Keyword: NYRA

  • NYRA Tightens Access to Barn Area, Paddock

    The New York Racing Association, which operates Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga, has revised its policy regarding access to the barn and paddock areas.

  • Non-Carryover Pick Six Takeout Drops; OTB Balks

    As some lawmakers and off-track betting corporations push for an increase in pari-mutuel takeout, New York regulators March 30 agreed to lower the takeout on certain pick six wagers at New York Racing Association tracks.

  • Takeout Rates Again Fuel Conflict in New York

    Pari-mutuel takeout wars have begun in New York, where a state senator has introduced legislation to increase the amount the New York Racing Association keeps on wagers. Though the measure's sponsor said the takeout hike is needed to help stop NYRA's financial bleeding, NYRA chairman Barry Schwartz insists the legislation would turn off bettors and decrease purses.

  • Horsemen's Bill Introduced in New York Senate

    Two weeks after floating its legislative proposal around the state Capitol, the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association has found a legislator to introduce a measure that would force the New York Racing Association to reimburse millions of dollars it borrowed from the horsemen's purse account.

  • Aqueduct To Close Friday

    In anticipation of bad weather expected to hit New York on Friday, Aqueduct has already made the decision to close the track for live racing and simulcasting.

  • Plan Requires NYRA to Repay Purse Fund

    The New York Racing Association would be legally required to reimburse horsemen in the state for the millions it borrowed from their purse fund to pay for its operations, according to a proposal being quietly shopping around to state legislators.

  • Law Firm Tabbed to Monitor Operations at NYRA

    A Manhattan law firm with broad investigative experience has been named by a federal judge to oversee the finances and operations of the New York Racing Association to ensure it is in compliance with an oversight process ordered last year by the U.S. Attorney's office.

  • Former NYRA Executive Could End Up at NTRA

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association might be poised to hire former New York Racing Association president Terry Meyocks, industry sources said. It isn't known in what capacity Meyocks would serve if he's hired.

  • Two Juvenile Stakes Dropped from Saratoga Schedule

    Two historic stakes for 2-year-olds, the Saratoga Special (gr. II) and the Adirondack (gr. II), both run for the first time in 1901, have been dropped from the schedule for the 2004 season at Saratoga Race Course.

  • NYRA chairman Barry Schwartz.

    Schwartz: Franchise Extension Needed for VLTs

    New York state has no choice but to give the New York Racing Association an extension of its franchise if it wants to get video lottery terminals operating at Aqueduct, NYRA chairman Barry Schwartz said.

  • Stewards Clear, But Warn, Dutrow Over Scratches

    Aqueduct's leading trainer Richard Dutrow, Jr. was warned and cleared during a Friday meeting with stewards to discuss the circumstances that caused him to scratch all four of his runners off last Sunday's program.

  • Cupid Season Comes Early for Trainer Iwinski

    Valentine's Day is still two weeks away, but trainer Allen Iwinski is busting out the bow and arrow early when he saddles Cupid Season in Saturday's $75,0000 Correction Handicap at Aqueduct, the feature of the day's 10-race card.

  • NYRA Claims $3.5 Million Undercutting by OTB

    The New York Racing Association is filing paperwork stating its intent to sue the New York City Off Track Betting Corporation for undercutting simulcasting fees, the latest in a long line of tussles between the two influential industry groups.

  • New York Record Pick Six Payout at Aqueduct

    The biggest pick six in NYRA history ended with the first two tickets worth in excess of $1 million in the history of New York racing. Six consecutive double-digit winners conspired to eliminate all but those two tickets, each of which worth $1,120,287.

  • Weather Forces Aqueduct, Other Tracks to Cancel

    The cold winter temperatures that have hit the Northeast have forced Aqueduct to cancel racing for Friday. The track will be open Saturday with a $761,021 Pick Six carryover.

  • NYRA Drops Pre-Paid Admission Policy for Saratoga Seats

    In a change to recently announced policy regarding reserved seats for the 2004 Saratoga season, the New York Racing Association is not requiring patrons to prepay their admission along with the reserved seat. However, the increase in prices for reserved seats remains in effect.

  • NYRA Drops Pre-Paid Admission Policy for Saratoga Seats

    In a change to recently announced policy regarding reserved seats for the 2004 Saratoga season, the New York Racing Association is not requiring patrons to prepay their admission along with the reserved seat. However, the increase in prices for reserved seats remains in effect.

  • Strapped NYRA Raises Saratoga Ticket Prices

    Two weeks after agreeing to pay a $3 million settlement with the federal government, the New York Racing Association has raised the price for some reserved seats at Saratoga Race Course in 2004 by 25%.

  • Two Turns are Better for Caught in the Rain

    When Heiligbrodt Stable's Caught in the Rain ran fourth in the Top Flight Handicap (gr. II) last month, she was facing tougher horses and running around one turn. On Saturday, she will face a softer cast and two turns on Aqueduct's inner dirt track in the 134th running of the $100,000 Ladies Handicap (gr. III) going 1 1/4 miles.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Year Book

    <i>By Ray Paulick </i> -- Let's hope other track operators have learned something from the NYRA investigation. Meanwhile, a review of other top events of '03 shows optimism for the New Year within racing, breeding, and auction sectors of the industry.

  • NYRA chairman Barry Schwartz, says organization can renew plans for VLTs.

    NYRA Fined $3 Million; Two Officials, Four Tellers Indicted

    The New York Racing Association, under investigation for more than three years, was indicted Thursday on fraud and conspiracy charges. Besides the indictment of NYRA, the U.S. Attorney's office in Brooklyn also unsealed indictments against two former directors of the parimutuel department as well as four former tellers on conspiracy and tax fraud charges.

  • Cooperation, Not Politics, Led to Deal With Prosecutors

    The New York Racing Association's political muscle had nothing to do with the deal in which prosecutors agreed to indict NYRA, but not prosecute it if it agrees to certain reforms and pays a $3 million fine, NYRA chairman Barry Schwartz said Thursday.

  • NYRA Renames Turf Classic to Honor Retiring Hirsch

    The name of the $750,000, 1 1/2 mile Turf Classic, to be run at Belmont Park on Oct. 2, 2004, has been changed to the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational, it was announced Thursday by Barry K. Schwartz, chairman and CEO of the New York Racing Association.

  • NYRA Indicted; Avoids Trial and Retains Right to Operate Tracks

    The New York Racing Association, under investigation for more than three years, was indicted Thursday on fraud and conspiracy charges. Despite that, NYRA will be able to retain its franchise to run three premier Thoroughbred tracks in New York under a "deferred prosecution'' deal in which it will escape a trial in return for reforming its operations, according to the deal agreed to by federal prosecutors and the NYRA board of trustees.

  • New York State Senator Joseph Bruno, said NYRA&#39;s franchise safe.

    Reports: NYRA Indictment Imminent; Franchise Safe

    New York media outlets have reported an indictment of the New York Racing Association on conspiracy, tax evasion, and fraud charges is expected, possibly as soon as Dec. 5. In an unusual deal, NYRA would be allowed to keep its franchise to operate Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga, according to the reports.

  • New York Legislation Would Tighten Licensing Standards

    <br>With scandals at the New York Racing Association having left a string of criminal convictions over the past couple years, the chairman of the Senate racing committee has proposed legislation to tighten state law to ensure convicted felons cannot obtain racing licenses in New York.

  • NYRA Creates Purse Account for Back Payments

    After years of dipping into purse accounts to meet expenses, the New York Racing Association has, under pressure from horsemen, opened a new account that will be solely for maintaining purse winnings.

  • Officials, Others Ponder Future if NYRA is Indicted

    As the racing industry's breath-holding continues as it awaits the ongoing investigation by the U.S. Attorney's office, it is a question state and federal officials, as well as NYRA's boosters and competitors alike, have been increasingly pondering.

  • Belmont Fall Meet Numbers Decline

    Daily average attendance and handle were off across the board at the recently concluded 38-day Belmont fall meet.

  • Aqueduct to Open Amid Flurry of Changes

    Fans at Aqueduct for opening day Wednesday of the Big A's 44-day fall meeting will notice that New York City's track is undergoing changes. But while these changes are being made, the racing will continue, capped by HolidayFest (Nov. 27-30) and the $350,000 Cigar Mile (gr. I) on Nov. 29.

  • Melnyk Named to NYRA Board

    Eugene Melnyk has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the New York Racing Association Inc.

  • New Look, New Layout at the Big A

    Fans making their way to Aqueduct for the Oct. 29 opening day of the fall meeting will see some changes at the racetrack. Construction has changed access and the entrances to some areas, but live racing will continue through Dec. 31.