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NYRA Suspends Two Officials in Weight Probe

The New York Racing Association said Jan. 12 it has suspended clerk of scales Mario Sclafani and assistant clerk of scales Braulio Baeza with pay until further notice pending developments in an ongoing investigation into the weighing of jockeys.

Error Shuts Out Aqueduct On-Track Wagers

Patrons at Aqueduct Thursday were unable to place wagers from just before the fifth race until just before the seventh race due to a communications error between the pari-mutuel system and the wagering terminals.

Eric Donovan Debuts as NYRA Linemaker

Wednesday's Aqueduct card marked the debut of Eric Donovan as the full-time oddsmaker for all three New York Racing Association tracks. Donovan, who frequently substituted in recent years, took over for Don LaPlace, who set the morning line since early 2000.

Karches Says NYRA Cooperating With Probe

Karches Says NYRA Cooperating With Probe

Peter Karches, co-chairman of the board at the New York Racing Association, pleaded for compassion for the embattled track operator Saturday, three days after state and federal investigators barged into all three racetracks in a mysteriously conducted raid.

Robert Flynn Named to NYRA Board

Robert F. Flynn has been named to the Board of Trustees of the New York Racing Association. The appointment is subject to the approval of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board.

Group's Goal: A Better Model for New York

The future shape of New York's Thoroughbred industry will be the focus of a new group of the nation's leading racing industry insiders, whose chief mission will be to propose a new business model for racing in the state.

John Lee Elected President of Turf Publicists

John Lee, director of broadcasting for the New York Racing Association, was elected president of the Turf Publicists of America, which announced its slate of officers during the Racing Industry Symposium at the University of Arizona Dec. 8.

Hayward Officially Named CEO of NYRA

The New York Racing Association has named Charles Hayward, a former president of Daily Racing Form, as its new president and chief executive officer. Hayward replaces Terry Meyocks, who resigned following several years of legal and financial turmoil at NYRA.

Racing Needs Independent Agency

By Barry Irwin -- Racing is at a crossroads on many fronts these days. The New York Racing Association has its back up against the wall. The National Thoroughbred Racing Association is in a leadership transition. The Thoroughbred Championship Tour is trying to get off the ground. Purses face erosion from off-shore betting schemes. But the single greatest problem facing the game--how to restore integrity to the race itself--is not receiving the attention it so desperately requires.

Mid-Atlantic Tracks, NYRA Strike Signal Deal

The MidAtlantic Cooperative and the New York Racing Association have struck an agreement that will allow cooperative members and their wagering facilities to import the Aqueduct signal effective Oct. 27.

Schwartz to Resign as CEO of NYRA at Year's End

Schwartz to Resign as CEO of NYRA at Year's End

Barry Schwartz, chairman and chief executive officer of the New York Racing Association, said he would resign effective Dec. 31 and "hand the reigns to someone new who can focus vigorous energy" on setting the future course of the association.

Jockeys' Guild Continues Push on Scale of Weights

A controversial plan to increase the scale of weights for Thoroughbreds racing in California has been delayed until at least Dec. 2. But an attorney for the Jockeys' Guild, which is pushing the proposal, said riders remain determined to see it adopted.

It's Official: Belmont Stakes Headed to ABC

It's Official: Belmont Stakes Headed to ABC

The 18-year-old television deal between the partners in Triple Crown Productions has been dissolved. Just days after New York Racing Association chairman Barry Schwartz said the NYRA would move in another direction, it was announced Oct. 4 the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), third leg of the Triple Crown, would be broadcast via ABC Sports beginning in 2006.

Conflict Between NYRA, Track Cooperative Heats Up

With the New York Racing Association's handle down since its signal was pulled by the MidAtlantic Cooperative in mid- September, NYRA chairman Barry Schwartz said the dispute can be resolved only if the racetracks in the group "come to their senses."

Partners in Triple Crown Productions at Odds

A rift has developed among the partners in Triple Crown Productions, which holds the television rights to the three grade I Visa Triple Crown events: the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course, and the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park.

NYRA Signal Pulled; Account Wagering Cited

The MidAtlantic Cooperative, which represents 19 racetracks and their off-track betting facilities and account wagering systems, will pull the plug on simulcasts from Belmont Park effective Sept. 15 having failed to strike a deal with the New York Racing Association.

Tim Smith Decides Against NYRA Post

Tim Smith Decides Against NYRA Post

Tim Smith, former National Thoroughbred Racing Association commissioner, announced Sept. 4 that he will not become president and chief executive officer of the troubled New York Racing Association.

Horsemen's Account Funded, NYRA Reports

The New York Racing Association announced Sept. 3 that it has fully funded the account maintained for the benefit of its horsemen, who are represented by the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (NYTHA), using the proceeds from recently completed business transactions.

Storm Delivers Blow to Travers Day Handle

A fast-approaching thunderstorm Saturday evening near Saratoga Springs that caused the Travers (gr. I) starting time to be moved up five minutes cost the New York Racing Association $5 million in total wagering, an official estimated.

NY Legislature Ends Without Racing, VLT Bills

NY Legislature Ends Without Racing, VLT Bills

A measure to encourage the operation of video lottery terminals at several big racetracks in New York, including the New York Racing Association's Aqueduct track, collapsed Aug. 12 in Albany amid industry infighting, political intrigue and head-butting among powerful lobbyists.

MEC Has Plans--With or Without NYRA

Magna Entertainment Corp. is still willing to partner with the New York Racing Association, but it is also pursuing its own move into the New York marketplace in case NYRA isn't serious about a merger, MEC president Jim McAlpine said.

Smith Resigns From NTRA; No Word on NYRA Job

Smith Resigns From NTRA; No Word on NYRA Job

National Thoroughbred Racing Association commissioner Tim Smith tendered his resignation as expected July 27, but there was no announcement that Smith had taken a job as president and chief executive officer of the New York Racing Association.

Schwartz: Time to Relinquish Full-Time NYRA Post

Schwartz: Time to Relinquish Full-Time NYRA Post

The New York Racing Association's chief executive officer isn't willing to definitively say National Thoroughbred Racing Association commissioner Tim Smith will take over as president, but Barry Schwartz believes the time has come for him to step aside from his full-time NYRA post.

Smith May Leave NTRA for Top NYRA Post

Smith May Leave NTRA for Top NYRA Post

Tim Smith, the first and only full-time commissioner of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, may resign effective Sept. 1 and could be headed to the New York Racing Association to serve as president and chief executive officer.

Will Saratoga Neighbor Add More Gaming Machines?

Not only will Saratoga Gaming and Raceway not close down its video lottery terminal parlor in August to accommodate the New York Racing Association, but there is talk of the NYRA neighbor adding another 700 VLTs, a state official said.

Saratoga Season Admission Passes Available

Fans interested in attending the races at the upcoming Saratoga Race Course season can buy special season admission passes for the clubhouse and grandstand.

NY Racing Bill Blocked, Republicans Claim

New York Republican officials are growing increasingly frustrated with Democrats who run the Assembly for blocking a measure to overhaul racing regulation and setting up a new state monitor to oversee the operations at the troubled New York Racing Association.

Belmont Wagering, Attendance Marks Fall

Records in attendance and handle for Belmont Park and the New York Racing Association (NYRA) were set Saturday as Birdstone upset heavily-favored Smarty Jones in the 136th running of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) before a crowd of 120,139. The previous attendance record was 103,222 during the Belmont Stakes two years ago.

Mr. O'Brien Looks to Take Manhattan

Mr. O'Brien started the season an average runner winning average races. Now that the year is in full swing the son of Mukaddamah is looking to dominate when he takes the gate for Saturday's $400,000 Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) going 1 1/4-miles on the Belmont Stakes undercard.

Consolidation of Racing, Gaming Sought in New York

Consolidation of Racing, Gaming Sought in New York

New York Gov. George Pataki May 27 proposed a complete overhaul of racing laws in the state, a move that would block the New York Racing Association's bid to get its racetrack franchise extended this year, and provide incentives to get video lottery terminals in operation at Aqueduct.

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