New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association

NYRA Suspends Live Racing At Aqueduct After Backstretch Worker Tests Positive For Coronavirus

The New York Racing Association announced on Thursday that live racing at Aqueduct Racetrack in Ozone Park, N.Y., will be suspended until further notice due to changing circumstances in the racing community relative to the coronavirus (COVID-19). A backstretch worker who lives and works at Belmont Park tested positive Thursday morning for the coronavirus. Following […]

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New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association Names Will Alempijevic Executive Director

The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) announced today that Will Alempijevic (pronounced Al-em-pee-ya-vich) will join the organization effective Feb. 12, 2020, as the new Executive Director. Alempijevic replaces Andy Belfiore, who served in the role for four years before leaving to take the post as the national THA’s Project Manager for the Mid-Atlantic Strategic Plan to Reduce Equine Fatalities last October. […]

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New York Horsemen Express Concern Over Planned Closing Of Aqueduct For Winter Training

The New York Racing Association is defending a decision to end winter training at Aqueduct racetrack, effective Jan. 1, in the face of opposition from a group of horsemen who have signed a petition expressing concerns for safety during the afternoon races at the Ozone Park, N.Y., racetrack. The petition, addressed to Dr. Scott Palmer, […]

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NYTHA’s Appelbaum Says ‘Common Sense’ Labor Regulations Needed

Joe Appelbaum, president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, issued a statement on Saturday in response to the comments from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday in which Cuomo said a number of Thoroughbred trainers had “stolen” wages from their employees through violation of New York Department of Labor violations. Appelbaum’s statement: “As […]

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Despite Lack Of On-Track Success, New York-Bred Dusk to Dawn Has Changed Lives In Second Career

A shared love for horses between a father and his young daughter would bloom again years later when Heather Rio adopted Dusk to Dawn – a former competitor on the New York Racing Association (NYRA) circuit –  through the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) in the summer of 2018. The New York-bred, who is now known […]

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New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association Seeking Executive Director

The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association is conducting a search for an executive director that NYTHA board member Terry Finley hopes will “turn a very good organization into a world class organization.” Finley, who is assisting NYTHA president Joseph Applebaum in the search for a new executive director, said the requirements of the job encompass […]

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Citing Lower Impact From Construction, NYRA Staying Put For Belmont Fall Meet

Following consultation with horsemen and the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA), and the approval of the New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC), the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced on Thursday that the 38-day Belmont fall meet will be held in its entirety at Belmont Park. On July 10, NYRA announced plans to […]

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New York Increases Funding For Equine Aftercare

The New York Racing Association (NYRA) and the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) have joined forces to create an aftercare initiative that assesses a 1.5 percent fee on a New York-raced horse’s claiming price. Proceeds from this fee will go directly to NYTHA’s Take The Lead (TTL) program and to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance […]

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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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