Keyword: NYRA

  • Empire Racing Group Names Tucker Chairman

    Jeffrey Tucker, a New York breeder, has been named chairman of the fledgling Empire Racing Associates, a group of horsemen and breeders trying to position itself to be among the holders of a new Thoroughbred racing franchise in New York.

  • Group Studies Synthetic Racing Surfaces for New York

    A fledgling group of owners and breeders in New York has launched a new effort to study a variety of issues affecting the safety of Thoroughbred horses, including whether some of the state's racetracks should install alternative racing surfaces.

  • Spitzer: Award Franchise 'As Rapidly As Possible'

    New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, the frontrunner in the New York governor's race, said he wants the franchise to run Thoroughbred racing in the state to be awarded sooner than later, and indicated the decision doesn't have to wait until the next governor takes over in 2007.

  • NYRA Trustee Wayne Barr Resigns

    The new York Racing Association accepted the resignation of trustee Wayne Barr Jr. at the board's regularly scheduled meeting May 3 at Belmont Park.

  • NYRA's Best Friend

    <i>By Neil V. Getnick</i> - I have lost a friend. And New York Thoroughbred racing has lost a friend. He was Peter Karches, the former co-chairman of the New York Racing Association Board of Trustees.

  • New Controller Named by NYRA

    Thomas DiDesidero has been named the new controller for the New York Racing Association effective May 1.

  • Peter Karches

    Funeral Arrangements Set for Peter Karches

    Funeral arrangements have been finalized for Peter F. Karches, former Co-Chairman of the New York Racing Association, who died April 13 after a long bout with leukemia.

  • NYRA Adds Purse Bonus in Off-the-Turf Races

    In an effort to keep horses from being scratched in off-the-turf races, New York Racing Association will increase the purse in such events by 20% so long as there are eight betting interests.

  • Peter Karches, former co-chair of NYRA.

    Former NYRA Co-Chair Karches Dead

    Peter F. Karches, former co-chairman of the New York Racing Association (NYRA), died while hospitalized in Boston, Mass. April 13 from chronic lymphocytic leukemia, the most common form of adult leukemia.

  • On-Track, Overall Handle Up at Aqueduct in '06

    On-track handle was up 8.9% for the New York Racing Association at Aqueduct during the first three months of 2006 and average daily handle on NYRA races only improved 2.7% from $8,225,983 to $8,438,303.

  • Robert Flynn Resigns From NYRA Board

    Robert F. Flynn announced his resignation from the New York Racing Association's Board of Trustees April 7, citing his responsibilities as executive director of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association.

  • Snow Forces Cancellation of Aqueduct Racing Wednesday

    Live racing was cancelled at Aqueduct after the third race Wednesday, as a sudden snow storm earlier in the day left the main track conditions sloppy. It was the fourth cancellation of the year, the last coming March 2.

  • National Pick 4 Schedule Announced by NTRA

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced the 2006 schedule of National Pick 4 wagers available at wagering outlets nationwide March 31. All six wagers are tied to ABC/ESPN racing telecasts.

  • Delayed Aqueduct VLT Costs Soaring

    The projected costs of the New York Racing Association's video lottery terminal casino keep soaring, and state officials are voicing renewed concerns about the delay in building the new gambling facility at Aqueduct racetrack.

  • New York Committee Meets at Racing Hall

    Two months after conducting initial hearings in Albany and New York City, the Ad Hoc Committee on the Future of Racing was back in public session Thursday at a daylong program held at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs.

  • NYRA Seeks Rebate OK With New Phone Bet System

    The New York Racing Association, through its contract with United Tote, linked with VeCommerce Inc., of Littleton, Mass., on March 7 to provide automated telephone account management and wagering functions to its current NYRA One account holders and any new subscribers from New York and Connecticut.

  • NYRA to Accept Maryland Shippers March 18

    The New York Racing Association will allow horses to ship into its racetracks from Maryland beginning March 18, providing those horses meet certain requirements.

  • Fair Hill Training Center Takes EHV-1 Precautions

    Fair Hill Training Center, home to more than 400 horses, has instituted stringent guidelines to ensure the well being of all horses stabled at the facility and to provide the best opportunity for those same horses to race when entry restrictions lift later this month as nearby out of state racetracks.

  • FNYR Report: Address Health and Welfare Issues

    Friends of New York Racing, formed to advocate a new economic model for the pari-mutuel industry in the state, believes backstretch health and welfare issues should be addressed as part of the selection process for the New York Racing Association franchise.

  • NYRA Bailout Tied to Hike in Takeout Rate

    The New York Racing Association will have to raise pari-mutuel takeout if it is to obtain a $20-million loan from the state of New York, according to language buried in state budget bills introduced the week of Jan. 16.

  • NYRA Hopes to Receive Additional $20 Million Soon

    With construction set to start on a video lottery terminal casino at Aqueduct in late January, racetrack, the New York Racing Association is pushing the state of New York to provide an additional $20-million bailout before spring.

  • New York Gov. George Pataki

    Pataki Offers Last-Ditch Plan to Assist NYRA

    New York Gov. George Pataki is offering $10 million in immediate aid to help keep the ailing New York Racing Association from insolvency, and he pledged to work with legislators on another measure to lend NYRA cash against its future gaming proceeds.

  • New York Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno

    New York Lawmaker Calls for Creation of Fund to Help NYRA

    New York's top Republican in the state legislature has called for the creation of a $30-million state fund to help the New York Racing Association overcome its financial crisis while the state speeds up the process to award a new Thoroughbred franchise.

  • Report: New York Must Overhaul Racing Laws

    New York officials need to act quickly to launch a major overhaul of racing laws to help jumpstart the state's $1.4-billion Thoroughbred racing industry, Friends of New York Racing concluded in its year-end report on the status of pari-mutuel horse racing in the state.

  • Big 'A' Cancels Friday Card, Simulcasting

    There will be no live racing or simulcasting at Aqueduct Dec. 9 in anticipation of a winter storm, according to a release from the New York Racing Association.

  • Racetrack, Jockeys' Guild Officials Meet

    Racetrack officials met with the new leadership of the Jockeys' Guild Dec. 1 to discuss "issues of mutual concern," according to a Guild release.