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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Thursday, July 23 2009


SARATOGA RACE COURSE “GOES GREEN” WITH MID-SUMMER ST. PATRICK’S CELEBRATION


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Saratoga Race Course is hoping to bring horseracing fans a little extra luck when the New York Racing Association presents its first ever Mid-Summer St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Wednesday, August 5.

Internationally renowned for its “Mid-Summer Derby,” also known as the Shadwell Travers Stakes, Saratoga will hope to launch a new mid-summer tradition by invoking the luck o’ the Irish.





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NYRA TO LIVE STREAM “TALKING HORSES, PRESENTED BY DRF” AT NYRA.COM


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The popular daily handicapping show “Talking Horses, Presented by Daily Racing Form” will now be available for live viewing online at http://www.nyra.com and http://www.drf.com/Saratoga beginning on opening day at Saratoga Race Course, Wednesday, July 29.

Formerly held at Siro’s restaurant and hosted by Harvey Pack, who retired earlier this year, “Talking Horses, Presented by Daily Racing Form” has been expanded and reformatted for 2009. Now 45 minutes long with three hosts, the show will be conducted in a live audience format and broadcast live from the Carousel Restaurant facing the grandstand backyard from 11:45 -12:30 p.m. on every racing day through closing day, Monday, Sept. 7.





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OPENING WEEK, HATS OFF TO SARATOGA


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – From a hat contest to a cap giveaway to a “Party at the Park” that spills into downtown, opening weekend of the 141st season at Saratoga Race Course is destined to be a slam dunk, replete with a dunk tank featuring several of Saratoga’s more notable jockeys, trainers and executives.

Opening day – an unofficial holiday in the Capital Region – arrives on Wednesday, July 29 to launch a six-week, 36-day celebration that is unmatched in the world of thoroughbred racing. The opening day feature, the Grade 3 Schuylerville for juvenile fillies, is a staple of Saratoga’s renowned stakes series for two-year-olds.





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SARATOGA SIMULCAST AT BELMONT PARK


ELMONT, N.Y. – While The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) moves its base of operations from Belmont Park to Saratoga Race Course beginning July 29, fans and horse players can catch all the upstate action right here on Long Island through Labor Day.

For all race days during the duration of the Saratoga meet (Wednesday – Monday, July 29 – Sept. 7, 2009) the first and second floor of the Belmont Park Clubhouse, including the Belmont Café and the backyard, will be open for simulcast wagering. On Saturdays and Sundays only, the North Shore Terrace on the fourth floor of the Belmont Clubhouse will also be open. For credentialed NYRA Rewards members and guests only, the Players Club rooms located in the Paddock Dining Area on the second floor will be open, though guest maximums may apply on certain dates.





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NYRA OFFERS $500,000 LATE PICK FOUR SATURDAYS AT SARATOGA


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has announced that it will offer a $500,000 Guaranteed Late Pick 4 Saturdays at Saratoga Race Course during the 2009 meet. The meet begins on Wednesday, July 29, with the first Guaranteed Late Pick 4 offered on Saturday, August 1.

Although NYRA offers daily Pick 4’s on races 2-5 and the final four races of the day, the $500,000 guarantee applies only to the Late Pick 4 on Saturdays. The Late Pick 4 is a $1 minimum wager in which the bettor must correctly pick the winners of the last four races on the card, usually beginning with race 8 on Saratoga Saturdays. By guaranteeing the wager for $500,000, NYRA will supplement the difference if the total wagering pool for the Saturday Late Pick 4 is less than $500,000.





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Wednesday, July 22 2009


The 18th Annual Hat Contest “Crowns” Opening Weekend Festivities at Saratoga Race Course


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The fashionable festivities surrounding opening weekend at Saratoga Race Course will be filled to the brim with excitement as the Spa caps its first week of the 141st summer meet with the 18th annual Hat Contest on Sunday, August 2.

Supplemented by the Saratoga premium cap giveaway, the annual Hat Contest has become the highlight of the yearly “Hats Off to Saratoga” festival, a three-day event to mark the start of the Saratoga racing season.





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Tuesday, July 21 2009


CAPITAL OTB TELETHEATER TO HOST “JAMMIN FOR JOCKEYS”


Albany, NY / (July 20, 2009) – Capital District Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation President/CEO John Signor today announced that on Friday, July 24, 2009 the corporation will host a horseracing themed party to kick off the 2009 Saratoga racing season and raise much needed donations for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. The event will be held in the outside patio area of Capital OTB’s Albany Teletheater. Food and drink will be served under a festive tent, there will be great prize giveaways throughout the night, and a popular local band, The Bluz House Rockers, will provide live entertainment. A $5.00 donation will be collected at the door with the proceeds going to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.





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Friday, July 17 2009


NYRA ANNOUNCES 2009 SARATOGA PURSE INCENTIVES


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Saratoga Race Course purses will increase significantly based on the number of horses starting in each race, according to the new 2009 purse incentive program announced today by The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) for the six-week meet running from Wednesday, July 29 through Monday, September 7.

Any dirt race that leaves the paddock with more than eight betting interests will receive the following purse increases:





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Monday, July 13 2009


“RACHEL” TURNS IN BULLET WORK AT SARATOGA RACE COURSE


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Preakness and multiple Grade 1 stakes winner Rachel Alexandra was back on the Oklahoma Training Track at Saratoga Race Course Monday morning for a more serious workout.

Trainer Steve Asmussen and assistant Scott Blasi watched as the three-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro breezed five furlongs in 1:01.38, the fastest work of twelve at the distance. She took the first three fractions in :12 3/5, :25 and :37 1/5 before galloping out six furlongs in 1:14 4/5. This was the first time that Asmussen has been at his Saratoga stable since Rachel Alexandra arrived there on June 28.





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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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