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…

New York Racing

I’ve mentioned before that I buy my past performances from Brisnet.com, but I confess that I’ve never paid much attention to the rest of the site. A friend this week introduced me to the site’s Bloodstock Journal, and it’s clear that I’m soon going to have to quit my teaching job in order to find…

Happy Hallowe’en

Sat down to write and just happened to click on the OTB channel in time to see the Grey Ghost Starter Handicap go off at the Meadowlands…taking a page from Calder’s gimmick races, the Meadowlands celebrates Hallowe’en by carding a race for grey/roan horses only, and follows that with the Witches’ Brew for filly and…

This and that

A few random thoughts about the weekend’s racing: As has been noted on blogs and in newspaper stories, nine of the eleven Breeders’ Cup winners prepped on New York tracks. Many of the trainers are based in New York, so it’s not such a surprise, but it was certainly a good day for New York…