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NYRA Plans Launch Of ‘Empire 6’ During Saratoga Meeting

The New York Racing Association is planning to launch a lower-minimum jackpot-style Pick Six bet during this year’s Saratoga meeting, according to drf.com, along the lines of the Rainbow 6 at Gulfstream Park. “I believe we were the last major jurisdiction offering the $2 pick six, and there’s tradition to that bet – and that […]

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New York To Uphold Velazquez’ Whip Use Suspension From Royal Ascot

On Wednesday at Royal Ascot, Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez was suspended nine days by the British Horseracing Authority for “using his whip above the permitted level and in an incorrect place from approximately 1 ½ furlongs out.” According to drf.com, Velazquez’ suspension will be upheld by the New York State Gaming Commission, beginning on […]

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Racing’s Red Tape Keeps Equine Therapists From Their Work In New York

In a stall at Todd Pletcher’s Keeneland barn in mid-April, a normally-fractious colt could be found relaxing, one leg cocked, lower lip drooping and eyes half-closed. Veronica Caravella was busy moving a flexible hose deliberately around various muscle groups as she applied pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy to relax tense or tired muscles. Caravella watched […]

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New York Gaming Commission Warns Horsemen ‘No Generally Accepted Medical Use Of A Bisphosphonate’ In Horses Under Four

Thoroughbred horse owners, trainers and/or veterinarians who are responsible for causing or failing to guard against an administration of a bisphosphonate to a racehorse less than four years old will be investigated for a violation of 9 NYCRR § 4043.12(c) for which a fine of $25,000 may be imposed and the person’s occupational license shall […]

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New Minimum Standards For On-Track Housing Advanced By New York Regulators

The New York State Gaming Commission has proposed regulations regarding minimum standards for the backstretch housing at NYRA racetracks, according to timesunion.com. Under the new rules, the accommodations would have size requirements, minimum air temperatures, safe water, certain amenities, pest control, and garbage removal. These regulations, which could take effect later this year, would require both […]

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Enhanced Soundness Measures Allow NYRA To Boost Claiming Purses

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced purse values for open claiming races will increase, beginning with the Friday, March 8 card at Aqueduct Racetrack. In January, the New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) formally adopted an amendment allowing racing organizations to apply for adjustments to the purse-to-claim ratio, with the provision that […]

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High Winds Force Aqueduct To Cancel Portion Of Thursday Card

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has canceled live racing on Thursday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack following the day’s fifth race due to sustained high winds forecast to continue through the afternoon in the New York City metropolitan area. With the National Weather Service calling for gusts exceeding 40mph, the stewards consulted with the […]

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Mandatory Payouts Featured On New Year’s Eve Card At Aqueduct

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced on Friday, in accordance with the rules and regulations of the New York State Gaming Commission, a mandatory payout will take place on New Year’s Eve Monday, December 31 at Aqueduct Racetrack for the entire pools for the early Pick 5, NYRA Bets Late Pick 5 and […]

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NY Appeals Court Upholds Lengthy Ban Of Harness Trainer Lou Pena

The New York State Gaming Commission announced that the New York Court of Appeals has upheld the 2015 sanctions levied against harness trainer Lou Pena, who was found responsible for 1,719 equine drug violations in 675 races. The ruling ends more than six years of litigation and validates the Commission’s actions of using veterinarian records […]

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NYRA Bets Late Pick 5 Returns Oct. 24 At Belmont Park

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has announced the return of the NYRA Bets Late Pick 5, available exclusively to NYRA Bets members across the country and to bettors in New York wagering on track or through a simulcast facility. Beginning Wednesday, October 24 at Belmont Park, the popular multi-race wager will cover the […]

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