New York racing

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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Cairo Prince Colt Highlights Record-Breaking Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Sale

Fasig-Tipton’s New York-Bred Yearling Sale saw records across the board at its Sunday night conclusion, from its economic indicators to its top price of $500,000. Gross receipts of $16,214,000 jumped 18 percent, while average price of $89,088 was up 15 percent over last year’s sale. Median price finished at $69,500, which was also a 15 percent […]

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Giordano, Mellen Honored At Thorofan Awards Brunch

Thorofan, the organization to promote the growth of the racing industry via racing fans, recognized Bob Giordano and Dawn Mellen with its two annual awards at a ceremony in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Saturday. Giordano was honored with the 2017 ThoroFan Award for his accomplishments as the creator and producer of the Saratoga Trainer Saddle […]

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Opinion: What Do Football And Racing Have In Common? Injuries And Attitude

In a recent editorial for the Albany Times-Union, writer Chris Churchill observes that football and horse racing, sports on somewhat opposite trajectories for the past century, are starting to come together — and not in a good way. A spate of equine deaths during the Saratoga meet has sparked discussion and notice from protestors about […]

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Keeneland Increases Takeout To State Maximums For 2017 Fall Meeting

Keeneland Racecourse has informed the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission that it plans to increase takeout to the maximum allowed under state law during its 2017 fall meeting, reports drf.com. Officials confirmed that takeout on win, place and show wagers will move from 16 percent to 17.5 percent, and it will increase from 19 percent to […]

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He’s Back: Samraat To Make 2017 Debut In Saginaw Stakes

My Meadowview Farms’ multiple graded stakes winner Samraat is set to kick off his 2017 campaign in the $100,000 Saginaw at 1 1/16 Miles for New York-breds 4-year-olds and up on Sunday at Belmont Park. A 6-year-old son of Noble Causeway, Samraat has three wins from four career starts at the distance. Looking to make […]

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New York Legislature Makes Deal Allowing Vernon Downs Extra $2 Million From VLTs

The New York legislature voted to grant more video lottery terminal revenue to Vernon Downs ahead of threats the harness track would close due to declining profits. Vernon Downs will now get at least $2 million from VLT revenue to offset the $150,000 owner Jeff Gural said he is losing per month on the track. […]

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New York Approves Third-Party Lasix Administration; Partial Lasix Ban Also Discussed

The New York State Gaming Commission approved a rule requiring that third-party veterinarians administer the legal race-day medication furosemide (Lasix) at its meeting held June 26. The Daily Racing Form reports that the rule will restrict the administration race-day Lasix injections to vets “who are not caring for the horses of a trainer or owner who participates at the […]

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