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On-the-Muscle Empire Racing Unveils Plan for Spa

Empire Racing Associates, which made a bid for the franchise to operate three New York racetracks, released a plan Nov. 30 to protect the historic charm of Saratoga Race Course and strengthen racing there. The plan will form a major part of the proposal Empire Racing will take to the state legislature in January, officials said.

Empire Racing Releases New York Safety Plan

Empire Racing Associates, a finalist for New York's Thoroughbred racing franchise, on Nov. 27 released a plan addressing measures designed to improve racing and training safety.

Ex-NY Governor Joins Empire Racing Board

Former New York Governor Hugh L. Carey has been elected to the board of Empire Racing, the group competing for the franchise to operate the state's racetracks at Belmont, Aqueduct and Saratoga.

Jack Knowlton to be Keynote Speaker at TTA Banquet

Sackatoga Stable managing partner Jack Knowlton has accepted an invitation to be the keynote speaker at the Texas Thoroughbred Association's 2007 annual conference and awards banquet. The event is set for Jan. 19-20 at the Doubletree Hotel in Austin.

State Provides NYRA $8M Loan for Expenses

The state of New York has wired the New York Racing Association $8 million to help ease its immediate fiscal troubles, a funding stream that surprised NYRA officials who earlier in the day had been in court on their first hearing after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Borgese Hopes Nightmare Comes True in Sprint

Talk about beginner's luck. The very first horse that Ronald Borgese owned is taking him to the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs Nov. 4. The horse's name is Nightmare Affair, but he's been a dream come true for his New York-based owner.

First Flight Handicap: It's All About the Shoes

When Sabine Stable's Win McCool keeps her shoes on, she is capable of winning graded stakes. She'll need all four tightly secured Saturday in the $150,000 First Flight Handicap at Aqueduct. The homebred 3-year-old filly faces nine other fillies and mares in the seven-furlong grade II event.

Bruno Believes NYRA Will Get $19M Soon

Bruno Believes NYRA Will Get $19M Soon

The New York legislature's top Republican believes the New York Racing Association will soon get the remaining $19-million state bailout to keep it from seeking bankruptcy protection.

Empire Group Urges Pataki to Release Funds

The head of a group vying to take over the Thoroughbred franchise from the New York Racing Association is urging Gov. George Pataki to release already-promised state funds to the financially ailing franchise holder.

Empire Group Urges Pataki to Release Funds

The head of a group vying to take over the Thoroughbred franchise from the New York Racing Association is urging Gov. George Pataki to release already-promised state funds to the financially ailing franchise holder.

Fight for Franchise Aids New York Political Races

With the future of the racing industry in New York up in the air, the most immediate beneficiaries appear to be state officials running for office this fall, thanks to a steady flow of money from individuals and companies tied in one way or another to the Thoroughbred franchise renewal process.

Technical Woes Lead Belmont to Postpone Pick 6

Friday's Pick 6 at Belmont Park was postponed until Saturday because of continued technical problems with Verizon's fiber lines. There is a Pick 6 carryover from Thursday of $456,860.97.

Horsemen's Group Blames NYRA for VLT Delays

The New York Racing Association is to blame for the delays in state approvals needed to begin construction on the long-stalled Aqueduct casino project, the leaders of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association claim.

Trainer Martin Sentenced

Trainer Gregory Martin, who in March pleaded guilty to charges for his role in an alleged multi-million dollar illegal gambling ring, was sentenced to two years probation with six months home confinement on Tuesday during an appearance in a New York federal court.

Martin Sentenced in Illegal Gambling Case

Trainer Gregory Martin, who in March pleaded guilty to charges for his role in an alleged multimillion-dollar illegal gambling ring, was sentenced to two years probation with six months home confinement Sept. 28 during an appearance in a New York federal court.

New York Comptroller Blasts State Lottery Division

New York Comptroller Blasts State Lottery Division

New York's top fiscal officer has warned a state agency that its delay in approving a video lottery terminal casino contract for Aqueduct is costing the state needed revenue and risking bankruptcy for the New York Racing Association.

Gazelle Offers a Championship Preview

Bushfire appears to be the one to beat as she returns from a two-month layover in the grade I, $250,000 Gazelle Stakes at Belmont Park Sept. 9. Standing in her way is Pine Island, recent winner of the grade I Alabama Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

Cassidy Returns to New York for Garden City

For the first time in more than two years, trainer James Cassidy is returning to his native New York Sept. 9 to saddle Martin Kistler's Maxxi Arte in the Grade I, $250,000 Garden City Breeders' Cup Stakes for three-year-old fillies at nine furlongs over the inner turf course at Belmont Park.

NYRA, Empire, Excelsior Submit Racing Bids

NYRA, Empire, Excelsior Submit Racing Bids

The first bids for the franchise to operate Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga for 20 years beginning in 2008 were submitted Aug. 29 by the current operator and two groups that included developers and casino and racetrack companies allied with Thoroughbred owners and breeders.

New Vet Clinic to Open at Belmont Park

IEAH Corporation, a subsidiary of International Equine Acquisitions Holdings, Inc. announced Thursday the formation of a state-of-the-art veterinary clinic located across the street from Belmont Park that will be run by noted veterinarians James Hunt and Patricia Hogan.

Yankees Partner: Group Keen on New York Racing

Principals in the ownership of and construction of a new stadium for the New York Yankees are similarly committed to strengthening the Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry in New York via the Excelsior Group, Yankees partner Steve Swindal said.

NYRA Asks Horsemen to Join in Aqueduct VLT Push

Issuing what he termed a "call to action to horsemen and all of the racing community," New York Racing Association president and chief executive officer Charles Hayward asked horsemen for their cooperation in lobbying Gov. George Pataki for immediate permission to install and operate 4,500 video lottery terminals that have been delayed at Aqueduct.

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