New England’s only thoroughbred racetrack is scheduled to close in less than two weeks, the latest sign of a sport in a national decline. Experts on New York’s still-buoyant racing industry are weighing in on what the closure could mean for the Empire State.
The last day of racing at Boston-area racetrack Suffolk Downs is set for October 4th. The track was slated for closure this week, but officials postponed the shuttering. Upon its closure, it could mark the end of thoroughbred racing in Massachusetts and the rest of New England.
Tom Durkin, longtime announcer at Saratoga Race Course, will call his last race Sunday. Today, in the Winners’ Circle beside the flat track, Durkin opened up about his imminent retirement.
On Friday morning, sitting beside New York Racing Association President and CEO Chris Kay, Tom Durkin was brief in his opening remarks. Sunday will mark an end to his more than four-decade career of calling horse races, from the sport’s lower-level tracks to the heights of the Classic races.
In Major League Baseball, in the American League, the Oakland Athletics have regained a share of first place in the American League West. The A's scored five times in the ninth to beat Houston 8-2. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Angels fell into a first-place tie with Oakland by losing to Miami in interleague play, 7-1.
New York state's inspector general says horse race bettors were overcharged more than $7 million because of widespread failures by the group that runs three New York thoroughbred tracks.
A report released Monday slams the New York Racing Association for charging one percentage point more for so-called exotic wagers for 15 months beginning in September 2010. The law that allowed racing operators to take the extra money had expired.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — V.E. Day caught Wicked Strong late to take the 145th running of the Travers Stakes by a nose Saturday over an impressive field that included Belmont champion Tonalist and favorite Bayern.
Ridden by Javier Castellano, V.E. Day beat out the co-second choices after going off at nearly 20-1 and returning $41.00, $13.20, and $7.30 in the $1.25 million Grade 1 stakes race.
The New York Racing Association has announced the successor to its legendary race caller, who is retiring after 43 years in the industry.
Legendary track announcer Tom Durkin is retiring at the end of this summer’s Saratoga meet. A longtime caller for NBC Sports, Durkin has worked for the New York Racing Association at Saratoga, Belmont and Aqueduct since 1990. At a press conference at Saratoga Race Course Wednesday morning, NYRA President and CEO Chris Kay announced Durkin’s successor.
Last week, the New York Racing Association’s Board of Trustees voted 10-1 to raise admission fees at Belmont and Saratoga. General admission would raise from $3 to $5, and a seat in the clubhouse go from $5 to $8.
NYRA Board member Rick Violette said he thought it was possible the increase could keep some racing fans away, but it’s necessary.
“It’s never the right time to raise prices, it’s never a time to ask for more money – but we are running a business, and sometimes you have to bite the bullet and raise prices.”
The owners of a Capital Region food truck are suing New York state officials after they were prevented from vending at the Empire State Plaza and Saratoga Race Course. The spat has set off a First Amendment debate.
The owners of the Schenectady-based “Wandering Dago” food truck, which sells Italian foods, have filed a lawsuit against the New York State Racing Association, the state Office of General Services, and other state officials after they were prevented from operating at Saratoga Race Course earlier this summer, kicked out after opening day.