New York racing

New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association Announces 2017 Candidates For Election

The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association has announced the slate of candidates for its 2017 election for President and Board of Directors. The NYTHA Board is comprised of five Owner/Directors and five Trainer/Directors. All seats on the Board come up for election every three years. This year, there is one candidate for President, 10 candidates […]

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Effinex Moving To McMahon Of Saratoga Thoroughbreds For 2018

Joe McMahon announced today that Horse of the Year Mineshaft’s leading lifetime runner, multiple-graded stakes winning son Effinex, has relocated to his farm, minutes from Saratoga’s backside. Retired to stud in 2017, Effinex will be represented by two in-foal mares at the upcoming Fasig-Tipton Fall Sale, Monday, October 16 in Saratoga and three at Keeneland […]

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Belmont Park To Offer Double Pick-6 Carryover Of $63,018 On Friday

Horseplayers will be greeted with a two-day Pick 6 carryover of $63,018 for Friday’s live racing program at Belmont Park. The multi-race wager begins in Race 4 with an approximate post time of 3:04 p.m. Thursday’s Pick 6 sequence kicked off in race 5 with Classic Covey ($9.80) followed by: Very Very Stella ($16.40), Lady […]

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Report: War Story Rabbit Denied Entry To Woodward

Stewards in New York have denied Grade 1 Woodward Stakes entry to Ron Paolucci-owned runner May B after Paolucci admitted he wanted the horse to act as a rabbit for contestant War Story. The Daily Racing Form reports Paolucci called the stewards to notify them of what he was doing and was surprised the stewards used […]

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‘A Cop And A Cowboy’: Assistant Trainer Reflects On Luck, Love Of Horses, And Career

For six weeks every summer, Saratoga horsemen live to the rhythm of workouts, races, dinners, meetings, and the beat of Caroline Street. The return to Belmont is always a change of pace. The summer is over, and the barn is a little quieter. When Gary Contessa moves his stable back to Long Island this year […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Woodbine Jackpot $1M Carryover: Thinking ‘Absolute’?

A judge’s recent decision in Kentucky could have far-reaching consequences for horse racing, depending on what happens next. The case involves a medication overage appealed by trainer Graham Motion, and at stake is the long-standing trainer responsibility rule that maintains trainers have “absolute” accountability over what happens in their stables. Is it unconstitutional? In this […]

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Saratoga Fatalities: Any Common Risk Factors Involved?

Saratoga has been in the news this summer not just for its excellent racing and traditionally popular, fan-friendly atmosphere, but also for equine fatalities. So far this year at Saratoga, 17 horses have died, compared to 16 deaths in 2016 and 13 in 2015. The New York State Gaming Commission, New York Racing Association, and […]

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Additional Equine Safety Policies To Be Implemented Immediately At Saratoga

In addition to the existing industry-leading equine health and safety policies and procedures already in place at New York State racetracks, the New York State Gaming Commission, The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) and the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) are implementing additional actions immediately at Saratoga Race Course, including increased regulatory veterinary […]

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‘They All Work For The Horses’: Emotional Impact Of Track Fatalities Hits Track, Farm Workers, Too

As the public continues to keep eyes on Saratoga, which on Thursday saw its 15th equine fatality of the season (including racing and training), one backstretch worker writes that the weight of racing deaths is felt strongly by horsemen as well as the public. Adrianne DeVaux, writing for The Odyssey Online, detailed the pain felt […]

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‘The Public Has A Thirst For Knowledge’: Contessa To Host Public Clinics At Barn For Second Summer

When New York trainer Gary Contessa spoke out on the topic of immigration and backstretch labor last week, people had all kinds of opinions. Some of them were agreement or support, but others were aggressive disagreement. The risk of voicing an opinion in this digital age is that someone will find it and use it […]

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