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Outside the Saratoga Springs City Center, organizers announced Equestricon 2017. The event is scheduled to take place over three days next August, during the busy thoroughbred racing season. It’s touted as the first ever international horse racing convention and industry trade show.

Rivers GM Mary Cheeks speaks with reporters on the casino construction site as Rush Street Gaming CEO Greg Karlin and NYSGC member John Poklemba look on.
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The New York State Gaming Commission met Monday afternoon in Schenectady. They discussed horse racing and casino gambling before heading off to tour the under-construction Rivers Casino.

  History was made at the 2015 Belmont Stakes when American Pharoah won the Triple Crown, the first since Affirmed in 1978. As magnificent as the champion is, the team behind him has been all too human while on the road to immortality.

Written by an award-winning New York Times sportswriter, American Pharoah is the definitive account not only of how the ethereal colt won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes, but how he changed lives.

The New York Racing Association board has advanced restructuring plans recommending future governance outside of state control.

  One of the key industries in our region is horse racing, but the sport is not without its problems.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about his legislation for oversight of the Sport of Kings.

  A Listener Essay by Susan McDonough - a member of the New York State Humane Association.

Many people are excited about a summer at Saratoga Race Course, but not me. In my opinion, racing is bad for horses.

  Horse racing is enjoying a banner year with its first Triple Crown winner in nearly four decades, but the sport still has plenty of problems.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about a bill of his that would clean up the game.

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Capital District Congressman Paul Tonko is introducing legislation to crack down on illegal doping in thoroughbred horse racing. 

NYS Has Three Horses In The Kentucky Derby

May 2, 2015
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Three thoroughbreds born and raised in New York will compete in the first leg of horse-racing’s Triple Crown. It’s the most the state has had at one time in the Kentucky Derby. And as WAMC’s Allison Dunne tells us, two of the horses are from the Hudson Valley.

The two horses from the Hudson Valley are International Star, foaled at Berkshire Stud in Pine Plains in Dutchess County; and Upstart, foaled at Sunnyfield Farm in Bedford. Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino will be cheering for Upstart, who drew the number 18 post.

NYRA Predicts Profit

Dec 4, 2014

The board of the often troubled New York Racing Association has revealed reorganization efforts are putting the organization back in the black.

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The push to expand the Saratoga race meet to 54 days has run out of steam. The New York Racing Association apparently ceded to stakeholders' concerns.

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Beginning in September Albany law school is launching a new concentration in equine, racing, and gaming law. The program is being introduced as states including New York and Massachusetts are expanding casino gaming.

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Representatives of the equine industry in New York state testified before a state assembly committee today on their concerns about how upcoming changes in the state’s gaming landscape could negatively effect horse racing and breeding.

According to a 2012 study commissioned by the State of New York, 33,000 fulltime workers – including trainers, breeders, track workers, hay farmers and other affiliated industries – are supported by the equine industry in the Empire State.

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More than 47,000 people jammed into Saratoga Race Course on Saturday for the 144th running of the Travers Stakes, the largest crowd for the mid-summer derby since 2004. WAMC's Saratoga Springs Bureau Chief Lucas Willard brings us this piece about what a day at the races sounds like.

  Since the inaugural meeting was held in August 1863, Saratoga Springs has been the scene of memorable horse races, often featuring legends of the sport. Although some of the epic moments are still familiar today, many of the triumphs and defeats that were once famous have been forgotten.

In their new book, 150 Years of Racing in Saratoga: Little-Known Stories and Facts from America's Most Historic Racing City, Allan Carter and Mike Kane take a look back at important but neglected stories and present statistics from the pre-NYRA years and a rundown of the greatest fields assembled at America's oldest track.

Susan Kayne, a Hudson Valley equestrian who created the TV series Unbridled andhosts Ireland Unbridled, was featured in a recent New York Times investigative report that uncovered rampant drugging in horse racing and the bureaucratic red tape that stands in the way of reform. The horse owner spoke with WAMC’s Alan Chartock about her case.

With less than 48 hours until the first race of the 2012 season at Saratoga Race Course – today we’re talking gambling.

While the Saratoga season is just beginning, already reports indicate Governor Andrew Cuomo is set to unveil the members of the New York Racing Association’s new board, whose installation was precipitated earlier this year after the naming of new president Ellen McClain without input from state officials, following the firing of former president and CEO Charles Hayward, an alleged party to a scandal that cost the betting public over $8 million.

I'll Have Another's bid for a Triple Crown ended with the shocking news that the colt is out of tomorrow’s Belmont Stakes due to a swollen left front tendon.

According to Dennis O'Neill, brother of trainer Doug O'Neill, the horse galloped Friday morning and after a veterinary scan, the tendon seemed "kind of tender."

O'Neill told The Associated Press that, "the horse is sound and happy, but it's not worth it."

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Triple Crown hopeful I'll Have Another jogged around the 1½-mile Belmont Park oval for a second day in a row and is scheduled to resume galloping on today.  WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports…

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner will attempt to become the 12th Triple Crown winner in the Belmont Stakes on June 9.

The colt's assistant trainer Jack Sisterson said Thursday "he gets over the track fantastic, he looked super, his energy level is high and he's doing everything we want to see him doing."

The top two executives at the non-profit New York Racing Association, which operates New York’s three state-owned horse tracks, were fired last week amid allegations they knew the company was collecting more than the legal amount of so-called takeout on certain bets, costing winning bettors an estimated $8.5 million dollars.

The firings have called into question the idea of gambling and gaming in general, as Governor Andrew Cuomo calls for a constitutional amendment to allow Las Vegas style casinos in the state.