New York Racing Association

David O’Rourke Named President, CEO Of New York Racing Association

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) Board of Directors today announced the unanimous appointment of David O’Rourke as NYRA CEO and President. O’Rourke, who has been serving as Interim NYRA CEO since January 23, will assume the role effective immediately. “David has made significant and lasting contributions to NYRA since he joined the organization […]

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Special Travers Day Seating Available Through Lottery Or ‘Flex Plan’

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will hold a special drawing for the general public interested in purchasing a reserved table in the Fourstardave Sports Bar or the Miller Lite Picnic Paddock for the 150th anniversary running of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday, August 24. Half of […]

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NYRA To Host Series Of Job Fairs For Belmont Stakes Racing Festival

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced a series of jobs fairs to fill temporary employment positions in support of the 2019 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival from Thursday, June 6 to Saturday, June 8 at Belmont Park. NYRA is seeking talented and ambitious applicants ready to serve horseplayers and racing fans from around […]

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Saratoga Set To Make Available Full-Season Ticket Plans

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will welcome the general public to purchase full-season ticket plans for the 2019 meet at historic Saratoga Race Course beginning Tuesday, March 19 at 10 a.m. A full-season ticket plan includes admission and a reserved seat in the Clubhouse or Grandstand for all 40 days of the meet, […]

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New Minimum Standards For On-Track Housing Advanced By New York Regulators

The New York State Gaming Commission has proposed regulations regarding minimum standards for the backstretch housing at NYRA racetracks, according to timesunion.com. Under the new rules, the accommodations would have size requirements, minimum air temperatures, safe water, certain amenities, pest control, and garbage removal. These regulations, which could take effect later this year, would require both […]

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Enhanced Soundness Measures Allow NYRA To Boost Claiming Purses

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced purse values for open claiming races will increase, beginning with the Friday, March 8 card at Aqueduct Racetrack. In January, the New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) formally adopted an amendment allowing racing organizations to apply for adjustments to the purse-to-claim ratio, with the provision that […]

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Report: NYRA Veterinarian Terminated Over Family Connection To Trainer

A Lasix veterinarian formerly employed by the New York Racing Association was terminated earlier this month after the Daily Racing Form’s David Grening reports officials told her she had a “conflict of interest.” Trainer Rob Atras, former assistant to Robertino Diodoro, is married to Dr. Sandra Dixon’s daughter Brittney. Dixon told Grening she has been […]

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Saratoga Set To Make Season Tickets Available For ‘The Stretch’ Hospitality Section

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will welcome the general public to purchase full-season ticket plans at The Stretch for the 2019 meet at Saratoga Race Course beginning Thursday, February 28 at 1 p.m. The Stretch – which debuted in 2018 and is located in the grandstand at the Top of the Stretch – […]

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Report: Belmont Park Arena Project Delayed; Extended Environmental Review In The Works

The start of a $1.18 billion project to build a New York Islanders arena, hotel, and retail space at Belmont Park has been delayed, according to a report from the Long Island Business News this week. State officials say they have an “enormous number” of public comments to sort through and that an extended environmental […]

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Optimism, Forgiveness Prevail As Carmouche Eyes Return To The Saddle

Noted orthopaedic trauma surgeon Philip Kregor was blunt when he met with jockey Kendrick Carmouche and his wife, Whitney, following a horrific accident at Kentucky Downs last Sept. 8. According to Whitney, he told them Carmouche’s broken right femur was one of the two worst he had ever seen and compared the damage to what […]

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