Keyword: NYRA

  • Jose Ortiz celebrating his 1000th win

    Ortiz Lands 1,000th Win in John Morrissey

    New York-based jockey Jose Ortiz secured the 1,000th victory of his career when he guided Moonlight Song to a three-quarter-length victory in the $100,000 John Morrissey Stakes July 28 at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Kay Discusses Saratoga Meet, 'Clean Audits'

    New York Racing Association president and chief executive officer Chris Kay July 21 lauded his organization's accomplishments over the last year and provided a preview of improvements customers can expect to see this summer at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Chad Brown

    Jose Ortiz, Chad Brown Win Titles at Belmont

    Belmont Park's spring/summer meet wrapped up July 17, with jockey Jose Ortiz winning his third straight individual title on the New York Racing Association circuit and trainer Chad Brown earning his first at the 54-day meet.

  • Saratoga: New Charms, Old Favorites Await

    Racing fans will be greeted by a series of exciting new attractions, perennial favorite events and world-class thoroughbred racing when they return to the Spa for opening weekend of the 2016 racing season at Saratoga Race Course, July 22-25.

  • Saratoga racing supporters are in a battle with the New York governor

    Cuomo Administration Fires Back at Criticism

    The administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo is hitting back at criticism from the Saratoga Springs community over the recent controversy involving the now-scuttled plan to end a four-year period of state government control of NYRA.

  • Resorts World Casino at Aqueduct

    Major Expansion Planned for Aqueduct Casino

    The operator of the video lottery terminal casino at Aqueduct Racetrack plans a December groundbreaking on an expansion project expected to add more than 750,000-square-feet to the facility, but the plan hasn't been presented to NYRA.

  • Saratoga Race Course, one of three NYRA tracks

    Extension of State Control for NYRA Looms

    Unable to break a negotiating logjam, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers have tentatively agreed to extend the state's control of the New York Racing Association for another year rather than return it to private hands.

  • Andrew Cuomo

    Lawmakers Defy Cuomo, Pass NYRA Legislation

    Defying Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York lawmakers June 15 gave final approval to legislation that would return the New York Racing Association to private control after a four-year period in which the board was dominated by appointees of the governor.

  • New York Assemblyman Gary Pretlow

    Pretlow: NYRA Privatization Talks Stall

    Talks have stalled over returning control of the New York Racing Association to private hands after a four-year period in which appointees of Gov. Andrew Cuomo have dominated the not-for-profit corporation's board of directors.

  • VLT proceeds are part of state audit of NYRA

    Audit: NYRA 'Overstated' Financial Condition

    New York's top fiscal watchdog said the New York Racing Association's portrayal of its financial improvements have been artificially inflated after an audit found the not-for-profit operation has run up deficits of $109 million on the racing side.

  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

    Cuomo Submits NYRA Privatization Plan

    The New York Racing Association would be returned to private hands, though with a leash from state government that has controlled its operations over the past four years, according to legislation proposed June 8 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

  • Saratoga races will get more television exposure this year

    FOX Sports to Air Saratoga Races

    The New York Racing Association (NYRA) and FOX Sports have announced a multiyear agreement to telecast NYRA racing live from Saratoga Race Course beginning this season on the FS2 national sports channel.

  • Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson.

    Horseman Hendrickson Resigns as NYRA Adviser

    John Hendrickson, who operates a Saratoga Springs, N.Y.-based stable with his wife Marylou Whitney, resigned in frustration as a special adviser to the state-run New York Racing Association’s board of directors.

  • NYRA to Offer Incentive at Horse Show

    The New York Racing Association will match all prize money won by registered American Thoroughbreds on opening day of the 41st annual Hampton Classic Horse Show as an incentive to promote the presence of the breed in the show ring.

  • The Resorts World Casino at Aqueduct

    New York Racinos Aim to Offer Daily Fantasy

    New York's racetrack-based casinos are under fire from two key legislators for trying to get the industry included in a measure under consideration at the state Capitol to legalize fantasy sports wagering.

  • VLT casino at Aqueduct in New York

    Senate Committee OKs NYRA Legislation

    A measure to end the state's control of the New York Racing Association is advancing in the New York legislature, and a key lawmaker said Gov. Andrew Cuomo has still not revealed his own idea for the future of the racing organization.

  • Saratoga Race Course

    Second Saratoga Group Sounds Off on NYRA Plan

    Another Saratoga Springs-based organization has issued a call for privatization of the New York Racing Association as state lawmakers work on legislation that will shape the future structure of the organization.

  • All-sources handle was up this winter at Aqueduct

    NYRA Board Awaits Action on Legislation

    As it waits for a decision on the future of the New York Racing Association, the organization's board of directors May 25 spent less than five minutes discussing rumors of a proposal that would keep the association under state control.

  • Belmont to Kick Off Meet April 29

    Highlighted by the 148th renewal of the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on Saturday, June 11, Belmont Park will kick off its 54-day spring/summer meet on Friday, April 29.

  • NYRA president and CEO Chris Kay

    NYRA Offers Three Re-Organization Options

    Three-and-a-half years after being put under state control by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the New York Racing Association board of the directors approved a plan April 12 for a return to privatization at a meeting in New York City.

  • Churchill will host Kentucky Derby May 7

    NY OTBs, CDI Resume Rocky Simulcast Talks

    With the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) fast approaching, New York's off-track betting corporations and Churchill Downs Inc. have resumed negotiations to end a bitter dispute over simulcast fees.

  • James Riccio, Jr

    Riccio and Ortiz Enjoy Success Like Family

    It's too soon to know if Jose Ortiz will have a Derby ride this year, but he did pilot the promising Matt King Coal to an allowance win March 6. The son of Cool Coal Man is under consideration for the Wood Memorial (gr. I).

  • NYRA president Christopher Kay

    NYRA Board Preparing Privatization Plan

    The New York Racing Association is preparing to return to private control, board chairman Michael Del Giudice said at a meeting of the association's board of directors March 10 in New York City.

  • George Venizelos, NYRA chief security officer

    Two Prominent NYRA Employees Leaving Posts

    Two prominent employees of the New York Racing Association are leaving their positions in February. Director of communications John Durso Jr. and chief security officer George Venizelos have taken private-sector jobs.

  • N.Y. Legislation Would Halt OTB Casino Plans

    A New York lawmaker, sharply critical of the Nassau Off-Track Betting Corp. bid to try to locate a casino at Belmont Park racetrack, has introduced a measure banning casinos by either of the two Long Island-based OTBs.

  • Robert Barbara

    Barbara Enjoys Good Start to Season

    The trainer is off to a good start this year with three wins in January, including two Jan. 17. One of those came with Majestic Jessica, owned by J and M Racing Stables, for whom Barbara has been training for eight years.