New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association

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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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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Challenges, Opportunities Face NYRA’s New CEO David O’Rourke

As David O’Rourke prepares to oversee his first Belmont Stakes since he was named chief executive officer and president of the New York Racing Association, he looks to a future filled with an equal measure of peril and potential. A disturbing string of equine fatalities has placed Thoroughbred racing under immense pressure to reform. The […]

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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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Spendthrift Farm, Empire Racing Club Strike Deal To Race Can The Man Filly

The Empire Racing Club has entered into an agreement with Spendthrift Farm to campaign a filly bred by the Lexington, Ky., nursery this year. By Spendthrift stallion Can The Man, the unnamed 2-year-old is out of graded-producer Five Star Daydream, making her a half-sister to last season’s Grade 3 Beaumont Stakes winner Gas Station Sushi, […]

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NYTHA Launches Empire Racing Club With Durkin, Pletcher At The Helm

The Empire Racing Club is an initiative created by the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association to let horse racing fans experience the thrills of racehorse ownership at minimal cost and no risk. New York’s beloved retired racecaller Tom Durkin will serve as managing partner, and Eclipse Award-winner Todd Pletcher will be the Club trainer. Empire […]

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New York Horsemen Sponsor New Vocations Stall In Memory Of Trainer Rick Violette

The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) is sponsoring a stall at the New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program’s Lexington, KY, facility, and it has been named in honor of the late Rick Violette Jr. An accomplished trainer and former president of the NYTHA, Violette was a steadfast supporter of New York’s horsemen and backstretch workers. […]

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Memorial For Trainer Rick Violette To Be Held Nov. 26 At Belmont Cafe

The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association will host a memorial for Rick Violette Jr. from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26, at the Belmont Café at Belmont Park. Rick, the long-time president of NYTHA, passed away last month. We welcome everyone, from the backstretch and the frontside, to attend this celebration of Rick’s life. Donations […]

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Hayward: Violette Worked In Best Interests Of All Members Of Racing And Breeding Communities

During his years as a racetrack executive, former New York Racing Association president Charles Hayward often found himself on the opposite side of issues from New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association president Richard Violette Jr. In a Thoroughbred Racing Commentary tribute to Violette, the New York-based trainer who served as a longtime advocate for horsemen, their […]

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