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Met Mile – The Breeders’ Race – Thriving As Part of Belmont Day Card

The Grade 1, $1.2 million Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap serves as a prime example of how the more things change, the more they stay the same – and sometimes they can become better than ever. Four years after moving from its traditional spot on Memorial Day and becoming a cornerstone of a spectacular Belmont Stakes Day […]

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Rare Sight: Queen’s Call To Mind Preparing For Start In Belmont Gold Cup

Racing fans at Belmont Park on Friday will be treated to a rare sight at American racetracks: the purple-and-scarlet colors of Her Majesty, The Queen. Call To Mind, a 4-year-old owned and bred by Elizabeth II, figures prominently in the Grade 2, $400,000 Belmont Gold Cup Invitational, which will be contested at two miles on […]

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Ward Sends Out Potent Duo In Astoria

Trainer Wesley Ward, a name to be feared in the entry box for juvenile races across the globe, will send out a potent one-two punch in Thursday’s 107th running of the $150,000, 5 ½-furlong Astoria for 2-year-old fillies at Belmont Park. The Ward pair of Athens Queen and Wonder Stone are each exiting an impressive […]

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Oaklawn Park Racing Secretary Pat Pope Adding Belmont Park Duties To Resume

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced today that Pat Pope has been hired to serve as racing secretary for the Belmont Park spring/summer and fall meets. Pope will assume some responsibilities related to the current Belmont spring/summer meet before starting full time for the upcoming Belmont fall meet. A native of Sioux City, […]

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Jockeys’ Guild: Management’s ‘Disregard’ For NYRA Jockey Colony ‘Troublesome’

The Jockeys’ Guild released the following statement on Monday, May 14, regarding Saturday’s incident prior to the races at Belmont Park: On Saturday, May 12th, the entire jockey colony at Belmont Park, including Jockeys’ Guild Chairman John Velazquez, as well as Guild Senate members who regularly ride at NYRA tracks, Javier Castellano, Jose L. Ortiz, […]

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Saturday’s Belmont Card Delayed 37 Minutes By Jockeys’ Request For Contract Meeting

The first race at Belmont Park on Saturday was scheduled to go off at 1:30 p.m., but the starting gates did not open until 2:07 p.m. The highlight of the day’s card, the $700,000 Grade 1 Man o’ War Stakes, was originally scheduled for 6:50 p.m., but was pushed back to 7:22 p.m. According to drf.com, […]

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NYRA Bonuses for Long-Distance Races, 2-Year-Olds Continue During Belmont Meet

The New York Racing Association announced today that it will continue its long-distance racing bonus program for the 2018 Belmont Spring/Summer meet that opens Friday. All open maiden special weight and first- and second-level allowance races at distances of 1 1/4 miles (10 furlongs) and beyond will have a total purse of $90,000 when the […]

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NYRA Announces ‘Under 20s Claiming Challenge’ For 2018 Belmont Meet

The New York Racing Association has announced an “Under 20s Claiming Challenge” for modest-sized stables to compete for cash prizes during the upcoming 2018 Belmont spring/summer meet. The Under 20s Claiming Challenge is open to all trainers stabled at NYRA facilities with 20 or fewer horses in their care nationwide at the start of the […]

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Claimers: ‘A Lot Of People Care’ About Welfare Of Racing’s Working Class Horses

This is our fourth and final installment in the Claimers series. Find Part 1 here, Part 2 here, and Part 3 here. Behind the veil of a blue and white checker pattern, Twitter user @NotCloudyAllDay collects and publishes hundreds of race results every week, hoping to alert the public, rescues and racing officials to horses […]

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Moving Cigar Mile, Boosting Purse Pays Dividends For NYRA

In its 29 years of existence, the stakes now known as the Cigar Mile Handicap presented by NYRA Bets has undergone a world of change. The brain child of then-New York Racing Association President Gerard McKeon, the one-turn race at Aqueduct was originally named the NYRA Mile by McKeon to shine a positive light on […]

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