Thursday, March 12 2009
Father Francis Ciani, a Roman Catholic priest who was one of the biggest fans of New York racing, died at Our Lady of Mercy Life Center in Guilderland, N.Y. on March 7. He was 95.
A regular on the backstretch and on the front side at Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga, “Father Quinella” was a beloved man who listed God, family and country as his priorities. Racing was a close fourth.
Friday, March 06 2009
NYRA NOW ON SIRIUS RADIO TO DEBUT SATURDAY, MARCH 7
NYRA Now, a half-hour Sirius Radio show dedicated exclusively to Thoroughbred racing at the New York Racing Association’s Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course, will debut Saturday, March 7 from 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. Eastern.
Hosted by Dave Johnson and Bill Finley, NYRA Now will air on Sirius Channel 122 and XM Channel 143 and will be available to 20 million Sirius XM subscribers. It will offer handicapping, interviews with owners, trainers and jockeys and feature segments.
Friday, February 13 2009
NYRA PARTNERS IN SPA FASIG-TIPTON FESTIVAL OF RACING
Fasig-Tipton Company, Inc. and the New York Racing Association, Inc. today announced a partnership to develop the inaugural Fasig-Tipton Festival of Racing at Saratoga Race Course for the second weekend of the season, Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9, 2009.
Saratoga’s 36-day meet opens on Wednesday, July 29 and the Fasig-Tipton Festival of Racing will launch the second weekend and usher in the Fasig-Tipton Select Yearling Sales at Saratoga to be held on Monday, August 10 and Tuesday, August 11, 2009. The Fasig-Tipton Festival of Racing will celebrate the rich history of Fasig-Tipton in Saratoga and the company’s many ties to New York racing.
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Friday, January 30 2009
NYRA NAMES FIVE TO Saratoga Advisory Board
The New York Racing Association, Inc. has filled its five seats on the 15-member Saratoga Race Course Local Advisory Board, a committee established under the terms of NYRA’s renewed 25-year racing franchise. The City of Saratoga Springs and Saratoga County had previously announced their appointees.
Two of the NYRA appointees are well-known local business and civic leaders. Tom Roohan is president of Roohan Realty and active in such civic organizations as The Saratoga County Planning Board, The Downtown Special Assessment District, Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, City of Saratoga Springs Board of Assessment Review and Concerned Citizens for Saratoga Racing. Joseph A. Torani is a Managing Partner of the management and consulting firm of Bollam Sheedy Torani & Co LLP, CPAs. He is a former member of the NYRA Oversight Board and has held leadership positions in a number of industry and charitable organizations.
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Friday, January 23 2009
NYRA OUTPERFORMS THOROUGHBRED INDUSTRY IN 2008
While the nation’s Thoroughbred racing industry as a whole slumped last year because of the economic downturn, the New York Racing Association saw only modest business declines.
The all-sources handle on NYRA races from Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course went from $2,543,796,141 in 2007 to $2,489,276,587 last year, a 2.1 percent decline, while the daily average wagering on NYRA races from all sources fell 3.7 percent, from $10,382,841 to $9,997,095.
Friday, January 16 2009
‘ON THE RECORD’ BRINGS FANS CLOSER TO NYRA’S HISTORY MAKERS
The New York Racing Association launched a new series today on its YouTube Channel today called `On the Record,’ the purpose of which will be to bring fans even closer to the men and women that contribute to the most storied circuit in Thoroughbred racing.
The series will profile trainers that have made significant contributions to the sport at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course. Initial interviews will feature:
Saturday, December 06 2008
NYRA 2009 STAKES SKED FEATURES PURSE BUMP TO 13 GRADE 1 RACES
The New York Racing Association, host to the greatest number of Grade 1 Thoroughbred races in North America, will raise the purses on 13 of them offered at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course in 2009. The hikes are part of the 2009 NYRA Stakes Schedule, which was approved by NYRA’s Board of Directors at its monthly meeting on Wednesday. It now awaits approval from the New York State Racing and Wagering Board.
The total value of the 2009 NYRA Stakes schedule for 177 stakes races is $34,765,000, of which $28,780,000 is for 113 graded stakes races (40 Grade 1 races, 41 Grade 2 races and 32 Grade 3 races). This includes $350,000 for three steeplechase races: the Grade 2, $100,000-added A.P. Smithwick and the Grade 1, $100,000 New York Turf Writers’ Cup at Saratoga, and the Grade 1, $150,000 Lonesome Glory during Belmont Park’s Fall Championship Meet.