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NYRA Board Awards Bonus, Raise to Kay

A revamped racing program, enhancements to the customer experience, and a continued decline in equine fatality rates were among the successes trumpeted at the Aug. 6 of the board of directors of the New York Racing Association in Saratoga Springs. And in return, NYRA president and chief executive officer Christopher Kay got a bonus and…

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Happy anniversary, Saratoga Race Course

Just about a year ago, on Saturday, Aug. 3, this city, in partnership with Saratoga Race Course, celebrated the 150th anniversary of the first Thoroughbred meet here, the culmination of years of planning and a nearly year-long series of festivities. Another anniversary, ignored but no less significant, will take place this Saturday. On Aug. 2,…

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Spinning at Saratoga: “It’s a business proposition.”

Beer cans popped open. The pages of The Daily Racing Form rustled. A voice boomed through the loudspeakers, accompanying the replays of the previous day’s races. And in the near distance, the whirling turnstiles at Saratoga Race Course clattered rhythmically, admitting some patrons only once, but others — those who came to spin, not to…

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Kay, NYRA Execs Meet Media & The Public In Saratoga

A year after his first experience with the intense scrutiny that comes with the opening of the Saratoga Racecourse meet, a more confident, knowledgeable, and experienced Chris Kay once again invited members of the media to discuss the racing season and the future of the New York Racing Association. Kay took over as NYRA president and CEO…

Can Manufacturing Principles Build A Better Racetrack?

Next week in Lexington, Kentucky, The Jockey Club will hold its fifth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit.  Inaugurated in 2006 and held bi-annually, these summits are designed to improve the safety and soundness of Thoroughbred horses and bring together racetrack operators, trainers, veterinarians, and scientists. Among those presenting at the summit, which will…