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Tagged With: 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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Whoa Cuomo: What is the movement?

Throughout Saratoga opening weekend there were signs posted in front yards and on a billboard on 87N near the exit for the racetrack.  These signs all said Whoa Cuomo. They line Union Avenue. They are on store windows on Broadway. The question is what is why Cuomo and why is Saratoga, a summertime resort, focused … Continue reading »

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OTB in New York, has it’s time passed?

The Daily Racing Form has an article on the New York Comptroller’s audit regarding Off Track Betting (OTB) in New York. Among its findings, the Comptroller reported that there was a decline in handle from 2009 to 2013 of 19%. This decline in handle does not necessarily mean that there is a corresponding decline in … 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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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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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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Opening Day at Saratoga

My 35th consecutive opening day brings back lots of memories for me. It is a time for me to reflect and to represent the memory of my parents who loved this place so very much. This is a life lesson essay, not legal but personal. When in Saratoga, I follow certain rituals that they both … Continue reading »

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