New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association

Robert Flynn Dies At 65; Served Various Roles In New York Racing

Robert F. (Bob) Flynn, a mainstay of the New York Racing Association’s racing office for 18 years before becoming the executive director of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) and a member of the NYRA board of trustees, died Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 in Melville, N.Y., after a long illness. He was 65 years […]

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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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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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