Rick Violette

Violette on Catskills Casino: It’s just unconscionable

Racing officials say that the proposed Indian casino in the Catskills would seriously impact Aqueduct’s new racino and may even drive Monticello Raceway out of business. “We’ve been waiting nine years for Aqueduct,” said NYRA board member and NYTHA president Rick Violette. “Before even the first dollar is in a slot machine, the revenue is […]

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WEEKEND STAKES: WHERE TO WATCH brought to you by WEST POINT THOROUGHBREDS

This weekend marks the opening of Saratoga Race Course, in picturesque Saratoga Springs, New York. There are three graded stakes scheduled over the weekend, but handicappers are going to be challenged by track conditions, which could be very wet from copious amounts of rain. Friday’s feature is the Grade 3 Schuylerville, for 2-year-old fillies going […]

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TWO GROUPS CALLING FOR FRUCHER’S RESIGNATION FROM NYC OTB

After a highly dramatic couple weeks of threats from the brass at NYC OTB, two groups are calling into question the validity of the claims and calling for Chairman Sandy Frucher to step down. “NYC OTB is engaged in a cynical and, we believe, illegal strategy,” said Rick Violette, president of the New York […]

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WEEKEND STAKES: WHERE TO WATCH brought to you by KBC Horse Supplies

December brings the American graded stakes racing schedule into the homestretch. This weekend there will be a pair of graded stakes for juveniles at Delta Downs, in Vinton, Louisiana, and a pair at Hollywood Park. Friday night racing at Delta Downs offers $1.6 million in purse money and is capped off by the Grade […]

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