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‘Deeply Concerned’: Pletcher’s Request For 50 H-2B Visas Denied

Top Thoroughbred trainer Todd Pletcher recently applied for H-2B work visas to hire South American staff to care for his racehorses during the upcoming New York race meetings, but due to a 66,000 cap in 2019 the federal government has denied all 50 of his requests, according to the Albany Business Review. This is the […]

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New Minimum Standards For On-Track Housing Advanced By New York Regulators

The New York State Gaming Commission has proposed regulations regarding minimum standards for the backstretch housing at NYRA racetracks, according to timesunion.com. Under the new rules, the accommodations would have size requirements, minimum air temperatures, safe water, certain amenities, pest control, and garbage removal. These regulations, which could take effect later this year, would require both […]

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‘Deep’ Training Surface At Belmont An Advantage For Gotham Aspirant Mind Control

Red Oak Stable and Madaket Stables’ Mind Control looks to be in fine fettle grinding out works at Belmont Park in preparation for the Grade 3, $300,000 Gotham for 3-year-olds on Saturday, March 9 at Aqueduct Racetrack, trainer Gregory Sacco said Friday morning. “Knock on wood, he’s right on schedule and we can’t be doing […]

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Belmont Stakes Schedule: Belmont Day To Feature Eight Grade 1 Races

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced the stakes schedule for a 48-day Belmont Park spring/summer meet, featuring 59 total stakes races worth $18.4 million, to commence on Friday, April 26 and run through Sunday, July 7. The meet is highlighted by the three-day Belmont Stakes Racing Festival from Thursday, June 6 through […]

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NYRA Completes New 100-Resident Building On Belmont Backstretch

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced the completion of a new residential building designed and constructed to serve the backstretch community at Belmont Park. The new building, which will provide space for 100 residents, is the second newly constructed residential building at Belmont Park in just the last three years and is […]

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Memorial For Trainer Rick Violette To Be Held Nov. 26 At Belmont Cafe

The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association will host a memorial for Rick Violette Jr. from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26, at the Belmont Café at Belmont Park. Rick, the long-time president of NYTHA, passed away last month. We welcome everyone, from the backstretch and the frontside, to attend this celebration of Rick’s life. Donations […]

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Brooks Named Grand Prize Winner In Breeders’ Cup Capture The Classic Challenge

Breeders’ Cup, one of the world’s most prestigious Thoroughbred horse racing events, announced on Friday that Bob Brooks, of Kitchener, Ontario, has been selected as the Grand Prize winner for the $100,000 Capture the Classic Challenge. Launched in June 2018, the interactive promotion tasked fans to predict the winners of select races for a chance […]

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Belmont Fall Handle Down Significantly After Poor Weather, Turf Cancellations

The 35-day Belmont Park Fall Championship Meet generated all-sources handle of $269,002,237, the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced on Monday. That total is down 11-percent from last fall’s handle of $303,405,927, according to drf.com. Originally scheduled for 36 days of live racing, the entire card on Saturday, October 27 was cancelled due to dangerously […]

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Homeland Security Battles To Zagora Victory Closing Day At Belmont

Homeland Security held off Golden Attitude to capture the featured $125,000 Zagora, one of three stakes on Closing Day of the Belmont Park Fall Meet. Sent to post as the 5-2 second choice, the Chad Brown trainee picked up her second career stakes score with a stalking trip in the 1 1/2 miles turf marathon […]

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Pletcher Platoon: Opry Puts In ‘Good And Progressive Work,’ Current Adds ‘Very Strong Gallop Out’

With one week remaining until the Breeders’ Cup World Championships on November 2-3 at Churchill, trainer Todd Pletcher sent out several contenders for their final workouts on Friday morning at Belmont Park. Entered for the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, Grade 3 With Anticipation winner Opry, with regular rider Javier Castellano aboard, worked in […]

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