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By Dan Liebman - During dinner with colleagues the night of Dec. 29, a member of the party returned to the table and mentioned how the New York Giants were leading the New England Patriots in the fourth quarter. A television in an adjacent room was showing the game on CBS.

New York Franchise Talks Lingering

Racing will continue to be run at Aqueduct on New Year's Day under an agreement reached Dec. 31, but government negotiators failed to resolve the permanent Thoroughbred franchise issue in New York.

NYRA to Continue Operating Aqueduct

NYRA to Continue Operating Aqueduct

Though state racing regulators failed to approve a temporary license for the New York Racing Association to continue racing in January while talks about a permanent franchise deal continue, NYRA struck a deal with the state to continue operating Aqueduct through Jan. 23.

State Fails to Approve NYRA Deal

State racing regulators failed to approve a temporary license for the New York Racing Association to continue racing in January while talks about a permanent franchise deal continue.

NYRA Has New Content Deals for 2008

NYRA Has New Content Deals for 2008

The New York Racing Association has entered into a content exchange agreement with TrackNet Media Group for 2008, NYRA officials said Dec. 28. In addition, NYRA has new deals with TVG and Youbet.com for the upcoming year.

A Racetrack Original

A Racetrack Original

BloodHorseNOW.com staff writer Claire Novak chronicles the racetrack career of 72-year-old Charlie Camac, who found his greatest success in the starters' stand by showing empathy and concern for the fields of Thoroughbreds he controlled.

NYRA Oversight Panel Has New Chair

NYRA Oversight Panel Has New Chair

A state government panel in charge of overseeing the New York Racing Association's finances--and the racing franchise as of Jan. 1, 2008--has a new chairman at a critical moment in the franchise negotiations.

NYRA President Considers Benchmarks

NYRA President Considers Benchmarks

The New York Racing Association can agree to new performance benchmarks for its operations as part of a franchise extension deal, but state officials must be more flexible to take into account future changes in the racing industry that could affect those new standards, according to the president of NYRA.

New York Negotiations Continue

New York Negotiations Continue

Negotiations for a new Thoroughbred franchise in New York have progressed in the past several days, but the Republican-led Senate has refused to budge so far on several key points that could risk a shut-down of racing in less than three weeks, according to a top adviser to New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer.

New York: Clock Ticks, Talks Rage

New York: Clock Ticks, Talks Rage

With closed-door talks failing to produce a deal on a new Thoroughbred franchise in New York, state officials have begun discussing getting the framework of a deal in place before a Dec. 31 deadline with passage of an agreement by the legislature in early January.

NYRA Unveils 2008 Stakes Schedule

NYRA Unveils 2008 Stakes Schedule

The New York Racing Association released its 2008 stakes schedule Dec. 12, following approval by NYRA's board of trustees at its monthly meeting. The New York State Racing and Wagering Board still must give its approval, a standard procedure.

NYRA Franchise Blasted by Bruno

NYRA Franchise Blasted by Bruno

With talks so far stalled on reaching a deal on a new Thoroughbred franchise holder, New York's top Republican in the Legislature blasted the operations of the New York Racing Association.

Audit: NYRA Underpaid State

The New York Racing Association, whose annual deficits are "not reflective of operating in a sound and economical manner," underpaid the state of New York by $10.9 million in franchise fees from 2004 to 2005, according to a new audit by state comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

Audit: NYRA Underpaid State Franch

The New York Racing Association, whose annual deficits are ?not reflective of operating in a sound and economical manner,?? underpaid the state of New York by $10.9 million in franchise fees from 2004 to 2005, according to a new audit by state comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

NYRA Seeks to Protect Film Archives

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NYRA Seeks to Protect Film Archives

Keeneland Association and the New York Racing Association are collaborating on a project to preserve NYRA's film and video archives, which span more than 100 years of racing.

NYRA Creditors Can Vote on Plan

A federal bankruptcy court judge has paved the way for the New York Racing Association to emerge from Chapter 11 protection pending the outcome of a vote by creditors.

Franchise Delay Hangs Over Trainers

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Franchise Delay Hangs Over Trainers

Aqueduct's winterized inner track opens Nov. 28, but not without trepidation from horsemen concerning the future of New York Thoroughbred racing.

NYRA Outlines Finances in Documents

The New York Racing Association is proposing to keep 17.5 acres of land adjacent to Aqueduct after it gives up it land claims to the state of New York, according to amendments filed to its Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization.

Plan May Split Control of NY Tracks

Two days after a top lawmaker said he believes Gov. Eliot Spitzer has moved away from the idea of awarding the entire Thoroughbred racing franchise to the New York Racing Association, a plan is kicking around in Albany to split the three tracks among different entities.

IRS Claims NYRA Owes $1.6 Billion

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.

Magna, Churchill Withdraw From Empire Racing

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.

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 Corp., Churchill Downs Inc., and Delaware North announced their withdrawal from Empire Racing Associates.

Santos Explores Options in Retirement

Santos Explores Options in Retirement

After retiring from racing July 30 due to five fractured vertebrae sustained in a February spill at Aqueduct, Hall of Fame jockey Jose Santos is exploring ways to share his expertise with racing fans and companies.

Track Injuries Spur Meeting Between NYRA, Horsemen

New York Racing Association racing secretary P.J. Campo says NYRA officials will meet with horsemen in the next "couple days" to discuss maintenance of track surfaces at Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga after a series of catastrophic injuries.

Sclafani and Baeza Relieved At Full Acquittal

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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.

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.

Spitzer Recommends NYRA Maintain Franchise

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.

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