Andy Belfiore

THA Hires Belfiore To Oversee Mid-Atlantic Strategic Plan To Reduce Equine Fatalities

Andy Belfiore, who has served as executive director for the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association for the past four years, will join the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (“THA”) as the Project Manager for the Mid-Atlantic Strategic Plan to Reduce Equine Fatalities. In this capacity, Belfiore will work with the Plan’s architects, NYS Equine Medical Director Dr. Scott […]

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The Question Of Horse Racing’s Survival: What Can Be Done To Help Tip The Scales?

In the wake of a rash of equine fatalities at Santa Anita Park last spring, horse racing insiders and fans have been asking each other for months: Will the sport survive this crisis?  The question was also a central focus of the annual Saratoga Institute on Equine, Racing and Gaming Law held Tuesday in Saratoga […]

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Violette Remembered With ‘For The Good’ Mower Donation to New York ReRun

Equine Equipment’s For the Good program, which donates the use of commercial mowers to aftercare facilities around North America, has announced a special donation of an Exmark mower for the 2019 mowing season to ReRun in East Greenbush, N.Y., to honor the late trainer and horsemen’s advocate Rick Violette Jr. A trainer for more than […]

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Former NYTHA President Rick Violette Jr. Passes After Battle With Lung Cancer

Trainer Rick Violette Jr., who retired in 2017 after 10 years as President of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and more than 25 years as a member of the NYTHA Board, passed away this morning at his home in Delray Beach, Florida, after a battle with lung cancer. He was 65. Violette was born […]

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Trainer Pat Kelly To Receive EquiStar Award From NYTHA

Trainer Pat Kelly, a stalwart on the New York racing circuit for more than 40 years and a tireless supporter of the backstretch workers and the horses, has been named the NYTHA “EquiStar” for 2018. The EquiStar Award was created by the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association in 2016 to recognize an individual or organization […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Power’ In Teamwork At Belmont

Extreme weather conditions in New York last week did more than force the cancellation of racing at Aqueduct; on Thursday afternoon, power to the Belmont Park backstretch was lost. Open as a training facility during the winter, Belmont’s power outage left the dorm rooms of approximately 125 stable employees without heat just as the below-freezing […]

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New York Will Require Owner Education About Responsible Aftercare

Beginning on February 1, racehorse owners registered in the state of New York will be required to watch a video detailing responsible aftercare practices, according to ABC News 10 in Albany. Presented by the New York Horseracing and Gaming Commission, the video is hosted by track announcer Larry Collmus and features Michael Blowen of Old […]

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New Vocations ‘Thrilled’ To Announce Opening Of New York Satellite Facility

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program announced the official opening of their New York satellite facility at October Hill Farm in Fort Edward. Owned by Dan and Danielle Dill the brand-new equestrian facility has partnered with New Vocations to assist in expanding the program’s New York aftercare efforts. Trainer Leandra Cooper will spearhead the transitional training […]

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NYTHA Executive Director Jim Gallagher Retires

Jim Gallagher, who was named NYTHA’s Executive Director in 2007, has announced his retirement. Andy Belfiore, NYTHA’s Director of Communications for nearly four years, will assume the role of acting executive director, effective Sept. 8. “I have really enjoyed my time with NYTHA,” Gallagher said. “It is all about relationships, and the ones I have […]

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