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The Friday Show Presented By Indiana Racing & Breeding: An Inside Job?

The Thoroughbred industry learned this week that Chris Kay’s term as CEO of the New York Racing Association is over. After 5 1/2 years in the position, Kay resigned amid reports that he used NYRA employees to do some work on his private home. In today’s edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray […]

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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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NYRA CEO Chris Kay Resigns; David O’Rourke Named Interim

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) Board of Directors today announced that it has accepted the resignation of NYRA CEO & President Chris Kay, effective immediately. To ensure continuity of operations, David O’Rourke, NYRA’s Senior Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer, has been named interim CEO. Multiple published reports said Kay resigned at the […]

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NYRA, FOX Sports Ink Deal For 500 Hours Of Television Coverage In 2019

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) and FOX Sports has announced a long-term television programming deal that will make FOX Sports the year-round national television home for NYRA racing from Saratoga Race Course and Belmont Park. In 2019, FOX Sports is scheduled to televise 500 hours of NYRA racing including coverage of nearly every […]

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‘He Fought For You’: Emotional Tribute To Rick Violette At Belmont Park

People came from all over the country came remember and pay tribute to trainer Rick Violette at an emotional memorial service at Belmont Park this week, reports the Blood-Horse. The Belmont Cafe was standing room only with family members, friends, employees and others with connections to Violette, who passed away last month at age 65. […]

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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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NYRA Announces Retirement Of 25-Year Bugler Sam Grossman

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced that its longtime bugler Sam Grossman will retire from his full-time duties on the New York racing circuit on Labor Day, Monday, September 3. Grossman will issue his final “Call to the Post” at Saratoga Race Course prior to the day’s 11th race, bringing a 25-year […]

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NYRA: Tickets Going Fast For Travers’ Day Card Featuring Six Grade 1 Races

The 149th edition of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers will be filled with intrigue as fans await to see whether a filly can be the first to capture the race since World War I. When Wonder Gadot, named for the actress who played Wonder Woman in the recent hit movie, enters the starting gate […]

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Runhappy Named Title Sponsor Of 149th Travers

Champion sprinter Runhappy, currently standing at Claiborne Farm, will be the title sponsor of the 149th running of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers on August 25, the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced today. As part of an expanded relationship with NYRA, Runhappy has also been named presenting sponsor of the Grade 1, […]

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Opening Day Handle At Saratoga Tops $20 Million For Second Consecutive Year

Opening Day of the 2018 season at Saratoga Race Course generated all-sources handle of $20,247,319, the second consecutive season that wagering exceeded this milestone figure. On-track handle was $5,403,833, an increase of nearly eight percent over 2017. Opening day of racing was highlighted by the Grade 3, $150,000 Schuylerville for juvenile fillies, the first stakes […]

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