The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation Donates 1,000 Face Shields To NYRA

The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation donated 1,000 Kroop’s Brands face shields to the New York Racing Association (NYRA) racetrack community as it deals with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. NYRA’s Aqueduct Racetrack is the location for a temporary medical facility being constructed to help during the pandemic. “The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation […]

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Rice, Franco, Drawing Away Claim Titles For Truncated Aqueduct Meet

Trainer Linda Rice notched 40 wins for her second consecutive winter meet crown, while jockey Manny Franco posted 64 victories to win his third consecutive winter meet title at Aqueduct Racetrack. Drawing Away Stable bested all owners with 19 wins for the abbreviated winter meet that ran from December 12 through March 15. Originally scheduled […]

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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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Five New Backstretch Workers Test Positive For COVID-19 At Belmont

Five additional backstretch workers at Belmont Park have tested positive for COVID-19, according to information from the New York Racing Association on March 26. One person had tested positive for the virus on March 19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases at the track to six. Of those six, two are recovering off site […]

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Team Atras And Barn Mascot Gilbert Chasing GOAT Status In New York

Trainer Rob Atras hung his shingle out during last year’s winter meet at Aqueduct Racetrack and has seen his stable grow to 34 horses strong. He currently sits third in the Big A trainer standings with 16 wins from 51 starts. The Winnipeg native, formerly an assistant to Robertino Diodoro, launched a then modest eight-horse […]

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B.E.S.T. Seeking Donations For Negative Pressure Room, A ‘Critical Cog’ In Battling Epidemic

The importance of the Backstretch Employee Service Team of New York (B.E.S.T.) is more pronounced than ever with live racing at Aqueduct Racetrack suspended until further notice due to changing circumstances in the racing community relative to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Led by Executive Director Paul Ruchames from Cottage 28B on the Belmont Park backstretch, B.E.S.T.’s […]

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Sacco: ‘Important To Maintain Some Normalcy’ Through The ‘Uncharted Waters’ Of COVID-19

Red Oak Stable and Madaket Stables’ Mind Control, a dual Grade 1-winner on the New York Racing Association (NYRA) circuit, breezed three furlongs in 36.04 seconds on Saturday on the Belmont Park training track. Trained by Gregg Sacco, the 4-year-old Stay Thirsty colt posted his first breeze since his rallying score in the Grade 3, […]

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Rice Pleased That Max Player Will Have ‘More Time To Mature’ Before September Derby

Trainer Linda Rice maintains a bustling barn of 55 horses on the Belmont backstretch and has had a number of stable stars on the work tab over the past week, including Grade 3 Withers champ Max Player. Owned by George E. Hall, Max Player had been targeting the Grade 2, $750,000 Wood Memorial presented by […]

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Updated COVID-19 Fallout: Aqueduct, Laurel Suspends Racing; Gulfstream Friday Card Called Off; California Has ‘Stay At Home’ Mandate; Jockeys Taking Time Off; Trainers, TVG Personnel Go Into ‘Self Quarantine’

Like many other days since COVID-19, or coronavirus, was deemed a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, a series of events rocked the horse racing world from coast to coast on Thursday. Among them: – The New York Racing Association suspended racing at Aqueduct, effective immediately, after a backstretch worker based at […]

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