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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Sunday, July 05 2009


SARATOGA FASIG-TIPTON JOCKEY-TRAINER CONTEST SET FOR AUG. 8-9


There will be more at stake than usual at Saratoga Race Course the weekend of Aug. 8-9, with the nation’s top jockeys and trainers competing in the first Fasig-Tipton Jockey-Trainer Contest.

All 21 races over the inaugural Fasig-Tipton Festival of Racing weekend will be included in the contest, with trainers and jockeys compiling points on a 5-3-1 system for win, place, and show, with double points for horses that passed through the Fasig-Tipton sales ring.





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Thursday, July 02 2009


FREE SEMINAR TO KICK OFF FASIG-TIPTON FESTIVAL OF RACING


On Saturday morning, Aug. 8, Fasig-Tipton and co-sponsors The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), ThoroFan, and New York Thoroughbred Breeders (NYTB) will host a free education program “From the Horse Farm to the Finish Line: A Seminar on the Thoroughbred Industry” in the sales pavilion on East Avenue.

Beginning at 10 a.m., industry experts will participate in a panel discussion about their roles in getting a young thoroughbred from the farm to the sales ring and onto the racetrack, following which fans can watch a demonstration of a consignor showing a yearling to a prospective buyer. As of this writing, confirmed panelists include Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, Case Clay of Three Chimneys Farm and consignor Meg Levy, with a prominent thoroughbred owner scheduled to participate as well.





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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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Tuesday, June 16 2009


A MOOSE ON THE LOOSE IS BROUGHT TO SAFETY AT SARATOGA RACE COURSE


Photo courtesy of NYRA Photo: NYRA

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y., June 15, 2009 -- Saratoga Race Course employees arrived at work Monday morning to find a cow moose wandering on the sidewalk outside track property, New York Racing Association officials said. After NYRA security worked in support of the Saratoga Springs police department to bring the moose to safety inside the gates to Saratoga Race Course, Environmental Conservation officials tranquilized the moose with the intention of delivering it unharmed back to its natural environment.





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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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Thursday, May 07 2009


SPA OPEN HOUSE ON SATURDAY


It takes a lot of work to put on the greatest Thoroughbred racing meet in the world, and Saratoga Race Course is eager to get help established for its 2009, 36-day meet that runs from Wednesday, July 29-Labor Day, Monday, September 7.

To meet its demand for help at Saratoga, the New York Racing Association will conduct Open House interviews for different positions. These include turf work, general labor, greenhouse work/planting, betting clerks, security, ushers, parking attendants and admission cashiers,





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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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