John Oxley's Noble Bird wins the Stephen Foster, a closer look at the clocking crew at the New York Racing Association, American Pharoah is a model of efficiency, and more in the June 20, 2015 issue of Blood-Horse magazine.
All-sources pari-mutuel handle on the 13-race Belmont Stakes (gr. I) program June 6 totaled $134,839,391, down about 10.2% from last year's Belmont day program, which had the same number of races.
The first two days of the inaugural Belmont Stakes Racing Festival showed sharp increases in on-track and all-sources wagering over the same two days in 2014, the New York Racing Association announced June 5.
NBC Sports Group has struck a deal with the New York Racing Association that gives it exclusive broadcast rights to the grade I Belmont Stakes, third leg of the Triple Crown, through 2020.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo supports the decision by Anthony Bonomo to take a leave of absence as chairman of the New York Racing Association.
New NYRA chairman owns company that allegedly gave a lucrative no-show job to the son of a former state Senate majority leader who is fighting federal corruption charges.
A company tied to Anthony Bonomo, the new chairman of the New York Racing Association, is named in an indictment against the former majority leader of the New York Senate.
The head of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association said a move to drop exercise riders from workers compensation insurance coverage from the New York Jockey Injury Compensation Fund will only be temporary.
The New York State Gaming Commission announced a major new transparency initiative at its May 26 meeting. It has begun posting weekly reports from the New York Racing Association tracks, and will expand it to others.
The New York Racing Association May 26 said it has implemented a strategy to expedite access to and egress from Belmont Park for the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival June 5-6.
American Pharoah gallops at Churchill Downs on May 23, 2015. Video Courtesy NYRA
Kentucky-based jockey Jon Court was announced as the 2015 recipient of the Mike Venezia Memorial Award, which will be presented Memorial Day at Belmont Park.
The New York Racing Association announced May 18 that all reserved seats for this year's Belmont Stakes Day, when American Pharoah is expected to attempt a sweep of the Triple Crown, are officially sold out.
Todd Pletcher looks likely to send out three runners in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 6.
Racetrack-based casinos in New York saw overall net win drop 1.4% from 2013 to 2014, a potentially worrisome sign as the state will expand the number of larger, commercial casino developments.
The New York Racing Association has announced its entertainment lineup for the 2015 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival, including headline performances by Goo Goo Dolls and O.A.R.
In an acknowledgement there are accommodation limits at Belmont Park, the New York Racing Association has decided to cap attendance at 90,000 for this year's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) day of racing.
New York Racing Association president Chris Kay provided some good news April 29 when he outlined changes that helped fuel a profitable year at NYRA in 2014.
The New York Racing Association on April 28 outlined enhanced security protocols for fans attending the 2015 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival June 5-6.
Trainer David Jacobson and jockey Angel Cruz landed the respective trainer and jockey titles at the 19-day Aqueduct Racetrack spring meet, which concluded April 26.
Anthony Bonomo Jr. pledged "to work to make New York racing the best it can be," saying that he would bring together owners, trainers, and racing executives "for the good of the sport."
King, who proposed and oversaw the installation of Aqueduct's inner track, began as NYRA track superintendent in 1970. He was involved in the construction of racing surfaces at seven other major tracks.
The New York Racing Association has officially re-launched its NYRA.com website.
The board of the New York Racing Association has tapped Anthony Bonomo as the new NYRA chairman.
New York officials have agreed to keep intact the state's oversight of the New York Racing Association, a control period that was to expire this October.
Total on-track handle at the New York Racing Association's three tracks rose 2% to $374,387,425 in 2014, the second-highest such total over the past six years, NYRA announced March 27.
Efforts to expand video lottery terminal casinos in New York, including one at Belmont Park, have been quashed during state budget negotiations at the state Capitol.
The New York State Gaming Commission and New York Racing Association March 24 said they have established standing security protocols for horses racing in grade 1 races with purses of $1 million or more.
"This action is being undertaken in a prudent and a proactive step to prevent the loss of two days of racing, and to prepare the track for Saturday's inaugural Claiming Championships," read a release.
Video lottery terminals at Aqueduct Racetrack have helped push up prices of New York-bred yearlings and increased the state's foal crop in what economic development officials say has been a far-reaching impact.
Aqueduct Racetrack has canceled racing March 6 due to the impact of winter weather on the racing surface and aggressive efforts to get the track ready for the March 7 program highlighted by the $400,000 Gotham Stakes.
Effective with the entries for March 5, the New York Racing Association said Feb. 24 it will end a controversial rule that mandated 15 days between starts for horses at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Tickets for the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. ET Feb. 23. All reserved seating, premium dining options, and admission to the grounds will be available through Ticketmaster.
In anticipation of extreme winter weather conditions, the New York Racing Association has canceled live racing at Aqueduct Racetrack Sunday, Feb. 15, and Laurel Park has postponed its Sunday card.
In anticipation of frigid temperatures and severe wind chills potentially causing unsafe track conditions for horses and jockeys, the New York Racing Association is canceling live racing at Aqueduct Racetrack Friday, Feb. 13.
The New York Racing Association announced the addition of three live racing dates to the current Aqueduct Racetrack winter meet. Live racing is now scheduled for March 26-28.
Citing winter weather conditions, the New York Racing Association announced that live racing at Aqueduct Racetrack has been canceled Wednesday, Feb. 4.
The New York Racing Association's inaugural Claiming Championship Series will offer 10 stakes worth $710,000 when it debuts at Aqueduct Racetrack March 21.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing an extension of the state's control period over the New York Racing Association for up to an additional year.
A New York Racing Association policy that prohibits a horse from racing within 14 days of its previous start has its detractors and supporters.
NYRA in consultation with the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, announced Jan. 16 additional steps to further enhance safety protocols for Thoroughbred racing already in place at Aqueduct.
The New York Racing Association announced that Sean S. Perl has been named assistant racing secretary for Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course.
The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, which met Jan. 10 in the wake of a spate of catastrophic breakdowns at Aqueduct Racetrack, said racing participants will be asked to be more vigilant.
Aqueduct Racetrack has canceled live racing for Jan. 10 because of weather conditions, the New York Racing Association said.
The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association will meet Jan. 10 with management of the New York Racing Association to discuss an increase in equine fatalities at Aqueduct Racetrack that has occurred during the winter meet.
As a new year begins and live racing continues at Aqueduct Racetrack, a host of capital improvements are under way at Belmont Park in preparation for the upcoming spring meet. Live racing returns to Belmont April 29.
Citing extreme weather conditions, several racetracks have canceled live racing programs for Jan. 7.
Bobby Flay's America went from last to first in a field of eight to win the $100,000 Affectionately Stakes Jan. 1 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Irad Ortiz Jr. topped the year-end riding standings for the first time and David Jacobson secured his third consecutive training title on the New York Racing Association's circuit in 2014.
The New York Racing Association, effective Jan. 28, will mandate a minimum number of official recorded workouts for certain categories of racehorses.
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