Behind the NYRA ‘takeout fiasco’: The email trail

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I was having a conversation a few years ago with a horse owner who happened to be one of America’s highest-paid CEOs. He was interested in looking at a document that was the subject of our discussion and I offered to email to him.

“No email,” he told me. “I don’t even have an email address. That’s how they always nail people. Their emails. Those things never go away.”

That conversation came to mind yesterday when I read reports on the failure by the New York Racing Association to comply with state law in 2010, when NYRA opted not to reduce takeout by 1% on certain exotic wagers.

According to the interim report by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, internal emails at NYRA showed that some of its executives were well aware a law with a maximum takeout rate of 26% was about to sunset or expire, and that those 26% wagers would have to be recalculated at a 25% (or lower) charge beginning Sept. 15, 2010. Two weeks after the Sept. 15 sunset date, the report says, NYRA CEO Charles Hayward received an email from a “concerned” horseplayer that the 26% takeout rate had expired. Hayward told the horseplayer he was forwarding the email to Patrick Kehoe, general counsel to NYRA.

In the wake of those revelations, the NYRA board of trustees suspended both Hayward and Kehoe from their positions, pending further investigation.

Those pesky digital messages within NYRA’s offices were not the only damaging emails cited in the NYSRWB report.

On Aug. 1, 2011, an email from a horseplayer forwarded by Daily Racing Form publisher Steven Crist to Hayward asked if NYRA was operating “outside the parameters of the law” by continuing to charge 26% on certain bets.

Hayward wrote back to Crist that “this gentleman is correct.”

But Hayward then went on to say in one of those emails that I’m sure he thought would never be seen by anyone else:

“Off the record, we have been working on this for some time. We originally had thought that we would announce this for Saratoga but political forces intervened. Since we are showing substantial losses in 2010 and 2011 and we have been smacked around by Cuomo (and he could check the SRWB from approving), we decided to wait. Also, the regional TOBs who collectively lost money in 2010 will scream like stuck pigs and that would provoke Skelos who is very tight with the guys who run Nassau OTB to introduce anti-NYRA legislation for the benefit of the OTBs. Finally, we are quietly working on a plan to open 10 or so restaurant/bars in the city and we did not want the politicos to block this effort.

“We have some internal debates on how much to lower each pool and how we would present this to our simo customers, the consumers and the politicos. I would appreciate it if you could keep these details confidential. I would also welcome a further discussion on this topic with you before the meet is over.”

Crist responded the same day: “Will keep it confidential and would love to discuss possible reduction schemes with you off the record whenever the time is right.”

Crist and Hayward are former business partners who in 1998 put together an investment group to buy Daily Racing Form. They sold it six years later for a tidy profit. Crist remained with the newspaper as publisher and columnist, and shortly after the Form was sold Hayward was named CEO of NYRA, where Crist was employed as an executive in the mid-1990s. The friendship between the two men has spawned a cozy relationship between the newspaper and the racing association it covers.

Five months after this exchange of emails between Crist and Hayward, when an audit uncovered the fact NYRA had been overcharging its customers, Crist wrote a column in the Dec. 30 Daily Racing Form that called NYRA’s error a “colossal oops” and an “honest mistake.”

“You would think someone – anyone – would have had the expiration date circled on his calendar, but no one did,” Crist wrote of the sunset provision in the takeout statute. “…Everyone forgot about it until the breeding-fund auditors stumbled on it.”

Well, not everyone.

According to the NYSWRB report, Liz Bracken, NYRA’s vice president of simulcasting, on Sept. 2, 2010, wrote an internal email notifying other NYRA managers that the “takeout legislation sunsets middle of September, but I have not heard that we intend to lower takeout.”

Crist, in that Dec. 30, 2011, column, said that the “worst part of the New York takeout fiasco” was that short-term remedies could pre-empt what he called “a more serious and overdue discussion about takeout reduction.”

I disagree. The worst part is the lapse in judgment by people who should know better – at both NYRA and the Daily Racing Form.

In Tuesday’s Daily Racing Form, Crist issues a statement on the emails he sent to and received from Hayward. To read Crist’s column, click here.

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  • Watcher

    So, Ray, what damning information on industry leaders that you’ve acquired by e-mail are you keeping secret?

    • Annie Apple

      Especially as it pertains to that ‘fiasco’ with the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation…

  • Don Reed

    Hayward: “Off the record…”

    CEO: “That’s how they always nail people. Their emails. Those things never go away.”

    It used to be the lipstick on the collar.  How electronically sterile this universe has become.

  • Watcher

    So, Ray, what damning information on industry leaders that you’ve acquired by e-mail are you keeping secret?

  • Don Reed

    Hayward: “Off the record…”

    CEO: “That’s how they always nail people. Their emails. Those things never go away.”

    It used to be the lipstick on the collar.  How electronically sterile this universe has become.

  • voiceofreason

    Ew.

  • voiceofreason

    Ew.

  • Change is Needed

    You guys all crush Ray and his integrity, but he did better journalism work in the last 24 hours on this than the NY Times did in 2 years on their sensationalist 2 part series where drugs like Vitamin B1 and Calcium and adequan are made out to be cobra venom.  Ray, thanks for doing real reporting.

    • The Judge

      Personally, it was the 2 Bute shots and a Banamine to get the horse to post that caught my eye.

    • Kelso

      AMEN!

  • Change is Needed

    You guys all crush Ray and his integrity, but he did better journalism work in the last 24 hours on this than the NY Times did in 2 years on their sensationalist 2 part series where drugs like Vitamin B1 and Calcium and adequan are made out to be cobra venom.  Ray, thanks for doing real reporting.

  • Aggadancool

    Let me be the first to say Ray Paulick  has been and always will be a good reporter  Even though we clashed regarding some issues. His work on reporting this has been impeccable.   There is more to the story if you willing to dig deeper. Including Hayward pushing to have illegal aliens licensed at nyra tracks. 

  • Aggadancool

    Let me be the first to say Ray Paulick  has been and always will be a good reporter  Even though we clashed regarding some issues. His work on reporting this has been impeccable.   There is more to the story if you willing to dig deeper. Including Hayward pushing to have illegal aliens licensed at nyra tracks. 

  • Don Reed

    “Crist & Hayward are former
    business partners who in 1998 put together an investment group to buy Daily
    Racing Form. They sold it six years later for a tidy profit. ”

    Ray, I’ve been a pest in the past.
    Here I go again.

    This well-intentioned sentence is not
    the entire story in the context of the era in which Crist & Hayward were attempting
    for years to buy the DRF.

    Obtaining the investment money for
    Crist/Heyward, to put it mildly, was a series of disappointments.

    DRF at that time was a money sink-hole
    being run by a consortium whose CEO was an ex-NBC CEO who personified the
    lunacy of 1990s finance (remember the dot.com era?). He in turn was being
    harangued by his boss, Henry Kravis, whose infamy needs no further explanation.

    Who in the world besides these two
    weathered idealists would have had an interest in trying to run a paper whose
    best days had long transpired?

    Believe me, whatever profit they made
    - after they had gone through heck & high water to become responsible for
    the assumption of a hefty mortgage that would make buying the paper possible -
    selling DRF, they thoroughly earned every penny of whatever profit had been
    realized.

    I also will strongly, permanently,
    irrevocably vouch for Steve Crist’s sense of ethics. We are not friends. We have
    often disagreed. But there is no one whom I would trust more implicitly or at a
    moment’s notice with everything on the line.

    He cannot be bought for any price, &
    the snide comments (made by posters on the PR & elsewhere) implying that
    he’s part of a wink-wink cabal at NYRA are reprehensible.

    He is solely responsible for making
    the reasonable assumption, made in August 2011, that Mr. Hayward – having been
    notified – was serious when the latter stated that the 1% overcharge was going
    to be corrected. That Mr. Hayward failed to immediately do something about the
    time bomb that has now ruined his life & reputation is not Mr. Crist’s
    responsibility nor fault.

    *****

     

    An attempt was made to try to write
    this on the PR Disqus system.  Due to the
    length of time that was necessary to switch from Word to PR & back (in
    order to use Spellcheck, which Disqus refused to incorporate in their system),
    when the attempt to post was finally made, the Disqus system aborted, because
    the Captcha (already hated by thousands of DRF readers) 2nd Line of Defense presented
    a completely insane Call to The Post (thank you). 

    It then became necessary to copy this
    posting from Word, which, of course, resulted in the Scrambled Eggs format that
    we now see.

     

    • Don Reed

      “Who in the world besides these twoweathered idealists would have had an interest in trying to run a paper whosebest days had long transpired?”

      The two people referred to are Crist and Hayward, not the ex-NBC CEO and Kravis.

    • NYRA Insider

      Steven Crist I beleive is honest person. But rather than expose Mr. Hayward, he turned a blind eye because of his friendship and business association with Mr. Hayward.
      The buck stoped with Mr. Hayward as the President and CEO. He knew it was wrong, Mr. Kehoe, the General Council knew they were wrong and both chose not to do anything.
      Both need to be terminated. Further, Mr. Hayward should resign from the various industry boards and memberships, including the NTRA and the Jockey club. All these guys have a cosy relationship, protect each other and continue to be an embarrassment to to our industry.

      • jorge

        This is just the start of business under Charlie’s rule. The racing office scandal will be next. Won’t say I told you so

        • Randyp

          .???????.??

    • Jack Wolferseder

      Don…..Crist aquiesced to the wishes of Hayward and kept this matter to himself!  Technically a crime was being committed, Crist knew of it and did nothing.  In what society of laws is he not culpable and complicit!

      • Don Reed

        Hi, Jack.  I would agree with you if Crist had been a NYRA executive.  The onus is completely on Hayward – to whom I bear no animousity – to have immediately acted on resetting the rate. 

        If journalists were to disregard the statements that the subject is “off the record,” our newspapers from front to back would consequently be a repetitive series of quotes from executives and politicians: “No comment.”

        Meanwhile, I have not seen one word anywhere in rememberance of the dozens of Crist columns (1970s-2012) where he bravely spoke about racing’s failings and the consequences of incompetant racing managements.  Few if any remember his newspaper in the early 1990s that set a standard of journalism rarely equalled for its candor and concern for the bettors.

        Does all of this not count at all when a man’s lifelong reputation is at stake?

        The benefit of the doubt, I feel, should be fully and unhesitantly extended to Steve Crist.  He took the word of a NYRA executive that the problem was going to be fixed.  He was betrayed.  These are not grounds for indictment.

        Thanking you for your opinion, DR 

        • johnnyknj

           You seem to be ignoring the elephant in the room – Crist’s Dec. 30 column: “You would think someone – anyone – would have had the expiration date
          circled on his calendar, but no one did,” Crist wrote of the sunset
          provision in the takeout statute. “…Everyone forgot about it until the
          breeding-fund auditors stumbled on it.”
          He was flat lying. He knew that NYRA knew. All the rest is background noise. He is the definition of a hack.

          • Don Reed

            I am ignoring nothing.  If I were, I wouldn’t have responded to this. 

            But I do ignore people whose dedication to writing is so incorrigibly lazy, they routinely fall back on soap opera cliches such as “ignoring the elephant in the room” – and whose proof-reading skills are so inept, they’re don’t notice when they’re done writing that the expression, “flat-out lying” is missing the word “out.”

            And yet, you expect to be taken seriously.

            I know, I know.  Cliches are useful time-savers.  Three-word expressions are impossible to remember in their entirety.  Besides, you’re sending messages from a teeny tiny little cel phone.  You need smaller fingers. 

            Say, why not identify yourself, with your real name, when you accuse other writers of being “hacks”?

            That’s what you need.  Courage.  No more hiding behind a pseudonym.  Try it.  What do you have to lose?  You can always invent another alias, if it doesn’t work out.

          • johnnyknj

            Why don’t you address the point about Crist’s column instead of launching ad hominem attacks? As for proof-reading, “cel” phone?” Incompetant”?. Here’s a cliche for you: The pot calling the kettle black.

          • Don Reed

            A denunciation of an “ad hominem” (another racing posting cliche, temporarily dormant, now revived) by an anonymous poster.

            Perhaps, you’re Donald Trump?  He was famously described in the 1980s as the “small-fingered vulgarian” by the current editor of Vanity Fair.  He stopping grousing about it… decades later.  

            Well, if you are DT, then we’ve revived not only a dormant cliche, but also, a world-famous volcanic ego.                                       

          • Tinky

            Doubling up the ad hominem attacks is even more impressive. Not.

          • johnnyknj

             I am Donald Trump and I demand to see your birth certificate!

          • Don Reed

            Only someone with long fingers and a sense of humor would have written that.  Bravo!

          • Don Reed

            [2nd message] – Sorry, forgot to add,
            clip the quote mark either after “cel” or “phone?” & toss a quote mark in front of “Incompetant” [sic], will ya? 

            It distresses me to see over- & half-dressed words.

          • Tinky

            Complete ad hominem attack. You can’t do better than that, Don?

          • Lost In The Fog

            You nailed it.  Crist’s “explanation” in today’s edition of the DRF is a complete farce or to put it bluntly – it’s a complete lie.  As a supposed journalist Crist should be ashamed of himself for first sweeping this under the rug in August (as a favor to one of his buddies) at the expense of his readers’ right to know.  That was not journalism but rather concealing information vital to his publication’s audience.  

            He compounded that journalistic travesty by flat out lying to his readers in a December column and then lying again in today’s column.  At least where journalistic ethics are concerned Crist has proven that he doesn’t adhere to them, and is willing to sacrifice those ethics to protect a friend and business associate at the NYRA who was (in effect) defrauding many of the DRFs readers/bettors.

            Now he is banking on the likelihood that most of his readers revere him and won’t bother to dig into the details of the emails (as reported by others) and detailed in the state’s report.  They clearly prove he is a liar.

            Crist may be a great handicapper and he may be a great strategic bettor but what he is not is an ethical and professional journalist.  Shame on you Steven Crist!

          • Don Reed

            “…and is willing to sacrifice those ethics to protect a friend and business associate…”

            Unless Steve’s on the NYRA payroll (not), make that, “ex-business associate.”

        • David P.

          Sorry Don, As a journalist, Crist had to reveal what he knew when his friend failed to act. Most journalists would have given a time frame, something like,”Charles you’ve got two weeks to clean up this mess. After that, I’m going to have to take it public.” Sitting on it forever is wrong, as a journalist, a horse player and a human being. Christ should have known, it can take you years to build a bridge and just a few seconds to blow it up.

          • Don Reed

            I’ll give what you’re saying a lot of thought, and thank you for saying it.

            May I lightly admonish you for the spelling of the subject’s last name, in the final sentence?

            (Oh Ray, please!  Get Disqus to implement a spellcheck program!)

          • David P.

            Tx Don you sound like a really good guy. And I take your admonishment in the spirit in which it was given. As a matter of fact, once I hit post I said, “Christ, I spelled his name wrong.” I wish they had a 5 minute editor.

          • Don Reed

            This is why I refuse to move a muscle when my spellcheck repeatedly wants me to add “Crist” to its inventory.  Once it’s in there, if “Christ” is typed by mistake, I’m a dead duck.

            Good luck in the Derby!

    • Stanley inman

      Don,
      From reading your comments over the months
      I get the feeling that ” you’ve been around the block”
      That’s a compliment
      Which leaves me wondering about your observations of Crist’s actions.
      Every ” insiders club” in the world practices the same tactic
      to maintain their esprit de Corp–
      They tell you something that you are not privy to (like heyward did to crist);
      and then they say” it’s in the vault”.
      By acting like they trust you, they imply that if you don’t respond in kind,
      you have harmed them.
      It’s the oldest form of corruption since we crawled out of the caves.
      Be loyal to crist if he is your friend
      But condemn his behavior.

      • Don Reed

        [Please excuse the appearence of the following.  It was originally composed on Word, so as to allow for spellchecking, & Disqus once again - I presume - has scrambled the eggs.)

        Stanley, we (you & I) share your contempt for the "insider's
        club" mentality / method of social / business extortion.   

         

        Since 1984, I've witnessed this self-destructive
        behavior exhibited at racetracks, training ovals, Saratoga restaurants, & other
        environs.  I think it's one of the major (&
        unrecognized) reasons why racing , - in comparison to its one-time ranking as
        one of the big three U.S. athletic
        events for well over a century - has become such a relatively unpopular sport
        in America.

         

        My stance is one of loyalty, not to
        a friend - Mr. Crist is not my friend - but to the principle that if over the
        past forty years, a journalist had been dishonest or dishonorable, we would
        have found out about it a long time ago.

         

        From what I have witnessed, Mr.
        Crist has been immune to this manipulation. 
        His sense of independent judgment, which some people may find
        off-putting, I think, has been one of his greatest assets (he & Andy Beyer
        are alike in this respect).

         

        So I find the scenario of Mr. Hayward trying to subtlety
        threaten Mr. Crist with the "keep this off the record, or no more insider
        access" unconvincing.  I don't think
        that Mr. Crist would tolerate this.  Nor
        do I think it is likely that Mr. Hayward did this, or would have thought of doing
        this.

         

        (The longer I think about it, the
        more I lean towards an explanation that - for whatever reason - Mr. Hayward initially
        procrastinated after being informed that the rate had to be reduced.  Then after a couple of months passed, he
        "froze" because, since he had allowed the problem to fester, he would
        now be held accountable for the consequences - which in turn, led to further
        apprehensive procrastination, until the problem exploded in his face.)

         

        In this instance, what has been
        overlooked is the degree of trust Mr. Crist had in relation to Mr.
        Hayward.  They were long-time business
        partners who worked well together.  Both loved
        racing itself & have a good sense of humor (the event of finding two racing
        people with a sense of humor in one room practically coincides with the appearance
        of Haley's Comet). 

         

        And they obviously have trusted each
        other.

         

        So when Mr. Hayward stated that the unreset
        takeout rate would be taken care of, what previous devious behavior of his had Mr.
        Crist witnessed?  None.  Mr. Crist trusted Mr. Hayward's word that the
        problem would be remedied.

         

        What previous devious
        behavior has Mr. Crist himself exhibited - what lack of judgment has he
        exhibited, what flaw in his character, what partiality to favoritism & social
        corruption have we witnessed in Mr. Crist himself, since the 1970s? 

         

        I don't know of any instances
        when Mr. Crist has exhibited anything less than a commitment to basic honesty that,
        frankly, you'd be hard-pressed to discover in appreciable amounts elsewhere.

         

        Nor do I know of no
        reputable person who in all these years who has stated that Mr. Crist has
        exhibited or tolerates a standard of behavior that would bring dishonor to
        himself, his family, his associates, & the sport of racing.

         

        And this is the basis of
        my defense of Mr. Crist.

        • Stanley inman

          Don,
          So true about the damaging effects of status seeking (insider/outsider) behaviors
          Promulgated by those in the sport.
          We won’t hold our breath to expect
          or believe that will change in the future;
          it is not central to this bigger story.
          Mr. Crist had a choice when his friend suggested
          This info remain in the vault.
          That was one of those “defining moments”
          When we become who we are.
          Do we trample over our principles
          To serve our wants and needs.

          • Stanley inman

            The question remains:
            After reading and witnessing
            Forty years of Mr. Crist’s public life
            Do we really know who he is-
            Or has he changed?

          • Stanley inman

            We cant trust our collective memory pre- Internet ( blogging )
            Because the insider mentality controlled information sources
            Distorting all we thought we knew and understood.
            Like a blind person being lead by an untruthful guide;
            Like the plantation owner
            beating a slave
            when caught with a book.

    • Don Reed

      Say, Ray, here’s another reason why Disqus has got to go:

      “Showing 46 of 44 comments” (copied at 12:30 am 05/02/12).

      How can the system display more comments than the actual number that have been written & then sent to the Paulick Report?

      Never mind the unreset rate – Sunset Disqus!!!

      • Garrett Redmond

        I second that.

    • Don Reed

      Correction, please: “He is solely responsible for makingthe reasonable assumption, made in August 2011…”

      That should be “August 2010.”  My mistake.

  • Don Reed

    “Crist & Hayward are former
    business partners who in 1998 put together an investment group to buy Daily
    Racing Form. They sold it six years later for a tidy profit. “

    Ray, I’ve been a pest in the past.
    Here I go again.

    This well-intentioned sentence is not
    the entire story in the context of the era in which Crist & Hayward were attempting
    for years to buy the DRF.

    Obtaining the investment money for
    Crist/Heyward, to put it mildly, was a series of disappointments.

    DRF at that time was a money sink-hole
    being run by a consortium whose CEO was an ex-NBC CEO who personified the
    lunacy of 1990s finance (remember the dot.com era?). He in turn was being
    harangued by his boss, Henry Kravis, whose infamy needs no further explanation.

    Who in the world besides these two
    weathered idealists would have had an interest in trying to run a paper whose
    best days had long transpired?

    Believe me, whatever profit they made
    - after they had gone through heck & high water to become responsible for
    the assumption of a hefty mortgage that would make buying the paper possible -
    selling DRF, they thoroughly earned every penny of whatever profit had been
    realized.

    I also will strongly, permanently,
    irrevocably vouch for Steve Crist’s sense of ethics. We are not friends. We have
    often disagreed. But there is no one whom I would trust more implicitly or at a
    moment’s notice with everything on the line.

    He cannot be bought for any price, &
    the snide comments (made by posters on the PR & elsewhere) implying that
    he’s part of a wink-wink cabal at NYRA are reprehensible.

    He is solely responsible for making
    the reasonable assumption, made in August 2011, that Mr. Hayward – having been
    notified – was serious when the latter stated that the 1% overcharge was going
    to be corrected. That Mr. Hayward failed to immediately do something about the
    time bomb that has now ruined his life & reputation is not Mr. Crist’s
    responsibility nor fault.

    *****

     

    An attempt was made to try to write
    this on the PR Disqus system.  Due to the
    length of time that was necessary to switch from Word to PR & back (in
    order to use Spellcheck, which Disqus refused to incorporate in their system),
    when the attempt to post was finally made, the Disqus system aborted, because
    the Captcha (already hated by thousands of DRF readers) 2nd Line of Defense presented
    a completely insane Call to The Post (thank you). 

    It then became necessary to copy this
    posting from Word, which, of course, resulted in the Scrambled Eggs format that
    we now see.

     

  • ExactaGirl

    WOW! Good for you, Ray! I’m SO glad you are there to expose the truth. Thank you very much. Crist sounds like he was complicit in this; I’ve lost all respect for him.

  • ExactaGirl

    WOW! Good for you, Ray! I’m SO glad you are there to expose the truth. Thank you very much. Crist sounds like he was complicit in this; I’ve lost all respect for him.

  • Annie Apple

    Especially as it pertains to that ‘fiasco’ with the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation…

  • Vegas Bettor

    This is great.  NYRA’s ex-CEO and NYRA’s ex-Vice Chairman (Timothy McGinn facing multiple federal charges for wire fraud, securities fraud, etc. http://www.fbi.gov/albany/press-releases/2012/founders-of-mcginn-smith-co.-inc.-indicted-on-fraud-and-tax-charges ) could potentially become cellmates.  How proud we should all be about the way business is conducted in New York.

  • ITP

    Amazing how Crist can claim he has an ironclad educated opinion on every complicated issue that the racing industry has facing it right now, but he can claim ignorance, misunderstanding, “colossal oops”, etc. on something as straight forward simple as this situation was.

    Crist is showing incredible tenacity in trying to get us to believe that he’s just an innocent uneducated lazy victim in all this.  Maybe he thinks we are dumber than the dumb act he is playing.

    • Stanley inman

      Bravo!

  • ITP

    Amazing how Crist can claim he has an ironclad educated opinion on every complicated issue that the racing industry has facing it right now, but he can claim ignorance, misunderstanding, “colossal oops”, etc. on something as straight forward simple as this situation was.

    Crist is showing incredible tenacity in trying to get us to believe that he’s just an innocent uneducated lazy victim in all this.  Maybe he thinks we are dumber than the dumb act he is playing.

  • Damon Runyon

    Kind of makes you wonder if there is any “funny stuff” going on at any of the ADWs. I mean, there are millions of dollars floating around in cyberspace on these sites every day.

    Exactly WHO audits the accounting books of the ADWs??? What is the staffing level? What is the training, education, and experience of the staff? Is this information available to the public? If not, why not?

    • Charlie Davis

      ADW’s are audited in the jurisdiction they’re licensed in.  For example, quite a few are licensed in Oregon, therefore the state of Oregon audits them.

  • Damon Runyon

    Kind of makes you wonder if there is any “funny stuff” going on at any of the ADWs. I mean, there are millions of dollars floating around in cyberspace on these sites every day.

    Exactly WHO audits the accounting books of the ADWs??? What is the staffing level? What is the training, education, and experience of the staff? Is this information available to the public? If not, why not?

  • Don Reed

    “Who in the world besides these twoweathered idealists would have had an interest in trying to run a paper whosebest days had long transpired?”

    The two people referred to are Crist and Hayward, not the ex-NBC CEO and Kravis.

  • NYRA Insider

    Steven Crist I beleive is honest person. But rather than expose Mr. Hayward, he turned a blind eye because of his friendship and business association with Mr. Hayward.
    The buck stoped with Mr. Hayward as the President and CEO. He knew it was wrong, Mr. Kehoe, the General Council knew they were wrong and both chose not to do anything.
    Both need to be terminated. Further, Mr. Hayward should resign from the various industry boards and memberships, including the NTRA and the Jockey club. All these guys have a cosy relationship, protect each other and continue to be an embarrassment to to our industry.

  • jorge

    This is just the start of business under Charlie’s rule. The racing office scandal will be next. Won’t say I told you so

  • Jack Wolferseder

    Don…..Crist aquiesced to the wishes of Hayward and kept this matter to himself!  Technically a crime was being committed, Crist knew of it and did nothing.  In what society of laws is he not culpable and complicit!

  • Justice at large

     

    How is a Crist not a co-conspirator?  And, how can Crist have any creditability
    remaining a racing columnist?

  • Justice at large

     

    How is a Crist not a co-conspirator?  And, how can Crist have any creditability
    remaining a racing columnist?

  • Tinky

    Crist’s statement/defense is blatantly dishonest. Consider the following:

    “…a
    reader sent me a note saying, as I understood it, that due to the expiration of
    legislation, NYRA could now ask the State Racing and Wagering Board for a
    takeout reduction if it wanted to.”

    That is strikingly inconsistent with
    said reader’s quoted email in the investigative report:

    “The
    2008 NYCOTB takeout increase legislation included a sunset provision that went
    into effect on September 15, 2010. (Article 2 Section 238 of the Racing,
    Pari-Mutuel and Breeding Law) The takeout limits allowed by law are now 12-17%
    for w/p/s, 14-21% for exacta/double wager15-25% for tri/super and P3/P4 and
    15-36% for P6 with no separate rates for carryover and non-carryover pools.
    (Please note that the tri/super/P3/P4 takeout is currently at 26% which
    iscurrently outside the parameters of the law)” 

    Toward the end, Crist  makes this ridiculous claim:

    “I can
    think of no reason why he would have concealed that knowledge, and I believe
    that had he known the wrong rate was being applied, he would have gotten it
    changed immediately.”

    Really? Here’s how Charlie Hayward responded to Crist’s email, as quoted in the
    actual investigative report: 

    “This
    gentlemen [sic] is correct. Off the record, we have been working on this
    forsome time. We originally had thought that we would announce this for
    Saratoga but politicalforces intervened. Since we are showing substantial
    losses in 2010 and 2011 and we have beensmacked around by Cuomo (and he could
    check the SRWB from approving), we decided to wait.Also, the regional OTBs who
    collectively lost money in 2010 will scream like stuck pigs and thatwould
    provoke Skelos who is very tight with the guys who run Nassau OTB to introduce
    anti-NYRA legislation for the benefit of the OTBs. Finally, we are quietly
    working on a plan to open10 or so restaurant/bars in the city and we did not
    want the politicos to block this effort.” 

    So, not only
    did Hayward admit that NYRA was breaking the law, but he spelled out several
    very (political) reasons why he chose to conceal the matter. And yet Mr. Crist
    can think of “no reason”?

    Talk about
    digging oneself into a deeper hole…   
     

    • Don Reed

      (2nd posting attempt 05/03/12; apology for the Disqus Scrambled Eggs visual presentation)

      On principle alone, if posted,
      Tinky’s message should have been allowed to remain as is. If the man thinks an
      act of “blatant dishonesty” has occurred, DRF should have posted it
      & left it posted.

      (Tinky’s message, above… re: “Crist’s statement/defense is blatantly dishonest…”
      I’ll point out that the person quoted as having originally stated to Crist -
      “the current… takeout” – did NOT quote the portion of the law that
      specifically states that after 09/15/10, the takeout rate HAD to specifically
      be 26%.)

      Tinky, you must have posted something
      sometime in the past that put you in their doghouse. This is not unimaginable.

      (Personally, I won’t have written
      “blatantly dishonest” & “ridiculous claim.” If
      something actually merits such draconian nouns & adjectives, it will sell
      itself. It’s obvious. The writer doesn’t need to hammer the nail that has
      already been driven into the wood. Excessive hammering results in the reader
      often having the exact opposite reaction to what he is reading, other than the
      one intended by the writer.)

      But DRF is shooting itself in the
      foot if they do have a policy of stacking the deck by presenting an artificial
      percentage of positive/negative responses.

      IF this is the case, it is really
      dumb, because “you’re going to get caught.”

      Newspapers can go out of business
      overnight. Just ask Rupert Murdoch about this, when the opportunity presents
      itself.

      There is an important distinction
      here, which I must mention. Along with hundreds of other racing fans, I’ve
      posted messages on Steve’s Saratoga
      blog over the years.

      Some were edited, and some were
      outright bounced.

      I felt that in this instance, Steve
      had every right to do this because it was his personal column and he had the
      uncontestable right to run it exactly as he saw fit.

      Moreover, his editing quite often was
      very helpful. And he prevented me from making an ass out of myself on more than
      one occasion by deleting ["..."] the intemperate remarks written in
      the always-suspect heat of the moment after a race or other event.

      Had they been left as-is, I certainly
      would have regretted seeing them in print the next day.

      *****

      On an entirely different note, which
      is a question, not a statement:

      Is or is not the NY State Wagering
      board getting a free pass on this?

      Are they not the gov’t entity whose
      accountants / auditors should have noticed PRIOR TO 09/15/10 that the reset was
      supposed to have been taken care of, on time?

      *****

      The current Saratogian article is
      full of hot air.  It is good that it was written, but its conclusions are very tentative, at best. 

      In general, the majority of these
      “This might happen” media stories (red herrings) never pan out, and
      into this category this article is filed.

      We have a much better chance of
      seeing, in the future, the very same quoted politicians going to jail for many
      of the same violations that they in their earlier careers were eager to
      denounce. And now, a word from ex-state Senator Kruger.

      *****

      Now. Enough. Onto the Derby. The very best of
      luck to all.

       

    • http://walkingaroundpayingattention.blogspot.com/ Ned Daly

       Tinky
      Crist is disingenous at the very least. I have asked him repeatedly at DRF to correct the record or own up to his mistake. He continues to suppress my posts. For more of my thoughts see

      http://walkingaroundpayingattention.blogspot.com/

      The folks at Handigambling have been asking for you.

  • Tinky

    Crist’s statement/defense is blatantly dishonest. Consider the following:

    “…a
    reader sent me a note saying, as I understood it, that due to the expiration of
    legislation, NYRA could now ask the State Racing and Wagering Board for a
    takeout reduction if it wanted to.”

    That is strikingly inconsistent with
    said reader’s quoted email in the investigative report:

    “The
    2008 NYCOTB takeout increase legislation included a sunset provision that went
    into effect on September 15, 2010. (Article 2 Section 238 of the Racing,
    Pari-Mutuel and Breeding Law) The takeout limits allowed by law are now 12-17%
    for w/p/s, 14-21% for exacta/double wager15-25% for tri/super and P3/P4 and
    15-36% for P6 with no separate rates for carryover and non-carryover pools.
    (Please note that the tri/super/P3/P4 takeout is currently at 26% which
    iscurrently outside the parameters of the law)” 

    Toward the end, Crist  makes this ridiculous claim:

    “I can
    think of no reason why he would have concealed that knowledge, and I believe
    that had he known the wrong rate was being applied, he would have gotten it
    changed immediately.”

    Really? Here’s how Charlie Hayward responded to Crist’s email, as quoted in the
    actual investigative report: 

    “This
    gentlemen [sic] is correct. Off the record, we have been working on this
    forsome time. We originally had thought that we would announce this for
    Saratoga but politicalforces intervened. Since we are showing substantial
    losses in 2010 and 2011 and we have beensmacked around by Cuomo (and he could
    check the SRWB from approving), we decided to wait.Also, the regional OTBs who
    collectively lost money in 2010 will scream like stuck pigs and thatwould
    provoke Skelos who is very tight with the guys who run Nassau OTB to introduce
    anti-NYRA legislation for the benefit of the OTBs. Finally, we are quietly
    working on a plan to open10 or so restaurant/bars in the city and we did not
    want the politicos to block this effort.” 

    So, not only
    did Hayward admit that NYRA was breaking the law, but he spelled out several
    very (political) reasons why he chose to conceal the matter. And yet Mr. Crist
    can think of “no reason”?

    Talk about
    digging oneself into a deeper hole…   
     

  • CVFRacing

    Okay, so Charlie, according to Crist, was under the impression that the takeout reduction after September 15, 2010, was optional, not mandatory. Charlie’s not a lawyer; Pat Kehoe is. Kehoe was getting paid upwards of $400,000 a year to provide competent legal advice to Charlie and the NYRA Board. He’s the one who should have had that date circled in red. Lawyers have a system for remembering important dates; it’s called a “tickler” file. And Kehoe should have known that the takeout reduction was mandatory, not optional. If I wee NYRA’s general counsel — and I’d do the job fo a lot less than $400,000 — the first thing I’d do afte each legislative session would be to ead eve word of ever law affecting acing.

    Charlie, a decent guy who’s been trying to do the right thing, will lose his job over this and probably needs an expensive criminal lawyer to stay out of jail. But it looks like Kehoe is really the one who should get the most blame. Based on the incompetence he’s shown so fa, I hope fo his sake that he doesn’t represent himself pro se in the upcoming civil and criminal probes.

  • Allison D. Booth

    THERE’S A column I would have written a few years ago but can’t be
    bothered to write now. It was a reliable old standby about the latest
    abuse of power by a racing industry organization, like NYRA. It would be fueled
    by anger and by expectation – rage at their latest folly but
    an implicit hope that (NY) racing would some
    day be allowed to blossom. There was something real at stake in this
    argument –  their hold on racing public culture was so strong that
    everything it did mattered.

  • Allison D. Booth

    THERE’S A column I would have written a few years ago but can’t be
    bothered to write now. It was a reliable old standby about the latest
    abuse of power by a racing industry organization, like NYRA. It would be fueled
    by anger and by expectation – rage at their latest folly but
    an implicit hope that (NY) racing would some
    day be allowed to blossom. There was something real at stake in this
    argument –  their hold on racing public culture was so strong that
    everything it did mattered.

  • Stanley inman

    Don,
    From reading your comments over the months
    I get the feeling that ” you’ve been around the block”
    That’s a compliment
    Which leaves me wondering about your observations of Crist’s actions.
    Every ” insiders club” in the world practices the same tactic
    to maintain their esprit de Corp–
    They tell you something that you are not privy to (like heyward did to crist);
    and then they say” it’s in the vault”.
    By acting like they trust you, they imply that if you don’t respond in kind,
    you have harmed them.
    It’s the oldest form of corruption since we crawled out of the caves.
    Be loyal to crist if he is your friend
    But condemn his behavior.

  • Don Reed

    Hi, Jack.  I would agree with you if Crist had been a NYRA executive.  The onus is completely on Hayward – to whom I bear no animousity – to have immediately acted on resetting the rate. 

    If journalists were to disregard the statements that the subject is “off the record,” our newspapers from front to back would consequently be a repetitive series of quotes from executives and politicians: “No comment.”

    Meanwhile, I have not seen one word anywhere in rememberance of the dozens of Crist columns (1970s-2012) where he bravely spoke about racing’s failings and the consequences of incompetant racing managements.  Few if any remember his newspaper in the early 1990s that set a standard of journalism rarely equalled for its candor and concern for the bettors.

    Does all of this not count at all when a man’s lifelong reputation is at stake?

    The benefit of the doubt, I feel, should be fully and unhesitantly extended to Steve Crist.  He took the word of a NYRA executive that the problem was going to be fixed.  He was betrayed.  These are not grounds for indictment.

    Thanking you for your opinion, DR 

  • Stanley inman

    Bravo!

  • Charlie Davis

    ADW’s are audited in the jurisdiction they’re licensed in.  For example, quite a few are licensed in Oregon, therefore the state of Oregon audits them.

  • David P.

     Ray you did the right thing. My dear old mother always told, “Once you are busted,
    just fess up and tell the truth”. The truth here is, painfully, obvious.
    Hayward lied, Crist lied. Crist’s inglorious publication has chosen to
    continue with the deception. I applaud you, Ray, for having the guts to
    tell the world like it is.

  • David P.

     Ray you did the right thing. My dear old mother always told, “Once you are busted,
    just fess up and tell the truth”. The truth here is, painfully, obvious.
    Hayward lied, Crist lied. Crist’s inglorious publication has chosen to
    continue with the deception. I applaud you, Ray, for having the guts to
    tell the world like it is.

  • sittin’ chilly

     You seem to be ignoring the elephant in the room – Crist’s Dec. 30 column: “You would think someone – anyone – would have had the expiration date
    circled on his calendar, but no one did,” Crist wrote of the sunset
    provision in the takeout statute. “…Everyone forgot about it until the
    breeding-fund auditors stumbled on it.”
    He was flat lying. He knew that NYRA knew. All the rest is background noise. He is the definition of a hack.

  • David P.

    Sorry Don, As a journalist, Crist had to reveal what he knew when his friend failed to act. Most journalists would have given a time frame, something like,”Charles you’ve got two weeks to clean up this mess. After that, I’m going to have to take it public.” Sitting on it forever is wrong, as a journalist, a horse player and a human being. Christ should have known, it can take you years to build a bridge and just a few seconds to blow it up.

  • Don Reed

    I am ignoring nothing.  If I were, I wouldn’t have responded to this. 

    But I do ignore people whose dedication to writing is so incorrigibly lazy, they routinely fall back on soap opera cliches such as “ignoring the elephant in the room” – and whose proof-reading skills are so inept, they’re don’t notice when they’re done writing that the expression, “flat-out lying” is missing the word “out.”

    And yet, you expect to be taken seriously.

    I know, I know.  Cliches are useful time-savers.  Three-word expressions are impossible to remember in their entirety.  Besides, you’re sending messages from a teeny tiny little cel phone.  You need smaller fingers. 

    Say, why not identify yourself, with your real name, when you accuse other writers of being “hacks”?

    That’s what you need.  Courage.  No more hiding behind a pseudonym.  Try it.  What do you have to lose?  You can always invent another alias, if it doesn’t work out.

  • Don Reed

    I’ll give what you’re saying a lot of thought, and thank you for saying it.

    May I lightly admonish you for the spelling of the subject’s last name, in the final sentence?

    (Oh Ray, please!  Get Disqus to implement a spellcheck program!)

  • sittin’ chilly

    Why don’t you address the point about Crist’s column instead of launching ad hominem attacks? As for proof-reading, “cel” phone?” Incompetant”?. Here’s a cliche for you: The pot calling the kettle black.

  • Tinky

    Complete ad hominem attack. You can’t do better than that, Don?

  • Don Reed

    A denunciation of an “ad hominem” (another racing posting cliche, temporarily dormant, now revived) by an anonymous poster.

    Perhaps, you’re Donald Trump?  He was famously described in the 1980s as the “small-fingered vulgarian” by the current editor of Vanity Fair.  He stopping grousing about it… decades later.  

    Well, if you are DT, then we’ve revived not only a dormant cliche, but also, a world-famous volcanic ego.                                       

  • David P.

    Tx Don you sound like a really good guy. And I take your admonishment in the spirit in which it was given. As a matter of fact, once I hit post I said, “Christ, I spelled his name wrong.” I wish they had a 5 minute editor.

  • Tinky

    Doubling up the ad hominem attacks is even more impressive. Not.

  • Don Reed

    [2nd message] – Sorry, forgot to add,
    clip the quote mark either after “cel” or “phone?” & toss a quote mark in front of “Incompetant” [sic], will ya? 

    It distresses me to see over- & half-dressed words.

  • sittin’ chilly

     I am Donald Trump and I demand to see your birth certificate!

  • Third Party

    Ray, thanks for your story.  I also applaud the commenters that see the seriousness of this event and are not trying to keep the blame localized to the two NYRA officials.  The DRF, even if a supposed journalistic enterprise, did in my opinion appear to conspire with the NYRA to conceal this activity and when made public, deceive. 

    Remember to follow the money.  Anyone that knew about this operation, or touched the money could be tainted and be held to answer.  It seems that according to the interim report, not all the improper proceeds have been refunded, so the enterprise is still profiting from their action.  Were improper proceeds funneled to legitimate accounts or uses?  Did those proceeds invested accrue other revenues?  I think there’s a term for that kind of conduct.

    These actions deal with money and gambling businesses.  Laws regarding gambling businesses aren’t optional.  They’re not something you get around to when you get a chance.  Could you or I run a gambling business in a way that generates millions in unlawful proceeds and just say, “Oops, my bad.  Inadvertent mistake.  It’s the politicians’ fault?”

    If those that think an entity that deals in public opinion and information can’t be caught up in a mess like this, I refer you to United States v. Philip Morris, 99-2496(GK).  In that case, the government called out organizations affiliated with the tobacco industry that put out disinformation or concealed information to the public.  One might make the claim that the DRF furthered NYRA’s scheme to improperly receive pari-mutuel takeout above that allowed by law.  They didn’t have to get caught up in this, but the documents appear troubling to say the least.

    If I’m a US Attorney, I’m going bold and looking at something like the RICO case the DOJ filed against the Teamsters back in the 1980s.  In that case, the government looked to:  the ouster of members of the Board, the appointment of a “court liaison officer” to oversee reforms in the Union’s supervision…and orders permanently enjoining the Board members and LCN (La Cosa Nostra) defendants from participating in the affairs of any labor organization.  Just swap out the language from dealing with a union and the LCN to dealing with a racing body, its ruling body and operational staff and and you get the picture.

    WILL this happen?  Got no clue.  COULD this happen?  Look at the facts of the case and the history of the NYRA and come to your own conclusions.

    My 2 cents,

  • Third Party

    Ray, thanks for your story.  I also applaud the commenters that see the seriousness of this event and are not trying to keep the blame localized to the two NYRA officials.  The DRF, even if a supposed journalistic enterprise, did in my opinion appear to conspire with the NYRA to conceal this activity and when made public, deceive. 

    Remember to follow the money.  Anyone that knew about this operation, or touched the money could be tainted and be held to answer.  It seems that according to the interim report, not all the improper proceeds have been refunded, so the enterprise is still profiting from their action.  Were improper proceeds funneled to legitimate accounts or uses?  Did those proceeds invested accrue other revenues?  I think there’s a term for that kind of conduct.

    These actions deal with money and gambling businesses.  Laws regarding gambling businesses aren’t optional.  They’re not something you get around to when you get a chance.  Could you or I run a gambling business in a way that generates millions in unlawful proceeds and just say, “Oops, my bad.  Inadvertent mistake.  It’s the politicians’ fault?”

    If those that think an entity that deals in public opinion and information can’t be caught up in a mess like this, I refer you to United States v. Philip Morris, 99-2496(GK).  In that case, the government called out organizations affiliated with the tobacco industry that put out disinformation or concealed information to the public.  One might make the claim that the DRF furthered NYRA’s scheme to improperly receive pari-mutuel takeout above that allowed by law.  They didn’t have to get caught up in this, but the documents appear troubling to say the least.

    If I’m a US Attorney, I’m going bold and looking at something like the RICO case the DOJ filed against the Teamsters back in the 1980s.  In that case, the government looked to:  the ouster of members of the Board, the appointment of a “court liaison officer” to oversee reforms in the Union’s supervision…and orders permanently enjoining the Board members and LCN (La Cosa Nostra) defendants from participating in the affairs of any labor organization.  Just swap out the language from dealing with a union and the LCN to dealing with a racing body, its ruling body and operational staff and and you get the picture.

    WILL this happen?  Got no clue.  COULD this happen?  Look at the facts of the case and the history of the NYRA and come to your own conclusions.

    My 2 cents,

  • August Song

    Last year I was on another website, in which a poster expressed a good deal of frustration as he described the issue of the sunsetting of the takeout rate for the exotics but, pointed out that the change had not taken place yet. He admitted e-mailing Charles Hayward and Steve Crist but, hadn’t heard back yet. It was evident to me that this poster had done the proper research as to the takeout rule, how it was constructed and written, and the time frame that was involved. Another poster suggested that he might try to contact the New York State Racing and Wagering Board to see why the change had not been implimented. It was also mentioned that since it was through the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, that this takeout rule was constructed with it’s sunsetting clause, it was asked why on earth did the New York State Racing and Wagering Board not give a “heads up” or an alert in advance, as to the change the change that would/should be taking place? It appeared to all the posters expressed on the website, that many entities had “fallen asleep at the wheel,” and failed to recognize what was supposed to happen. Obviously, the poster did contact the New York Racing and Wagering Board you’ve been reading about it, and are expressing opinions. But, I have an opinion, and it’s pretty much in stark contrast to those expressed here. I met Charles Hayward, and spent a little time with him. We spoke about racing. I was a previous racehorse owner, so there was an easy flow of communication between us. I found Charles Hayward to be extremely knowledgable and insightful in the area of horseracing, and had what I considered to be a good awareness of how politicians “manipulate” (my term) in order to gain concessions, as it seems nothing comes without a price when it comes to politicos. And, that doesn’t mean that money has to be involved. Anyway, I found Charles Hayward to be very honest and forthright in what he said to me, about what we discussed. And yes, it was well before this takeout issue, when we met. Let me also express that the truth, I believe, isn’t so easy to see, when it comes to horseracing and politicians. I’m still waiting for those politicians involved in the Aqueduct Entertainment Group casino (http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/55342/silver-seeks-probe-of-aqueduct-casino-deal) scam to be indicted. That would include Paterson, Sampson, Silver, and Smith. The New York State Chief Investigator Joseph Fitch, who led the investigation and issued a long report (http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2010/10/21/aqueduct-casino-probe-report-goes-to-prosecutors/), was appalled by the politicians by, “Unfortunately and shamefully, consideration of what was in the public’s best interest, rather than the political interest of the decision makers, was a matter of militant indifference to them.” Fitch noted that the politicians broke their sworn oath, undermined the public trust and, cost the state of New York and it’s citizens millions of dollars. Tell me, what has happened to these politicians? I saw that Paterson was recently named to the Board of the MTA by Governor Cuomo, who only happened to be the Attorney General of New York, and under who’s watch the scam took place. Just wondering, why Joe Drape or the Times didn’t do an expose’ on this? Does anyone believe that when it comes to politicians, and their influence(s) that, they may have an agenda and purpose, very much to their liking and preference but, very different from yours and mine? And, as far as what I think about politiciians and the truth, it’s like the old joke, “You never want to be in a room when politicians are creating a bill, and you never want to watch how they make sausage in a factory.

    Ray, I’m very sorry for taking up so much space but, I thought what I related needed to be pointed out. The real truth, as we know, can sometimes not always be as obvious as one thinks. I love your website.  

    • Don Reed

      This is a very impressive communication.  We don’t get these all that often, but boy, the wait was worth it.  Too bad the circumstances that evoked its creation are dismal.

  • August Song

    Last year I was on another website, in which a poster expressed a good deal of frustration as he described the issue of the sunsetting of the takeout rate for the exotics but, pointed out that the change had not taken place yet. He admitted e-mailing Charles Hayward and Steve Crist but, hadn’t heard back yet. It was evident to me that this poster had done the proper research as to the takeout rule, how it was constructed and written, and the time frame that was involved. Another poster suggested that he might try to contact the New York State Racing and Wagering Board to see why the change had not been implimented. It was also mentioned that since it was through the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, that this takeout rule was constructed with it’s sunsetting clause, it was asked why on earth did the New York State Racing and Wagering Board not give a “heads up” or an alert in advance, as to the change the change that would/should be taking place? It appeared to all the posters expressed on the website, that many entities had “fallen asleep at the wheel,” and failed to recognize what was supposed to happen. Obviously, the poster did contact the New York Racing and Wagering Board you’ve been reading about it, and are expressing opinions. But, I have an opinion, and it’s pretty much in stark contrast to those expressed here. I met Charles Hayward, and spent a little time with him. We spoke about racing. I was a previous racehorse owner, so there was an easy flow of communication between us. I found Charles Hayward to be extremely knowledgable and insightful in the area of horseracing, and had what I considered to be a good awareness of how politicians “manipulate” (my term) in order to gain concessions, as it seems nothing comes without a price when it comes to politicos. And, that doesn’t mean that money has to be involved. Anyway, I found Charles Hayward to be very honest and forthright in what he said to me, about what we discussed. And yes, it was well before this takeout issue, when we met. Let me also express that the truth, I believe, isn’t so easy to see, when it comes to horseracing and politicians. I’m still waiting for those politicians involved in the Aqueduct Entertainment Group casino (http://www.bloodhorse.com/hors… scam to be indicted. That would include Paterson, Sampson, Silver, and Smith. The New York State Chief Investigator Joseph Fitch, who led the investigation and issued a long report (http://newyork.cbslocal.com/20…, was appalled by the politicians by, “Unfortunately and shamefully, consideration of what was in the public’s best interest, rather than the political interest of the decision makers, was a matter of militant indifference to them.” Fitch noted that the politicians broke their sworn oath, undermined the public trust and, cost the state of New York and it’s citizens millions of dollars. Tell me, what has happened to these politicians? I saw that Paterson was recently named to the Board of the MTA by Governor Cuomo, who only happened to be the Attorney General of New York, and under who’s watch the scam took place. Just wondering, why Joe Drape or the Times didn’t do an expose’ on this? Does anyone believe that when it comes to politicians, and their influence(s) that, they may have an agenda and purpose, very much to their liking and preference but, very different from yours and mine? And, as far as what I think about politiciians and the truth, it’s like the old joke, “You never want to be in a room when politicians are creating a bill, and you never want to watch how they make sausage in a factory.

    Ray, I’m very sorry for taking up so much space but, I thought what I related needed to be pointed out. The real truth, as we know, can sometimes not always be as obvious as one thinks. I love your website.  

  • Randyp

    .???????.??

  • Vegas Bettor

    I said it yesterday and I’ll say it again.  There are going to be indictments.  Period.

    State investigators wasted little time launching a full-scale probe
    of the New York Racing Association, a day after it was revealed top NYRA
    officials may have known about and covered up efforts to keep a takeout
    decrease from kicking in–a move that cost bettors more than $8
    million.

    The state Inspector General’s office began formal inquiries–talking
    to officials at NYRA and requesting documents–on May 1 as part of a
    probe that lawmakers say could have civil and criminal implications for
    NYRA officials.
    Read more: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/69415/ny-inspector-general-investigating-nyra#ixzz1tg4tSe67

  • Vegas Bettor

    I said it yesterday and I’ll say it again.  There are going to be indictments.  Period.

    State investigators wasted little time launching a full-scale probe
    of the New York Racing Association, a day after it was revealed top NYRA
    officials may have known about and covered up efforts to keep a takeout
    decrease from kicking in–a move that cost bettors more than $8
    million.

    The state Inspector General’s office began formal inquiries–talking
    to officials at NYRA and requesting documents–on May 1 as part of a
    probe that lawmakers say could have civil and criminal implications for
    NYRA officials.
    Read more: http://www.bloodhorse.com/hors

  • Don Reed

    [Please excuse the appearence of the following.  It was originally composed on Word, so as to allow for spellchecking, & Disqus once again - I presume - has scrambled the eggs.)

    Stanley, we (you & I) share your contempt for the “insider’s
    club” mentality / method of social / business extortion.   

     

    Since 1984, I’ve witnessed this self-destructive
    behavior exhibited at racetracks, training ovals, Saratoga restaurants, & other
    environs.  I think it’s one of the major (&
    unrecognized) reasons why racing , – in comparison to its one-time ranking as
    one of the big three U.S. athletic
    events for well over a century – has become such a relatively unpopular sport
    in America.

     

    My stance is one of loyalty, not to
    a friend – Mr. Crist is not my friend – but to the principle that if over the
    past forty years, a journalist had been dishonest or dishonorable, we would
    have found out about it a long time ago.

     

    From what I have witnessed, Mr.
    Crist has been immune to this manipulation. 
    His sense of independent judgment, which some people may find
    off-putting, I think, has been one of his greatest assets (he & Andy Beyer
    are alike in this respect).

     

    So I find the scenario of Mr. Hayward trying to subtlety
    threaten Mr. Crist with the “keep this off the record, or no more insider
    access” unconvincing.  I don’t think
    that Mr. Crist would tolerate this.  Nor
    do I think it is likely that Mr. Hayward did this, or would have thought of doing
    this.

     

    (The longer I think about it, the
    more I lean towards an explanation that – for whatever reason – Mr. Hayward initially
    procrastinated after being informed that the rate had to be reduced.  Then after a couple of months passed, he
    “froze” because, since he had allowed the problem to fester, he would
    now be held accountable for the consequences – which in turn, led to further
    apprehensive procrastination, until the problem exploded in his face.)

     

    In this instance, what has been
    overlooked is the degree of trust Mr. Crist had in relation to Mr.
    Hayward.  They were long-time business
    partners who worked well together.  Both loved
    racing itself & have a good sense of humor (the event of finding two racing
    people with a sense of humor in one room practically coincides with the appearance
    of Haley’s Comet). 

     

    And they obviously have trusted each
    other.

     

    So when Mr. Hayward stated that the unreset
    takeout rate would be taken care of, what previous devious behavior of his had Mr.
    Crist witnessed?  None.  Mr. Crist trusted Mr. Hayward’s word that the
    problem would be remedied.

     

    What previous devious
    behavior has Mr. Crist himself exhibited – what lack of judgment has he
    exhibited, what flaw in his character, what partiality to favoritism & social
    corruption have we witnessed in Mr. Crist himself, since the 1970s? 

     

    I don’t know of any instances
    when Mr. Crist has exhibited anything less than a commitment to basic honesty that,
    frankly, you’d be hard-pressed to discover in appreciable amounts elsewhere.

     

    Nor do I know of no
    reputable person who in all these years who has stated that Mr. Crist has
    exhibited or tolerates a standard of behavior that would bring dishonor to
    himself, his family, his associates, & the sport of racing.

     

    And this is the basis of
    my defense of Mr. Crist.

  • LovesABQ

    NYRA is going to have to work very hard to regain my trust.

    • voiceofreason

       There was a moment when you trusted them?

    • Bellwether

      do U think cleaning house @ nyra wouldn’t be a step in the right direction so ALL involved in “THE GAME” may regain that trust???…ty…

  • LovesABQ

    NYRA is going to have to work very hard to regain my trust.

  • Don Reed

    This is a very impressive communication.  We don’t get these all that often, but boy, the wait was worth it.  Too bad the circumstances that evoked its creation are dismal.

  • Canarse

    Crist’s own actions were a “colossal oops!”  I don’t know the man, but I have been entertained by his writing over the years.  In spite of all those who wish to vouch for Mr. Crist’s integrity and ethics he at the very least exhibited extremely poor judgement.  He absolutely failed as a journalist.  

    I find myself even less sympathetic to Crist after his explanation as well as the comments posted on the DRF website.  Do they expect us to believe that everyone posting comments are in support of Mr. Crist?  

    • David P.

      I posted something critical there, certainly not nearly as tough as some of my posts here. It was gone within a minute. Spin, baby, spin. Enough people will, so desperately, want to believe him, it will probably just fade away. Crist, clearly, has shown he is part of the problem, not the solution. I think this is really bad on his part, so much so, as I have already stated, I will never buy another DRF product.

      • Don Reed

        If DRF is first accepting and then deleting critical posts about this story (or moderating them and preventing their publication from the start), they would be doing themselves ten times the damage already created, and would be guilty of fraud (skewing the results to make themselves look better).

        • Tinky

          I attempted to post the same clear, critical analysis that I posted below, and the “moderator” (Crist, presumably) never posted it.

          • Third Party

            Well done.  There’s the proof.  Appears DRF is thin-skinned, at minimum.  Maybe Mr. Crist should man up and put his post on this forum and fully and faithfully answer all comments without the power of censorship?  If he’s truly innocent, what does he have to fear other than getting his feelings hurt?

            Note to Ray:  Maybe you could graciously give Mr. Crist and the DRF a way to state and defend their position in a venue with an independently moderated discussion forum?

          • Don Reed

            Ray: TP’s suggestion is intriguing.  Why not ask?  Of course, it sure won’t get done this week, what with the Derby and all.

          • Don Reed

            Goodness only knows, with this Mel Brooks-inspired Disqus (“Madness!”):

            Where this message will go, what it will be attached to, and whether or not its waist measurement will be 1,” 1 1/2 inches, or the width of the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  But here goes.

            On principle alone, if posted, Tinky’s message should have been allowed to remain as is.  If the man thinks an act of “blatant dishonesty” has occurred,  DRF should have posted it & left it posted.

            (Tinky’s message appears here, starting with “Crist’s statement/defense is blatantly dishonest…”  I’ll point out that the person quoted as having originally stated to Crist - “the current… takeout” – did NOT quote the portion of the law that specifically states that after 09/15/10, the takeout rate HAD to specifically be 26%.)

            Tinky, you must have posted something sometime in the past that put you in their doghouse.  This is not unimaginable. 

            (Personally, I won’t have written “blatantly dishonest” & “ridiculous claim.” If something actually merits such draconian nouns & adjectives, it will sell itself.  It’s obvious.  The writer doesn’t need to hammer the nail that has already been driven into the wood.  Excessive hammering results in the reader often having the exact opposite reaction to what he is reading, other than the one intended by the writer.)

            But DRF is shooting itself in the foot if they do have a policy of stacking the deck by presenting an artificial percentage of positive/negative responses.

            IF this is the case, it is really dumb, because “you’re going to get caught.”

            Newspapers can go out of business overnight.  Just ask Rupert Murdoch about this, when the opportunity presents itself.

            There is an important distinction here, which I must mention.  Along with hundreds of other racing fans, I’ve posted messages on Steve’s Saratoga blog over the years.

            Some were edited, and some were outright bounced.

            I felt that in this instance, Steve had every right to do this because it was his personal column and he had the uncontestable right to run it exactly as he saw fit. 

            Moreover, his editing quite often was very helpful.  And he prevented me from making an ass out of myself on more than one occasion by deleting ["..."] the intemperate remarks written in the always-suspect heat of the moment after a race or other event. 

            Had they been left as-is, I certainly would have regretted seeing them in print the next day. 

            *****

            On an entirely different note, which is a question, not a statement:

            Is or is not the NY State Wagering board getting a free pass on this? 

            Are they not the gov’t entity whose accountants / auditors should have noticed PRIOR TO 09/15/10 that the reset was supposed to have been taken care of, on time?

            *****

            The current Saratogian article is full of hot air. 

            In general, the majority of these “This might happen” media stories (red herrings) never pan out, and into this category this article is filed. 

            We have a much better chance of seeing, in the future, the very same quoted politicians going to jail for many of the same violations that they in their earlier careers were eager to denounce.  And now, a word from ex-state Senator Kruger.

            *****

            Now.  Enough.  Onto the Derby.  The very best of luck to all. 

          • Don Reed

            With @ 70 posts so far underneith this story, Tink, can you tell us what the first sentence was, so as to make it identifiable?  Thanks.

          • Tinky

            “Crist’s statement/defense was blatantly dishonest.”

          • Don Reed

            Thanks.  I also cannot imagine why anyone would (hypothetically) state that their posts were first accepted and then deleted.

          • David P.

            Don, Happens all the time. Most often your first posts at any given site are ‘awaiting moderation’. Once you have been established as not being a raving lunatic, your posts will immediately be accepted without further moderation. If you step over the boundaries with a later post, that post will be removed and you will most likely be banned from posting further on that site. Of course, there are ways around that. Posts mysteriously disappear all the time.

          • Lost In The Fog

            I have posted comments to Crist’s blog at DRF several times over the last couple of years and they have never appeared IF they were critical of Crist’s position.  As a result, I no longer attempt to participate in the discussions at DRF.  Crist is indeed very thin-skinned.

          • Tony

            My post was critical of Crist.Never got posted!

        • Notthatobama

          They are. Neither Tink nor I have any reason not to tell the truth. From what has transpired, it seems both Mr. Crist and the DRF do.

          • Don Reed

            Pray tell, before you hit “send,” did you copy it for a record?  If so, can it be reproduced here?

          • David P.

            Unfortunately, no. As crazy as I am, having a trophy file for your rants would be a bit weird, even for me.

      • Bellwether

        trying to cover his buddy’s @SS…

    • NAFTA

      At minimum there needs to be a suspension.  He got caught playing a crony and the worst part is that he lied about it in his column.  It would not has been as bad had he not commented.  Ask any journalism professor and they’ll tell you here the ethics were WAY across the line.  At any major newspaper publication this would have been met with swift and harsh judgment.  While the man’s body of work probably don’t call for dismissal, there absolutely has to be some kind of discipline handed down.  Otherwise, DRF is a farce.

  • Canarse

    Crist’s own actions were a “colossal oops!”  I don’t know the man, but I have been entertained by his writing over the years.  In spite of all those who wish to vouch for Mr. Crist’s integrity and ethics he at the very least exhibited extremely poor judgement.  He absolutely failed as a journalist.  

    I find myself even less sympathetic to Crist after his explanation as well as the comments posted on the DRF website.  Do they expect us to believe that everyone posting comments are in support of Mr. Crist?  

  • Don Reed

    This is why I refuse to move a muscle when my spellcheck repeatedly wants me to add “Crist” to its inventory.  Once it’s in there, if “Christ” is typed by mistake, I’m a dead duck.

    Good luck in the Derby!

  • Don Reed

    Only someone with long fingers and a sense of humor would have written that.  Bravo!

  • Don Reed

    Say, Ray, here’s another reason why Disqus has got to go:

    “Showing 46 of 44 comments” (copied at 12:30 am 05/02/12).

    How can the system display more comments than the actual number that have been written & then sent to the Paulick Report?

    Never mind the unreset rate – Sunset Disqus!!!

  • Lost In The Fog

    You nailed it.  Crist’s “explanation” in today’s edition of the DRF is a complete farce or to put it bluntly – it’s a complete lie.  As a supposed journalist Crist should be ashamed of himself for first sweeping this under the rug in August (as a favor to one of his buddies) at the expense of his readers’ right to know.  That was not journalism but rather concealing information vital to his publication’s audience.  

    He compounded that journalistic travesty by flat out lying to his readers in a December column and then lying again in today’s column.  At least where journalistic ethics are concerned Crist has proven that he doesn’t adhere to them, and is willing to sacrifice those ethics to protect a friend and business associate at the NYRA who was (in effect) defrauding many of the DRFs readers/bettors.

    Now he is banking on the likelihood that most of his readers revere him and won’t bother to dig into the details of the emails (as reported by others) and detailed in the state’s report.  They clearly prove he is a liar.

    Crist may be a great handicapper and he may be a great strategic bettor but what he is not is an ethical and professional journalist.  Shame on you Steven Crist!

  • The Judge

    Personally, it was the 2 Bute shots and a Banamine to get the horse to post that caught my eye.

  • David P.

    I posted something critical there, certainly not nearly as tough as some of my posts here. It was gone within a minute. Spin, baby, spin. Enough people will, so desperately, want to believe him, it will probably just fade away. Crist, clearly, has shown he is part of the problem, not the solution. I think this is really bad on his part, so much so, as I have already stated, I will never buy another DRF product.

  • Garrett Redmond

    I second that.

  • Stanley inman

    Don,
    So true about the damaging effects of status seeking (insider/outsider) behaviors
    Promulgated by those in the sport.
    We won’t hold our breath to expect
    or believe that will change in the future;
    it is not central to this bigger story.
    Mr. Crist had a choice when his friend suggested
    This info remain in the vault.
    That was one of those “defining moments”
    When we become who we are.
    Do we trample over our principles
    To serve our wants and needs.

  • NAFTA

    At minimum there needs to be a suspension.  He got caught playing a crony and the worst part is that he lied about it in his column.  It would not has been as bad had he not commented.  Ask any journalism professor and they’ll tell you here the ethics were WAY across the line.  At any major newspaper publication this would have been met with swift and harsh judgment.  While the man’s body of work probably don’t call for dismissal, there absolutely has to be some kind of discipline handed down.  Otherwise, DRF is a farce.

  • Stanley inman

    The question remains:
    After reading and witnessing
    Forty years of Mr. Crist’s public life
    Do we really know who he is-
    Or has he changed?

  • Stanley inman

    We cant trust our collective memory pre- Internet ( blogging )
    Because the insider mentality controlled information sources
    Distorting all we thought we knew and understood.
    Like a blind person being lead by an untruthful guide;
    Like the plantation owner
    beating a slave
    when caught with a book.

  • Kelso

    AMEN!

  • voiceofreason

     There was a moment when you trusted them?

  • Don Reed

    Correction, please: “He is solely responsible for makingthe reasonable assumption, made in August 2011…”

    That should be “August 2010.”  My mistake.

  • voiceofreason

    We need to stop thinking about all the things we need to do to fix the sport, and focus on the Derby. We should start whistlin’ as we spin the drain.

  • voiceofreason

    We need to stop thinking about all the things we need to do to fix the sport, and focus on the Derby. We should start whistlin’ as we spin the drain.

  • Don Reed

    “…and is willing to sacrifice those ethics to protect a friend and business associate…”

    Unless Steve’s on the NYRA payroll (not), make that, “ex-business associate.”

  • Don Reed

    If DRF is first accepting and then deleting critical posts about this story (or moderating them and preventing their publication from the start), they would be doing themselves ten times the damage already created, and would be guilty of fraud (skewing the results to make themselves look better).

  • Bellwether

    do U think cleaning house @ nyra wouldn’t be a step in the right direction so ALL involved in “THE GAME” may regain that trust???…ty…

  • Guest

    It’s not blood you have to be scared of, it’s ink.

  • Guest

    It’s not blood you have to be scared of, it’s ink.

  • Greystone104

    Ray, not only do I agree with you but I am truly amazed at the lack of contrition by Crist, NYRA and their apologists in the media, see Steve Byk. There is simply NO excuse for the behavior shown in this mess. This was not caused by politics in Albany, as so many of NYRA’s problems have been. The failure to reduce the takeout, a s scheduled, was nothing more than greed, avarice and severe incompetence.

  • Greystone104

    Ray, not only do I agree with you but I am truly amazed at the lack of contrition by Crist, NYRA and their apologists in the media, see Steve Byk. There is simply NO excuse for the behavior shown in this mess. This was not caused by politics in Albany, as so many of NYRA’s problems have been. The failure to reduce the takeout, a s scheduled, was nothing more than greed, avarice and severe incompetence.

  • Tinky

    I attempted to post the same clear, critical analysis that I posted below, and the “moderator” (Crist, presumably) never posted it.

  • Third Party

    Well done.  There’s the proof.  Appears DRF is thin-skinned, at minimum.  Maybe Mr. Crist should man up and put his post on this forum and fully and faithfully answer all comments without the power of censorship?  If he’s truly innocent, what does he have to fear other than getting his feelings hurt?

    Note to Ray:  Maybe you could graciously give Mr. Crist and the DRF a way to state and defend their position in a venue with an independently moderated discussion forum?

  • Notthatobama

    They are. Neither Tink nor I have any reason not to tell the truth. From what has transpired, it seems both Mr. Crist and the DRF do.

  • Turtle

    Where the f$%^is Halsey Minor when you need him?  Seriously though, it makes you wonder if Hal Handel saw this day coming and if that had anything to do with his deciding to jump ship….

    • Bellwether

      somewhere with his head up his @ss!!!…

  • Turtle

    Where the f$%^is Halsey Minor when you need him?  Seriously though, it makes you wonder if Hal Handel saw this day coming and if that had anything to do with his deciding to jump ship….

  • Don Reed

    Pray tell, before you hit “send,” did you copy it for a record?  If so, can it be reproduced here?

  • Don Reed

    With @ 70 posts so far underneith this story, Tink, can you tell us what the first sentence was, so as to make it identifiable?  Thanks.

  • Tinky

    “Crist’s statement/defense was blatantly dishonest.”

  • David P.

    Unfortunately, no. As crazy as I am, having a trophy file for your rants would be a bit weird, even for me.

  • Don Reed

    Thanks.  I also cannot imagine why anyone would (hypothetically) state that their posts were first accepted and then deleted.

  • Don Reed

    Ray: TP’s suggestion is intriguing.  Why not ask?  Of course, it sure won’t get done this week, what with the Derby and all.

  • David P.

    Don, Happens all the time. Most often your first posts at any given site are ‘awaiting moderation’. Once you have been established as not being a raving lunatic, your posts will immediately be accepted without further moderation. If you step over the boundaries with a later post, that post will be removed and you will most likely be banned from posting further on that site. Of course, there are ways around that. Posts mysteriously disappear all the time.

  • invested

    What did the NYRA Board know?

  • invested

    What did the NYRA Board know?

  • David P.

    Seems like the ‘honest mistake’ is being perceived less honest and less of a mistake.

    saratogian.com/articles/2012/05/02/news/doc4fa19a4a90d36658199081.txt

  • David P.

    Seems like the ‘honest mistake’ is being perceived less honest and less of a mistake.

    saratogian.com/articles/2012/0…

  • Bellwether

    trying to cover his buddy’s @SS…

  • Lost In The Fog

    I have posted comments to Crist’s blog at DRF several times over the last couple of years and they have never appeared IF they were critical of Crist’s position.  As a result, I no longer attempt to participate in the discussions at DRF.  Crist is indeed very thin-skinned.

  • Bellwether

    somewhere with his head up his @ss!!!…

  • Joe

    The more things change the more they stay the same… Where is that 140-page report on NYRA? Could the PR get it and post it under the Freedom of Information Act?

    http://216.116.193.172/article/watchdog-widens-nyra-probe-49696?CategoryName=Sports&SubCategoryName=

    Watchdog Widens NYRA Probe – 8 June 2004

    “NEW YORK – As reported by the New York Times Union:
    “The court-appointed watchdog over the New York Racing Association is
    looking into whether the betting agency misused some of the millions of dollars
    held in trust for telephone bettors, according to sources familiar with an
    ongoing inquiry.

    “Neil V. Getnick is looking into NYRA’s use of money
    held from the special accounts to see if the nonprofit corporation tapped into
    the accounts to pay bills and other expenses, according to two sources familiar
    with questions posed to NYRA officials.

    “…Getnick is also questioning the potential misuse by
    NYRA of about $14 million of horse owners’ funds that were held in purse
    accounts and combined with NYRA’s finances, according to the sources.

    “In addition, the monitor is examining former NYRA
    Chief Operating Officer Terence Meyocks’ expenses, according to an informed
    source…””

     

    http://www.getnicklaw.com/practice/internal03.html

    Practice    Internal
    Investigations and Independent Monitoring

    “In 2004, we were appointed by U.S. District Judge Arthur. D.
    Spatt to monitor the New York Racing Association (NYRA). This Monitorship was a
    condition of a deferred prosecution agreement between NYRA and the United
    States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York which arose after
    NYRA was charged with tax fraud and other federal crimes. We are currently
    monitoring all aspects of NYRA’s daily activities and operations on-site at
    NYRA racetracks to ensure compliance with the Deferred Prosecution Agreement
    and to detect and prevent fraudulent and abusive practices in the short and
    long term.

    Internal and independent investigations are key tools in
    helping companies foster business integrity. While such investigations tend to
    follow a fraud or corruption scandal, achieving a partnership of good business
    and good compliance need not await government intervention. Indeed, companies
    report the best experience when they undertake efforts to prevent, detect and
    achieve a speedy resolution to fraud problems on their own.”

     

    http://articles.nydailynews.com/2005-09-14/news/18311704_1_new-york-racing-association-tracks-bid

    NYRA Tax Rap Axed – BY JOE MAHONEY – Wednesday, September 14, 2005

    “THE NEW YORK Racing Association, the scandal-scarred
    operator of New York’s top thoroughbred tracks, got a new lease on life
    yesterday when the feds moved to drop a criminal indictment against the agency.
    The dismissal of the tax- fraud charge means NYRA will stay in the running to
    manage Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga race tracks when the contract goes to bid
    in 2007.

    As part of the deal with the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s
    office, NYRA will pay $3 million to cover fines and the cost of the
    investigation.

    Federal court monitor Neil Getnick, in a 140-page report
    scrutinizing NYRA, said the agency has taken “integrity-based
    actions” by cracking down on the drugging of horses, instituting new rules
    in pari-mutuel betting, becoming more cooperative with regulators and replacing
    top officials.

    The fact that NYRA was able to reform itself and escape
    further prosecution is good news for taxpayers because its value – now
    estimated at $1 billion – won’t sink when the franchise is put out to bid,
    state Controller Alan Hevesi said.”

     

    http://www.hbpa.org/newsdisplay.asp?section=3&key1=5661

    U.S. Attorney clears NYRA of deferred indictment

    Thoroughbred Times – Posted: 9/13/2005

    “Acting on a 140-page report on the New York Racing
    Association by the court-ordered monitoring firm of Getnick and Getnick, the
    United State Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York on Tuesday
    dismissed NYRA’s deferred indictment and ended a deferred prosecution agreement
    struck in December of 2003 for NYRA’s involvement in tax evasion and money
    laundering by its pari-mutuel clerks.

    “They cleaned up their act,” New York State
    Comptroller Alan Hevesi said at a press conference in his Albany office.
    “There has been a remarkable improvement at NYRA. It is not the same
    agency it was 18 months ago.”

    Neil Getnick spoke at the press conference and lauded NYRA
    for its decisions to refuse wagers from off-shore betting companies and
    initiate a detention barn to ensure horses are not administered illegal drugs
    on race day.

    “NYRA did the smart thing by taking a stand on integrity,”
    Getnick said.

    Getnick and Getnick’s final report also praised NYRA’s
    management team led by President Charles Hayward and co-Chairmen of the Board
    of Trustees Peter Karches and Steven Duncker. The report also praised NYRA for
    improving stable area living conditions, improving financial reporting,
    creating a separate fund for horsemen’s purses, and educating staff about the
    prevention of money laundering.

    “I am pleased with the reforms implemented throughout
    the course of the deferred prosecution agreement, as outlined today by the
    federal monitor, the U.S. Attorney, and the state Comptroller,” Hayward
    said in a statement. “Our hard work, however, is not complete. We will
    continue our efforts to improve our performance and reinforce our position as
    the industry leader in Thoroughbred racing in America for years to come.”

    “Two years ago, the New York Racing Association was the
    poster child for mismanagement and corruption,” Hevesi said.
    “The
    management at NYRA has completely changed.”

    Additional change is on the way.””

     

    http://www.slotexpert.com/article/nyra-under-investigation-76745?CategoryName=Headline&SubCategoryName=

    “NYRA Chairman Steven Duncker has defended the
    five-year contract, saying Getnick is uniquely qualified, having worked as
    NYRA’s monitor for 18 months, and that racing law allows some exemptions from
    competitive bidding…”

     

  • http://walkingaroundpayingattention.blogspot.com/ Ned Daly

     Tinky
    Crist is disingenous at the very least. I have asked him repeatedly at DRF to correct the record or own up to his mistake. He continues to suppress my posts. For more of my thoughts see

    http://walkingaroundpayingatte

    The folks at Handigambling have been asking for you.

  • Tony

    My post was critical of Crist.Never got posted!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Ann.Mitchell.Adam Ann Mitchell Adam

    Thanks for standing up Ray! This type of reporting plus in as timely manner as soon as the info is learned, is what can change the speed of “right” action to the benefit of racing and all industry that is connected.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Ann.Mitchell.Adam Ann Mitchell Adam

    Thanks for standing up Ray! This type of reporting plus in as timely manner as soon as the info is learned, is what can change the speed of “right” action to the benefit of racing and all industry that is connected.

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