Aided by an almost 9% increase in average field size and eight more turf races, pari-mutuel handle at the midway point of the 40-day Saratoga Race Course meeting is showing strong gains compared with the same period in 2014.
If you don't have a ticket for the Aug. 29 Travers Stakes card at Saratoga Racecourse, don't even think about going to the track that day: the New York Racing Association said it's sold out.
The New York Racing Association is seeking a bugler to play "Call to the Post" for the remainder of the Saratoga Race Course meet after regular NYRA bugler Sam Grossman took a leave to attend to a personal matter.
Trainer Dale Romans confirmed Aug 13 that William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I) runner-up Keen Ice will breeze Aug. 15 in preparation for a start in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 29.
Business so far at the Saratoga Race Course meet has been very strong, NYRA officials reported Aug. 12, but they also noted that operating revenue for the year is down compared with 2014.
The New York Racing Association announced Aug. 6 that attendance at Saratoga Race Course will be capped at 50,000 for the Aug. 29 blockbuster race card highlighted by the 146th Travers Stakes (gr. I).
The New York Racing Association announced it has entered into a partnership with Priority One Jets that includes sponsorship of the Forego Stakes (gr. I) that will now be run as the Priority One Forego.
For the first 10 days of Saratoga, on-track handle on NYRA races is up 19% and total handle is up 18.3% over 2014 figures. Field size is also up 9.2% over last year.
American Pharoah boarded a van Aug. 3 on the Monmouth Park backstretch for his long journey back to Southern California, where his connections will make a decision on where to point the Triple Crown winner next.
The New York Racing Association will raise the total purse for the Travers Stakes (gr. I) to $1.6 million, contingent upon Triple Crown winner American Pharoah starting Aug. 29 at Saratoga Race Course.
A paid crowd of 34,783 attended opening day of Saratoga Race Course's 2015 summer meet July 24, which featured a total all-sources handle of $17,706,202.
Beginning July 27 at Saratoga Race Course, Erinn Higgins will become the first female steward at the Saratoga Springs track, serving as alternate state steward for the New York State Gaming Commission under Steve Lewandowski.
Two days before the opening of a Saratoga meet that will see a number of changes, a near-capacity crowd at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame had plenty of questions for NYRA president Chris Kay.
Ten scholarships of $1,000 each and free admission for eligible college students highlight the seventh annual College Day at Saratoga Race Course on Wednesday, July 29.
In advance of the 2015 Saratoga Race Course meet, the New York Racing Association announced a number of upgrades to the high definition video page on NYRA.com.
New York Racing Association supports proposals that would decouple entries in stakes races of $50,000 or more, and add superfecta wagering to the betting menu of races with coupled entries.
The board of directors of the New York Racing Association met under the leadership of new board chair Michael Del Giudice for the first time June 24 in New York City.
The New York Racing Association and Cristal Race Track (Jockey Club Rio Grande do Sul) will begin sharing reciprocal simulcast signals later this year.
Customers at Saratoga Race Course this summer will find the signature of its current leadership boldly on the historic track's 147th race meet, which begins July 24.
The 40-day meet at upstate New York track includes 69 stakes worth a record $18.7 million in purses.
The New York Racing Association will unveil a new attraction for the 2015 meet at Saratoga Race Course honoring one of the most renowned announcers in American racing.
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.
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