A deal has been reached between regulators and New York Thoroughbred industry interests for payments to a fund that provides workers' compensation payments for injured jockeys, apprentice jockeys, and exercise riders.
Belmont Park would become home to a casino with 1,000 video lottery terminals under a plan put forward Dec. 29 by Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. But the plan is considered a longshot.
Former claimer Zen Papa will face graded stakes-placed King Kranz in the $125,000 Lost In The Fog Stakes for 3-year-olds when Aqueduct Racetrack begins the new year Jan. 1.
Repole Stable's Sudden Surprise, a homebred by Giant Surprise, fought off Dr. Shane to win the $150,000 Great White Way New York Stallion Stakes for 2-year-olds Dec. 27 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
New York State Gaming Commission officials announced an agreement Dec. 22 to continue a program through 2016 that permits the state's tracks and off-track betting corporations to video-stream races.
Bellamy Road has moved to Dutchess Views Farm near Pine Plains, N.Y., where he will stand the 2016 breeding season for $7,500.
Multiple graded stakes winner Palace will squeeze in one more start, the $100,000 Gravesend Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack Dec. 26, before retiring to stud at Spendthrift Farm.
Officials at Finger Lakes in upstate New York said the facility risks closure as early as 2017 unless the state takes action to protect its finances in the wake of approval Dec. 21 of a full-blown casino about 25 miles away.
The Street Sense colt was hustled from the gate and never looked back in the $100,000 Queens County Stakes Dec. 19 at Aqueduct Racetrack, picking up his first stakes score while galloping clear of 6-5 favorite Tommy Macho.
In an apparent move to pressure state officials to at least lower its mandated tax rate, Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack said Dec. 18 that it wants to cut the number of Thoroughbred race dates in 2016 by nearly 20%.
The New York Racing Association has released the official logo for the 2016 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival.
Six new members will join the board of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders following the organization's annual board election Dec. 15.
New York appeals court rules daily fantasy games can continue to be offered in the state while a court case examines their legality.
At the end of a year that saw record-breaking wagering and attendance, the board of directors of the New York Racing Association Dec. 9 celebrated success while at the same planning conservatively for the future.
New York's Standardbred industry warned of the growing financial consequences of racing-based daily fantasy sports sites, while a major off-track betting corporation says OTBs should have the authority to offer such contests.
Multiple graded stakes winner Al Khali has been retired and will stand the 2016 breeding season at Keane Stud near Amenia, N.Y., for an advertised fee of $2,500.
Room for Me came off a seventh in the Oct. 31 TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) at Keeneland to return to winning form Dec. 5, when she aired by 3 3/4 lengths in the $100,000 Garland of Roses Stakes.
Freud, this year's second-leading sire in New York who topped the list in 2014, will stand for $10,000 in 2016 at Sequel Stallions New York near Hudson.
Japan, a stakes-winning son of top sire Medaglia d'Oro, will enter stud in 2016 at Waldorf Farm near North Chatham, N.Y.
Tonalist came flying with a big late run Nov. 28 to win the $670,000 Cigar Mile (gr. I) at Aqueduct Racetrack, edging out Red Vine in a photo finish after tracking far back under Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez.
Coming off a third in the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I), Taris collected another stakes score Nov. 27 when she rolled clear to victory in the $300,000 Go for Wand Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct.
Set to make her fifth consecutive graded stakes start and first in New York, Charles Fipke's Forever Unbridled will face nine challengers in the $300,000 Comely Stakes (gr. III) Nov. 28 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Blinkers will go back on Tonalist, who comes off a fifth in the 1 1/4-mile Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), as he takes on defending Cigar Mile winner Private Zone after that rival's second in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).
Mohaymen, Flexibility, and Sail Ahoy, who filled out the top three positions in the Nov. 4 Nashua Stakes (gr. II), line up against up-and-coming Gift Box in the nine-furlong Remsen Stakes (gr. II).
An eight-acre parcel of land on the grounds of Belmont Park is no longer being offered to private developers, a move that is raising concerns in some circles that the state may be eyeing the site for a VLT casino.
Three New York legislative panels are seeking answers to the impact the daily fantasy sports industry is having on other sectors of the gambling industry, including horse racing and the state's own lottery system.
The New York State Commission Nov. 23 proposed far-reaching equine drug rules as they slapped trainer Steve Asmussen with a $10,000 fine stemming from a probe into allegations of equine abuse brought against him by PETA.
Lady Sheila Stable's La Verdad, a winner of 15 of 23 starts for earnings of more than $1.5 million, could make her final start in the $250,000 Fall Highweight Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct Racetrack Nov. 26.
A New York law banning racing and pari-mutuel wagering activities in the state on Palm Sunday, which dates back to the days when Richard Nixon was president, has been overturned.
After considerable delay, New York regulators Nov. 23 are poised to release the much-anticipated results of a probe into allegations by an animal rights group about horses under the care of trainer Steve Asmussen.
The horse who ran fourth in the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) will get a chance to run that same distance on dirt in the Nov. 28 Cigar Mile (gr. I) at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Zivo, a New York-bred grade II winner, has been retired and will stand the 2016 season at Irish Hill Century Farm near Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Multiple graded stakes winner Majestic City will stand the 2016 breeding season at Questroyal North in Stillwater, N.Y., for a $3,500 fee.
The move this week by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman against fantasy sports sites DraftKings and FanDuel may have its vocal detractors, but the state's racetrack owners support Schneiderman's move.
After determining that daily fantasy sports sites FanDuel and DraftKings are violating state law, the New York attorney general sent cease and desist letters to both websites.
New York is beginning a pilot program at Aqueduct Racetrack and Belmont Park to screen Thoroughbreds for cardiac arrhythmias with the use of a small recording device attached to a smartphone or computer.
The New York State Gaming Commission has indefinitely suspended trainer Roy Sedlacek for two positives in October at Belmont Park for AH-7921, a synthetic opioid.
The New York Racing Association reported a rebound, at least in terms of total pari-mutuel handle, for the Belmont Park fall meet that ended Nov. 1.
Dual grade II winner Madefromlucky seeks a rebound from his seventh in the Sept. 19 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) in the $150,000 Discovery Handicap (gr. III) Nov. 11 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Under a steady ride from Kendrick Carmouche, Goldy Espony led at every call on her way to a clear victory in the $200,000 Long Island Handicap (gr. IIIT) on Saturday, Nov. 7 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Coming off a half-length win in his debut at Belmont Park Sept. 19, Shadwell Stable's Mohaymen impressed in his first start against winners and in stakes competition, taking the one-turn mile Nashua (gr. II) by 1 3/4 lengths.
Big World easily made the lead and kept it Nov. 4 in the $200,000 Tempted Stakes (gr. III) on opening day at Aqueduct Race Track, securing her first graded win and becoming the first stakes winner for her sire.
Sheila Rosenblum withdrew Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) runner-up La Verdad from the Nov. 1 Fasig-Tipton November sale and will breed her in 2016.
The Triple Crown winner stands in the Ashford stallion ring for the first time Nov. 2, 2015.
B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm has acquired Tapit's grade I-performing son Normandy Invasion, who will stand in 2016 at Keane Stud in Amenia, N.Y.
- By Claire Novak
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) contender Honor Code settles in Kentucky on Oct. 27 after arriving from New York. watch video
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) contender Honor Code settles in Kentucky on Oct. 27 after arriving from New York.
The furosemide industry is a $3 million annual business for Thoroughbred racing in New York state, regulators said Oct. 26, with the average horse given $500 worth of doses in a typical year.
The state of New York expects to save in excess of $200,000 annually by ending state-funded blood and urine tests of all claimed horses.
Last-out Monmouth Oaks (gr. III) winner Delightful Joy will look for her second straight graded victory in the $200,000 Turnback the Alarm Handicap (gr. III) Oct. 30 at Belmont Park.
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