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.
The Saratoga Race Course is 150 years old and the track is being celebrated throughout the city this season and tonight, the party comes here to SPAC.
Keith Lockhart will conduct the Philadelphia Orchestra in a series of “horse” related pieces. "Serenade" by Richard Danielpour is receiving its world premiere performance tonight here at SPAC. The work pays tribute to other aspects of Saratoga, in addition to racing. Over the course of three movements, it visits the arts scene, the mineral waters, and, finally, the track.
SPAC's commission of Danielpour's "Serenade" was underwritten by Charles and Candace Wait and happens to coincide with Danielpour's 30th anniversary of visiting Saratoga. Charles Wait is the Chairman of Saratoga 150.
On what’s shaping up to be the hottest day of the year, Saratoga begins its 150th season of thoroughbred racing.
This week, the New York Racing Association's new president and CEO Chris Kay met with members of the media to discuss his plans for Saratoga Race Course’s season. One of the first questions, right out of the gate, was about the weather and whether or not racing might be cut back or suspended altogether on opening day: Kay told reporters "We've had warm days in the past. We're prepared for it..."
New York racing officials say they're taking steps to make sure horses, track workers and fans are safe and comfortable as the 150th Saratoga Race Course season opens with temperatures expected to be in the mid-90s.
The New York racing Association says there will be veterinarians on horse paths, paddock, winner's circle and track to check all the thoroughbreds before and during races. Hoses and ice buckets will be available along the route the horses take to the track.
There will also be extra water in the jockeys' quarters and ice will be on sale at concession stands.
Governor Cuomo has taken the reigns of the troubled New York Racing Association Board, saying he needs to “restore the public trust” in a rapidly changing gaming industry. Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports…
Political leaders and casino executives met late last week in Atlantic City for the 16th annual East Coast Gaming Congress and Hospitality Forum, where panelists said that individual states will likely begin approving internet gambling over the next two years because partisan gridlock in Congress.