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State Moving Forward With Temporary Hospital At Aqueduct; Spring Meet Scrapped

The New York Racing Association announced on Saturday that live racing at Aqueduct Racetrack in Ozone Park, N.Y., is canceled for the remainder of the winter and spring meets with the building now set to serve as a temporary hospital site during the fight against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. On Friday, New York State Gov. […]

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NYTHA’s Appelbaum Says ‘Common Sense’ Labor Regulations Needed

Joe Appelbaum, president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, issued a statement on Saturday in response to the comments from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday in which Cuomo said a number of Thoroughbred trainers had “stolen” wages from their employees through violation of New York Department of Labor violations. Appelbaum’s statement: “As […]

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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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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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