horse racing

  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.

Times Union

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.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

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.

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