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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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New York Stallion Stakes Purses To Double For 2019 Series

The New York Racing Association Inc., (NYRA), in conjunction with the New York Thoroughbred Breeders (NYTB) and New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund (The Fund), announced on Wednesday a dramatic increase in purse values for the New York Stallion Stakes (NYSSS). In 2019, purses for the 10-race series restricted to the progeny of […]

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Trainer Ed Barker Takes First Prize In NYRA’s Under 20’s Claiming Challenge

For eight trainers with small stables of 20 or fewer horses, participating in claiming races at the Belmont Park spring/summer meet proved to be doubly rewarding. Besides collecting purse revenue from their horses’ starts, the eight horsemen divided $80,000 in prize money as the top finishers in the New York Racing Association’s first Under 20’s […]

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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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