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Saratoga

Loudmouth Racing: Fairytales Do Come True

  This story starts in the middle of May, shortly after the Kentucky Derby. I received a telephone call from a prospective client wanting to discuss starting a new racing partnership. As part of my equine law practice, this is not uncommon.   We discussed the potential venture. During the conversation, we talked about the … Continue reading »

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The Case For the Travers

On Sunday, American Pharoah won the Haskell Stakes in an easy fashion. The horse barely broke a sweat and did not appear winded after the race. The case must now be made why American Pharoah should run again against three year olds, as opposed to waiting for older horses and specifically why running  in the … Continue reading »

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Cuomo continues to take aim at racing

On October 18, 2012, the State of New York used its legislative muscle to force the New York Racing Association (NYRA) into a franchise reorganization. This government takeover was done legislatively in an attempt to remedy certain financial difficulties that NYRA wen through, including a bankruptcy. In addition to having a franchise oversight committee and … Continue reading »

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Saratoga: The Anticipation

  Friday will begin my 38th consecutive year spent at Saratoga Springs, New York. For each of these years, I have spent some or all of the racing season at Saratoga Race Track; not betting on each race, but enjoying the competition that the best of racing has to offer.   The start of each … Continue reading »

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Jockeys should be part of the fabric of Saratoga

On May 28, 2015, there was a public hearing in Saratoga with respect to proposed renovations to Saratoga Race Course. The full plan can be accessed here. The plan offers some very positive proposals. For instance, there is the proposal to build a three story enclosed luxury dining facility where the existing At the Rail … Continue reading »

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Why I Love Saratoga

I have been going to Saratoga for the racing season every year since 1977, this year will be no exception. When I started attending the track, I was merely a child, however I was captivated by both the town and the track. Almost 40 years later, nothing has changed and the excitement in the pit … Continue reading »

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5 Questions for Chris Kay

I read with interest the article by Ray Paulick detailing the fact that the New York Racing Association (NYRA) is INCREASING admission fees at Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course. While some people may think that an increase from $3 to $5 and Clubhouse admission from $5 to $8 as  nominal. The fact is that if a family … Continue reading »

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My Favorite Day of the Year!

The day is here! I awoke with an excitement that only comes once a year, however this year’s Opening Day is even more special than most. This is the year that NYRA is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Saratoga! The fans are  excited, the trainers are pumped, and the town looks great. Saratoga year in … Continue reading »

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Tax Relief for Horse Owners

Good news for horse owners – take a look at “2013 Brings Unexpected Tax Relief for Horse Owners” in Forbes Magazine by Teresa Genaro.  

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Is a buyout the problem or the solution?

Today’s Albany Times Union has a story about former and current NYRA executives looking for a buyout of their employment contracts as well as payment for legal fees relating to an investigation into ethical violations during 2012. Charles Hayward, the former President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Racing Association (NYRA) and Patrick … Continue reading »

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