Keyword: New York

  • Dan Liebman

    Commentary: One Small Step

    <i>By - Dan Liebman</i> - It was an item that didn't draw many headlines. But, as Neil Armstrong so eloquently said about one small step, it can lead to a giant leap.

  • Jose Santos

    Santos' Daughter In Fatal Crash

    Sophia Santos, the 20-year-old daughter of Hall of Fame jockey Jose Santos, is being held on a $1 million bond in a Nassau County, N.Y., jail and has been charged with driving while intoxicated and second-degree vehicular manslaughter after she was involved in a Nov. 11 car accident that left one woman dead and another in critical condition.

  • Golden Strategy comes in from Florida to try the Red Smith.

    Red Smith on Turf Looms Wide Open

    The Nov. 10 Red Smith Handicap (gr. IIT) at Aqueduct will be run at a demanding 1 3/8 miles. The turf race also will prove to be a challenge to handicappers.

  • New York Franchise Still a Question

    With a franchise expiration date of Dec. 31 fast approaching, it still remains very unclear who will be in control of Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga in 2008 and beyond.

  • Chatain will run next in the $300,000 Hill &#39;n&#39; Dale Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I).

    Prep Under Belt, Chatain Pointed to Cigar Mile

    Chatain, the winner of the Nov. 3 William Livingston Stakes at Meadowlands, will run next in the $300,000 Hill 'n' Dale Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct Nov. 24, according to trainer Angel Penna Jr.

  • Sugar Shake looks to break a nine-month losing streak in the Turnback the Alarm Handicap (gr. III).

    Sugar Shake Looks to Sound 'Alarm' at Aqueduct

    Sugar Shake looks to regain the form she had earlier this year when she won the Santa Maria Handicap (gr. I) in the Turnback the Alarm Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct Nov. 4.

  • The Long Island Handicap (gr.IIIT) marks Royal Highness&#39; final start before retirement in Europe.

    Royal Highness Hopes to Bow Out a Winner

    Royal Highness is headed to the breeding shed in Europe, but she has some business to attend to first: The Nov. 3 Long Island Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Aqueduct.

  • Scott Lake earned win number 4,000 on Halloween.

    Lake Wins 4,000th Race As Trainer

    The aptly-named Hickory Trick brought Scott Lake his 4,000th career win Oct. 31 while the leading Mid-Atlantic trainer was trick-or-treating with his children on Halloween night. Saddled by assistant Ralph Wernimont, the gelded son of Clever Trick went wire-to-wire as the favorite in a six-furlong claiming event at Penn National.

  • IRS Claims NYRA Owes $1.6 Billion

    The New York Racing Association can add the Internal Revenue Service to its list of obstacles, as the federal agency wants NYRA to pay it $1.6 billion to settle past tax bills.

  • Lady of Venice is one of a few Patrick Biancone horses being transferred to other trainers.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Lady of Venice, Others Transferred to New Trainers

    Lady of Venice, a top turf runner formerly trained by Patrick Biancone, is now being trained Kiaran McLaughlin, while two of Biancone's other horses have been transferred to Todd Pletcher.

  • Lawyer Ron, Sunday at Belmont.

    Pletcher Brigade Works; Discreet Cat Sizzles

    Trainer Todd Pletcher worked 12 of his pre-entered Breeders' Cup horses Oct. 21 at Belmont Park, while Discreet Cat sizzled in prepartion for the inaugural Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile.

  • Purses to Increase 12% for Aqueduct Fall Meet

    The New York Racing Association will again raises purses, this time for the 45-day Aqueduct fall meet that begins Oct. 24 and runs through Dec. 30. Projected purses will be the highest in recent memory for the fall meet.

  • Magna, Churchill Withdraw From Empire Racing

    A consortium of major horse industry companies vying for the Thoroughbred franchise in new York began falling apart Oct. 10, as Magna Entertainment and Churchill Downs announced their withdrawal from Empire Racing Associates.

  • Jazzy will be supplemented to the Breeders&#39; Cup.

    'Sheets' Tell Owners to Supplement Jazzy to Cup

    Barry Irwin, president of Team Valor Stables, said Sept. 27 that Jazzy, the winner of the Gallant Bloom (gr. II), will be supplemented for $150,000 to compete in the inaugural running of the $1-million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Monmouth Park Oct. 26.

  • ### NY Panel Set for Another Hearing on Franchise

    The New York Senate Standing Committee on Racing, Gaming, and Wagering will hold the first of three public hearings on the future of the Thoroughbred racing franchise in the state Sept. 27.

  • Ruffian winner Ginger Punch likely to run in the Beldame.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Ginger Punch Most Likely to Go in Beldame

    Trainer Bobby Frankel said Sept. 25 he would likely run Ginger Punch, a back-to-back grade I winner in New York, in the Sept. 30 Beldame (gr. I) at Belmont Park.

  • Discreet Cat

    Discreet Cat Works; on Track for Vosburgh

    In his final breeze for the Sept. 30 Vosburgh Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park, Discreet Cat worked five furlongs in 1:00.84 on Belmont's fast main track Sept. 24.

  • Saratoga Fall Mixed Sale Catalogs 374 Hips

    The New York Breeders' Sales Company has cataloged 374 mares and weanlings for its annual Fall Mixed Sale, which will be held Oct. 14 at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, NY.

  • Mario Sclafani (left) and Braulio Baeza outside the Saratoga County Courthouse after all charges were dismissed.

    Sclafani and Baeza Relieved At Full Acquittal

    A full acquittal on conspiracy, fraud, and larceny charges brought relief Sept. 17 to Mario Sclafani and Braulio Baeza, who were fired in 2005 as clerks of scales for the New York Racing Association. "It is a happy ending, but the damage is already done," said Baeza, a Hall of Fame rider. Judge dismisses the charges because of faulty evidence.

  • The Green Monkey

    The Green Monkey Set for Debut at Belmont Park

    The Green Monkey, a $16-million 2-year-old purchase at auction, is scheduled to make his much-anticipated racing debut at Belmont Park in the fourth race Sept. 15.

  • Suspensory Injury Ends Tiz Wonderful's Race Career

    Tiz Wonderful, a graded stakes winner and undefeated 2-year-old last year, suffered a career-ending and potentially life-threatening suspensory injury and is being treated at New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa.

  • Rags to Riches&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Rags to Riches Works, Has Gazelle in Her Sights

    Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Rags to Riches, with Angel Cordero Jr. aboard, took to the Belmont Park main track at daybreak Sept. 8 to work in preparation for a start in the Sept. 15 Gazelle Handicap (gr. I).

  • NYRA President Charles Hayward reacting to franchise decision at Sept. 4th press conference.

    Spitzer Recommends NYRA Maintain Franchise

    New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has formally recommended the New York Racing Association continue to operate Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga racetracks while a separate operator for future casino developments at Aqueduct and possibly Belmont would be tapped down the road.

  • Trainer Richard Violette, president of NYTHA.

    New York Horsemen Critical of Racing Surfaces

    Members of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association voiced their displeasure with the racing surfaces at Saratoga, Belmont Park, and Aqueduct during a meeting Aug. 31, but the New York Racing Association track superintendent later said he stands by the surfaces.