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New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association Names Will Alempijevic Executive Director

The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) announced today that Will Alempijevic (pronounced Al-em-pee-ya-vich) will join the organization effective Feb. 12, 2020, as the new Executive Director. Alempijevic replaces Andy Belfiore, who served in the role for four years before leaving to take the post as the national THA’s Project Manager for the Mid-Atlantic Strategic Plan to Reduce Equine Fatalities last October. […]

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Country’s Top Apprentice Jockey, Julio Correa, Ready To Compete In New York

Laurel Park-based jockey Julio Correa, leading all apprentice riders in the country in wins, will be moving his tack to New York next month. The 25-year-old native of Caguas, Puerto Rico guided Smart Angle’s 3-year-old filly Yesterdaysplan to a head victory over favored Esterina in the $50,000 Distaff Starter Handicap on Saturday for his first […]

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Pair Of Saratoga Initiatives Getting The Public Closer To Racehorses

As the horse racing industry has struggled in the face of controversy this year, many racetrackers felt misunderstood as the public developed a gradually more negative idea of what happens on the backstretch. ‘If only people could come back here and see how well Thoroughbreds are really treated, they’d understand,’ people said. Two groups at […]

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Man o’ War Stakes A ‘Tough Race’ Honoring A Legendary Horse

Author Tom Wolfe once said of the Empire State: “One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.” Man o’ War’s total racing career wasn’t much longer than those five minutes. But his legacy, built on historic success across four New York tracks, made him an […]

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Mertkan Kantarmaci Wins NYRA’s Claiming Challenge For Small Stable Trainers

Trainer Mertkan Kantarmaci netted the most points and the $18,000 top prize for winning the New York Racing Association’s ‘Under 20’s Claiming Challenge’ during the Aqueduct winter meet. A concept launched last April at the Belmont spring/summer meet, the Under 20’s Claiming Challenge was open to trainers with 20 or fewer horses. Trainers earned points […]

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New York Horsemen To Fund Drug Testing Improvements, Research Into EPO Detection

The Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, led by a $25,000 donation from the New York THA, will contribute a total of $50,000 to fund research to develop an inexpensive test for the detection of potential blood doping agents such as erythropoietin (EPO). The two-year study, an initiative of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium, will be conducted by […]

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Diversify, Bromans Among New York Annual Award Winners

Diversify, whose crowning achievement last season was a brilliant wire-to-wire victory in the Grade 1, $1.2 million Whitney Handicap at Saratoga Racecourse, was the voters’ choice for the 2018 New York-bred Horse of the Year. Chester and Mary Broman were named the state’s outstanding breeders for the third straight year and sixth time overall.  The […]

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Claiming Championship Returns This Saturday At Aqueduct

The New York Racing Association’s Claiming Championship series returns for the fifth year on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack with 10 stakes worth $620,000. The Claiming Championship is open to horses which have started for a claiming price in 2018 or 2019. The 10-race race series, named after some of the most popular claiming horses to […]

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‘Lucrative’ Starter Loyalty Program Back For Another Year In New York

The New York Racing Association’s innovative Starter Loyalty Program will return for a second straight year, it was announced today. The 2019-20 Starter Loyalty Program will begin on April 1 and run through March 30, 2020. The program’s renewal comes on the success of the 2018-19 campaign, rewarding owners and trainers of horses who make […]

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