New York Gaming Commission

Commission Takes Final Step To Grant NYRA Permission For Jackpot Pick 6

The New York Gaming Commission took the final step toward allowing a jackpot-style Pick 6 wager at NYRA tracks on Monday, reports, approving a motion to publish the regulations governing the wager. Currently, NYRA’s Pick 6 wager has a $2 minimum bet requirement. The jackpot-style wager, to be called the Empire 6, will utilize a […]

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New York Horsemen To Receive Refund, Lower Workers’ Compensation Rate

The New York Jockey Injury Compensation Fund has announced a plan that will further decrease the cost of workers’ compensation insurance for horsemen in New York. Working with the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and the New York Racing Association, the NYJICF received approval from the New York Gaming Commission to reduce the initial base […]

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New York To Allow Exemptions On Purse-Claiming Price Ratio

The New York Gaming Commission Monday okayed a new rule permitting racetracks to seek exemptions for certain races on the ratio of purses to claiming prices, according to a report by the Daily Racing Form. In New York, purses are not allowed to be more than double the claiming price. The rule was one of […]

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New York Commission Fines AmTote $10,000 For Two Incidents From Oct. 13 Card At Belmont

The New York State Gaming Commission has fined AmTote International a total of $10,000 for two separate incidents during the Oct. 13 race card at Belmont Park, according to the Daily Racing Form’s David Grening. The commission issued a $7,500 fine to the company for filing to close wagering before the first leg of a […]

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Mott’s Suspension, Fine For 2014 Flunixin Overage Upheld By New York Gaming Commission

Bill Mott trainee Saratoga Snacks ran last in the fourth race at Belmont Park on Sept. 20, 2014. A post-race test revealed that the horse had higher than the permitted amount of Flunixin (bute) in his system. The trainer has been fighting the 15-day suspension and $1,000 fine associated with that positive test ever since, because […]

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Guaranteed Split Sample Program On The Horizon For New York Horsemen

After many years and court battles over New York trainers’ struggles in get split samples in medication cases, horsemen in the state were notified this week a guaranteed split sample program is in the works. The announcement in the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association newsletter indicated the state’s gaming commission is in the process of […]

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Opinion: What Do Football And Racing Have In Common? Injuries And Attitude

In a recent editorial for the Albany Times-Union, writer Chris Churchill observes that football and horse racing, sports on somewhat opposite trajectories for the past century, are starting to come together — and not in a good way. A spate of equine deaths during the Saratoga meet has sparked discussion and notice from protestors about […]

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O’Brien Fined $1500 For Injectable Electrolytes Found With Assistant Trainer

Irish-based trainer Aidan O’Brien sent several horses to Belmont Park last week to compete at Saturday’s Stars & Stripes Festival, following the same pattern that led to a Belmont Derby win last season. This year, O’Brien will go home with a penalty instead. According to, the New York Gaming Commission has fined O’Brien $1500 after […]

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Updated: Epicharis Treated For Lameness; Does Not Train Thursday Morning

The status of Japanese invader Epicharis for the Belmont Stakes is questionable after he was treated for lameness in his right front leg Wednesday night. According to a report in the Daily Racing Form, veterinary records released by the New York State Gaming Commission show that the colt was given two grams of phenylbutazone (bute) via IV Wednesday for “lameness right […]

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