Carmouche: “It Just Broke Me Down”

Over the weekend of May 30, amid coast-to-coast protests against racism and police brutality, jockey Kendrick Carmouche couldn’t hold back his feelings any longer. He propped up his phone and spoke from his heart on Instagram Live for nine minutes—roughly the same amount of time Derek Chauvin kept his knee on George Floyd’s neck, leading…

NYRA’s Future Is In Albany’s Hands

As it waits for a decision on the future of the New York Racing Association, the organization’s board of directors May 25 spent less than five minutes discussing rumors of a proposal that would keep the association under state control. The NYRA board, at a meeting in New York City, implicitly acknowledged a report that emerged…

NYRA: Handle, Attendance, Income Up

t the end of a year that saw record-breaking pari-mutuel handle and attendance, the board of directors of the New York Racing Association celebrated success while at the same planning conservatively for the future. At a Dec. 9 meeting, board chair Michael Del Giudice congratulated NYRA president and chief executive officer Christopher Kay and the…

NYRA’s Equine Safety Review Board

It wasn’t supposed to happen again. After that devastating winter three years ago, after Governor Cuomo called for a task force, after an investigation and dozens of recommendations, we weren’t supposed to be sitting here wondering why so many horses are breaking down at Aqueduct, again. But we are. In the 20 days since Aqueduct’s…