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Spendthrift Farm, Empire Racing Club Strike Deal To Race Can The Man Filly

The Empire Racing Club has entered into an agreement with Spendthrift Farm to campaign a filly bred by the Lexington, Ky., nursery this year. By Spendthrift stallion Can The Man, the unnamed 2-year-old is out of graded-producer Five Star Daydream, making her a half-sister to last season’s Grade 3 Beaumont Stakes winner Gas Station Sushi, […]

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NYTHA Launches Empire Racing Club With Durkin, Pletcher At The Helm

The Empire Racing Club is an initiative created by the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association to let horse racing fans experience the thrills of racehorse ownership at minimal cost and no risk. New York’s beloved retired racecaller Tom Durkin will serve as managing partner, and Eclipse Award-winner Todd Pletcher will be the Club trainer. Empire […]

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TRF ‘Steps Up’ In Collaborative Effort To Rescue Four Neglected Horses

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, working in partnership with the authorities and several other horse rescue organizations, has taken in four horses from an equine neglect case in New York’s Hudson Valley. TRF was alerted to this large-scale rescue in early March and responded immediately. In a collaborative effort with ReRun Thoroughbred Adoption, New York Thoroughbred […]

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NYRA Announces Earlier Start To 2019 Saratoga Season; Number Of Racing Days To Remain The Same

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced an adjustment of racing dates for the 2019 Belmont Park spring/summer meet and the Saratoga summer meet to ensure the continuity of racing operations in New York in light of proposed timelines for the construction of a new arena at Belmont Park. The adjustment is based on initial […]

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NYRA Board Votes In Favor Of Earlier Start To Saratoga Race Meet

According to The Daily Gazette, a source with knowledge of Friday’s meeting of the New York Racing Association’s Board of Directors has confirmed that the board did vote in favor of extending the 2019 race meet at Saratoga. Originally, the plan was to kick off the meeting on July 19 and race six days per week […]

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NYRA Announces Purse Increases For Aqueduct Meet For Certain Allowance, Claimer Categories

The New York Racing Association (NYRA) has announced purse increases across a number of categories for the upcoming winter meet at Aqueduct Racetrack. The Aqueduct winter meet is slated to begin Friday, December 7 and will feature significant purse increases in both New York-bred and open categories, including an $8,000 increase in open maiden allowance […]

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Memorial For Trainer Rick Violette To Be Held Nov. 26 At Belmont Cafe

The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association will host a memorial for Rick Violette Jr. from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26, at the Belmont Café at Belmont Park. Rick, the long-time president of NYTHA, passed away last month. We welcome everyone, from the backstretch and the frontside, to attend this celebration of Rick’s life. Donations […]

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Hayward: Violette Worked In Best Interests Of All Members Of Racing And Breeding Communities

During his years as a racetrack executive, former New York Racing Association president Charles Hayward often found himself on the opposite side of issues from New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association president Richard Violette Jr. In a Thoroughbred Racing Commentary tribute to Violette, the New York-based trainer who served as a longtime advocate for horsemen, their […]

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Former NYTHA President Rick Violette Jr. Passes After Battle With Lung Cancer

Trainer Rick Violette Jr., who retired in 2017 after 10 years as President of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and more than 25 years as a member of the NYTHA Board, passed away this morning at his home in Delray Beach, Florida, after a battle with lung cancer. He was 65. Violette was born […]

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Biomechanical Engineer Hopes To Build A Better Jockey Helmet

An assistant professor at the New York Institute of Technology is hoping he can build a better jockey helmet. Dr. Milan Toma has begun a research project funded in part by a $15,000 donation from the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association to apply his knowledge of fluid movement in the body to testing helmets currently […]

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