New York racing

Rice, Franco, Drawing Away Claim Titles For Truncated Aqueduct Meet

Trainer Linda Rice notched 40 wins for her second consecutive winter meet crown, while jockey Manny Franco posted 64 victories to win his third consecutive winter meet title at Aqueduct Racetrack. Drawing Away Stable bested all owners with 19 wins for the abbreviated winter meet that ran from December 12 through March 15. Originally scheduled […]

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Locals, Horsemen Wonder: Will There Be A Saratoga Meet This Year?

As of now, a July 16 opening day is still on the calendar for Saratoga Race Course, but as the COVID-19 crisis worsens in New York, writer Mike MacAdam questions whether the traditional summer race meet will actually take place. Writing for The Daily Gazette, MacAdam noted the Saratoga isn’t just a beloved tradition — […]

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‘Right Thing To Do’: NYRA Moves Forward With Lasix Phase-Out Plans

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will prohibit the use of Furosemide (Lasix) within 48 hours of racing for all 2-year-olds with the start of juvenile racing in April at Aqueduct Racetrack, ushering in a new era in medication reform. Last April, NYRA joined a coalition of leading racing organizations committed to phasing out […]

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NYRA: More Than 50 Horses With Indicted Trainers Have Been Transferred

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) applauds and supports the actions taken by the New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) to suspend the licenses of 12 horsemen named in Monday’s indictments by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.  On Tuesday, the NYSGC suspended the licenses of the following individuals named […]

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‘I’ve Had Enough’: After 35 Years, Contessa Leaving Training Game

After 35 years, New York-based Gary Contessa said he is getting out of the training game. “I’ve had enough,” said Contessa this week. “It’s virtually impossible. Lots of people are going to continue to try, because that’s what we have in our blood, but I’ve been doing this for 35 years and it’s become increasingly […]

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‘Nothing But The Highest Of Praise’: Hall Of Famer Mott Approaches 5,000 North American Wins

If the measure of success in horse racing is judged solely on statistics, then trainer Bill Mott, an icon on the New York Racing Association circuit for more than three decades, has earned legendary status. Mott, 66, is on the cusp of saddling 5,000 career winners in North America; a milestone only matched in North American […]

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NYRA Set To Take Saratoga Corporate Space, Group Hospitality Reservations

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will accept full space corporate and group hospitality reservations for the 2020 season at Saratoga Race Course beginning Tuesday, March 3 at 10 a.m.  Among the group options available are the first-floor banquet space, second-floor event space and third-floor luxury suites at the 1863 Club. The three-story, climate-controlled […]

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Thursday Aqueduct Card Called Off Due To High Winds

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has canceled Thursday’s live racing program at Aqueduct Racetrack due to dangerously high winds forecast to impact the New York City metropolitan area throughout the day. The National Weather Service is calling for sustained high winds throughout the afternoon with wind gusts forecast to exceed 40 mph. As […]

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Report: Hearing For Trainer Linda Rice Postponed Again

A hearing to determine whether the New York State Gaming Commission will take action against top trainer Linda Rice has been postponed for a third time, according to the Daily Racing Form. The hearing, which is projected to take four days, will now begin in late March. The commission will hear evidence on whether Rice […]

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