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‘Right Place At The Right Time’: Chaplain Chavez Stepping Up In Times Of Uncertainty

Chaplain Humberto Chavez has a few minutes to spare, or so he thought. It is early afternoon at Belmont Park and Chavez, who heads the New York division of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America, is in the midst of another work day that he suspects won’t end until nightfall. So it goes with tending […]

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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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Sacco: ‘Important To Maintain Some Normalcy’ Through The ‘Uncharted Waters’ Of COVID-19

Red Oak Stable and Madaket Stables’ Mind Control, a dual Grade 1-winner on the New York Racing Association (NYRA) circuit, breezed three furlongs in 36.04 seconds on Saturday on the Belmont Park training track. Trained by Gregg Sacco, the 4-year-old Stay Thirsty colt posted his first breeze since his rallying score in the Grade 3, […]

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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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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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NYTHA’s Empire Racing Club Celebrates First Win With Now And Again

The Empire Racing Club, an initiative launched in 2019 by the New York Thoroughbred Horseman’s Association (NYTHA) to introduce fans to horse ownership, celebrated their first victory on Sunday with 3-year-old New York-bred Now and Again at Aqueduct Racetrack. Trained by Linda Rice, Now and Again broke his maiden with a two-length victory under winter […]

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New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association Names Will Alempijevic Executive Director

The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) announced today that Will Alempijevic (pronounced Al-em-pee-ya-vich) will join the organization effective Feb. 12, 2020, as the new Executive Director. Alempijevic replaces Andy Belfiore, who served in the role for four years before leaving to take the post as the national THA’s Project Manager for the Mid-Atlantic Strategic Plan to Reduce Equine Fatalities last October. […]

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New York Jockey Injury Compensation Fund Implementing High-Deductable Workers’ Comp Plan

The New York Jockey Injury Compensation Fund (NYJICF) is embarking on a first-in-the-nation plan to implement a high-deductible workers’ compensation insurance plan. This plan will allow New York’s horsemen to have better control of their costs and to be the ultimate beneficiaries of the advances that have been made in creating a safer work environment. […]

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Take The Lead Living Up To Its Name In Racehorse Aftercare

Fourteen years ago, the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) created the Take the Lead program to assist with the rehabilitation and retraining of Thoroughbreds retiring from the state’s racetracks. Rick Schosberg, chairman of the NYTHA Aftercare committee, has overseen the program since its inception, reports the Thoroughbred Daily News. Aftercare of retired racehorses has […]

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