Racing was held as scheduled at Saratoga Friday, with only a few changes necessitated by the power outage Thursday that affected an estimated 50 million people in the United States and Canada.
An internal audit of a little known state fund found the New York Legislature has given the embattled New York Racing Association loose reins over $60 million it owes the state.
Trainer John Ward received a surprise phone call on Wednesday from New York attorney general Eliot Spitzer, three days after the Kentucky horseman made comments critical of the federal investigation of the New York Racing Association.
After meeting with its newly hired security consultant, the New York Racing Association on Wednesday said it has begun a review of its practices already under investigation by state and federal authorities.
Kentucky Derby-winning trainer John Ward has called some of the recent attacks on the embattled New York Racing Association "essentially a political assassination campaign" linked to development of video lottery terminals at racetracks in the state.
A construction program that began 2 1/2 weeks ago to install video lottery terminals at Aqueduct racetrack in New York has been halted because of the ongoing criminal investigation of the New York Racing Association.
Starting Aug. 13 at Saratoga, any turf race scheduled to be run at one mile for older horses switched to the main track will be run at seven furlongs.
Magna Entertainment Corp. is still very much interested in entering the New York racing market, and would seek to obtain, if it becomes available, the New York Racing Association franchise, the head of the company said Aug. 5.
In another blow for the New York Racing Association, state regulators have fined NYRA $10,000 for launching a marketing program before getting state government approval.
A draft audit by New York state comptroller Alan Hevesi found the New York Racing Association has come up short in payments to purses and state franchise fees.
Saratoga will offer its usual fare of racing on Saturday, but some current and past NHL stars will visit the track for an autograph session from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
On-track attendance was up 2.8% at the Belmont Park spring meeting but on-track and total handle both suffered decreases, the New York Racing Association reported.
Federal prosecutors are preparing an indictment against the New York Racing Association that will allege a corporate conspiracy that permitted corruption to occur at its three racetracks. Sources also say the state is currently developing a contingency plan in case the NYRA is ousted from its duties.
After mailing out 180,000 vouchers to its fans, the New York Racing Association has scuttled its marketing tool known as the "mystery voucher'' program after state regulators ordered new safeguards implemented in the program.
Saratoga Race Course will introduce five portable luxury suites for the 2003 summer meet for corporate and private outings, officials with The New York Racing Association announced on Thursday.
Controversy has once again hit the New York Racing Association following an article published in Thursday's edition of the Albany Times-Union that shows former chief executive Kenneth Noe has received $7,000 a month, plus expenses, since his retirement in a deal that will continue even beyond his death.
Visit Saratoga racetrack for its annual open house on July 20. This year the day starts off with a 5K walk to benefit the Special Olympics, and includes events for all ages from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Nassau County police arrested three men at Belmont Park last week for allegedly administering a milkshake June 28 to a horse scheduled to run that day for trainer Gary Sciacca.
Brisnet.com has introduced a series of three online handicapping contests...Members of the Dance Theater of Harlem's Cast from "St. Louis Woman" visit Belmont Thursday.
The New York Racing Association, facing legal and political battles on a growing number of fronts, will not be getting its request to lower takeout on bets for the upcoming Saratoga meet.
New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer said he came away from a one-hour meeting with New York Racing Association Chairman Barry Schwartz convinced that NYRA will now be taking steps to improve the operations he sharply criticized last month following a three-year investigation.
Using a smiling, cigar-chomping photograph of gangster Al Capone atop a caption saying "he would have loved'' the thought of putting slot machines at New York Racing Association tracks, casino mogul Donald Trump has joined in on the growing chorus of NYRA critics.
The embattled New York Racing Association, currently fighting off blistering investigations by state authorities over its operations, discovered June 25 that nothing is a sure thing anymore.
The charges and countercharges battle between the New York Racing Association and New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer continued June 24, with NYRA charging the state's chief law enforcement agent "does not understand NYRA's operations," and that he made "no attempt" to make his damaging report balanced.
Quickly taking advantage of a new pari-mutuel deregulation move by the state, the New York Racing Association has proposed reducing its takeout on certain bets at Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga.
For the first time ever, racing fans in New York will be able to watch and wager on the entire Saratoga meeting this summer from Belmont Park. In the past, Aqueduct served as the Saratoga simulcast site.
The Belmont Ball, hosted by the New York Racing Association on June 5 at Belmont Park, raised more than $175,000 for the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. The black-tie event this year honored internationally renowned equine artist Richard Stone Reeves and also paid tribute to Affirmed on the 25th anniversary of his Triple Crown triumph.
Barry K. Schwartz, NYRA chairman and CEO, issued a scathing response Saturday to the state attorney general's critical report of the association's operations.
State officials should consider removing the New York Racing Association as operator of Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga racetracks for ignoring and covering up an empire overrun with employee corruption that includes cheating of its customers, New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has charged.
Volponi and Evening Attire are slated to face off in Saturday's Brooklyn Handicap at Belmont Park. The race is the first leg of the NTRA's Summer Pick 3, which includes the Leonard Richards Stakes from Delaware and the Stephen Foster from Churchill Downs.
The 1 1/2-hour Belmont Stakes telecast on NBC produced an overnight rating of 10.4, the highest for any horse race since the 1990 Kentucky Derby and the highest for a Belmont since 1987, when ratings were introduced. The overnight rating for the race exceeded overnight ratings for other major sporting events over the weekend.
Having just completed a very successful Belmont Stakes Day despite very unfavorable weather conditions, the New York Racing Association is looking forward to a potentially huge day Aug. 23 when the grade I Travers Stakes is run at Saratoga.
The New York Racing Association will allow fans to bring in coolers to specified areas of the grandstand at Belmont on Belmont Stakes Day, June 7, as Funny Cide races for Thoroughbred racing history and the Visa Triple Crown.
With Funny Cide's run for the Triple Crown in Saturday's Belmont Stakes (gr. I), the following numbers come into play:
Funny Cide, who will attempt to become Thoroughbred racing's 12th winner of the Triple Crown Saturday in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), will do so from post 4. The Sackatoga Stable star will face five challengers in the 1 ½-mile "Test of a Champion" and was installed the even-money favorite for the race.
The New York area is under a flood watch from the National Weather Service as heavy rains have soaked the area since Tuesday night. Local forecasters have used words like "ugly" and "miserable" to describe Wednesday's forecast.
While track officials are hoping for a record crowd for Saturday's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) to watch Sackatoga Stable's Funny Cide bid for the Triple Crown, they have already set a record...for press credentials.
A dispute over video lottery terminal revenue splits has been resolved by the New York Racing Association and the group that represents horsemen at NYRA-operated racetracks.
Jockey Richard Migliore will be honored at Belmont Park Monday as this year's winner of the Mike Venezia Award.
The head of the horsemen's group at New York Racing Association tracks said he is in no rush to share additional video lottery terminal revenue with NYRA.
The New York Racing Association has backed away from its plan to have a mandatory stakes barn for the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), but it will instead take pre-race samples from all horses in the third leg of the Triple Crown.
The New York Racing Association has requested and received approval from the New York State Racing and Wagering Board to conduct pre-race sampling of all horses participating in the Belmont Stakes on June 7.
Ogden Mills Phipps' Storm Flag Flying, the 2-year-old champion filly of 2002, worked three furlongs in :35 3/5 over Belmont Park's main track Wednesday morning and is gearing up for the $250,000 Acorn (gr. I) on June 6th.
Jockey Patricia Cooksey, the all-time leading female rider at Churchill Downs, has been named as a finalist for the New York Racing Association's (NYRA) 2003 Mike Venezia Award, which goes to riders who "exemplify extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship."
A hard winter contributed to a significant decline in Aqueduct's on-track handle and attendance at the recently-concluded 83-day winter-spring meeting, while total handle dipped slightly, the New York Racing Association reported.
The New York Racing Association cannot proceed with its video lottery terminal program unless it strikes a deal with its horsemen to reduce the revenue-sharing for purses in the later years of the program, NYRA chairman Barry Schwartz said.
St. John's University head basketball coach Mike Jarvis has been elected to the Board of Trustees of The New York Racing Association.
All New York bred stakes races upcoming at Belmont Park and Saratoga currently carrying a purse of $75,000 added will be boosted to $100,000 added.
In the wake of the New York Racing Association's announcement it would require starters in the June 7 Belmont Stakes to be in a "stakes barn" about 24 hours before the race, officials at two major dual-breed racetracks said detention, or retention, has achieved its goals but continues to be assessed on a regular basis.
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