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State Moving Forward With Temporary Hospital At Aqueduct; Spring Meet Scrapped

The New York Racing Association announced on Saturday that live racing at Aqueduct Racetrack in Ozone Park, N.Y., is canceled for the remainder of the winter and spring meets with the building now set to serve as a temporary hospital site during the fight against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. On Friday, New York State Gov. […]

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NYRA Bets Offering $200 Bonus To New Members

In addition to a host of weekly special offers, NYRA Bets is currently offering a $200 bonus to new members following the activation of new accounts on the NYRA Bets advance deposit wagering platform. NYRA Bets provides fans the opportunity to wager on racing from tracks around the world at any time. The NYRA Bets […]

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Racing At Aqueduct Suspended Through April 5; Training At Belmont To Continue

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced that live racing at Aqueduct Racetrack will be suspended through at least April 5 due to the continued impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in New York. As a result, the Grade 2, $750,000 Wood Memorial presented by Resorts World Casino, previously slated for April 4 […]

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B.E.S.T. Seeking Donations For Negative Pressure Room, A ‘Critical Cog’ In Battling Epidemic

The importance of the Backstretch Employee Service Team of New York (B.E.S.T.) is more pronounced than ever with live racing at Aqueduct Racetrack suspended until further notice due to changing circumstances in the racing community relative to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Led by Executive Director Paul Ruchames from Cottage 28B on the Belmont Park backstretch, B.E.S.T.’s […]

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Rice Pleased That Max Player Will Have ‘More Time To Mature’ Before September Derby

Trainer Linda Rice maintains a bustling barn of 55 horses on the Belmont backstretch and has had a number of stable stars on the work tab over the past week, including Grade 3 Withers champ Max Player. Owned by George E. Hall, Max Player had been targeting the Grade 2, $750,000 Wood Memorial presented by […]

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Schosberg: ‘We Have A Responsibility To Allow People To Stay Home’

Live racing on the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) circuit is currently on hold, but more than 1300 horses continue to train at Belmont Park. Veteran trainer Rick Schosberg, who conditioned champion Maria’s Mon and multiple Grade 1-winner Affirmed Success, is one of the many horsemen plying their trade at Belmont while awaiting the […]

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New York Race Track Chaplaincy Launches Fundraiser For Backstretch Workers

The New York Race Track Chaplaincy of America has launched a fundraiser in support of backstretch workers to help during the challenging circumstances relative to the coronavirus (COVID-19). The chaplaincy is looking to bolster its food pantry and welcomes any financial contribution. For those who wish to donate food, non-perishable items that are microwaveable are […]

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NYRA Suspends Live Racing At Aqueduct After Backstretch Worker Tests Positive For Coronavirus

The New York Racing Association announced on Thursday that live racing at Aqueduct Racetrack in Ozone Park, N.Y., will be suspended until further notice due to changing circumstances in the racing community relative to the coronavirus (COVID-19). A backstretch worker who lives and works at Belmont Park tested positive Thursday morning for the coronavirus. Following […]

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Dream Bigger Back On Top In Damon Runyon

Repole Stable’s Dream Bigger returned to winning form with a powerful front-running effort in Sunday’s $100,000 Damon Runyon at Aqueduct Racetrack. Trained by Rudy Rodriguez, Dream Bigger arrived at the seven-furlong test for New York-bred sophomores from a third in the Rego Park on January 12 at the Big A. With Junior Alvarado up for […]

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