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NYRA, Ellis Park Unite for Cross Country Pick 5

The New York Racing Association, Inc. and and Ellis Park join forces for a Cross Country Pick 5 Sunday, August 9. will host the first and third legs, while the Henderson, Kentucky oval will provide the stakes action, including the Runhappy Ellis Park Derby. This Sunday's Cross Country Pick 5 comprises: Leg 1 - Saratoga Race Course, Race 7: (4:43 p.m.) Leg 2 - Ellis Park, Race 8: Runhappy Audubon Oaks (5:10pm) Leg 3 - Saratoga Race Course, Race 8: (5:17 p.m.) Leg 4 - Ellis Park, Race 9: Groupie...

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McIngvale, Dunkin’ Make ‘Runhappy’ Donations to B.E.S.T.

James "Mattress Mack" McIngvale, owner of champion sprinter Runhappy, donated 30 dozen "Runhappy donuts" to the Backstretch Employee Service Team (B.E.S.T) in advance of Saturday's Runhappy GI Travers S. at Saratoga. Dunkin' also contributed 750 gift cards to the backstretch community Thursday. Last season, McIngvale distributed treats to fans waiting in line in the early morning hours on Travers Day. The Runhappy Travers will be carried live on FOX as part of a special 90-minute broadcast beginning at 5 p.m. For the complete broadcast schedule, visit www.NYRA.com/SaratogaLive.

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Runhappy Travers Returns to FOX Sports

For the second consecutive year, the $1-million GI Runhappy Travers S. at Saratoga will be televised live on the FOX Sports broadcast network as part of a 1 1/2-hour telecast from 5:00-6:30 p.m. ET Saturday. Post time for the 151st running of the Runhappy Travers, featuring a showdown between GI Belmont S. winner Tiz the Law (Constitution) and the unbeaten Bob Baffert-trained Uncle Chuck (Uncle Mo), is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. ET. An expanded Runhappy Travers Day edition of Saratoga Live, presented by America's Best Racing, Runhappy and Claiborne Farm,...

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NYRA Partners With Woodbine on Cross Country Pick 5

The New York Racing Association will host a Cross Country Pick 5 with graded stakes action from Saratoga and three races at Woodbine Saturday. Live coverage of all the sequence's races will be available with Saratoga Live on FOX Sports and MSG Networks. Woodbine will start the sequence in race eight. Stakes action starts next at the Spa with the GIII Waya S. Action returns to Woodbine for races nine and 10. The final leg is the GI Runhappy Travers S. The minimum bet for the multi-track, multi-race wager is...

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NYRA Statement on NY Travel Advisory

In advance of Runhappy Travers Day Saturday, Aug. 8, NYRA communications director Pat McKenna issued the following statement to address questions regarding the New York Travel Advisory and its impact on horse owners seeking to travel to Saratoga. To align with required health and safety measures implemented in New York by Governor Andrew Cuomo to mitigate risk and combat the spread of COVID-19, horse owners planning travel to New York from any of the states currently listed on the New York Travel Advisory are required to complete a mandatory 14-day...

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NYRA Launches Cross Country Pick 5

The New York Racing Association, Inc., in conjunction with Monmouth Park and Woodbine Racetrack, kicks off the 'Cross Country Pick 5' Saturday--GI Whitney Day--at Saratoga Race Course. The minimum bet for the multi-track, multi-race wager is 50 cents. The Cross Country Pick 5, which will run every Saturday through the remainder of 2020, will feature a mandatory payout of the net pool. Cross Country Pick 5 Races - Saturday, Aug. 1: Leg 1 - Woodbine, Race 9: (5:26 p.m.) Leg 2 - Monmouth, Race 11: (5:31 p.m.) Leg 3 -...

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Handle Off to Strong Start at Spa with Help of Increased TV Exposure

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - At the very bottom on the left-hand side of the daily recap sheet you can find the answer to why the New York Racing Association opted to run at Saratoga this fan-free summer instead of staying downstate and operating at Belmont Park: All Sources Handle. Though they were acutely aware that New York State's COVID-19 protocols prevented spectators from attending professional sporting events, NYRA officials projected that handle on Saratoga racing would be stronger than on 40 days at Belmont. The early returns are showing they...

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NYRA to Host Virtual Dog Adoption Series During Saratoga Meet

The New York Racing Association will help connect four-legged friends with their forever homes by hosting a Virtual Dog Adoption Series during the 2020 meet at Saratoga Race Course, which runs through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7. The series will highlight dogs available for adoption in partnership with the Saratoga County Animal Shelter and Greyhound Rescue of New York. NYRA will feature photos and a brief description of each dog with new dogs added as they become available throughout the meet. NYRA will underwrite the paperwork for each adoption up...

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NYRA Invites Fans to Enjoy Saratoga Virtually With ‘Your Summer Place’

The New York Racing Association is inviting fans to celebrate the 2020 summer meet at historic Saratoga Race Course remotely with an assortment of virtual events and downloadable content. For the 40-day meet that runs from July 16 through Sept. 7, fans can access the "Your Summer Place" experience via the NYRA Events page. Posters, tip sheets, recipes and more will be added throughout the meet to help fans stay close to the racing action from the comfort of their own homes. "Your Summer Place" will provide an immersive, at-home...

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Surge in Jockey Virus Positives Met with Slew of New Restrictions

A surge in positive Coronavirus tests among jockeys was met on Tuesday with a flurry of new movement-related restrictions at Thoroughbred tracks from coast to coast in an effort to keep the pandemic from spreading further. For the industry in general, any sizable spike in COVID-19 positives among participants will almost certainly trigger another wave of racetrack shutdowns. But for jockeys specifically, the balance of maintaining safety under pandemic precautions often comes down to treading a fine line between protecting one's health versus protecting one's livelihood. Since the end of...

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NYRA Establishes New Jockey Safety Protocols and Travel Restrictions for Saratoga

The New York Racing Association Inc., (NYRA) has announced updated health and safety protocols to address the rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases among jockeys around the country. Until further notice, Saratoga Race Course will be closed to out-of-town jockeys. In addition, any member of the regular NYRA jockey colony who travels to ride at any other racetrack will not be permitted to return to Saratoga Race Course. "These measures prioritize the health and safety of the jockeys competing in New York, and are designed to combat the spread of COVID-19,"...

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Saratoga Face Mask Charitable Initiative Expands

The New York Racing Association and the City of Saratoga Springs will add two local non-profit organizations to the list of beneficiaries of a joint initiative to raise funds for the community through the sale of Saratoga Race Course face masks. In addition to Franklin Community Center and Shelters of Saratoga, the list of beneficiaries will be expanded to include AIM Services, Inc. and the SNACpack Program (Saratoga Nutrition Assistance for Children). A portion of proceeds will be donated in equal allotments to support the efforts of the four Saratoga...

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