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New York Governor Gives Spectator-Free Horse Racing Green Light For June 1 Reopening

During his daily coronavirus briefing on Saturday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo  said horse racing without spectators may resume as early as Monday, June 1. The New York Racing Association last raced on Sunday, March 15, at Aqueduct. Four days later, after a backstretch worker tested positive at Belmont Park, NYRA suspended live racing while […]

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NYRA Seeking To Resume Racing At Belmont Without Fans, Continue Model At Saratoga

After statements by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo during a Wednesday press conference cast doubt on the likelihood of Saratoga running a 2020 summer meet with spectators, the New York Racing Association released the following statement: NYRA joins the entire racing community in applauding Governor Cuomo’s steady leadership throughout this unprecedented public health crisis. We […]

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Cuomo Casts Doubt On Saratoga Running With Fans In 2020

Racing fans have long wondered what the outlook is for a summer meet at Saratoga in 2020. During his regular address to update New Yorkers on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo seemed to cast doubt on the likelihood the track would operate as normal. Cuomo expressed concern about the effects of cabin fever […]

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COVID-19 Update: Talks And Proposals But No Resumption Of Racing In Kentucky, California Or New York

Because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Thoroughbred racing remains on hold in three of the most important circuits in the United States, and despite discussions between track and government officials there is no agreement for a start-up date to resume the sport – even without spectactors on-site – in California, Kentucky or New York. On […]

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Committee Turns Lights Out On Proposal For Thoroughbred Night Racing In New York

Legislation permitting the New York Racing Association to conduct night racing is dead, at least for now, New York Newsday reports. A proposal permitting the change was removed from budget negotiations, John Bonacic, chairman of the New York Senate’s Racing and Wagering Committee, said. “I know it’s dead,” Bonacic told Newsday, adding that the proposal […]

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New York: Cuomo’s Budget Plan Includes Provision For Night Racing At Belmont

Among the items listed in the 2018 state budget plan New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo released Tuesday was a provision that would allow the New York Racing Association to conduct night racing at Belmont Park. According to a report in the BloodHorse, the proposal, which will need to be approved by the legislature, would allow horse […]

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Vernon Downs: Tax Dispute With New York State Puts Opening Day On Hold

Jeff Gural, Chairman of American Racing and Entertainment, announced today that he will be delaying the opening day of racing at Vernon Downs amid significant financial losses due to the added competition from Yellow Brick Road, Lago and Rivers. Final preparations are currently underway at Vernon Downs to open the 64th season of live harness […]

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Final New York Budget Deal Shifts Full Drug Testing Costs To Horsemen, Tracks

Since 1986, the state of New York has helped to pay a portion of the $4 million annual cost of drug testing for horse racing in the state, run at a state university in Morrisville. According to, the latest version of the state’s budget finalized on April 9 will transfer the entirety of those […]

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Report: New York Budget Deal Includes NYRA Re-Privatization Plan

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers reached a sweeping budget deal on Friday that includes details for the New York Racing Association to be re-privatized after being under state control since 2012, according to a report by Tom Precious. Timeline for the transfer to a private board isn’t clear under the terms of […]

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