New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association

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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Former NYTHA President Rick Violette Jr. Passes After Battle With Lung Cancer

Trainer Rick Violette Jr., who retired in 2017 after 10 years as President of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and more than 25 years as a member of the NYTHA Board, passed away this morning at his home in Delray Beach, Florida, after a battle with lung cancer. He was 65. Violette was born […]

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Biomechanical Engineer Hopes To Build A Better Jockey Helmet

An assistant professor at the New York Institute of Technology is hoping he can build a better jockey helmet. Dr. Milan Toma has begun a research project funded in part by a $15,000 donation from the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association to apply his knowledge of fluid movement in the body to testing helmets currently […]

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Trainer Pat Kelly To Receive EquiStar Award From NYTHA

Trainer Pat Kelly, a stalwart on the New York racing circuit for more than 40 years and a tireless supporter of the backstretch workers and the horses, has been named the NYTHA “EquiStar” for 2018. The EquiStar Award was created by the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association in 2016 to recognize an individual or organization […]

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Aqueduct: New York Brings Back ‘Per Start Credit’ For Winter Meet

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) and the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) have announced the return of the “Per Start Credit” program for owners and trainers to further enhance horsemen participation and help offset the costs of workers’ compensation during the 2018-19 winter meet at Aqueduct Racetrack. Initially launched for the 2017-18 […]

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New York Jockeys, Horsemen Mount Fee Agreement Includes Support Of PDJF, Aftercare

The Jockeys’ Guild and the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) have reached an agreement to increase the losing mount fees for jockeys at New York Racing Association tracks. It is the first change in the losing mount fee schedule for NYRA’s riders since 2008. The new fee schedule, which lines up with the new […]

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‘Try To Get It Behind Me’: Mott To Serve Seven-Day Suspension For 2014 Positive

Trainer Bill Mott has been engaged in a legal battle with the New York State Gaming Commission for nearly four years, regarding a positive test for Saratoga Snacks in September of 2014. The horse was found to have overages of both banamine and lasix in its system, but there was not enough blood to provide […]

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Thoroughbred Makeover To Offer Extra Award For New York-Breds

The Retired Racehorse Project announced today that a new special award will be offered at the 2018 Thoroughbred Makeover, taking place Oct. 4-7 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, New York Racing Association, and New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc. are jointly sponsoring the $5,000 Empire State Success Story Award, which will go […]

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New York Horsemen Donate $15,000 Toward Concussion Study

The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association has donated $15,000 to fund a New York Institute of Technology study on concussion and helmet safety. “The Computational Assessment of Helmets and Concussion,” led by Dr. Milan Toma, will collect data on jockey head protection through simulation testing of various helmet designs. This data will be shared with […]

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