All blog posts tagged "NYRA"

Drinking It In

Are you among the one in a million people who believe that going to school would be something you’d like to do on your day off from work when you’re supposed to be having fun or relaxing? NYRA, in conjunction... Read More


Frankel would have been the best horse to run at Saratoga today if NYRA had renewed its simulcasts of British racing. Officials are not to blame. Only a dozen or so fans used to show up to watch and wager... Read More

Keeneland on the Hudson

Some intern in the Governor’s office must have forgotten to remind officials of the New York Racing Association that Saratoga Racecourse was to open. Glitches occur on the first day of racing every summer... Read More

Time to Get On with It

If in 1863 John Morrissey didn’t believe that change was necessary, Saratoga horse racing fans would be watching harness races and looking into the north at horses running instead of the south. The sun... Read More

Light Bulb

A woman from New Jersey, who’ll remain nameless, waited until the fourth race to redeem her coupons for free long-sleeved tee-shirts. At 11:30 am, the lines wound from the top of the stretch to the finish... Read More


Life returned to the racecourse on a day NYRA hung a skeleton in the grandstand and parked a hearse out in front. The Abby Todd Dancers of Albany, NY performed “Thriller” between races. Their dance began... Read More


The racing on Monday felt strange in several ways. First off, the main track was fast – this after Irene had toppled oaks on Broadway, flooded the Hudson and caused power outages the day before. Then,... Read More

Fuse Lit, Sparks Fly

NYRA announced that handle was up 7.7 percent and attendance down 5.4 percent for the first 16 days of racing. An asterisk accompanied the attendance figure, noting that so far this summer there’s been... Read More

Names in the News

NYRA officials seem very pleased with the numbers posted for the first four days of horse racing. Considering that the first two days were conducted in sweltering heat and the fourth was held in the rain... Read More

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