New York racing

Belmont Releases Fall Stakes Schedule, Meet Split With Aqueduct During Construction

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced race dates for the 37-day Belmont fall meet, including 45 stakes worth $11.525 million in purse money – an increase of $1.45 million over 2018 – starting at Belmont Park from September 6 to October 6, and concluding at Aqueduct Racetrack, with Belmont at the Big A from […]

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Durenberger To Take Over As Jockey Club Steward For NYRA

Dr. Jennifer Durenberger, who is currently the chief examining veterinarian for the New York Racing Association (NYRA), has been appointed as The Jockey Club steward at NYRA tracks. She will succeed Jim Edwards, who retired at the conclusion of Belmont’s spring/summer meet on July 7.  The appointment was announced by Stuart S. Janney III, the […]

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Saratoga’s Earlier Opening Weekend Includes New Amenities, Entertainment, Six Stakes

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will welcome fans back to the Spa for an action-packed four days filled with world-class Thoroughbred racing and outstanding special events during Opening Weekend of the 2019 season at Saratoga Race Course, Thursday, July 11 through Sunday, July 14.  The 2019 season will get underway when gates open […]

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Students Protest Chad Brown During Speech At Graduation Event Where Local Media Were Barred

Trainer Chad Brown returned to his hometown to speak at the Saturday morning graduation ceremony of Mechanicville High School in New York, but the top trainer didn’t exactly get a hero’s welcome. A small group of students had expressed dismay when Brown was announced as the speaker at the ceremony, citing both ethical concerns about […]

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Loose Horse Interferes With Catholic Boy Work; Colt Targeting G2 Suburban

Catholic Boy, a Grade 1 winner on turf and dirt, breezed a half-mile on Sunday morning in 49.48 seconds at Belmont. The 4-year-old son of More Than Ready made his 2019 debut in the Grade 2 Dixie on May 18 at Pimlico, which he won by a half-length. Trainer Jonathan Thomas is targeting the Grade […]

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Yankee Great, Baseball HOF Inductee Mariano Rivera To Be Honored On Saratoga Opening Weekend

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will host National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and legendary New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera at Saratoga Race Course on Friday, July 12 as part of Opening Weekend festivities for the 2019 summer meet. The special visit to Saratoga Race Course comes one week before Rivera heads […]

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Saratoga Season Passes Available For Father’s Day, In Stewart’s Shops And Online

Racing fans have the opportunity to give dad a gift that lasts all summer long this Father’s Day with a season pass for the 2019 meet at Saratoga Race Course. Clubhouse and Grandstand season passes for the 2019 meet at Saratoga Race Course are on-sale now at nearly 150 Stewart’s Shops locations throughout the greater […]

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Strong Feelings On Display At New York Senate Hearing On Racing

Members of the New York Senate Racing, Wagering and Gaming Committee heard four hours of testimony from 20 witnesses this week demonstrating the stark contrasts in the public’s opinion of horse racing. The Daily Racing Form’s Matt Hegarty reported that several witnesses called for an abolition of racing, while others focused on how much the […]

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Pletcher Under The Radar With Intrepid Heart, Spinoff In Bid For Fourth Belmont Win

Trainer Todd Pletcher will have two chances at a fourth Belmont Stakes victory when he sends out Robert and Lawana Low’s Intrepid Heart and Wertheimer and Frere’s Spinoff in Saturday’s race. Both horses galloped 1 ¼ miles over the main track Wednesday and stood in the gate. Pletcher, who won the Belmont with Rags to Riches (2007), Palace Malice (2013) […]

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Racing’s Red Tape Keeps Equine Therapists From Their Work In New York

In a stall at Todd Pletcher’s Keeneland barn in mid-April, a normally-fractious colt could be found relaxing, one leg cocked, lower lip drooping and eyes half-closed. Veronica Caravella was busy moving a flexible hose deliberately around various muscle groups as she applied pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy to relax tense or tired muscles. Caravella watched […]

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