NYRA to Offer New York-Sired Bonus Program

The New York Thoroughbred Breeders, in conjunction with the New York Racing Association, New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding & Development Fund has introduced a lucrative new purse enhancement for owners of New York Stallion-sired New York-breds competing on the NYRA circuit. Effective immediately, the 'New York-Sired Bonus' will provide an additional $5,000 to the winning owner of a New York-sired New York-bred who finishes first in all open company and New York-bred restricted maiden special weight, allowance, and allowance optional claiming races. The...

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Saratoga Season Passes on Sale at Stewart's

Grandstand season passes for the 2022 Saratoga meet will be available for purchase at nearly 180 Stewart's Shops throughout the greater Capital Region beginning June 6. The passes are $60. The passes will be available at Stewart's Shops in Fulton and Montgomery counties for the first time. The passes will return to shops in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady and Warren counties. Clubhouse season passes are $85 and may be purchased exclusively at Grandstand passes are also available for purchase directly online from NYRA. Daily grandstand admission to Saratoga is...

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Kentucky Derby Winner Rich Strike Arrives at Belmont

GI Kentucky Derby upsetter Rich Strike (Keen Ice) arrived in New York by van from Kentucky at 1 a.m. Wednesday to prepare for the GI Belmont S. June 11. With exercise rider Gabriel Lagunes up, Rich Strike visited Belmont's dirt training track at 9:30 a.m. with the accompaniment of outrider Juan Galvez and his pony Stormy, making two laps the wrong way round. "He settled down a lot the second time round. A lot of that was trying to get him used to the pony. You could see the farther...

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NYRA Assistant Starters Threaten to Strike on Belmont Day

At an impasse with NYRA over health insurance benefits, the union representing assistant starters at Belmont, Aqueduct and Saratoga has informed the racing organization that it will wage a strike starting on the day of the GI Belmont S. if its demands are not met. With recent discussions between NYRA and Local 3 of the International Brotherhood of Electric Workers failing to produce a solution, the union served NYRA with a Notice of Intent to Strike. The union is asking for NYRA to pick up the health coverage from the...

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NYRA Introduces Spa Breakfast & Breeding Farm Tour

The New York Racing Association, Inc. kicks off the first-ever Breakfast and Breeding Farm tour package at Saratoga Race Course July 15. The Saratoga Breakfast and Breeding Farm tour, presented by the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA), will be offered every Friday and will accommodate up to 40 guests. The all-inclusive fan experience package features: Buffet breakfast at Saratoga Race Course Attend morning training Round-trip, open-air trolley ride from Saratoga to Old Tavern Farm 90-minute guided walking tour of an active Thoroughbred breeding farm Admission to Saratoga Race Course The...

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New TV Ad Launched by We Are NY Horse Racing

The launch of a new television advertisement was announced by officials at We Are NY Horse Racing Friday, titled 'Community.' It seeks to further educate and inform New Yorkers about the importance of horse racing to the New York State economy. The ad will air on broadcast and cable networks across the state beginning Friday, with additional ads to be unveiled in the coming months. The ad also appears on YouTube, below. [tdn_video service="youtube" videoid= "DGMHF4HIblw"]

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Pricey Into Mischief Filly Scores at Woodbine

2nd-Woodbine, C$92,730, Msw, 5-14, 2yo, f, 4 1/2f (AWT), :52.41, ft, 4 3/4 lengths. ADORA (f, 2, Into Mischief--Southern Ring {MGSW-Can, SP-USA, $343,998}, by Speightstown) was heavily favored in this debut and ran to the money with a decisive graduation. Dueling on the front end early, the $450,000 FTSAUG buy sauntered clear with ease in the lane to win by 4 3/4 lengths in :52.41. Delilah's Revenge (Good Magic) closed greenly late to get the better of a photo for second at 44-1 for her freshman sire (by Curlin). The...

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Global Views: Turf Racing, An American Dilemma

In Global Views, Godolphin Flying Start trainees provide insight into practices experienced and observations taken on their worldwide travels. First-year trainee Margaux Herinckx discusses the challenges of growing American turf racing. As many in the American Thoroughbred industry will be quick to tell you, the most coveted prize of all for owners, breeders and trainers alike remains the GI Kentucky Derby, run on a surface synonymous with the U.S. racing scene: dirt. Since its inception in 1875, winners of the Derby--think Seattle Slew, Secretariat, Unbridled and Sunday Silence to name...

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NYRA Hearing Officer Recommends Two-Year Suspension for Baffert

Judge O. Peter Sherwood, the retired New York Supreme Court justice who served as the hearing officer in NYRA's dispute with Bob Baffert, has issued his report, recommending that Baffert receive a two-year suspension. "NYRA has reasonably concluded that it will not condone Baffert's reckless practices, outrageous behavior and substance violations, each of which compromises the integrity of the sport," Sherwood wrote. "I conclude that NYRA has reasonably determined that he should be excluded from the Racetracks for a lengthy period." The report has been sent to a three-person panel...

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Saratoga's Single-Day Tickets on Sale May 4

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will make single-day tickets for reserved seats in the clubhouse, grandstand, and Cutwater Stretch for the summer meet at Saratoga available Wednesday, May 4, at 10 a.m. In addition, single-day tickets for reserved tables in the Miller Time Fourstardave Sports Bar, with tables for two, four, or six, will be available Wednesday, May 11. The Pick Six Picnic Paddock, with tables available with paid reservation and accommodating up to six, will be on sale Wednesday, May 18. Tailgate at the Turn tickets, which...

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NYRA to Launch New 'Triple Play' Wager May 1

The New York Racing Association is creating a new Pick 3 wager to be made available exclusively to retail customers on Sundays during the upcoming spring/summer meet at Belmont Park, NYRA announced Thursday. Featuring a $3 bet minimum and 24% takeout, the NYRA Triple Play will cover the final three races of Sunday cards throughout the 44-day spring summer meet. Each NYRA Triple Play will feature a mandatory payout of the net pool. Wagering on the NYRA Triple Play will be available on ADW platforms and at simulcast facilities across...

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Saratoga Dining Reservations On Sale Apr. 20

Dining reservations for the 2022 season at Saratoga will go on sale Wednesday, Apr. 20, at 10 a.m., The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced Friday. Reservations for the Turf Terrace, Club Terrace, and The Porch will be accepted via NYRA Bets members and current season ticket and season pass holders will have an opportunity to secure their dining reservations during a pre-sale event. Full and partial season ticket plans for all or part of the meet at the Miller Time Fourstardave Sports Bar and Pick Six Picnic...

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