Wednesday, May 26 2010


STATEMENT BY NYRA CHAIRMAN C. STEVEN DUNCKER ON $25 MILLION LOAN TO NYRA


ELMONT, N.Y. – The following is a statement from NYRA Chairman C. Steven Duncker on the $25 million loan to NYRA:

The Board of Directors of the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) along with its management and dedicated employees are grateful for the State legislature’s approval last evening of a $25 million loan which guarantees world class thoroughbred racing at Belmont Park, Saratoga Race Course and Aqueduct Racetrack.





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Saturday, January 16 2010


NYRA DONATES $5,000 TO AMERICAN RED CROSS FOR HAITIAN RELIEF EFFORT


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced today that it will contribute $5,000 to the American Red Cross toward the Haitian Relief effort.

“NYRA is proud to support the Haitian Relief effort and offer its assistance during this time of crisis,” NYRA President and CEO Charles Hayward said. “We encourage people to join us in sending donations to help those affected by this catastrophe.”





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Friday, December 11 2009


NYRA ANNOUNCES ANTI-SLAUGHTER POLICY


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has announced an anti-slaughter policy that introduces harsh penalties to offending horsemen while encouraging them to support horse rescue and adoption initiatives.

The newly created policy is as follows:

Any owner or trainer stabled at a New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) track found to have directly or indirectly sold a horse for slaughter will have his or her stalls permanently revoked from all NYRA tracks. NYRA requires its horsemen to conduct due diligence on those buying horses and encourages them to support rescue and adoption efforts and to find humane ways of dealing with horses unable to continue racing.





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Monday, November 23 2009


TALAMO WINS FIVE, INCLUDING MOCCASIN ABOARD BICKERSONS


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 22, 2009) — Jockey Joe Talamo capped a four-win afternoon with a victory aboard eastern horse Bickersons in the $100,000 Moccasin Stakes on Sunday at Hollywood Park.

Talamo, 19, rode a perfect race, briefly relinquishing the lead on the backstretch when Bickersons was challenged by Neeko, and the Canadian-bred had plenty left when challenged by favorite Crisis of Spirit rounding the far turn.





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Tuesday, November 17 2009


NEW YORK HORSEMEN MOURN LOSS OF HALL OF FAMER BOBBY FRANKEL


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – New York horsemen and racetrack executives Monday mourned the passing of Hall of Famer Bobby Frankel, a city kid from Brooklyn who began his career at Aqueduct Racetrack and went on to become one of the most successful thoroughbred trainers in the nation.

Frankel, 68, died early Monday at his home in Pacific Palisades, Calif., after a lengthy battle with lymphoma.





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Thursday, November 12 2009


MINUS POOL ALERT FOR NYRA REWARDS INTERNET WAGERING


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has introduced a minus pool alert to its NYRA Rewards Internet Wagering platform. The alert will only be displayed for races at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course.

The minus pool alert is triggered when the wagering on a NYRA race is such that a potential minus pool situation exists. The alert will appear at the top of the race program page and will read as follows:





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Thursday, October 08 2009


NYRA EXPANDS 2010 SARATOGA MEETING BY FOUR DAYS


ELMONT, N.Y. – On the heels of a successful 2009 race meet at Saratoga Race Course, The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will expand the 2010 season by four days, a revision that will remain in place for the foreseeable future.

Next year’s Saratoga meet will begin on Friday, July 23 and consist of 40 racing days. It will feature a Wednesday through Monday live racing schedule that will go through Labor Day, Monday, September 6. Each day of the meet will include a stake, and pending approval from the NYRA Board of Directors, the Grade 1, Coaching Club America Oaks, traditionally run at Belmont Park, will shift to the first weekend at Saratoga.





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Friday, September 11 2009


18.4 PERCENT INCREASE IN SARATOGA PURSES FROM INCENTIVE PROGRAM


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Purses at Saratoga Race Course climbed 18.4 percent from the incentive program created by The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) to increase field size during the recently-concluded six-week meet. From the 365 races run at the meet, 76 (20.8 percent) qualified for purse hikes totaling $627,490, boosting original purse values of $3,405,000 to $4,032,490.

The program employed several methods to increase purses based on the number of horses starting in a race. Dirt races with more than eight betting interests leaving the paddock received 10 or 15 percent purse hikes, based on the conditions of the race. Races taken off the turf with eight or more betting interests leaving the paddock were boosted 20 percent. And, “per horse” increases were provided for dirt races at nine furlongs and longer (for each betting interest above six), and turf races longer than nine furlongs (for each betting interest above eight), with incremental values based on the class of the race.





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Monday, September 07 2009


DUBLIN GIVES LUKAS HIS FIFTH THREE CHIMNEYS HOPEFUL


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas believed from the start the $525,000 he paid last year for the chestnut colt Dublin at the Keeneland yearling sale was money well spent. On Monday, the enormous son of Preakness and Belmont Stakes winner Afleet Alex backed up his optimism, powering through the stretch to win the 105th running of the Grade 1, $300,000 Three Chimneys Hopeful on closing day at Saratoga Race Course.

After stumbling at the start of the race, Dublin quickly recovered and raced mid-pack before gathering momentum on the turn and taking off in the stretch. Under a stern drive the final eighth of a mile by jockey Jamie Theriot, Dublin drifted out near the finish while defeating late-running Aspire by two lengths. Aikenite, a 20-1 shot, finished third in the 12-horse field.





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SARATOGA ATTENDANCE AND HANDLE RECAP


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – A sensational six weeks of thoroughbred racing at Saratoga Race Course came to a close today with final handle and attendance figures surpassing projections prior to the meet and decisively outpacing nationwide wagering statistics.

Attendance was down 2.1 percent, on-track handle down 2.2 percent, and all-sources handle down 1.7 percent from 2008 totals, according to the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA).





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MUSHKA RESOLUTE IN GLENS FALLS


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Brushwood Stable’s Mushka took the lead from front-running Zaskar on the far turn and galloped home a 1¼-length winner in the 14th running of the Grade 3, $110,500 Glens Falls Stakes on closing day at Saratoga Race Course.

The 4-year-old daughter of Empire Maker, ridden by Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux, let Zaskar open up by as many as nine lengths in the 1 3/8th mile marathon on the turf, and then began cutting into her lead with a half-mile to go. Taking over as the field of 10 fillies and mares straightened for home, Mushka had plenty left to turn back the late challenges from Lemonette and Queen of Hearts, completing the 11-furlong race in 2:13.50 over the firm turf course.





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Thursday, September 03 2009


‘HOT’ HOT DIXIE CHICK STARS IN SPINAWAY


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – She began the meet with an eye-popping score in the Schuylerville Stakes and on Sunday at Saratoga Race Course, Hot Dixie Chick looks to wrap up her meet the same way when she faces a field of eight other 2-year-olds in the 118th running of the Grade 1, $300,000 Spinaway at seven furlongs.

Owned by Barbara Banke’s Grace Stables, Hot Dixie Chick ran off to an authoritative 6¼-length victory in the Grade 3 Schuylerville, covering the six furlongs in 1:10.18 under Robby Albarado. The victory was her second straight impressive score – in June, she set a track record for five furlongs at Churchill Downs in her second start, pulling clear for a 5¾ length win in 56.48.





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