Thursday, July 22 2010


VINEYARD HAVEN RETURNS IN JAMES MARVIN


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Vineyard Haven, unraced since finishing a close third in Grade 1 Hill ‘n’ Dale Cigar Mile Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack in November, will make his 2010 debut this Friday, Opening Day at Saratoga Race Course, in the $75,000 James Marvin, which attracted six graded stakes winners among 10 total entrants.

After closing his juvenile season with victories in the Grade 1 Three Chimneys Hopeful and Grade 1 Champagne at Belmont, Vineyard Haven was acquired by Godolphin Stable and shipped to Dubai where he finished fourth in the 2009 Group 3 UAE 2000 Guineas. Sent back to North America, the gray was first under the finish line in the Grade 1 King’s Bishop at Saratoga but was placed second for interference. He made one more start prior to the Hill ‘n’ Dale Cigar Mile, closing furiously along the rail to win the Grade 1 De Francis Dash at Laurel.





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MINE THAT BIRD WORKS FOR WHITNEY


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Mine That Bird, winner of the 2009 Kentucky Derby, worked a mile Wednesday morning at Saratoga Race Course in preparation for his next start, the Grade 1 Whitney on Saturday, August 7.

With Calvin Borel aboard, the 4-year-old gelded son of Birdstone covered the mile in 1:40.14 over the Oklahoma Training Track.





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Wednesday, July 21 2010


SCHUYLERVILLE KICKS OFF STAKES ACTION IN SPA OPENER


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The gates open at Saratoga Race Course for the 142nd time on Friday, and in keeping with tradition, 2-year-old fillies take center stage in the Grade 3, $100,000 Schuylerville, the first of 52 stakes scheduled for the meet.

Trainer Todd Pletcher, a six-time winner of the Saratoga training title, looks to get things off to a flying start as he sends out Repole Stable’s Stopspendingmaria in the six-furlong Schuylerville, which drew a field of seven for its 92nd running.





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Wednesday, July 14 2010


NYRA EXPANDS IN-HOUSE DRUG TESTING PROGRAM, CLOSES SECURITY BARN


ELMONT, N.Y. -- The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced plans today to expand and enhance its in-house drug testing program to detect illegal performance-enhancing substances in thoroughbred race horses utilizing state-of-the-art science, technology, and procedural processes. As a result, NYRA’s backstretch security barn, initiated in May 2005, will become obsolete and will cease operations as of opening day at Saratoga Race Course, Friday, July 23.

The expanded program includes random out-of-competition testing designed to effectively deter the use of blood doping agents such as Erythropoietin (EPO), bronchial dilators, and other emerging threats. Out-of-competition testing will focus primarily on claimed horses, horses shipping in and out of NYRA tracks, horses running in stakes races, and other random occurrences.





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Tuesday, July 13 2010


Gates Swing Open Early at Saratoga Race Course for the 30th Annual Open House


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The familiar gates of Saratoga Race Course will open five days early as the Spa prepares to host its annual pre-season preview party, the 30th annual Open House. A Saratoga tradition held prior to the start of racing season at North America’s most historic thoroughbred racetrack, Open House returns to offer a full day of attractions, games and activities on Sunday, July 18.

Presented by the New York Racing Association (NYRA), the 30th annual Open House at Saratoga Race Course will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature carnival games, lively music, giant inflatables, circus shows, handicapping seminars and an array of food and beverages - all to benefit local charities. Admission and parking are free.





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Thursday, June 24 2010


MSG PLUS CONTINUES LIVE RACING FROM THE SPA; “SATURDAYS AT SARATOGA,”


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - MSG Plus, in partnership with The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), presents “Saturdays at Saratoga” on six Saturdays in July, August, and September. Beginning Saturday, July 31 at 5 p.m. EDT, MSG Plus will telecast live from historic Saratoga Race Course for ten championship caliber races. Jason Blewitt, Eric Donovan and Andy Serling will provide commentary for the telecasts.

MSG Plus' “Saturdays at Saratoga” telecasts will include live coverage of ten graded stakes races, including the Travers, Jim Dandy, Whitney, Betfair TVG Alabama and Woodward, races won by the likes of War Admiral, Kelso, Dr. Fager, Easy Goer, 2007 and 2008 Horse of the Year Curlin, and 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra. Below is the schedule for “Saturdays at Saratoga” live on MSG Plus:





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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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