Keyword: New York

  • Matt King Coal

    Rice, Lady Sheila Set Sights on Wood Memorial

    The partnership of Lady Sheila Stable and trainer Linda Rice last year found great success with a mare and a filly, but on April 9 the focus will be on the 3-year-old colt Matt King Coal in the Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I).

  • 'Egregious' Levels of Cobalt Trigger Bans

    Six Standardbred trainers in New York were suspended after horses in their care registered extremely high levels of cobalt, and for three of them, the levels were so high the NYSGC issued 10-year bans per incident.

  • Finger Lakes in upstate New York

    No Purse Protection for Finger Lakes

    The head of the horsemen's group at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack is predicting the end of racing at the upstate Thoroughbred track, after a new state government budget deal failed to protect purse levels.

  • Peeping Tom wins 2001 Carter Handicap

    Caretaker, Aqueduct Remember Peeping Tom

    On April 2 Aqueduct will run the Peeping Tom Stakes, which remembers the former claimer turned grade I winner whose caretaker, Alcina Rawles, remembers the gelding as a pleasure horse after his retirement from racing.

  • Churchill will host Kentucky Derby May 7

    NY OTBs, CDI Resume Rocky Simulcast Talks

    With the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) fast approaching, New York's off-track betting corporations and Churchill Downs Inc. have resumed negotiations to end a bitter dispute over simulcast fees.

  • Rick Schosberg

    Aftercare Program a Priority for Schosberg

    New York-based trainer Rick Schosberg said he feels an obligation to the people and horses that made his success possible, so he invests time in racehorse aftercare via the New York THA's Take the Lead program.

  • Saratoga Race Course

    NYRA: Safety Push Helped Reduce Breakdowns

    The New York Racing Association March 24 credited multiple safety protocols implemented over the past several years for a catastrophic injury rate that has been lower than the average for all Equine Injury Database tracks.

  • New NJ Casinos Could Impact New York Racinos

    A trade group for New York's racetrack-based casinos is warning of major revenue drops at their facilities if New Jersey voters this fall approve a referendum permitting two new casinos near New York City.

  • NY Senate Budget Addresses Racing Issues

    The New York State Senate budget resolution for fiscal 2016-17 includes a few recommendations for protecting revenue for the horse racing industry given impending competition from full-scale casinos.

  • James Riccio, Jr

    Riccio and Ortiz Enjoy Success Like Family

    It's too soon to know if Jose Ortiz will have a Derby ride this year, but he did pilot the promising Matt King Coal to an allowance win March 6. The son of Cool Coal Man is under consideration for the Wood Memorial (gr. I).

  • NYRA president Christopher Kay

    NYRA Board Preparing Privatization Plan

    The New York Racing Association is preparing to return to private control, board chairman Michael Del Giudice said at a meeting of the association's board of directors March 10 in New York City.

  • Rachel Alexandra (left) and Zenyatta (right) are Hall of Fame finalists for 2016.

    Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta Hall Finalists

    The finalists are jockeys Ramon Dominguez, Victor Espinoza, Garrett Gomez, and Craig Perret; Thoroughbreds English Channel, Kona Gold, Rachel Alexandra, and Zenyatta; and trainers Steve Asmussen and David Whiteley.

  • Kiaran McLaughlin

    Rooting for McLaughlin to Get His Derby

    Today Kiaran McLaughlin has such outstanding horses as grade I winner Frosted, who is gearing up for a Dubai World Cup Run (UAE-I), and top 3-year-old Mohaymen, who runs in Saturday's Fountain of Youth (gr. II).

  • Flintshire wins 2015 Sword Dancer

    Flintshire Settles in at Belmont Park

    Six-year-old Flintshire, who finished second in the Longines Hong Kong Vase (HK-I) in his most recent start, arrived at trainer Chad Brown's Belmont Park barn March 5 after quarantine to prepare for his U.S. campaign.

  • Awesome Gent wins the Winkfield Stakes.
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    NY-Bred Awesome Gent Takes Winkfield

    Burning Sands Stables' homebred Awesome Gent, who sat just off two dueling leaders for almost a half-mile, took over in the stretch and pulled away to win the $125,000 Jimmy Winkfield Stakes for 3-year-olds at Aqueduct.

  • Elizabeth Loftus

    Loftus Thrives on Racing Rush

    Libby Loftus of New York balances her commodities business with a keen interest in Thoroughbred racing and involvement with charities such as the Belmont Child Care Association.

  • NY Approves New Rule on Workers' Compensation

    Regulators have approved a new rule that makes it simpler for the New York State Gaming Commission to impose upon Thoroughbred owners and trainers an insurance program to provide workers' compensation coverage.

  • Sunny Ridge wins the 2016 Withers Stakes.

    Gotham No Sure Derby Path for Sunny Ridge

    The Triple Crown grind goes against Jason Servis' preference for giving his horses ample recovery time, and even though he's running the Withers (gr. III) winner in the Gotham, a Kentucky Derby (gr. I) run is no sure thing.

  • Flora Dora wins the 2016 Busanda Stakes.

    Outside Post for Flora Dora in Busher Stakes

    Flora Dora will try to take another step forward on the Aqueduct Racetrack path to the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) when she faces an expected six other 3-year-old fillies in the $125,000 Busher Stakes Saturday, Feb. 27.

  • Coffee Pot Stables: Bob Cummings (left) and Annette Bacola and their son Davis Cummings.

    Poised Flora Dora Soars for Coffee Pot

    Flora Dora's next step in reaching her connections' goal of the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) is the $125,000 Busher Stakes at Aqueduct Feb. 27. The Busher carries Kentucky Oaks points worth 50-20-10-5 to the top four finishers.

  • Three Aqueduct Riders Fined by NYSGC

    Three jockeys at Aqueduct Racetrack have been fined by the New York State Gaming Commission for "failure to ride in a professional manner" in separate incidents earlier in February.

  • Saratoga Mischief (left) finished 2nd in the 2015 Saratoga Special Stakes.

    Saratoga Mischief to Return in Capossela

    Last year's Saratoga Special Stakes (gr. II) runner-up Saratoga Mischief is entered for his 3-year-old season debut Sunday, Feb. 14 in the $100,000 Fred "Cappy" Capossela Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack.

  • George Venizelos, NYRA chief security officer

    Two Prominent NYRA Employees Leaving Posts

    Two prominent employees of the New York Racing Association are leaving their positions in February. Director of communications John Durso Jr. and chief security officer George Venizelos have taken private-sector jobs.

  • Ramon Dominguez

    Dominguez Ruled Eligible for Hall of Fame

    The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame's executive committee has unanimously approved a measure to designate retired jockey Ramon Dominguez as eligible for Hall of Fame consideration beginning in 2016.

  • Mike Hushion with Artemis Agrotera

    Mike Hushion Back Where He Belongs

    A year after he was diagnosed with acute promyeloctic leukemia, Mike Hushion is back where he belongs -- training horses like grade I winner Princess Violet, who runs in the Feb. 13 Barabara Fritchie (gr. II).

  • Princesspatseattle and her Honorable Dillon foal.

    Meet the Rare White Foal at Rockridge Stud

    Rockridge Stud celebrated a remarkable new arrival on Jan. 24 when Pincesspatseattle foaled a rare white Thoroughbred colt. America's Best Racing took a trip to the New York farm to meet the son of Honorable Dillon.

  • N.Y. Legislation Would Halt OTB Casino Plans

    A New York lawmaker, sharply critical of the Nassau Off-Track Betting Corp. bid to try to locate a casino at Belmont Park racetrack, has introduced a measure banning casinos by either of the two Long Island-based OTBs.

  • Sunny Ridge wins the Withers Stakes (gr. III).

    Making the Grade: Sunny Ridge

    This week we take a closer look at Sunny Ridge, winner of the $250,000 Withers Stakes (gr. III) on Jan. 30 at Aqueduct Racetrack.

  • Robert Barbara

    Barbara Enjoys Good Start to Season

    The trainer is off to a good start this year with three wins in January, including two Jan. 17. One of those came with Majestic Jessica, owned by J and M Racing Stables, for whom Barbara has been training for eight years.