September 22, 2005 |
The besieged New York Racing Assn. fired two veteran officials Wednesday after they were named in a 291-count state indictment that said they took cash bribes in exchange for allowing jockeys to ride as much as seven to 15 pounds overweight. Mario Sclafani, clerk of scales at the New York tracks -- Belmont Park, Saratoga and Aqueduct -- and his assistant, retired Hall of Fame jockey Braulio Baeza, face maximum sentences of seven years apiece if found guilty.
March 29, 2005 |
There are about 100 thoroughbred racetracks in the U.S., but the linchpins of a long-troubled sport are three companies that own 20 of them. Those companies -- Churchill Downs Inc. in Louisville, Ky., Magna Entertainment Inc. in suburban Toronto, and the New York Racing Assn. -- might have a corner on the industry, but they also bear the burden of racing's mountain of problems. * Churchill is feuding with the Jockeys' Guild, whose members ride most of the races.
August 7, 2003 |
When a racetrack draws more than 65,000 fans, as Saratoga did Saturday, that would normally be cause for celebration in the executive suite. But officials from the New York Racing Assn., which runs Saratoga and the state's two other major tracks, are tempering their glee these days. There seems to be no limit to the number of intruders who have put NYRA in their crosshairs.
July 28, 1994 |
Maybe the New York Racing Assn. could use a little horse sense. Three years ago, riding Saratoga's popularity all the way to the bank, the NYRA broke with tradition and expanded the thoroughbred racing meet from 24 days to 30. And the fans came in droves--more than 100,000 for the first time in its storied history--and bet an extra $11 million. This year, after two more record-setting meets, another four days were tacked on, giving the venerable track its earliest starting date ever.
June 4, 1989 |
A mistake by stewards at Saratoga Race Course in New York almost three years ago will come full circle this fall when a first-of-its-kind Steward's Certification Program begins at the University of Louisville. There has been a longstanding need for such a program, racing officials say, but it took the erroneous disqualification of a filly named Allumeuse to prompt action on the issue. Allumeuse was first under the wire in the second race at Saratoga on Aug. 2, 1986, only to be taken down for alleged interference.