Thursday, July 23 2009


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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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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