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Tagged With: Engel Law Offices

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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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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Dutrow Suspension Upheld

The New York State Court of Appeals on January 8, 2013 determined to uphold the 10 year suspension of trainer Rick Dutrow. The suspension plus a $50,000 fine will go into effect immediately upon service of the suspension order. The Dutrow Case has been fully discussed here. In my view, this means when a licensee … Continue reading »

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Dutrow Appeal Denied

Trainer Rick Dutrow had his request to be heard by the  New York State Court of Appeals denied on Tuesday, October 23rd. The Court in its brief decision declined to hear Dutrow’s case because “no substantial constitutional questions were involved.” This means that part of the Dutrow case is resolved, however there is still the … Continue reading »

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Governor Cuomo announces selections for the NYRA reorganization Board

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his selections to the New York Racing Association (NYRA) reorganization board on Thursday afternoon. The Daily Racing Form has published the names of the appointed board members as well as the prospective NYRA board appointees. Reviewing the governmental appointees, it appears the selections made are solid credentialed executives with leadership abilities. … Continue reading »

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Scratch Screw Up

The Daily Racing Form reports that Belle of the Hall was inadvertently scratched from yesterday’s feature race at Belmont Park. The scratching happened when Carmine Donofrio, a Steward at Belmont Park apparently was responsible for taking scratches. According to the article, he inadvertently scratched a horse when the races were taken off the turf. In an … Continue reading »

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And I’m Off….

On Wednesday I will be leaving Syracuse and packing my files and clothes for my annual pilgrimage to Saratoga. It is hard to believe that this will be the 35th consecutive year I have been spending time at the Spa. I look forward to this week every year like a child looks forward to Christmas … Continue reading »

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Preakness Picks

It’s that time…the second leg of the Triple Crown! This is the race when we find out whether the Kentucky Derby winner is a one hit wonder, like Smarty Jones, or runs the potential for becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.  21 horses have won both the Preakness and the Kentucky … Continue reading »

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A Day at the track

On Wednesday, I was pleased to bring my friend Elaine Peake to Belmont Park for a day at the races. Why would I drive 5 hours and stop at Saratoga to pick up my friend for a race that lasted less than 2 minutes? Very simply, my horse was racing and I wanted to share … Continue reading »

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