Keyword: NYRA

  • Finger Lakes Owner Signs On With 'Friends'

    The company that owns Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack and operates video lottery terminals at two upstate New York harness tracks has joined the board of directors of Friends of New York Racing, the advocacy organization that seeks to create a better business model for horse racing in the state.

  • Milkshake Testing Gets Underway in New York

    Testing for the practice known as milkshaking begins in New York today (Feb. 16). The testing, which has come together quickly, has been lauded throughout the backside, but at least one trainer thinks the New York Racing Association should not have made the information public.

  • NYRA 'Milkshake' Tests to Begin Feb. 16

    The New York Racing Association will begin pre-race and post-race testing for "milkshakes" Feb. 16 at Aqueduct. Both forms of testing will be performed in an effort to collect data to determine the best method.

  • 'For-Profit' Franchise Holder Urged for NYRA

    The franchise for the New York Racing Association should be put out to bid and awarded to an entity that will turn the troubled racing group into a for-profit enterprise, the New York state Legislature's top Republican said Tuesday.

  • NTRA Commissioner <br>D.G. Van Clief Jr.

    Stark Reminder

    <i>By D.G. Van Clief Jr.</i> -- The charges outlined in the federal indictments in New York point out the immediate need to improve our wagering systems and the pre- and post-race security of our horses. They are a stark reminder that, as an industry, we must accelerate the pace of the steps we have taken over the last few years to upgrade these areas.

  • NYRA, NYTHA to Fund R&D for Improved Testing

    The New York Racing Association, in conjunction with the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, will fund additional research and development into improved equine testing for performance enhancing substances.

  • NYRA Suspends Two Officials in Weight Probe

    The New York Racing Association said Jan. 12 it has suspended clerk of scales Mario Sclafani and assistant clerk of scales Braulio Baeza with pay until further notice pending developments in an ongoing investigation into the weighing of jockeys.

  • Eric Donovan Debuts as NYRA Linemaker

    Wednesday's Aqueduct card marked the debut of Eric Donovan as the full-time oddsmaker for all three New York Racing Association tracks. Donovan, who frequently substituted in recent years, took over for Don LaPlace, who set the morning line since early 2000.

  • Karches Says NYRA Cooperating With Probe

    Peter Karches, co-chairman of the board at the New York Racing Association, pleaded for compassion for the embattled track operator Saturday, three days after state and federal investigators barged into all three racetracks in a mysteriously conducted raid.

  • Robert Flynn Named to NYRA Board

    Robert F. Flynn has been named to the Board of Trustees of the New York Racing Association. The appointment is subject to the approval of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board.

  • Group's Goal: A Better Model for New York

    The future shape of New York's Thoroughbred industry will be the focus of a new group of the nation's leading racing industry insiders, whose chief mission will be to propose a new business model for racing in the state.

  • Hopeful, Spinaway Moving Again in 2005

    For the second year in a row, the New York Racing Association is moving a major 2-year-old stakes at Saratoga. The changes were part of the completed 2005 stakes schedule announced Dec. 9.

  • New York Gov. George Pataki, favors five Vegas-style casinos.

    VLT Legislation Introduced in New York

    Legislation has been introduced in New York to sweeten the pot for racetracks operating video lottery terminals, and to encourage the New York Racing Association's VLT partner to begin construction of a new casino at Aqueduct.

  • Hayward Officially Named CEO of NYRA

    The New York Racing Association has named Charles Hayward, a former president of <i>Daily Racing Form</i>, as its new president and chief executive officer. Hayward replaces Terry Meyocks, who resigned following several years of legal and financial turmoil at NYRA.

  • Racing Needs Independent Agency

    <i>By Barry Irwin</i> -- Racing is at a crossroads on many fronts these days. The New York Racing Association has its back up against the wall. The National Thoroughbred Racing Association is in a leadership transition. The Thoroughbred Championship Tour is trying to get off the ground. Purses face erosion from off-shore betting schemes. But the single greatest problem facing the game--how to restore integrity to the race itself--is not receiving the attention it so desperately requires.

  • Mid-Atlantic Tracks, NYRA Strike Signal Deal

    The MidAtlantic Cooperative and the New York Racing Association have struck an agreement that will allow cooperative members and their wagering facilities to import the Aqueduct signal effective Oct. 27.

  • Wood Memorial Moved to Four Weeks Before Derby

    The prep lineup for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) is continuing to change. The Florida Derby (gr. I) had previously been announced as moving to five weeks before the Derby. Now, the Wood Memorial (gr. I) is being moved from three weeks to four weeks out.

  • Former DRF Executive Could Land Top NYRA Job

    The New York Racing Association is close to naming a new president, and sources say Charles Hayward, the former chief executive officer of the <i>Daily Racing Form</i>, is in line to take over at a crucial time in the racing entity's history.

  • NYRA chairman and CEO Barry Schwartz to resign at year&#39;s end.

    Schwartz to Resign as CEO of NYRA at Year's End

    Barry Schwartz, chairman and chief executive officer of the New York Racing Association, said he would resign effective Dec. 31 and "hand the reigns to someone new who can focus vigorous energy" on setting the future course of the association.

  • NYRA chairman Barry Schwartz on the previous Triplce Crown contract: &quot;It&#39;s not an equitable split.&quot;

    It's Official: Belmont Stakes Headed to ABC

    The 18-year-old television deal between the partners in Triple Crown Productions has been dissolved. Just days after New York Racing Association chairman Barry Schwartz said the NYRA would move in another direction, it was announced Oct. 4 the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), third leg of the Triple Crown, would be broadcast via ABC Sports beginning in 2006.

  • Conflict Between NYRA, Track Cooperative Heats Up

    With the New York Racing Association's handle down since its signal was pulled by the MidAtlantic Cooperative in mid- September, NYRA chairman Barry Schwartz said the dispute can be resolved only if the racetracks in the group "come to their senses."

  • Partners in Triple Crown Productions at Odds

    A rift has developed among the partners in Triple Crown Productions, which holds the television rights to the three grade I Visa Triple Crown events: the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course, and the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park.

  • NYRA Signal Pulled; Account Wagering Cited

    The MidAtlantic Cooperative, which represents 19 racetracks and their off-track betting facilities and account wagering systems, will pull the plug on simulcasts from Belmont Park effective Sept. 15 having failed to strike a deal with the New York Racing Association.

  • Former NTRA commissioner Tim Smith will not assume position with NYRA.

    Tim Smith Decides Against NYRA Post

    Tim Smith, former National Thoroughbred Racing Association commissioner, announced Sept. 4 that he will not become president and chief executive officer of the troubled New York Racing Association.

  • TVG Pact Aids New York Horsemen's Fund

    The New York Racing Association and Television Games Network have reached a $13.5 million deal giving the network exclusive simulcasting rights outside of New York, according to a published report.

  • Horsemen's Account Funded, NYRA Reports

    The New York Racing Association announced Sept. 3 that it has fully funded the account maintained for the benefit of its horsemen, who are represented by the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (NYTHA), using the proceeds from recently completed business transactions.

  • Storm Delivers Blow to Travers Day Handle

    A fast-approaching thunderstorm Saturday evening near Saratoga Springs that caused the Travers (gr. I) starting time to be moved up five minutes cost the New York Racing Association $5 million in total wagering, an official estimated.