Thursday, October 29 2009


HARTY ROOTING FOR THE HOME TEAM IN BOLD RULER


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Trainer Eoin Harty, born in Ireland and based in southern California, is rarely seen without his New York Yankees baseball cap. But the fact that Saturday night is Game 3 of the World Series between the Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies is not the real reason he has shipped Past the Point to Aqueduct Racetrack for the 34th running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Bold Ruler.

“It’s the only reason,” dead-panned Harty, who developed his rooting interest in the Yankees through his grandmother, who was a big fan of Joe DiMaggio.





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Friday, October 23 2009


NEW YORK RACING CONTINUES AT AQUEDUCT


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Aqueduct Racetrack, the only racetrack in New York City, opens for the 39-day Fall Meet on Wednesday, October 28. First race post is 12:30 p.m. and gates open at 11:00 a.m. unless otherwise indicated. Aqueduct boasts free admission and free general parking seven days a week. There’s plenty of tremendous graded racing during the meet, with 12 graded stakes on the main dirt track, two on the turf, and one on the inner dirt track.

The highlight of the meet is Saturday, November 28, featuring the Grade 1, $300,000 Hill ‘n’ Dale Cigar Mile, one of the most prestigious mile races in the world. In addition, the day features the Grade 1 Gazelle for 3-year-old fillies and two great juvenile races in the Grade 2 Remsen and Demoiselle.





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Tuesday, August 11 2009


LONGTIME NYRA EMPLOYEE BILL JOHNSON DIES AT 76


Bill Johnson, a lifelong racetracker and longtime employee of The New York Racing Association, Inc., died August 7 of pancreatitis at age 76.

Johnson was widely known and liked throughout the racing industry. He worked as an assistant to track announcer Fred “Cappy” Capossela early in his career in the 1950s and later was director of radio and television for NYRA. He co-hosted the radio show “Breakfast at the Track” with the late Harry Downey on WGY in Schenectady, N.Y., and also worked on various handicapping television shows in the 1980s in the Albany area.





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Tuesday, July 28 2009


NY RACING BOARD AND NYRA ANNOUNCE NEW LIMITS ON OXYGEN TREATMENTS


The New York State Racing and Wagering Board announced a new medication directive today clarifying that horses are banned from being entered into races if they have received hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatment within one week of post time. The new directive, clarifying existing state rules, is endorsed by The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA).

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers are accessed by some trainers to accelerate healing in a horse that has been injured or has an infection.





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Saturday, July 25 2009


NYRA NOTES: Friday, July 24, 2009


Trainer Todd Pletcher has enjoyed a great deal of success at Saratoga Race Course, winning five of the last seven training titles, but as he says, a lot depends on the performance of the barn’s babies.

“Success for us depends on how our two-year-olds run,” he said Friday morning at Belmont Park. “A lot are getting ready, and we should find out a lot more in a couple of weeks. You can only do what you can with what you have.”





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Saturday, July 11 2009


NYRA TESTING PADDED RIDING CROPS


ELMONT, N.Y. – Jockeys at Belmont Park this week began testing padded crops designed to be gentler on horses, with the goal of fully implementing the new equipment by the start of The New York Racing Association, Inc.’s six-week Saratoga meeting on July 29.

Changes to the design of the crop include a new maximum length of 30 inches and maximum weight of eight ounces. The “popper” – the end of the crop that touches the horse – has been lengthened to seven inches and cushioned to absorb shock.





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Thursday, July 09 2009


Industry Groups Announce Pledges to Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation


The New York Racing Association (NYRA) and many members of the Jockeys’ Guild who ride at its three racetracks, along with the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) and The Jockey Club, have jointly pledged more than $100,000 in financial support in 2009 to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF), which provides humane retirement options for Thoroughbreds at the end of their racing careers, it was announced today.

NYRA will contribute $50,000 while NYTHA and The Jockey Club will donate $25,000 each. All 29 of the regular NYRA-based riders have pledged to donate, through a voluntary checkoff program, $1 from each mount.





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Thursday, July 02 2009


RACING AND WAGERING BOARD NOW ALLOWING MORE SUPERFECTAS


The New York State Racing and Wagering Board today enacted new directives that lay the groundwork for more Superfecta wagering opportunities for both Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing fans.

“Superfectas are popular with some racing fans because if you’re lucky enough to hold a winning ticket, the payoff can be a princely sum,” Racing and Wagering Board Chairman John D. Sabini said. “We are looking constantly for ways to help the fans, the tracks and the horsemen. When we rewrite guidelines in a way that have a positive impact on overall handle, everyone comes out a winner.”





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Thursday, June 25 2009


RACHEL ALEXANDRA WEBSITE LAUNCHES AT NYRA.COM


ELMONT, N.Y. – Fans of Rachel Alexandra can connect with the star 3-year-old filly on her own website, “Rachel’s Sandbox” (http://www.nyra.com/rachel), set up by The New York Racing Association, Inc., as she prepares for a summer campaign beginning with Saturday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park.

The multimedia site gives fans an interactive experience and allows them to keep up with the latest news and information on Rachel Alexandra as she makes her first start since her historic victory over the boys in the May 16 Preakness Stakes.





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Friday, June 12 2009


NYRA STATEMENT ON NASSAU OTB LAWSUIT


ELMONT, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) President and CEO Charles Hayward has issued the following statement regarding the Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation (Nassau OTB).

“Nassau OTB, which lost the privilege of showing the NYRA signal in the homes of Nassau County residents because it illegally pirated the NYRA signal over the internet and has continuously failed to fully acknowledge its wrongdoing, tried today to get a state supreme court judge to order NYRA to restore the signal into Nassau County homes. The judge has refused Nassau OTB’s request.





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Saturday, May 09 2009


AFTER 19 YEARS, JAN RUSHTON LEAVES NYRA


ELMONT, N.Y.-- Jan Rushton, the New York Racing Association’s paddock analyst and popular television host, has resigned her position. Rushton has been away since the end of January to tend to her family in South Carolina. Earlier this year, her brother, Doug, was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

“I would like to thank all the fans, horsemen and fellow NYRA workers for all the support through my years in racing but I have to resign my position to be caretaker for my brother, who has a serious illness,” said Rushton, who began working for NYRA in May, 1995. “This has been a hard decision, but I feel that family must come first. I will miss all of you and thank you for all your thoughts and prayers.”





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Monday, May 04 2009


RACING’S BEST REWARDS PROGRAM JUST GOT BETTER


ELMONT, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. has announced a new and upgraded NYRA Rewards rebate schedule with new awards levels and increased rebates. The monthly point categories have been rearranged and the payout percentages have been increased for each type of wager.


“The new NYRA Rewards rebate schedule will result in all of our members receiving higher rebates,” said NYRA Director of Marketing Neema Ghazi. “The new schedule makes it easier for our members to qualify for higher rebates because we have reorganized our monthly point categories. In addition, the percent payouts for every type of wager have been increased.”





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