Keyword: NYRA

  • New York OTBs Will Stay Open Another Week

    The Board of Directors of the New York City Off-Track Betting Corp. announced April 9 a temporary suspension of its planned layoffs of the organization's more than 1,300 employees, which was set to take effect April 11.

  • New York's OTB Facing April 11 Shutdown

    The nation's largest off-track betting corporation will be shut down on the night of April 11 if a deal to provide it with financial help does not come together over the weekend, officials warn.

  • NYCOTB to Close Down April 11

    Officials in New York have failed to agree on a bailout plan for the New York City Off-Track Betting Corp., which issued layoff notices Friday to its 1,300 workers as it prepares to close down April 11.

  • Charles Hayward, president of the New York Racing Association

    NYRA Eliminates 12 Positions

    Charles Hayward, president of the New York Racing Association, sent word to NYRA officials March 26 that a dozen administrative positions at the racing group are being eliminated.

  • Facing Deadline, New York Seeks NYCOTB Fix

    A plan quietly floated to let the New York Racing Association take over management of the internet and phone wagering business at the struggling New York City Off-Track Betting Corp. has been rejected by Gov. David Paterson.

  • NYRA Cuts $1.4 Million from Stakes Purses

    The New York Racing Association, which announced it would cut $4.3 million in stakes purses from last year, has slashed around $1.4 million from its stakes program for the upcoming Belmont and Saratoga meets.

  • NYRA president Charles Hayward

    NYRA Releases Executive Salaries

    The New York Racing Association, which has long resisted revealing salaries of its top executives, has furnished the information to a top state regulator at a time it is warning of running out of cash later this summer.

  • NY Breeders Group Issues Warning

    The New York City Off-Track Betting Corp.'s bankruptcy petition and attempt to alter how it funds the industry risks undermining the state's already hard-hit breeding programs, New York's leading breeding group is warning.

  • NYRA: Toss Out NYCOTB Bankruptcy Petition

    The recent bankruptcy petition by the New York City Off-Track Betting Corp. should be tossed out of federal court, the New York Racing Association argues in a lengthy legal brief filed Jan. 4 in Manhattan.

  • Aqueduct Racetrack

    Aqueduct Cancels Sunday Live Racing

    Citing frigid temperatures and high winds, the New York Racing Association cancelled live racing at Aqueduct for Sunday, Jan. 3.

  • New York Gov. David Paterson

    Paterson: Aqueduct VLT Operator Decision Near

    Frustrated by the delay in picking an Aqueduct casino operator, New York Gov. David Paterson said he is moving to publicly name his choice in hopes of putting pressure on legislative leaders to make a decision.

  • Could Tribal Casino Open Near NYRA Tracks?

    The federal government has given preliminary recognition to a Long Island Indian tribe, setting in motion development of a possible casino close to the New York Racing Association's two downstate tracks.

  • NYRA CEO Charles Hayward

    NYRA Adopts Tough Anti-Slaughter Policy

    The New York Racing Association has announced an anti-slaughter policy that introduces harsh penalties to offending horsemen while encouraging them to support horse rescue and adoption initiatives.

  • Price Reduction for NY Foal Nominations

    The New York Thoroughbred Breeders and New York Racing Association announced a price reduction in foal nominations to the New York Stallion Stakes Series for progeny of New York-based stallions.

  • Belmont Moves Turf Stakes to Oct. 25

    The $150,000 Mohawk and the $150,000 Ticonderoga for fillies and mares, two nine-furlong turf stakes originally scheduled for New York Showcase Day Oct. 24 at Belmont Park, have been moved back one day because of anticipated bad weather.

  • Belmont Park

    Belmont's Athenia Stakes Moved to Oct. 21

    Due to heavy rain forecast for the New York area during the latter half of the week, The New York Racing Association has moved the scheduled feature race for Oct. 17, the $100,000 Athenia Stakes (gr. IIIT), to Oct. 21.

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    NYRA Honors Commentator at Saratoga

    The New York Racing Association (NYRA) paid tribute to Commentator Sept. 6, at Saratoga Race Course. The 8-year-old chestnut gelding, owned by Tracy Farmer and trained by Hall of Famer Nick Zito, was retired from racing Aug. 9, a day after finishing third in the Whitney Handicap (gr. I). He was attempting to join Discovery and Kelso as the only three-time winners of the race in its 82-year history.

  • NYRA Incentive Program Continues to Grow

    Purse hikes from the incentive program created to increase field size during the 2009 Saratoga Race Course meet totaled $553,990 through Week Five, a 19.5% advance over original purse values, according to The New York Racing Association.

  • Paterson Authorizes NYCOTB Reorganization

    New York Gov. David A. Paterson on Sept. 1 signed Executive Order No. 27, authorizing the New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation (NYCOTB) to file a petition for reorganization under Chapter 9 of the federal bankruptcy code. The governor issued the order after it was determined that NYCOTB requires major restructuring to regain solvency. Paterson has directed the NYCOTB board of directors, led by Chairman Meyer "Sandy" Frucher, to provide the governor's office with a restructuring plan within two months, which likely will include a Chapter 9 filing for NYCOTB.

  • Saratoga Attendance, Handle Down Slightly

    Attendance and handle turned down fractionally for the first time during the 2009 Saratoga Race Course meet after two inches of rain Aug. 28 and 29 lowered attendance on Shadwell Travers (gr. I) Day and forced seven of the weekend's 11 carded turf races off the turf. Attendance was down 1.6%, on-track handle down 1.6%, and all-sources handle down 2.8% from 2008 totals through week five.

  • NYRA is hoping to lure Zenyatta to Belmont Park to face Rachel Alexandra.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8279340%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    NYRA Joins Rachel Alexandra-Zenyatta Bidding

    Online wagering companies TVG and Betfair have pledged an additional $400,000 to the New York Racing Association to invite Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta to participate in the Beldame Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park Oct. 3.

  • NY Jockeys to Use New Riding Crops

    New York jockeys will start riding full time with equine friendly riding crops beginning Wednesday, Aug. 19, at Saratoga.

  • NYRA Names Saunders to Board

    The New York Racing Association announced Aug. 14 that Andrei M.G. Saunders has been appointed by NYRA to its board of directors.

  • Incentive Program Boosts Races at Saratoga

    Twelve more races qualified under the purse incentive program created to increase field size during week two of the 2009 Saratoga Race Course meet, according to The New York Racing Association. Purse increases from incentives during the meet's second week totaled $74,750, a 16.5% advance over the original purse values.

  • Retired NYRA Employee Johnson Dies

    Bill Johnson, a lifelong racetracker and longtime employee of the New York Racing Association, died Aug. 7 of pancreatitis.

  • NY Senator: Upfront Money Not There

    Officials in New York recognize they will not be getting the upfront payment money for the Aqueduct casino franchise they had been expecting before the economy turned sour, according to the head of the Senate's racing committee.

  • Jeff Mullins

    Mullins Claims I Want Revenge Bills Unpaid

    Jeff Mullins, trainer of 2009 Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I) winner I Want Revenge, has filed a letter with the New York State Racing and Wagering Board regarding IEAH Stables' alleged failure to meet financial obligations in relation to the training, riding, and care of the colt.

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    Be Fair Wins Off the Turf Lake George

    Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas has won a lot of races. And, he has seen a lot of weather forecasts. On July 31, he won the off the turf Lake George Stakes at Saratoga with Be Fair.

  • Saratoga Opening Day Way Up

    On-track and all-sources handle were up significantly over 2008 totals as Saratoga Race Course opened its 141st season July 29.

  • Nassau Regional OTB to Show Saratoga Racing

    At the urging of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, the New York Racing Association July 29 -- opening day of the Saratoga meet--authorized restoration of its televised signal to the in-home distribution network of Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting Corp.

  • F-T, NYRA to Offer $100,000 'Jackpot'

    Fasig-Tipton and the New York Racing Association are teaming to award a $100,000 "Juvenile Jackpot" to the first graduate of the 2009 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale that wins a graded stakes during the 2010 Saratoga meeting in New York. Should no juvenile qualify for the prize in 2010, the award will double to $200,000 for Fasig-Tipton yearlings purchased that year that run at Saratoga in 2011.

  • NY Tightens Rule on Oxygen Therapy for Horses

    The New York State Racing and Wagering Board clarified July 28 that horses are banned from being entered in races if they have received hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatment within one week of post time. The therapy is permitted otherwise.

  • Slot Machine

    NY Horse Industry: Award VLT Project Now

    They tapped various talking points -- from higher purses and a beefed-up breeding industry to protecting green space and even family values -- but a group of Thoroughbred representatives have brought a singular message to state officials: Get the Aqueduct video lottery terminal casino off the ground.

  • RTIP Teams With NYRA for First College Day

    The Race Track Industry Program at the University of Arizona is teaming up with the New York Racing Association to offer students the opportunity to learn about the business of track management at the inaugural College Day at Saratoga Race Course.

  • NYRA Taps New Senior VP and CFO

    The New York Racing Association announced July 22 that Ellen McClain has been named senior vice president and chief financial officer. In her position, McClain will oversee all NYRA financials, including accounting, budgeting, and forecasting. She will start with the company in mid-August.

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    Increased Starters Boost Saratoga Purses

    Saratoga purses will increase significantly based on the number of horses starting in each race, according to the new 2009 purse incentive program announced July 17 by The New York Racing Association (NYRA) for the six-week meet running from July 29 through Sept. 7.