The New York Racing Association has named Ellen McClain as its new president and Kenneth V. Handal as acting general counsel and chief ethics and compliance officer.
NYRA is under investigation for illegally maintaining a higher takeout rate on some exotic wagers for 15 months. The governor said his administration is working on a "reform package."
The New York Racing Association is under scrutiny by Gov. Andrew Cuomo like it was when his father, Mario Cuomo, was New York governor 20 years ago.
Charlie Hayward urged the state to investigate quickly and "get the facts." He said no deliberate action was taken to keep the pari-mutuel takeout at an illegally higher rate on exotics.
Using the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) to make his point, New York Assemblyman Micah Kellner, who represents Manhattan, railed on officials for not moving to offer offtrack betting at bars in New York City.
When it was revealed last year that takeout rates on exotic wagers were not lowered as required by law, executives with the New York Racing Association said they were caught unaware of the problem.
Pari-mutuel handle at this year's 78-day Aqueduct winter/spring meet was up across the board, the New York Racing Association reported April 26.
The New York Racing Association took in $22.1 million in gross revenues during the first three months of the year from its new Aqueduct casino. But the question for NYRA is simple: will it last?
The New York Racing Association is challenging the methodology used by The New York Times to determine horse injury rates that were the basis for a front page article published March 25.
Jockey Ramon Dominguez, injured in a spill at Aqueduct Racetrack March 18, will ride only a few horses on Friday and Saturday of each of the next two weeks, he said April 2 after talking with his doctor.
The New York Racing Association said it is meeting a state request to refund money by March 30 to as many bettors it could identify that were overcharged when NYRA failed to follow a state law to lower its takeout on exotics.
The New York Racing Association has unveiled the logo for the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) which is to take place June 9.
Three organizations in New York are teaming up to develop second career opportunities for retired Thoroughbred racehorses by way of a program called TAKE2.
The administration of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has sent a letter to the New York Racing Association advising it to hire an investigator to analyze 15 fatal breakdowns that have occurred at Aqueduct since Nov. 30.
The New York Racing Association and The Jockey Club announced that the June 7 Belmont Stakes Charity Celebration will benefit the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and the Backstretch Employee Service Team.
NYRA has announced a $100,000 bonus for any 2-year-old who breaks its maiden at the 2012 Belmont Park spring meet and goes on to win a graded stakes at Saratoga, Belmont, or Aqueduct in 2012.
The New York Racing Association is proposing a plan to let it operate pari-mutuel wagering in an initial 10 bars and restaurants in New York City.
On the heels of signing a contract with Churchill Downs Inc. that ended a protracted stalemate, the Jockeys' Guild is preparing to launch an initiative to get other tracks to enter into agreements with the organization.
Timothy McGinn, former board member and vice chairman of the New York Racing Association, pleaded not guilty Jan. 27 in U.S. District Court to charges that he and his partner bilked investors of at least $8 million.
New York regulators have given final approval to a first-ever rule in the state requiring race-day testing of Thoroughbred jockeys for the presence of alcohol.
The New York Racing Association is masking financial troubles and is not taking steps state auditors have urged in the past to right its fiscal condition, the state's chief fiscal watchdog said Jan. 24.
Fans have voted the 2011 Woodward Stakes (gr. I), in which Havre de Grace became the second female to win the race in its 58-year history, as the New York Racing Association's Race of the Year.
The New York Racing Association defended its advanced deposit wagering system Jan. 13, and said it welcomed a review by state regulators.
In a state unaccustomed to rosy equine industry fiscal numbers, NY officials are going out of their way to hail the breaking of the $1 million mark in proceeds to a Thoroughbred breeding fund from the new casino at Aqueduct.
Genting New York is considering an initial expansion into a 70,000-square-foot area at Aqueduct Racetrack if the state legalizes additional forms of gambling, including table games.
Reigning Eclipse champions Ramon Dominquez and Todd Pletcher once again dominated The New York Racing Association circuit in 2011.
Just days after being praised by state officials for their fiscal openness, officials with the New York Racing Association were enduring a new round of criticism after revelations it had overcharged bettors on exotic wagers.
Bettors in North America were overcharged more than $7 million by the New York Racing Association over the past 15 months in higher-than-allowed pari-mutuel takeout rates on exotic wagers.
The New York Racing Association predicted the size of fields at its tracks could grow by an average of one-half to one horse per race in the coming year thanks to higher purses from the new casino at Aqueduct.
A report on the economic impact of the summer race meet at Saratoga has concluded that the Saratoga Springs, N.Y., track contributes about $200 million annually to the economy of a nine-county region.
All-source wagering dipped by more than 10% during the Belmont Park fall meet, according to the New York Racing Association, although on-track attendance improved during the 35-day stand.
Jean-Luc Samyn celebrated his 55th birthday Nov. 6 by taking out his license as a jockey agent and announcing his retirement from a riding career that spanned more than 30 years on The New York Racing Association circuit.
Jockey Javier Castellano won his first riding title since 2007 on the New York Racing Association circuit when he edged Ramon Dominguez by two victories at the conclusion of Belmont Park's fall meet.
Just one day shy of the 10th anniversary on which former New York Gov. George Pataki signed a law approving racetrack casinos, Aqueduct's new VLT facility will open the afternoon of Oct. 28.
At a time when out-of-state ADW operators are facing mounting criticism from some lawmakers and OTB operators in New York, Churchill Downs Inc. has turned to an influential Albany lobbying firm to represent its interests.
David Cohen reached a personal milestone Oct. 13 at Belmont Park when he won the ninth race aboard Bobs Pinup Girl ($18.80) in a photo finish for his 1,000th career victory.
The New York Racing Association announced Oct. 5 that Ellen McClain has been promoted to the position of executive vice president and chief operating officer.
The NBC Sports family of networks will televise stakes action from Saratoga in 2012 and 2013, extending its initial agreement that saw them beam 2011 races from the Spa to a nationwide audience.
On-track wagering posted a strong gain over 2010 as the 143rd race meet at Saratoga Race Course wrapped up Sept. 5, though all-sources handle dipped over the course of the 39-day stand.
Saratoga has been re-accredited by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance, officials said Sept. 2.
The New York Racing Association announced a menu of 21 potential capital improvement projects for Saratoga designed to secure the historic nature of the race track while enhancing the facilities and overall fan experience.
The New York Racing Association is inviting the public to participate in a Sept. 1 community forum to review a menu of potential capital improvement projects for Saratoga.
Ontrack business at the current Saratoga meet after 28 days continues to run ahead of comparable figures for 2010, the New York Racing Association reported Aug. 22 as the fifth week of the meet ended.
The New York Racing Association, which was unhappy Breeders' Cup chose Santa Anita Park over Belmont Park to host the 2012 World Championships, already is in discussions with the organization to be the 2013 host site.
With expectations that funding for the New York-bred program will increase about 100% by 2014, officials hope to strike a balance with plans to expand its offerings and rewards for owners and breeders.
The New York Racing Association has designated Friday, Aug. 19, as "Fabulous Fillies Day" at Saratoga Race Course.
The New York Racing Association has announced the stakes programs for the 2011 Belmont fall championship meet and the 2011 Aqueduct fall meet, featuring 30 graded stakes races and nearly $9 million in purses.
As expected, Breeders' Cup Aug. 10 announced that Santa Anita Park in California will serve as the 2012 host site of the two-day World Championships.
New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Aug. 8 that Churchill Downs Technology Initiatives Company will open a call center in Amherst, N.Y., to handle the New York Racing Association's telephone betting services.
The New York Racing Association will name a race in memory of Steve Schwartz, former director of media relations for the company, at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 13.
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