New York Racing Association

Shirley Day Smith Dies; Beloved NYRA Press Office Assistant Was 99

Shirley Day Smith, who spent more than 60 years as the administrative assistant in the press office for the New York Racing Association and its predecessors, died Thursday, September 20, 2018, after a brief illness at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, N.Y.  She was 99 years old. Smith had retired from NYRA in the […]

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Cotillion, Pennsylvania Derby Join Kelso Handicap In NYRA’s Cross Country Pick 4

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will team up with Parx Racing on Saturday, September 22, to offer a Cross Country Pick 4 highlighted by the Grade 1, $1-million Pennsylvania Derby. The latest in NYRA’s fall series of Cross Country Pick 4s, Saturday’s edition will include three graded stakes between Belmont Park and Parx, […]

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Belmont Kicks Off Cross Country Pick 4 Series With Kentucky Downs

The New York Racing Association (NYRA), announced today that the first of a series of Cross Country Pick 4 wagers during the 36-day Belmont Park Fall Championship meet will begin Saturday, September 8 with Kentucky Downs. The multi-race wager, hosted by NYRA and featuring a 50-cent minimum, will start with the $500,000 Kentucky Downs Juvenile Sprint, carded as Race 6 with […]

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NYRA Breaks Ground On Three-Story, 36,000 Square Foot Addition At Saratoga

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking for the 1863 Club, the permanent, new building to be located at the site of the current At the Rail Pavilion at Saratoga Race Course. The 1863 Club is named in honor of the year of the first organized thoroughbred race meeting in […]

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Seven Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races On Tap For Belmont Meet

Belmont Park’s Fall Championship Meet will feature seven Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” qualifiers held over two outstanding weekends of thoroughbred racing. In all, 44 stakes worth more than $10 million and fan-friendly activities are among the highlights as live racing returns to downstate New York for Belmont’s 36-day meet, which runs from Friday, September […]

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Despite Early Rain, Saratoga Meet Generates Second-Highest Handle In History

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today concluded its 2018 season at Saratoga Race Course with the second highest all-sources handle in history, despite a summer meet that was inundated with more than 10 inches of rain. Total all-sources handle generated during the meet was $659,083,459, in spite of the fact that 50 races […]

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Trainer Ed Barker Takes First Prize In NYRA’s Under 20’s Claiming Challenge

For eight trainers with small stables of 20 or fewer horses, participating in claiming races at the Belmont Park spring/summer meet proved to be doubly rewarding. Besides collecting purse revenue from their horses’ starts, the eight horsemen divided $80,000 in prize money as the top finishers in the New York Racing Association’s first Under 20’s […]

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Woodward Card Sets New Record Handle; Wagering Up 11.3 Percent Over 2017

A strong card featuring four graded stakes on the final Saturday of the 2018 meet – highlighted by Yoshida’s victory against a full field of 14 in the 65th running of the Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward – generated an all-sources handle record of $31,030,034, easily eclipsing the previous Woodward Day record set in 2017 by […]

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‘Magical Meet’: Brown Saddles 41st Winner To New Saratoga Record

Chad Brown bested his own previous record for wins by a trainer in a single Saratoga meet when Spirit Animal, ridden by Hall of Famer Javier Castellano, captured Race 6 on Saturday, marking his 41st victory. Brown, who won 40 races in capturing the 2016 training title, had shared the single-meet wins record with Todd […]

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NYRA Announces Retirement Of 25-Year Bugler Sam Grossman

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced that its longtime bugler Sam Grossman will retire from his full-time duties on the New York racing circuit on Labor Day, Monday, September 3. Grossman will issue his final “Call to the Post” at Saratoga Race Course prior to the day’s 11th race, bringing a 25-year […]

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