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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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Trainer Pat Kelly To Receive EquiStar Award From NYTHA

Trainer Pat Kelly, a stalwart on the New York racing circuit for more than 40 years and a tireless supporter of the backstretch workers and the horses, has been named the NYTHA “EquiStar” for 2018. The EquiStar Award was created by the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association in 2016 to recognize an individual or organization […]

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New York Jockeys, Horsemen Mount Fee Agreement Includes Support Of PDJF, Aftercare

The Jockeys’ Guild and the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) have reached an agreement to increase the losing mount fees for jockeys at New York Racing Association tracks. It is the first change in the losing mount fee schedule for NYRA’s riders since 2008. The new fee schedule, which lines up with the new […]

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Canter New York Launched To Work Alongside NYTHA’s Take The Lead

CANTER is now offering its nationally-recognized 100% volunteer service to New York horseman with the opening of CANTER-New York, a Phase I program offering free sales listings to local trainers/owners of Thoroughbred Racehorses no longer competing. The Chapter is uniquely designed to support the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA)’s TAKE THE LEAD aftercare program […]

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New York Horsemen Donate $15,000 Toward Concussion Study

The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association has donated $15,000 to fund a New York Institute of Technology study on concussion and helmet safety. “The Computational Assessment of Helmets and Concussion,” led by Dr. Milan Toma, will collect data on jockey head protection through simulation testing of various helmet designs. This data will be shared with […]

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Purses, Bonuses, And Worker’s Comp: NYRA Combats Winter Racing Woes

It was a tough winter at Aqueduct for the New York Racing Association, and not just because of the weather. According to thoroughbredracing.com, NYRA saw a $50 million handle decrease and significant dips in field size, while also missing all or part of the card for nine straight race days in early January. Additional struggles this […]

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After Funding Boost, Services Restored To Saratoga Backstretch Workers

Following a story by WAMC earlier this week that the Backstretch Employee Service Team (BEST) had experienced a cut in its funding for 2018, the radio station reports the organization has gotten a boost in funds. WAMC had noted a clinic on the backstretch had been closed since the track opened for training last month, […]

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Appelbaum Elected President Of Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association

New York owner, breeder and ace handicapper Joseph Appelbaum, the newly elected president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, has been elected president of the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association. Appelbaum, who was unanimously elected by the THA board of directors, succeeds longtime THA president Rick Violette Jr., who retired from the NYTHA board. “Joe became […]

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NYTHA Distributes Over $1.7 Million To Programs That Benefit Backstretch Workers, Retired Thoroughbreds

The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association distributed a total of $1,738,859 in benevolence last year for programs that benefit the backstretch workers, retired racehorses and our communities. NYTHA’s largest single expenditure is for the Backstretch Employee Service Team, which provides health care and social services to the members of the backstretch community. Last year, BEST’s […]

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Trainers, Agents Beware: Telephone Con Artist Is At It Again

Trainers and bloodstock agents in California, New York and states in the Midwest are being targeted by a telephone con artist who falsely claims to represent a wealthy international businessman interested in retaining them to buy horses on his behalf. The scam is almost identical to the one reported in the Paulick Report in August […]

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