New York racing

‘Well Deserved’: Hennig Assistant Castellanos Finalist For Thoroughbred Industry Employee Award

Saul Castellanos, a familiar face for the past 20 years at New York Racing Association [NYRA] tracks, first as a foreman and now as head assistant for veteran trainer Mark Hennig, said just being named a finalist for the 2019 Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards [TIEA] has made him feel like a winner. “Being a finalist means a […]

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‘Great Concept’: Owners, Trainers Embrace NYRA’s New Turf Triple Series

Considering that the famed Triple Crown for 3-year-olds that starts with the Kentucky Derby and ends with the Belmont Stakes has been around for about 100 years, it’s a big ask of a new series to create a buzz in its first year. Yet in its inaugural edition, the New York Racing Association’s two Turf […]

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Debut Of Jockey Club Derby Kicks Off First Weekend Of Belmont Fall Meet

Following the conclusion of the 2019 meet at Saratoga Race Course, live racing will return to Belmont Park on Friday for the 37-day fall meet offering 45 stakes worth $11.525 million in purse money and eight Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” qualifiers held over two weekends. Opening Weekend is highlighted by a blockbuster day […]

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Attfield’s Art Of Almost Joins Contenders For Final Leg Of Turf Tiara

Frederick Seitz, Jon Kelly, Danny Ward, and Theodore Folkerth’s multiple graded-stakes placed Art of Almost is among the 10 fillies invited to the $750,000 Jockey Club Oaks Invitational, third and final leg of the newly-minted Turf Tiara. Trained by Hall of Famer Roger Attfield, Art of Almost arrives at the 1 3/8-mile inner turf test set for […]

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Saratoga To Celebrate Fans With Events, Special Offers

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will thank its fans with a series of special events, savings and offers during the final week of the 2019 season at Saratoga Race Course. “We are incredibly fortunate at Saratoga to have the best fans in racing and we want to thank them with a series of […]

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New York Racing Mourns Carmen Barrera, 41-Year NYRA Veteran

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) mourns the loss of Carmen Barrera, the longtime director of horsemen’s relations, who died unexpectedly today in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. She was 60. Barrera joined NYRA in 1978, the same year that her uncle Laz Barrera campaigned Affirmed to the Triple Crown and was a valued employee and familiar presence […]

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Turf Milers Get NBC Spotlight For ‘Win And You’re In’ Fourstardave Handicap

Led by the Chad Brown-trained trio Uni (GB), Raging Bull (FR) and Made You Look, a field of 10 runners has been entered for the one-mile, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap, which will be broadcast live this Saturday, Aug. 10 from Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. at 5 p.m. ET on NBC. Saturday’s show marks the sixth of 11 telecasts […]

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Blog: New York Races Defy State’s Task Force Safety Recommendations For Claimers

According to a blog post by Tom Noonan, New York racing officials are not following one of their own recommendations to improve equine safety. A task force formed in 2012 to examine the circumstances behind a spate of sudden deaths at Aqueduct determined, among many other things, that fatal injuries were more likely to occur […]

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Amoss Optimistic Long Weekend Likes Saratoga Surface Ahead Of G2 Saratoga Special

Long Weekend, an impressive five-length debut winner, will take a step up in class and distance as part of a talented eight-horse field of juveniles making their respective stakes debut in Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Saratoga Special presented by Miller Lite at Saratoga Race Course. Owned by B.C.W.T., Long Weekend bested a seven-horse maiden field […]

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The Question Of Horse Racing’s Survival: What Can Be Done To Help Tip The Scales?

In the wake of a rash of equine fatalities at Santa Anita Park last spring, horse racing insiders and fans have been asking each other for months: Will the sport survive this crisis?  The question was also a central focus of the annual Saratoga Institute on Equine, Racing and Gaming Law held Tuesday in Saratoga […]

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