The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has joined with the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (NYTHA) and the New York Thoroughbred Breeders (NYTB) to highlight the economic impact created by Thoroughbred racing in New York. The first piece of this effort is a video released on Thursday.
“Thoroughbred racing in New York state is responsible for 19,000 jobs and more than $3 billion in annual economic impact,” said NYRA's Sr. Director of Communications, Patrick McKenna. “It is a sport that is deeply intertwined with our state's history, and a source of entertainment for the more than one million fans who ordinarily attend the races at iconic venues like Saratoga Race Course, Belmont Park and Aqueduct Racetrack.
“Beyond those numbers, the sport drives a broad industry that provides New Yorkers in every county of the state with economic opportunity. The men and women who form the backbone of the racing community–backstretch workers, security guards, union electricians and so many others–have built careers that sustain families and provide a path to a bright future for the next generation.
“[The videos] highlight just a few of these stories. We hope that you have the opportunity to watch the video and to share it with your friends and colleagues. Together, we are New York horse racing.”