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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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The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Saratoga’s Lure, New York’s Hook?

Today, the timeless tradition of Thoroughbred racing at Saratoga begins again. The six-week meet is one of the most enticing events of the year for fans, bettors, and horsemen. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss what makes Saratoga so alluring and preview some of the can’t-miss racing battles […]

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Hendrickson: Cuomo’s ‘Strong-Armed’ Control Of NYRA Was ‘A Money Grab From The Very Beginning’

As state control of the New York Racing Association is extended for a second year past the original deadline, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s former racing advisor John Hendrickson, who resigned his post on June 7, had some choice words to say about the man he used to call a family friend. “The Legislature did the best […]

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State Control Of NYRA Extended Through 2017

A final deal was reached Friday evening to extend the state control of the New York Racing Association through October of 2017, reports the Daily Racing Form. Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state legislators were unable to reach a deal that would return NYRA to private control. “This agreement extends the New York Racing Association […]

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NYRA Re-Privatization And VLT Revenue: A Deal’s A Deal

So there’s a bill awaiting New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature that would re-privatize the New York Racing Association. Sorta kinda. NYRA has been under Cuomo’s control for the last four years – one year longer than he promised when he swooped in and created his own operating board to manage Belmont Park, Aqueduct and […]

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NYRA Privatization Talks Falling Apart As Legislators Near End Of Session

It’s possible that NYRA will remain under its current governance structure for another year, reports the Albany Times-Union, rather than reverting to private hands in October. In a stalemate with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration over how much video lottery terminal money should go to horse racing, lawmakers may have to settle for appointing the reorganization […]

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‘Significant Void’ Left As Hendrickson Resigns, Says Concerned Citizens For Saratoga Racing

The Concerned Citizens for Saratoga Racing released the following statement: The Concerned Citizens for Saratoga Racing are saddened by John Hendrickson’s resignation as Governor Cuomo’s Advisor to the New York Racing Association Board of Directors. John’s presence at NYRA board meetings and in major decisions ensured Saratoga of a firm voice of integrity not only […]

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Hendrickson: Cuomo ‘Most Anti-Racing Governor In New York History’?

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s adviser to the New York Racing Association has taken exception to the governor’s reported privatization plan for NYRA that would eliminate slots revenue for capital improvements at Saratoga and other New York racetracks. John Hendrickson, husband of longtime New York racing supporter Marylou Whitney, told the Saratogian that “it’s hard to be […]

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