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NYRA Wins 25-Year Franchise

NYRA Wins 25-Year Franchise

The New York Racing Association, written off as dead a year ago by its competitors, has won the rights to a 25-year exclusive franchise to continue operating Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga racetracks.

Bruno: 'Scare Tactics' Must End

Bruno: 'Scare Tactics' Must End

While unveiling what he called the framework of a Thoroughbred franchise agreement, Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno blasted the New York Racing Association Feb. 7 for attempting to scare its workers and horsemen by threatening a shutdown Feb. 14.

NYRA Deal Said to Be Within Reach

NYRA Deal Said to Be Within Reach

A tentative deal is within reach to give the New York Racing Association a 25-year franchise to run Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga, legislative sources said Feb. 6, the same day NYRA indicated live racing at Aqueduct could end Feb. 14.

TOC: Partial Signal Consent Given

TOC: Partial Signal Consent Given

The Thoroughbred Owners of California has given limited consent to New York's off-track betting corporations to accept wagers on California races, but is holding firm on its stance against allowing wagers from the companies'out-of-state account deposit wagering customers.

NYRA Trustee Resigns, Blasts Bruno

NYRA Trustee Resigns, Blasts Bruno

Charles Wait, president of the Adirondack Trust Company in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., has resigned from his position on the New York Racing Association's board of trustees, citing his dissatisfaction with the position of Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno as the main reason for his decision.

William A. Levin Dead

William A. Levin, who won the 1971 Travers Stakes with Bold Reason, died Jan. 26, one day after his 84th birthday.

Will NYRA Take Temporary Extension?

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.

NY Panel Stymies Chairman's Actions

NY Panel Stymies Chairman's Actions

A Republican-dominated state panel overseeing Thoroughbred racing in New York has curbed the ability of its new chairman to broker deals with the New York Racing Association. The chairman was appointed by Democrat Gov. Eliot Spitzer. The move came the same day Spitzer released his 2008 state budget plan, which includes revenue from a proposed casino at Belmont Park.

New York Talks Still at Impasse

New York Talks Still at Impasse

Negotiators trying to reach a deal on a new Thoroughbred franchise in New York are still at an impasse, and now the talks have turned to approving another extension to permit the New York Racing Association to temporarily continue running racing.

Ruling Says Horse Wasn't Eligible

Ruling Says Horse Wasn't Eligible

Bonus Size, a New York-bred owned by Ernie Paragallo's Paraneck Stable, was found not to be eligible to run in several races in which he earned purse money and was disqualified and unplaced in the order of finish of those races.

New York THA Wants Issues Addressed

New York THA Wants Issues Addressed

The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association released a statement Jan. 10 urging the state to address issues of importance to the 6,000 members of its group as negotiations continue on the long-term extension of the New York Racing Association franchise.

Giant Moon Has His Trainer Hoping

Giant Moon Has His Trainer Hoping

Trainer Richard Schosberg's Derby dreams didn't come to fruition with Maria's Mon, the champion 2-year-old male of 1995, after an injury kept the colt on the sidelines for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). Thirteen years later, however, Schosberg can start dreaming again with the undefeated Giant Moon.

Trainer Pedersen Begins 60-Day Ban

Trainer Pedersen Begins 60-Day Ban

Trainer Jennifer Leigh-Pedersen was suspended 60 days by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board from an incident in March 2005, when state investigators found injectable bottles in the office of her Aqueduct barn.

New York Franchise a War of Words

New York Franchise a War of Words

The temporary extension given to the New York Racing Association to operate Aqueduct has allowed government officials to boost the rhetorical wars against each other over the failure to devise a long-term franchise deal.

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 Has New Content Deals for 2008

NYRA Has New Content Deals for 2008

The New York Racing Association has entered into a content exchange agreement with TrackNet Media Group for 2008, NYRA officials said Dec. 28. In addition, NYRA has new deals with TVG and Youbet.com for the upcoming year.

NYRA Oversight Chair: No Guarantees

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.

Jacobs Trophies to Be Auctioned

Jacobs Trophies to Be Auctioned

More than 200 racing trophies of the late Ethel D. Jacobs, North America's leading owner for three years, and her husband, Hirsch Jacobs, a Hall of Fame trainer, are being auctioned at Christie's in New York Jan. 17, 2008.

NYRA Oversight Panel Has New Chair

NYRA Oversight Panel Has New Chair

A state government panel in charge of overseeing the New York Racing Association's finances--and the racing franchise as of Jan. 1, 2008--has a new chairman at a critical moment in the franchise negotiations.

NYRA Offered Temporary Extension

NYRA Offered Temporary Extension

A state government panel Dec. 17 approved letting the New York Racing Association continue running racing on a temporary basis until officials can agree on a new franchise-holder for Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga.

NYRA President Considers Benchmarks

NYRA President Considers Benchmarks

The New York Racing Association can agree to new performance benchmarks for its operations as part of a franchise extension deal, but state officials must be more flexible to take into account future changes in the racing industry that could affect those new standards, according to the president of NYRA.

New York: Clock Ticks, Talks Rage

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.

Steeplechase Posts Record in 2007

Steeplechase Posts Record in 2007

National Steeplechase Association purses were a record $5,357,645 in 2007, up 10.5% from last year, according to the organization's year-end statistics released Nov. 30.

Apprentice Cedeno Tries Aqueduct

Apprentice Cedeno Tries Aqueduct

Apprentice Carol Cedeno has already made her presence known this year at Philadelphia Park and the Meadowlands. The 19-year-old is now tackling Aqueduct, and got off to a quick start opening day of the inner track meet by winning two races on Nov. 28.

Franchise Delay Hangs Over Trainers

Franchise Delay Hangs Over Trainers

Aqueduct's winterized inner track opens Nov. 28, but not without trepidation from horsemen concerning the future of New York Thoroughbred racing.

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