2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro (center) died as a result of injuries in the Preakness, held two weeks later. About one thousand racehorses per year died as a result of injury on U.S. racetracks between 2003-2008. Photo: Alex Brown, CC some rights reserved
Albany, NY, Oct 01, 2012 — A report by the Cuomo Admistration on the death of 21 horses at a New York racing course concludes that half of the deaths could have been prevented.
The task force was appointed by Governor Cuomo following a spate of horse deaths at the winter meet at Aqueduct. The investigators, who included horse racing experts and veterinarians, did not find any evidence of criminal wrongdoing.
Rather, they concluded what one task force member says was a "perfect storm" of circumstances that led to the deaths and that highlight a number of questionable practices. Director of State Operations Howard Glaser says those practices will need to change: "The health of horses and safety of riders cannot finish a distant second." Go to full article
A slow day at Saratoga Racetrack. Photo: Brian Mann
Albany, NY, May 23, 2012 — Governor Cuomo has taken the reins of the troubled New York Racing Association Board. As Karen DeWitt reports, the governor is saying he needs to "restore the public trust" in a rapidly changing, and expanding, gaming industry. Go to full article
May 29, 2008 — In his first major break in policy from his predecessor, Governor Eliot Spitzer, New York Governor David Paterson says he's displeased with an arrangement that gives the New York Racing Association control over horseracing in the state for the next quarter century. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
Apr 11, 2007 — A state panel began two days of public hearings to determine who should get the state's lucrative horse racing franchise when the New York Racing Association's contract expires at the end of the year. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
Sep 14, 2005 — A federal indictment against the New York Racing Association has been dismissed, after a court appointed federal monitor reported that NYRA has reformed many of its past practices. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
Jan 12, 2005 — Another of Governor Pataki's state authorities has come under fire for poor management and inappopriate spending. In an audit released yesterday, state comptroller Alan Hevesi slammed the New York Racing Association for wasting more than a million dollars. As Brian Mann reports, the comptroller's office has also begun an audit of the Olympic Regional Development Authority. Go to full article