In the 136-year history of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), according to New York Racing Association officials, no maiden has won the "Test of the Champion." Challenging that time-tested theory in the 1 ½-mile classic Saturday are breeder-owner Ken Ramsey and trainer Dale Romans with Nolan's Cat.
The Maryland Jockey Club announced June 8 that it has lifted the restrictions on horses planning to ship to Pimlico Race Course, Laurel Park or the Bowie Training Center from Belmont Park, Aqueduct and Delaware Park.
The Thoroughbred Championship Tour has reached an agreement with the New York Racing Association for its participation as a host track in the TCT beginning in July 2006.
Horsemen and breeders have turned to New York legislators to resolve a dispute over video lottery terminal revenue-sharing arrangements with racetracks.
In an effort to help end the slaughter of horses in the United States for human consumption, the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and the New York Racing Association have partnered to launch the Ferdinand Fee, a completely voluntary $2 starting fee for owners and horsemen wishing to contribute. The program honors Ferdinand, who won the 1986 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and was slaughtered for meat in Japan in 2002.
Round Pond, who has been out of action since winning the April 15 Fantasy Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park, highlights a solid field of six 3-year-old fillies entered in Saturday's $250,000 Acorn (gr. I), going one mile at Belmont Park.
Extra precautions are being taken to ensure Belmont Park is safe for horses running in the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) because of a suspected case of the contagious respiratory disease strangles. A special barn for out-of-state horses competing in the Belmont is being prepared to eliminate any chance of spreading the disease.
The Securities and Exchange Commission, in a lawsuit filed in federal court in New York City, has asked a judge to appoint a temporary receiver for Amerindo Investment Advisors, the company founded by Alberto Vilar and Thoroughbred owner Gary Tanaka.
The horse industry in New York has an annual economic impact of $2.4 billion, according to information contained in a national economic impact study to be released soon by the American Horse Council.
A field of eight will take the gate for the May 28 Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park, but most of the attention will be placed on Mr Sword who will carry a top weight of 118 pounds. Mr Sword could use the 1 1/8-mile race as a springboard toward the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
The New York Racing Association fired 59 mutuel clerks and suspended 30 others as the result of an apparent job action that occurred May 21 at Belmont Park.
By this time last year, Lone Star Park officials had already reported selling 34,000 tickets for the 2004 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. This year is much different
Making her first start of the year, the Bob Baffert-trained Friendly Michelle leads an equally matched field of 10 fillies and mares entered for Saturday's $150,000 Genuine Risk Handicap (gr. II), going six furlongs at Belmont Park.
The projected cost of building the long-planned video lottery terminal casino at Aqueduct has soared nearly 20% since it was first proposed several years ago, New York Racing Association officials said.
The Thoroughbred industry, bolstered by the efforts of its political action committee, has a decent chance to get key legislation passed in Washington, D.C., officials with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association said.
New York's highest court upheld as legal the spread of video lottery terminals to racetracks in a ruling issued May 3, a major victory for the state's racing industry.
The New York Racing Association's race-day detention program will begin May 4, opening day of the Belmont Park spring meet, and also be used later in the year at Saratoga and Aqueduct, officials said.
Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr., who trains Sis City, the likely favorite in Friday's Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), was suspended for 120 days beginning June 1 for three separate violations incurred over the past two years, but half of the suspension could be stayed.
Sackatoga Stable's Eclipse-and-Classic-winning Funny Cide, whose 2004 graded victories included the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I), was again named New York-bred horse of the year at the 25th annual New York Thoroughbred Breeders' awards banquet .
A field of eight 3-year-olds who swerved off the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) trail at some point will battle it out Saturday in the $150,000 Withers Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct.
Churchill Downs Inc. president and CEO Tom Meeker will ring the NASDAQ stock market opening bell Friday to celebrate the 131st running of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) May 7.
Belmont Park announced today a presenting sponsor for this year's Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Bank Audit will be looking to keep her two-race win streak in tact when she takes the gate for Saturday's $150,000 Bed o' Roses Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct.
Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack will kick off its 161-day meet April 15 with a stakes schedule and overnight purses comparable with those of last year.
A field of six, minus Badge of Silver, who has now had to miss the race the past two years, will run in Saturday's Carter Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct.
New York Racing Association officials are scrambling to finalize particulars for a detention barn, promised in time for the opening of the Belmont Spring meeting on May 4. Meanwhile, the reaction among horsemen has been mixed, with concerns over the inconvenience to trainers, staff, and horses.
The New York legislature has given final approval to a measure to increase the share of video lottery terminal revenue for racetracks, as well as jump-start the long-stalled VLT casinos at Aqueduct and Yonkers Raceway.
The Republican-led Senate and Democratic-run Assembly in New York have introduced legislation to sweeten the pot for racetracks with video lottery terminals, though the measure restricts the amount of extra money that would go to Aqueduct and Yonkers Raceway compared to other tracks.
Lawmakers in New York have agreed to repair a state law that has kept Aqueduct and Yonkers Raceway from opening their video lottery terminal casinos in a deal that will bring the state up to $1 billion in revenue each year.
Award-winning journalist Mike Kane has been hired as the communications officer for the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.
The company that owns Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack and operates video lottery terminals at two upstate New York harness tracks has joined the board of directors of Friends of New York Racing, the advocacy organization that seeks to create a better business model for horse racing in the state.
The picture above the month of November in the 2005 New York Racing Association wall calendar shows the stretch run of last year's Remsen Stakes (gr. II) in which Rockport Harbor held off Galloping Grocer to complete his 2-year old season undefeated. Notable about the photo is the wide smile on the face of Rockport Harbor's jockey, Stewart Elliott.
The New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund has changed the procedure for verifying New York-bred status.
Seeking to prod along negotiations, the New York Senate approved two bills March 17 designed to open long-stalled video lottery terminal casinos at Aqueduct and Yonkers Raceway, believed to be New York's most lucrative racetracks for gaming.
The New York Assembly has rejected proposals by Gov. George Pataki to create an oversight board to monitor the New York Racing Association, form a super-agency to oversee all aspects of gambling, and create eight additional video lottery terminal casinos.
The Belmont Child Care Association is soliciting donations of stallion seasons for an online auction to be held March 26-30. All of the money bid will benefit Anna House, a BCCA childcare center at Belmont Park established for the working families of New York racing.
Edward Martin, currently executive director of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, will take over as president and chief executive officer of the Association of Racing Commissioners International in April.
Dick Hamilton, communications officer for the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., has announced that he will be retiring this spring. Hamilton joined the museum staff in 1995, after retiring from his position as a New York Racing Association steward earlier that year.
Jennifer Pedersen, one of the top female trainers in the country, has been suspended for 60 days by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, according to a ruling released March 4. Meanwhile, owner Ernie Paragallo, for whom Pedersen trains, claims his barn is being targeted by investigators.
Thoroughlybred.com has offered its Web site for farms and owners to list stallion seasons to benefit the The Belmont Child Care Association.
On the heels of action taken by the California Horse Racing Board, the Jockeys' Guild plans to make recommendations to regulators in Kentucky and New York on changes in the scale of weights.
The New York Racing Association issued a one-week suspension against trainer Michael Dickinson for the finding of flunixin in the post-race test of Lofty Call last summer.
The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council voted Feb. 18 to recommend to the state's horse racing authority a set of guidelines for testing horses racing in the state for the practice known as "milkshaking." The horse racing authority will vote on the recommendations during its Feb. 22 meeting.
Testing for the practice known as milkshaking begins in New York today (Feb. 16). The testing, which has come together quickly, has been lauded throughout the backside, but at least one trainer thinks the New York Racing Association should not have made the information public.
With New York losing nearly $3 million a day, Gov. George Pataki Feb. 15 told legislative leaders he wants a quick resolution to a dispute that has kept casino operations from opening at Aqueduct and Yonkers racetracks.
A New York state authority that supports Standardbred purses and breeding has lax internal financial controls, according to an audit released Tuesday by state Comptroller Alan Hevesi.
The New York Breeders' Sales Co. is planning two sales in Saratoga Springs for 2005. A yearling sale will be held Aug. 11-12, with a mixed sale to follow Oct. 17-18. The sales will be conducted at the show grounds on Union Avenue adjacent to Saratoga racetrack.
The New York Racing Association will begin pre-race and post-race testing for "milkshakes" Feb. 16 at Aqueduct. Both forms of testing will be performed in an effort to collect data to determine the best method.
The New York Racing Association is taking steps to avoid having to abandon live racing once the first race goes off.
The franchise for the New York Racing Association should be put out to bid and awarded to an entity that will turn the troubled racing group into a for-profit enterprise, the New York state Legislature's top Republican said Tuesday.
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