The 2015 Belmont Stakes presented by DraftKings (gr. I), in which American Pharoah became a Triple Crown winner, has been chosen as a finalist for Sports Event of the Year by Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal.
It's too soon to know if Jose Ortiz will have a Derby ride this year, but he did pilot the promising Matt King Coal to an allowance win March 6. The son of Cool Coal Man is under consideration for the Wood Memorial (gr. I).
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.
The New York Racing Association board of directors March 10 voted to support federal legislation that would grant USADA authority over equine medication and testing.
Regulators have approved a new rule that makes it simpler for the New York State Gaming Commission to impose upon Thoroughbred owners and trainers an insurance program to provide workers' compensation coverage.
Aqueduct Racetrack has earned reaccreditation from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance, the organization announced March 3.
West Point Thoroughbreds, provider of Thoroughbred racing partnerships, has hired Teal Albertrani as director of customer service based at WPT headquarters in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Two prominent employees of the New York Racing Association are leaving their positions in February. Director of communications John Durso Jr. and chief security officer George Venizelos have taken private-sector jobs.
With a winter storm blowing through the Northeast and one to three inches of snowfall forecast, Aqueduct Racetrack canceled live racing for Friday, Feb. 5.
The New York Racing Association will make contributions to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance on a per-start basis at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course for 2016.
A trio of new marathons, two of them for fillies and mares, will offer horsemen and fans at Belmont Park an exclusive opportunity to experience some of the longest stakes races available in American racing.
A New York lawmaker, sharply critical of the Nassau Off-Track Betting Corp. bid to try to locate a casino at Belmont Park racetrack, has introduced a measure banning casinos by either of the two Long Island-based OTBs.
The trainer is off to a good start this year with three wins in January, including two Jan. 17. One of those came with Majestic Jessica, owned by J and M Racing Stables, for whom Barbara has been training for eight years.
The Belmont Stakes Racing Festival and Stars and Stripes Day during the spring/summer meet at Belmont Park and the Whitney and Travers Stakes days at Saratoga Race Course highlight the NYRA stakes calendar.
Due to severe winter weather, the New York Racing Association cancelled racing and simulcasting at Aqueduct Jan. 23 and will not race Jan. 24, although the track is expected to be open for simulcasting Jan. 24.
The New York Racing Association announced Jan. 22 that tickets for the 2016 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival will go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 28.
Mechanicville, N.Y., native Chad Brown earned his first year-end NYRA training title, while jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. earned his second consecutive riding title.
In what it says is a move to increase the profitability of owning young racehorses, NYRA will schedule six $100,000 maiden races for 2-year-olds this spring as lead-ins to its first two juvenile stakes of 2016.
A new focus on daily live racing at Belmont Park and Saratoga is the feature of a new agreement between the New York Racing Association and MSG Networks.
A deal has been reached between regulators and New York Thoroughbred industry interests for payments to a fund that provides workers' compensation payments for injured jockeys, apprentice jockeys, and exercise riders.
Belmont Park would become home to a casino with 1,000 video lottery terminals under a plan put forward Dec. 29 by Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. But the plan is considered a longshot.
New York regulators and the state's Thoroughbred industry are attempting to negotiate new workers' compensation rates for jockeys before the current system expires at the end of the year.
The New York Racing Association will offer free horse transportation for all Parx runners participating at Aqueduct Racetrack from Dec. 26 through Feb. 12.
The New York Racing Association has released the official logo for the 2016 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival.
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.
New York's Standardbred industry warned of the growing financial consequences of racing-based daily fantasy sports sites, while a major off-track betting corporation says OTBs should have the authority to offer such contests.
The New York Racing Association has released its 2016 racing calendar, with 237 days of live racing at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course.
An eight-acre parcel of land on the grounds of Belmont Park is no longer being offered to private developers, a move that is raising concerns in some circles that the state may be eyeing the site for a VLT casino.
A New York law banning racing and pari-mutuel wagering activities in the state on Palm Sunday, which dates back to the days when Richard Nixon was president, has been overturned.
The New York Racing Association has announced the stakes schedule for the 2016 winter and spring meets at Aqueduct Racetrack
The New York Racing Association reported a rebound, at least in terms of total pari-mutuel handle, for the Belmont Park fall meet that ended Nov. 1.
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.
An audit released by New York's chief fiscal watchdog is critical of how NYRA is handling major expenses on capital projects.
At a Sept. 1 summit presented by the New York State Gaming Commission on racehorse aftercare, the New York Racing Association pledged that it would donate $5 per start at its tracks to the TAA.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation authorizing an additional 1% of purse money payments to the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association.
The New York Racing Fan Advisory Council held an open forum Aug. 30 at Saratoga Race Course, inviting customers and racing fans in the state to share comments and questions about their experiences at New York's tracks.
Saratoga Race Course reported record pari-mutuel handle for its Aug. 29 program that featured the Travers Stakes and five other grade I stakes.
Public relations executive Ed Lewi, founder of the Capital Region public relations agency that has assisted in media relations and marketing efforts for NYRA since the late 1970s, passed away Aug. 29. He was 81.
On a glorious morning at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 28, an estimated crowd of 15,000 flocked to the track to watch Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in his final gallop before his bid in the $1.6 million Travers Stakes.
Suffolk Downs, which on Sept. 5 will offer its first live racing program in almost a year, said it will subsidize the shipping of horses from seven tracks in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.
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.
Aided by an almost 9% increase in average field size and eight more turf races, pari-mutuel handle at the midway point of the 40-day Saratoga Race Course meeting is showing strong gains compared with the same period in 2014.
If you don't have a ticket for the Aug. 29 Travers Stakes card at Saratoga Racecourse, don't even think about going to the track that day: the New York Racing Association said it's sold out.
The New York Racing Association is seeking a bugler to play "Call to the Post" for the remainder of the Saratoga Race Course meet after regular NYRA bugler Sam Grossman took a leave to attend to a personal matter.
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.
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).
The New York Racing Association announced it has entered into a partnership with Priority One Jets that includes sponsorship of the Forego Stakes (gr. I) that will now be run as the Priority One Forego.
The New York Racing Association will raise the total purse for the Travers Stakes (gr. I) to $1.6 million, contingent upon Triple Crown winner American Pharoah starting Aug. 29 at Saratoga Race Course.
Average daily handle and attendance declined during the 59-day meet at Belmont Park that was highlighted by American Pharoah becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.
A paid crowd of 34,783 attended opening day of Saratoga Race Course's 2015 summer meet July 24, which featured a total all-sources handle of $17,706,202.
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