thoroughbred racing

Morning workouts at Saratoga Race Course on July 11th, 2019
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Thoroughbred racing organizations have launched a new collective effort they say will ensure the safety of equine and human athletes at a time when the industry’s future is in jeopardy.

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With thoroughbred racing again underway at the New York Racing Association’s Belmont Park, NYRA is highlighting safety reforms at its racetracks.

Former NYRA President and CEO Chris Kay speaks at a podium (file photo)
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The New York Racing Association has named an interim leader after the resignation of President and CEO Chris Kay.

Tom Morley, daughter Grace, and wife Maggie Wolfendale
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Hours before post time at Saratoga Race Course, trainers, grooms and hotwalkers are already working with the nation’s top thoroughbreds. For trainer Tom Morley, it’s a demanding career. But luckily for him, racing is a family business.

A panel discussion was hosted by the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce and the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
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One day before the start of the summer meet at Saratoga Race Course, members of the thoroughbred racing and tourism industries gathered in the Spa City to share their thoughts on the racing season.

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The New York State Gaming Commission recently invited stakeholders to discuss racehorse retirement and aftercare in Saratoga Springs.

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Several horse deaths at Saratoga Race Course are placing pressure on the entities that oversee thoroughbred racing in New York to prevent injuries among equine athletes. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on new steps being implemented ahead of the season’s biggest race.

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs has a new president. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports the museum’s board has elected a person very familiar to the thoroughbred racing community.

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Saratoga Race Course is now open. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard was at the Spa Friday morning to see what’s new for the 2017 meet.

NYRA Adopts New Logo

Jul 9, 2017
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The New York Racing Association, now returned to a private non-profit organization, has unveiled a new logo.

The New York Racing Association has a new board of directors as the organization is released from state control to a private non-profit.

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Two Congressman representing two centers of horse racing, upstate New York and Kentucky, have re-introduced a bill intended to improve the sport of kings with new anti-doping requirements.

After pulling out of a fiscal emergency and a scandal that cost the last CEO his job, the New York Racing Association will return from state control as a private non-profit. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports that’s good news for advocates in Saratoga Springs.

One of the greatest thoroughbred racehorses of all-time, Man o’ War, is being celebrated at the National Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs with a new exhibit.

The New York Racing Association has launched a new mobile app where users can watch live racing on their smartphones.

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Outside the Saratoga Springs City Center, organizers announced Equestricon 2017. The event is scheduled to take place over three days next August, during the busy thoroughbred racing season. It’s touted as the first ever international horse racing convention and industry trade show.

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A longshot has won the marquee race at Saratoga Race Course in the fastest time in history.

At Wednesday’s meeting of the NYRA Reorganization Board, chair Michael Del Guidice began by expressing his desire to bring the organization that has been under state control for the last several years back to a private non-profit in 2017.

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The backyard of the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion on Tuesday evening was jammed with racing fans. On a dark-day at Saratoga Race Course across the street, the show of opulence was here, with expensive cars being valet parked and a well-dressed crowd out back sipping drinks.

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Beside the famed Saratoga Race Course, the backstretch is always busy. Working for the trainers, grooms, blacksmiths, and others spend long days with the horses in between training rides and races. 

In a tragic start to Preakness day, the winner of the first race at Pimlico Race Course has died on his walk back to the barn.

NYRA released its 2016 racing calendar on Wednesday. The organization is calling for 237 days of racing at Belmont Park, Aqueduct Race Track, and Saratoga Race Course.

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With the racetrack dark for the day, leaders in New York's horse racing industry assembled in Saratoga Springs to discuss the retirement of thoroughbreds – a topic that has long been the subject of equine advocates.

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Thoroughbred racing loses a legend.

Hall of Fame trainer H. Allen Jerkens, died Wednesday in a south Florida hospital due to complications from an infection. He was 85.

New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association President Rick Violette Jr. said Jerkens, nicknamed “The Chief,” was "larger than life" and called it "a sad day for racing" -   

In 1975, Jerkens was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. He was the leading trainer on the New  York Racing Association circuit four times from 1957 to 1969.

New England’s only thoroughbred racetrack is scheduled to close in less than two weeks, the latest sign of a sport in a national decline. Experts on New York’s still-buoyant racing industry are weighing in on what the closure could mean for the Empire State.

The last day of racing at Boston-area racetrack Suffolk Downs is set for October 4th. The track was slated for closure this week, but officials postponed the shuttering. Upon its closure, it could mark the end of thoroughbred racing in Massachusetts and the rest of New England.