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New Cuomo Budget Proposal Could Allow OTBs To Drop Horse Racing

While specifics are not yet clear, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2019-2020 budget could give the state’s off-track betting agencies the ability to get rid of horse racing betting entirely, according to newsday.com. Alternatively, OTBs would have the flexibility to merge with other OTBs, or contract out the horse racing betting operations. Eventually, experts say that […]

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In The Hot Seat: Succession Plans Seldom In Play For CEO Job At NYRA

Being the head of the New York Racing Association is a lot like managing a Major League Baseball team: you seldom leave on your own terms. Chris Kay’s sudden departure on Wednesday marks the latest exit by a NYRA executive that didn’t feature a gold watch retirement ceremony. If published reports are accurate that Kay […]

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Horse Racing ‘Cool Again’: NYRA CEO, Governor Praise Islanders At Belmont Deal

Hockey and horse racing are now a coupled entry in New York. New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced today the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League have secured the rights to build an 18,000-seat arena as part of a sports and entertainment complex on 43 acres of property on the grounds of […]

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Final New York Budget Deal Shifts Full Drug Testing Costs To Horsemen, Tracks

Since 1986, the state of New York has helped to pay a portion of the $4 million annual cost of drug testing for horse racing in the state, run at a state university in Morrisville. According to bloodhorse.com, the latest version of the state’s budget finalized on April 9 will transfer the entirety of those […]

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Cuomo, Legislature Can’t Come Together On NYRA Re-Privatization; Talks May Be Deferred

For the past five years, the New York Racing Association has been under control of a board of directors dominated by the selections of Governor Andrew Cuomo. In order to return NYRA to private control, Cuomo and the New York legislature are attempting to hammer out details like the composition of a new board and […]

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Newly Proposed Legislation Limits Cuomo To Two Appointments On Privatized NYRA Board

For the past five years, the New York Racing Association has been under control of a board of directors dominated by the selections of Governor Andrew Cuomo. In order to return NYRA to private control, Cuomo and the New York legislature are attempting to hammer out exactly what a new board will look like. According […]

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Cuomo’s New Finger Lakes Proposal Calls For Reduction In Racing Days

Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed a new plan for New York’s Finger Lakes Racetrack on Friday evening, designed to compensate for the gambling dollars moving away from that track’s racino to the nearby, newly-opened del Lago casino. According to bloodhorse.com, Cuomo’s administration intends to bail out Finger Lakes’ purse fund via contributions from both del Lago […]

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Cuomo Budget Proposal Includes Re-Privatization Of NYRA

New York Racing Association president and CEO Chris Kay said the association’s board of directors supports legislation included in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive budget that would return NYRA to private control. Citing dissatisfaction with how the association was being run, Cuomo executed a state takeover of NYRA by forming a reorganization board of directors in 2012. […]

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‘I Am Going To Lose A Race Track’: Finger Lakes’ Future Remains Uncertain

As the Feb. 1 opening date for upstate New York’s del Lago Casino approaches, both administrators and horsemen at nearby Finger Lakes Racetrack are increasingly nervous about their track’s future. According to the Democrat & Chronicle, a report released earlier in 2016 confirmed fears that the casino would “cannibalize” its competitors, a list which includes […]

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‘Whoa Cuomo’: Travers Airplane Banner Latest Push For New York Racing Group

The following press release was issued Thursday concerning the movement to end government control of Thoroughbred racing in the state of New York: The Concerned Citizens for Saratoga Racing has secured a banner that reads “Whoa Cuomo” to be flown over the Saratoga Race Course, on Saturday, August 27, as a crowd of 50,000 gathers […]

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