New York racing

‘Horses Were His Passion’: NYRA To Observe Moment Of Silence For Rider Juan Becerra

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will observe a moment of silence following Thursday’s fifth race at Aqueduct Racetrack to honor the memory of Juan Becerra, an exercise rider for trainer Steve Asmussen who passed away on Monday. The 43-year-old Becerra lost consciousness while exercising a horse on the Belmont Park training track on […]

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Exercise Rider Juan Becerra Cortes Dies After Fall From Horse At Belmont Park

Juan Becerra Cortes, an exercise rider for Steve Asmussen, has died after falling from a horse  at Belmont Park Nov. 8, the Daily Racing Form reported. Asmussen assistant Toby Sheets told DRF Becerra Cortes fell during a gallop over the training track. Sheets said the rider was unconscious and had blood on his brain. He […]

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Country’s Top Apprentice Jockey, Julio Correa, Ready To Compete In New York

Laurel Park-based jockey Julio Correa, leading all apprentice riders in the country in wins, will be moving his tack to New York next month. The 25-year-old native of Caguas, Puerto Rico guided Smart Angle’s 3-year-old filly Yesterdaysplan to a head victory over favored Esterina in the $50,000 Distaff Starter Handicap on Saturday for his first […]

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NYRA Unveils $3.4 Million Stakes Schedule For Aqueduct Fall Meet

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced the stakes schedule for the 22-day Aqueduct fall meet, which will run from Friday, November 1 to Sunday, December 1, and offer 22 stakes worth $3.4 million in purses. Opening weekend of the fall meet will coincide with the Breeders’ Cup, set for November 1-2, allowing […]

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‘We Are Very Concerned’: Belmont Fall Meet Fatalities Are Up But Cause Remains Unclear

From a safety perspective, Belmont Park’s fall meet isn’t off to a very good start. In the three weeks since the meet began on Sept. 6, four horses have died in racing, with another three suffering fatal injuries in training. An additional eight are listed as “racing incidents” in the New York State Gaming Commission’s […]

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‘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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