Ralph Evans and WinStar Farm's Upstart is on point for the $1.25 million Whitney Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 6 at Saratoga Race Course, but trainer Rick Violette Jr. is well aware of the competition.
The $150,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. III) kicks off the annual battle for 2-year-old superiority July 23 at Saratoga Race Course.
Legislation was given final approval June 16 in New York to give new flexibility to a workers' compensation insurance fund for jockeys that has seen skyrocketing premium hikes in recent years.
State provides some money to offset insurance cost for owners and trainers, but horsemen say the measure is only a stop-gap.
Reaction from horse industry on death of Ogden Mills "Dinny" Phipps.
The president of the New York THA said it's disappointing that revenue from the planned 1,000 new VLTs at Aqueduct won't produce revenue for purses and the New York Racing Association.
Battling wide in the lane, Upstart completed a long drive to edge away from Domain's Rap and others for a one-length win in the $350,000 Razorback Handicap (gr. III) March 19 at Oaklawn Park.
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).
Expectations are high for his 4-year-old campaign.
The New York Racing Association board of directors March 10 voted to support federal legislation that would grant USADA authority over equine medication and testing.
Jim Gallagher, who was named New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association executive director in 2007, has announced his retirement.
The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association Sept. 1 said it will commit $450,000 to acquire state-of-the-art equipment for the New York Equine Drug Testing and Research Program at Morrisville State College.
Recent Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) winner Texas Red turned in his penultimate breeze Saturday, Aug. 15, ahead of his planned bid in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 29 at Saratoga Race Course.
A co-sponsor of federal legislation that would authorize oversight of equine medication and drug-testing said Congress could schedule a committee hearing on the bill this fall. Meanwhile, the debate on the bill continues.
Grade I winner Frosted is scheduled to start in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) on Saturday, Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course, his first race since June 6 when he finished second in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
West Point Thoroughbreds president Terry Finley confirmed May 28 he is pursuing legal action in regard to the 2014 New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association election, in which he lost a bid for president by 14 votes.
More stories, quips, and insights from this year's Kentucky Derby Trainers' Dinner held April 28 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Louisville.
TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial (gr. I) winner Frosted and Lambholm South Holy Bull (gr. II) winner Upstart were both on the track for the first time at Churchill April 29, joined by multiple graded-stakes winner El Kabeir.
Joanne Nielsen, the breeder of Upstart, has been released from the hospital after an 11-night stay for viral pneumonia, and is hopeful to make it to Louisville for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
WinStar Farm has acquired a minority interest in Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) hopeful Upstart from owner Ralph Evans.
Six days after missing a scheduled move because of a fever, Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) winner Upstart breezed four furlongs in a bullet :47 2/5 on Friday, April 17 at Palm Meadows training center.
The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association March 14 said it has denied a protest of its 2014 election by West Point Thoroughbreds president Terry Finley.
Son of Flatter breezed half mile March 7 in first workout since Fountain of Youth DQ.
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.
Trainers of the top three finishers in the Feb. 21 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds reported their horses exited the 1 1/16-mile event in good order.
NYTHA needs to rerun its fall election read blog
A Thoroughbred owner for nearly 50 years, Ralph Evans has attended just one edition of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I)--the 1979 renewal. Upstart could take him back with a runner and is looking to continue on the path Feb. 21.
No immediate resolution to the protest of a recent New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association election emerged after the New York THA board conducted a hearing on the matter Feb. 10.
Terry Finley has submitted additional information he says documents a failure by New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association staff to publicize its 2014 election to all potential voters.
Going into the Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 24 at Gulfstream Park, I thought favorite Upstart might need a race before delivering his best. read blog
Upstart, a prime contender on the Triple Crown trail, was contentedly grazing across from his stall at trainer Rick Violette Jr.'s barn at Palm Meadows a day after his impressive win in the Lambholm South Holy Bull (gr. II).
New York-bred Upstart proved his class Jan. 24 at Gulfstream Park, tracking pacesetter Bluegrass Singer to the final turn and then drawing away impressively to win the $400,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II).
The New York THA has released documents in conjunction with a review of the challenge of its 2014 election by Terry Finley, who lost the race for president to Rick Violette Jr. by a slim margin
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 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.
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.
New York attorney Karen Murphy says the NYTHA board should not be investigating itself regarding a protest about how a November election was conducted.
The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association board of directors has a four-part plan to address an objection of its November election results by presidential candidate Terry Finley.
The NYTHA election has raised a number of concerns. read blog
An attorney for Terry Finley said "all legal options" are on the table in his client's quest to seek a new election for president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association.
West Point Thoroughbreds president Terry Finley said Dec. 10 he has officially contested the recent New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association in which he ran for president and lost by 14 votes.
In perhaps the most contentious election in the history of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, trainer Rick Violette Jr. was re-elected president despite a strong bid by owner Terry Finley.
Those who took the New York Assembly Racing Committee up on an offer to speak Nov. 18 had little to say about NYRA's future governance. Instead, winter racing at Aqueduct, and health and safety issues, were the focus.
National THA endorsement leads to criticism from its members. read blog
The outcome of this year's New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association could significantly change the priorities of the owners and trainers organization.
Richard A. Violette Sr., the father of trainer and New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association president Rick Violette Jr., died Oct. 17 after a brief illness. He was 85.
West Point founder Terry Finley is running for New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association president against two-term incumbent Rick Violette Jr.
The future structure of the New York Racing Association and the implications for year-round racing in the state were examined Aug. 12, the first day of the Saratoga Institute on Racing & Gaming Law in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Eliminating race-day Salix is gaining momentum. read blog
Every horse that breaks from the starting gate in a race at a New York Racing Association track will generate a $1 donation to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund , it was announced July 24.
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