a partnership agreement for the Belmont Park Spring race meeting, including the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I). The deal is being made in association with ABC Regional Sports Sales.

  • New York Horsemen Oppose OTB Proposal

    The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association said June 4 it recognizes the contribution made to purses by New York City Off-Track Betting Corp. but won't support a proposal that would reduce the amount NYCOTB pays to purses and the New York Racing Association.

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    Track Supers: Don't Diss Dirt Just Yet

    On the second day of the Track Superintendent Field Day at Keeneland June 3, the focus was turned toward dirt tracks, as a panel of six superintendents from across the nation talked about various methods used on the surfaces.

  • Compromise Urged on New York City OTB

    With the clock ticking on the closure of the New York City Off-Track Betting Corp., officials from the Bloomberg administration are stepping up their calls for industry stakeholders to compromise on a bill or face the loss of more than $100 million in OTB distributions.

  • Mixed Signals on NYRA Franchise Deal

    New York Gov. David Paterson sent mixed signals about reopening the deal giving the New York Racing Association a 25-year franchise extension to operate Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga racetracks.

  • Mixed Signals from Paterson on NYRA Deal

    New York Gov. David Paterson is sending mixed signals on whether he wanted to re-open talks with the New York Racing Association over its deal for a new franchise to operate Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga racetracks.

  • The 2008 Belmont Stakes Logo

    NYRA Ready For Triple Crown Crowd

    The New York Racing Association is prepared for the crowd that will on-hand to watch Big Brown attempt to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. It will be the first Triple Crown attempt since 2004 when Smarty Jones fell short.

  • NYRA, Mid-Atlantic Agree on Simulcasts

    New York Racing Association simulcasts will return to 16 East Coast tracks, thanks to an agreement signed May 8 between the NYRA and the Mid-Atlantic Cooperative.

  • NYRA, Cooperative Strike Signal Deal

    The New York Racing Association and the Mid-Atlantic Cooperative have struck a signal-fee deal that will return the NYRA signal--currently from Belmont Park--to 16 East Coast racetracks and their affiliated off-track wagering outlets effective May 9.

  • New York Officials Working to Save OTB

    State officials are working on a plan to help keep the New York City Off Track Betting Corp. from shutting by shaving up to 20% of revenue-sharing the OTB now makes to various entities, including the New York Racing Association, out-of-state tracks, and breeding programs.

  • Second Group of Tracks Has No NYRA Deal

    Another group of racetracks won't be importing the signal from Belmont Park beginning April 30 because they collectively have failed to strike a deal on signal rates with the New York Racing Association.

  • Lack of Deal Threatens NYRA Simulcasts

    The Mid-Atlantic Cooperative, which represents 16 racetracks and their affiliated off-track wagering outlets, has failed to reach an agreement with the New York Racing Association on signal rates, which puts simulcast of races from Belmont Park in jeopardy.

  • NYRA Promotes Campo, Bracken, and Thill

    The New York Racing Association has hired Paul J. Campo as vice president and director of racing; Elizabeth Bracken as vice president and director of simulcast sales and content acquisition; and Tom Thill as vice president and chief information officer.

  • Negotiations Begin Concerning NYCOTB

    Preliminary negotiations have begun at the state Capitol in Albany to address New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's threat to shut down the New York City Off-Track Betting Corp. in June.

  • NYRA, Jockey Club to Host Belmont Bash

    The "Rags to Riches Belmont Bash," hosted by the New York Racing Association and The Jockey Club, will be held June 5 at the Clubhouse at Meadowbrook Pointe in Westbury, N.Y. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and the Belmont Child Care Association. Tickets are $250.

  • Aqueduct Cancels to Protect Surface

    Due to heavy overnight rains continuing into April 4, the New York Racing Association has canceled live racing at Aqueduct in an effort to preserve the racing surface for the Wood Memorial program on April 5.