Cuomo to New York Racing: Drop Dead?

On Saturday at Belmont Park, the New York Racing Association will run its annual autumn showcase for New York-bred horses. Re-named this year, Empire Showcase Day will feature 11 races exclusively for horses that were foaled in this state. More than 100 horses will compete for purse money totaling more than $1.6 million. Showcase Day…

The Preakness: The Lost New York Years

The Preakness is Maryland’s race: it’s “Maryland, My Maryland” and black-eyed Susans and blue crabs. It’s so important to the state that when financial difficulties threatened racing in Maryland,the governor stepped in to make sure that the Preakness would stay in Baltimore. But 120 years ago, when financial woes imperiled the racing industry in Maryland, nothing…

Here he comes, to save the day?

And so begins the Cuomo era in racing. Late Thursday afternoon, Governor Cuomo released the names of the government-appointed members of the newly reconstituted New York Racing Association board. Horse owners are among them, a chef, a university president. What will they bring to racing in New York? Time will tell. While we in New…

New York Racing At A Crossroads…Again

2012—well, late 2011—was supposed to be the start of a new era for New York racing. After a decade of uncertainty, the leadership and financial holes were closed, management stabilized, a positive revenue stream guaranteed by the opening of the Genting Resorts World New York City casino at Aqueduct Racetrack, a percentage of whose profits…

Sitting down with the stewards

Rules of the race, 4035.2: Foul riding penalized. (b) A horse crossing another may be disqualified, if in the judgment of the stewards, it interferes with, impedes or intimidates another horse, or the foul altered the finish of the race, regardless of whether the foul was accidental, willful, or the result of careless riding. The…

Greetings from the Mother Ship

Several members of the racing press have alluded this week to an interview of Charles Hayward that was broadcast over the NYRA cctv system at the track this week. As I tuned in to my TiVo’d Inside Racing tonight, expecting to watch Evening Attire’s win in the Queen’s County for the twelfth or thirteenth time,…

The Good, and the Ugly

In today’s Saratogian, Michael Veitch writes about Evening Attire’s victory in the Queens County on Saturday and links it compellingly to the racing franchise debacle, throwing darts squarely at New York State’s three political, ahem, “leaders.” With the clock winding down on the New York Racing Association’s license toconduct racing, Evening Attire was a noble…