Minorette under Joel Rosario captures the Belmont Oaks. Photo credit NYRA/Adam Coglianese

NYRA Built It, And They Came

Horse racing is a dying sport or so, at least, goes one sort of conventional wisdom, in the face of declining foal crops, handle, field size, and crowds.  Fifty years ago, more than 50,000 people went to Aqueduct on the 4th of July weekend to watch the historic Suburban Handicap, in which Iron Peg defeated…

Photo credit NYRA/Adam Coglianese

Belmont Stakes: A+ for racing, but customer service fails

California Chrome didn’t win the Triple Crown, but within hours of his failed bid to make racing history, the New York Racing Association was nonetheless declaring Belmont Stakes day a success, pointing to high attendance and record-setting handle numbers. Official attendance was 102,199, lower than the announced (and oft-questioned) attendance of 120,139 in 2004, Smarty…