New York Horsemen Express Concern Over Planned Closing Of Aqueduct For Winter Training

The New York Racing Association is defending a decision to end winter training at Aqueduct racetrack, effective Jan. 1, in the face of opposition from a group of horsemen who have signed a petition expressing concerns for safety during the afternoon races at the Ozone Park, N.Y., racetrack. The petition, addressed to Dr. Scott Palmer, […]

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NYTHA’s Appelbaum Says ‘Common Sense’ Labor Regulations Needed

Joe Appelbaum, president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, issued a statement on Saturday in response to the comments from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday in which Cuomo said a number of Thoroughbred trainers had “stolen” wages from their employees through violation of New York Department of Labor violations. Appelbaum’s statement: “As […]

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Robert Flynn Dies At 65; Served Various Roles In New York Racing

Robert F. (Bob) Flynn, a mainstay of the New York Racing Association’s racing office for 18 years before becoming the executive director of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) and a member of the NYRA board of trustees, died Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 in Melville, N.Y., after a long illness. He was 65 years […]

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New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association Seeking Executive Director

The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association is conducting a search for an executive director that NYTHA board member Terry Finley hopes will “turn a very good organization into a world class organization.” Finley, who is assisting NYTHA president Joseph Applebaum in the search for a new executive director, said the requirements of the job encompass […]

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New York Increases Funding For Equine Aftercare

The New York Racing Association (NYRA) and the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) have joined forces to create an aftercare initiative that assesses a 1.5 percent fee on a New York-raced horse’s claiming price. Proceeds from this fee will go directly to NYTHA’s Take The Lead (TTL) program and to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance […]

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NYTHA Pledges $25,000 To Mercy House Of Saratoga In Memory Of Rick Violette

Mercy House of Saratoga, Inc., a new non-profit created to provide temporary residences for a wide range of people in need, has received a pledge of $25,000 from the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) to support and dedicate accommodations for Race Course backstretch workers, it was announced by Gordon Boyd, President of Mercy House. […]

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‘A Real New York Guy’: Motion Seeks Win In Inaugural Rick Violette Stakes

Flaxman Holdings’ turf maiden winner Torres Del Paine, trained by Graham Motion, will shift to the main track for Wednesday’s inaugural $100,000 Rick Violette, a six-furlong sprint for New York-bred juveniles at Saratoga Race Course. Previously known as the Rockville Centre, the race was renamed in honor of the late Richard A. Violette, Jr., the […]

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NYRA, NYTHA Announce New Aftercare Funding Initiative

Underlining an ongoing commitment to the safe and healthy retirement of New York’s racehorses, the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) and New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) today announced an initiative to increase funding for aftercare for horses retiring from NYRA racetracks. Beginning on July 11 Opening Day at Saratoga Race Course, prospective owners […]

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Violette Remembered With ‘For The Good’ Mower Donation to New York ReRun

Equine Equipment’s For the Good program, which donates the use of commercial mowers to aftercare facilities around North America, has announced a special donation of an Exmark mower for the 2019 mowing season to ReRun in East Greenbush, N.Y., to honor the late trainer and horsemen’s advocate Rick Violette Jr. A trainer for more than […]

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