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NYRA Announces Earlier Start To 2019 Saratoga Season; Number Of Racing Days To Remain The Same

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced an adjustment of racing dates for the 2019 Belmont Park spring/summer meet and the Saratoga summer meet to ensure the continuity of racing operations in New York in light of proposed timelines for the construction of a new arena at Belmont Park. The adjustment is based on initial […]

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NYRA Announces Purse Increases For Aqueduct Meet For Certain Allowance, Claimer Categories

The New York Racing Association (NYRA) has announced purse increases across a number of categories for the upcoming winter meet at Aqueduct Racetrack. The Aqueduct winter meet is slated to begin Friday, December 7 and will feature significant purse increases in both New York-bred and open categories, including an $8,000 increase in open maiden allowance […]

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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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Purses, Bonuses, And Worker’s Comp: NYRA Combats Winter Racing Woes

It was a tough winter at Aqueduct for the New York Racing Association, and not just because of the weather. According to thoroughbredracing.com, NYRA saw a $50 million handle decrease and significant dips in field size, while also missing all or part of the card for nine straight race days in early January. Additional struggles this […]

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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 Horsemen Elect Rice, Bond As First Female Vice Presidents For NYTHA

The newly elected New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association Board of Directors held its initial meeting Dec. 12, and one of its first orders of business was to name trainer/director Linda Rice as First Vice President, and owner/director Tina Marie Bond as Second Vice President. The two represent the first women elected as vice presidents in […]

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Big Scores, Big Losses, And The Scholarship That Wasn’t: Tales From Horseplayers At Equestricon

Without the agony of defeat, there would be less triumph in victory. That was the reason the inaugural Equestricon in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. took a look at some of the worst beats from professional horseplayers, as well as a few memorable scores. Joe Appelbaum recalled a summer at Saratoga when he was alive through the […]

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Nufrio Leads After First Day Of National Handicapping Championship

Pat Nufrio of Belleville, N.J., leads the 18th Daily Racing Form/NTRA NHC Presented by Racetrack Television Network and Treasure Island Las Vegas with a $188.70 mythical bankroll after Day 1 of the three-day tournament at Treasure Island. Nufrio cashed for more than $20 five times and further padded his bankroll in five other races. As […]

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A New Twist: NHC, BCBC $3 Million Bonus To Become ‘Rolling Double’

The $3 million NHC Tour Bonus – the largest prize ever offered in the handicapping contest world – added a new twist when the National Thoroughbred Racing Association today announced that the winner of January’s Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) in Las Vegas will be eligible for a $3 million bonus if he […]

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Appelbaum Eyes $3 Million NHC Tour Bonus

With his triumph in the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC) earlier this month, horse owner and breeder Joe Appelbaum is now eligible to take down the largest prize ever offered in the handicapping contest world – a $3 million bonus to the BCBC winner if they can also win January’s Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping […]

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