Friday, January 16, 2009


The New York Racing Association launched a new series today on its YouTube Channel today called `On the Record,’ the purpose of which will be to bring fans even closer to the men and women that contribute to the most storied circuit in Thoroughbred racing.

The series will profile trainers that have made significant contributions to the sport at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course. Initial interviews will feature:

* Billy Turner: Trainer of 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew, the only horse to win the Triple Crown while undefeated.
* Pat Kelly: Son of Hall of Fame trainer Tommy “T.J.” Kelly, he proved himself by conditioning such top horses as Solar Splendor, Sultry Song, Christiecat, Riskaverse and the recently retired 10-year-old Evening Attire, winner of the 2002 Jockey Club Gold Cup.
* Bruce Levine: One of New York’s top trainers, he saddled such cracks as Bustin Stones, Clever Electrician, Coyote Lakes and Koluctoo’s Jill.
* Carlos Martin: Son of the late trainer Jose Martin and grandson of Hall of Fame trainer Frank “Pancho” Martin, he was, at age 22, the youngest trainer to ever saddle a Grade 1 winner in New York when Buy the Firm won the 1991 Top Flight Handicap. Claimed for $32,500 by Martin, she would go on to earn more than $680,000 and was named Florida-bred Champion Female Handicap Horse in 1990 and 1991.

“The `On the Record’ series is NYRA’s contribution to horse racing’s historical depository,” said NYRA’s Director of Marketing Neema Ghazi. “There are countless racing stories that most fans are completely unaware of, and this series will focus on trainers that can tell those stories because they lived them.”

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