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John Imbriale To Handle Winter Race-Calling Duties At Aqueduct

Horse racing does not have a sixth man award like the NBA, but if it did the New York Racing Association (NYRA) would have named it after John Imbriale. As his 40th work anniversary with NYRA approaches on Nov. 5, Imbriale has been an invaluable jack-of-all-trades at New York’s three racetracks for decades. Fans might […]

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‘Great Concept’: Owners, Trainers Embrace NYRA’s New Turf Triple Series

Considering that the famed Triple Crown for 3-year-olds that starts with the Kentucky Derby and ends with the Belmont Stakes has been around for about 100 years, it’s a big ask of a new series to create a buzz in its first year. Yet in its inaugural edition, the New York Racing Association’s two Turf […]

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‘Very Optimistic Outlook’ For New York Breeding Industry In 2019

There’s no other day in the horse racing industry that generates as much optimism and excitement as New Year’s Day. For each year, when the calendar turns to January, Thoroughbreds turn a year older and visions of what awaits them in the coming months are filled with sunshine and clear skies. It’s a time when […]

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Trainer Ed Barker Takes First Prize In NYRA’s Under 20’s Claiming Challenge

For eight trainers with small stables of 20 or fewer horses, participating in claiming races at the Belmont Park spring/summer meet proved to be doubly rewarding. Besides collecting purse revenue from their horses’ starts, the eight horsemen divided $80,000 in prize money as the top finishers in the New York Racing Association’s first Under 20’s […]

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Met Mile – The Breeders’ Race – Thriving As Part of Belmont Day Card

The Grade 1, $1.2 million Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap serves as a prime example of how the more things change, the more they stay the same – and sometimes they can become better than ever. Four years after moving from its traditional spot on Memorial Day and becoming a cornerstone of a spectacular Belmont Stakes Day […]

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NYRA Poll: All-Time Belmont Stakes Boils Down To Secretariat Vs American Pharoah

Much like track announcer’s Chic Anderson’s famous saying of “we’ll test these two to the wire” in the stretch of the 1978 Belmont Stakes, the race for the No. 1 spot in the New York Racing Association personalities’ poll of the Top 5 Belmont Stakes has come down to two finalists. They raced 42 years […]

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Top Five Belmont Stakes: Victory Gallop, Affirmed Thrill Huge Belmont Crowds

As the days draw closer to June 9 and Justify’s bid for a Triple Crown sweep in the 150th edition of the Belmont Stakes comes into a sharper focus, it inevitably resurrects memories of the great champions before him who competed in the famed race for the last century and a half. In honor of the milestone […]

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New NYRA Initiatives Offer Plenty Of Upside To Winter Racing In New York

There’s often a reward for perseverance, especially when it comes to winter racing in New York. For all of the problems Mother Nature and an inevitable spate of cancellations can create during the coldest months of the year, there’s an equal number of benefits that can be derived from racing at a time of year […]

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Moving Cigar Mile, Boosting Purse Pays Dividends For NYRA

In its 29 years of existence, the stakes now known as the Cigar Mile Handicap presented by NYRA Bets has undergone a world of change. The brain child of then-New York Racing Association President Gerard McKeon, the one-turn race at Aqueduct was originally named the NYRA Mile by McKeon to shine a positive light on […]

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‘Nirvana Is At Hand’: Opening Day At The Spa Is Always A Special Occasion

Baseball fans have Opening Day. That one, long-awaited moment, filled with the promise and excitement of a bright future that can bring out the giddy little kid in a crusty senior citizen. Racing fans have Opening Day at Saratoga. That July afternoon, some 45 weeks in the making, when months of anticipation and grand expectations […]

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