New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association

Where’s the Reasonable Dialogue on Race Day Medication?

We live in an increasingly polarized world. Red State/Blue State. Pro-Choice/Pro-Life. Fox News/MSNBC. In horseracing, it’s been repeated many times that Lasix is our “abortion issue.” You’re either for Lasix because it’s good for the horse, and what’s good for the horse is good for the sport, or you’re anti-Lasix, because it’s bad for the […]

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Violette Says Lasix Ban ‘Archaic,’ ‘Barbaric’

In the wake of an announcement on Friday that 25 trainers, including several Hall of Fame conditioners and multiple Eclipse Award winner Todd Pletcher, support a two-year phase-out of race-day medication, New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association president Rick Violette Jr. issued the following statement: “The position of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association has not […]

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NY Horsemen Approve Per-Start Donation to PDJF

Every horse that breaks from the starting gate in a race at one of the New York Racing Association’s three tracks will now generate a $1 donation to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), it was announced today. The Board of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) voted to adopt the $1 per start […]

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NY Horsemen Step Up for Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance

The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) has joined the growing list of Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Foundation (TAA) supporters. Beginning with the Belmont Park spring meet, which opens Thursday, owners competing on the New York Racing Association (NYRA) circuit will donate $5 per start to the TAA, it was announced today. The tax-deductible donations are […]

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New York ‘Takes the Lead’ for Thoroughbred Retirement

The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) Friday announced the creation of “Take the Lead,” a retirement program for Thoroughbreds stabled at New York Racing Association tracks. Take the Lead will partner with established aftercare programs to provide rehabilitation and retraining placements for racehorses when they are ready to begin second careers. “New York’s owners […]

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NYTHA Awards over $100,000 in scholarships

Victoria Casso will head to the University of Kentucky this fall to begin her second year of study in veterinary medicine. Wendy Ramirez is finishing up her degree in child psychology at NYU. They are two of the 29 students getting an educational leg-up from the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association this year. NYTHA provides […]

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NY horsemen donate $100K to advance research and drug testing

The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association is donating $100,000 to the New York State Racing & Wagering Board’s Drug Testing and Research Program to advance research that will strengthen testing for illegal medications in the state. Dr. George Maylin, director of the Drug Testing and Research Program at Morrisville State College, will work in collaboration […]

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NYTHA releases letter to John Sabini addressing Lasix debate

The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association released an open letter addressed to New York State Racing and Wagering Board Chairman John Sabini regarding the use of Lasix as a race day medication. It is the belief of the NYTHA that the continued use of race-day Lasix is in the best interest of the horses. The […]

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New York horsemen release five-point medication reform proposal

The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association on Friday released a five-point plan to reform medication policies in Thoroughbred racing. The association is asking the New York State Racing and Wagering Board to begin the process of adopting its proposal as state law. “While we are hoping for industry-wide support for our proposal, our first obligation […]

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