- Horse Racing & Pari-Mutuel Wagering
- Equine Health and Safety
- Racing Promotion & Development
- Forms & Applications
- Rules & Regulations
- Racing Fan Advisory Council
- Jockey Health and Safety
- Other Information
Horse Racing & Pari-Mutuel Wagering
Recent changes to New York’s Equine Drug Rules for Thoroughbred Racing:
• Corticosteroid joint injections are not permitted within 7 days of racing
• No other corticosteroid use is permitted within 5 days of racing
• Clenbuterol is not permitted within 14 days of racing
Trainers or their veterinarians must report within 48 hours all corticosteroid joint injections through the Equine Steroid Administration Log (ESAL).
The Gaming Commission regulates all horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering in New York State.
New York State currently features both Thoroughbred and Standardbred horse racing where pari-mutuel wagering takes place. There are four Thoroughbred tracks and seven Standardbred (harness) tracks in the state.
Additionally, bettors may wager on races remotely through any of the state’s five off-track betting corporations. The tracks and off-track betting locations also feature simulcasting of races taking place within and beyond New York’s borders.
Equine Health and Safety
New York’s equine drug rules and protective measures are among the strictest and most comprehensive in the nation. The New York State Gaming Commission continues to set the standard for promoting equine health and safety, and holding those who attempt to cheat accountable for their actions.
The Commission, in consultation with the state’s Equine Drug Testing Program, continues to evaluate rules regarding equine drugs to ensure that horses, jockeys and drivers are protected and that the sport is run with the utmost integrity.
What’s Happening at New York Race Tracks:
• Equine Injury Database – A detailed, searchable list of every horse that has broken down, died, sustained a serious injury or been involved in an incident at a track in New York State since 2009
• Rulings Database – A searchable list of every fine and suspension issued by the Board to licensees for nearly three decades
Equine Drug Testing Program: New York’s Equine Drug Testing Program (EDTP) is one of the leading equine drug-testing programs in the world. The program for all thoroughbred and harness races is performed by Morrisville State College in Morrisville, New York, under contract with the New York State Gaming Commission. Learn more
What is allowed? Currently, the only allowable medication on race day in New York is furosemide and it is only permitted to be administered to horses properly enrolled in a furosemide medication program as prescribed. A listing of the most commonly used medicines in the equine racing world is contained within the Commission’s rules. Also contained are the number of hours "out" (before race day) that these listed drugs may be administered. Learn More
Task Force on Racehorse Health & Safety – An unprecedented series of reforms to promote equine safety at New York racetracks, placing the health, safety and welfare of the equine athlete as the top priority of horseracing. Read the comprehensive report and executive summary.
Promoting Responsible Care of Racehorses – The New York State Task Force on Retired Racehorses released its final findings and recommendations in December 2011, including a proposed funding component to provide care for retired horses. Learn more
Office of Racing Promotion and Development
The Office of Racing Promotion and Development is comprised of the Agriculture & New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund and the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund.
The New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund encourages the breeding and maintenance of Thoroughbred horses in New York by distributing financial incentives to breeders and owners whose horses compete successfully in New York-based races. A percentage of wagering handle from The New York Racing Association, Inc., Finger Lakes Racing Association and the state’s off-track betting corporations is paid to the fund. The fund also receives a percentage of handle on in-state Thoroughbred wagers made at harness tracks, as well as a percentage of breakage revenue from off-track betting corporations. The fund also receives 1.25 percent of the gross win on video gaming machines at Finger Lakes and an increasing percentage of the gross win from Resorts World Casino New York City at Aqueduct:
RWCNYC Year Breeders First 12 months 1 percent Year 2 1.25 percent Year 3 and after 1.5 percent
By law, two percent of the total revenue received by the fund goes to the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Fund for Equine Research at Cornell University.
The Agriculture & New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund fosters agriculture through the promotion of Standardbred horse breeding and conduct of equine research in New York State. The fund provides assistance to county agricultural societies to maintain and repair racing facilities, as well as the 4-H Program and the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Fund for Equine Research at Cornell University. The fund receives money from the handle at licensed tracks, off-track betting corporations and video gaming machines at harness tracks, which it then uses to provide purse support for the New York Sire Stakes races, state and county fair racing, and the Excelsior series of racing.
Racing Forms and Applications
• Proof of Identification Form and Chart
(contains list of acceptable forms of identification)
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The Marriage Equality Act
The Marriage Equality Act (Act) took effect on July 24, 2011, and provides that all marriages, whether between same-sex couples or different-sex couples, will be treated equally under the laws of New York. The act amends New York Law to recognize all legally performed marriages between same-sex and different-sex couples, whether or not the marriage took place in New York.
The act applies to all services administered by the Racing & Wagering Board. As a result, any references to:
• spouse or married individual includes a person in a marriage with a same-sex spouse;
• husband, wife, and spouse should be read as gender neutral to reflect both different-sex and same-sex couples, and;
• marriage also includes a marriage between same-sex spouses.
The New York State Racing and Wagering Board's Bureau of Licensing, in collaboration with the Division of Criminal Justice Services, implemented electronic fingerprinting on January 1, 2010.
Pursuant to the State contract between DCJS and L-1, the vendor fee can be altered twice annually dependant upon the amounts submitted under the State contract. The range of adjustment permissible is up to $11.75 or down to no lower than $9.95 per card.
All license applicants MUST submit proof of identification documents when submitting fingerprints. After January 2010, applicants choosing L-1 Enrollment Services for electronic submission (live scan) are required to provide proof of identification to the L-1 operator prior to printing (acceptable forms are listed on the Request for NYS Fingerprinting Services - Information Form). All other applicants choosing ink rolled card submission (card scan) are required to submit the Board's Proof of Identification Form and Chart containing the list of acceptable forms of identification.
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Date of Birth Licensing
All licenses issued on or after January 1, 2001 will expire on the licensee’s birthday.
Date of Birth Licensing is easier. Why?
• Eliminates long lines at the track in December and January when everyone is renewing and applying at the same time.
• Reduces delay experienced by applicants.
• Easier to remember when to renew since it expires on your birthday like your driver’s license.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Will the annual fees change?
No. The annual fees will not be changed as a result of this new system. However, if your birthday is less than six months from your date of application or renewal, then you have the option of paying an additional fee to extend the duration of the license.
2. Will the Board still send out renewals automatically?
Yes. A renewal application will still be sent to all licensees. For those who receive a license which expires on your birthday, you will receive the renewal in advance of your birthday. If your license expires on the calendar year of 2000, 2001, or 2002 then you will receive the renewal in advance of this date.
3. Can I still apply for a multi-year license?
Yes. You may still apply for a one, two or three year license. The difference is that the year will start and end on your birthday rather than on the calendar year basis.
4. Do I have to complete an application every year on my birthday?
Only if you choose to get a license that is good for one year. If you choose a multi-year license then no.
Rules & Regulations
Pending rule-making of Horse Racing Division
Rule (section) Date of Last Action Subject Matter Expiration Date
4043.4(b) 07/12/13: filed 4th emgcy rule Reports of corticosteroid joint injections required from trainer within 48 hours 09/11/13 4043.2(i)(1) [new] 07/12/13: filed 4th emgcy rule Corticosteroid systemic administrations restricted for 5 days before race 09/11/13 4043.2(i)(2) [new] 07/12/13: filed 4th emgcy rule Corticosteroid joint injections restricted for 7 days before race 09/11/13 4043.2(i)(3) [new] 07/12/13: filed 4th emgcy rule Clenbuterol restricted for 14 days before race 09/11/13 4043.2(e)(9) 07/12/13: filed 4th emgcy rule Corticosteroids (not IA) removed from 48-hr period before race 09/11/13 4043.2(g) 07/12/13: filed 4th emgcy rule Clenbuterol removed from 96-hr period before race 09/11/13 4043.2(i) [former] 07/12/13: filed 4th emgcy rule Corticosteroid joint injections removed from 5 day period before race 09/11/13 4038.5(a)(1) 06/24/13: re-filed same emgcy rule Corrects typo (to refer to 4038.19, “Certain Voidable Claims,” rather than to 4038.18) 08/23/13 4038.5(a)(3) 06/24/13: re-filed same emgcy rule Claimant may rescind a claim for one hour after race if horse was vanned from track 08/23/13
4043.15, 4120.12, 4120.2(e)(9) 02/20/13: notice of proposed R-M Amends anabolic steroid rule, plasma replace urine thresholds and no IA uses. 02/19/14
Adopted Rules (effective upon publication in State Register)
4104.14 08/01/13: ADOPTED Permits cell phones in HA paddock (one-year sunset from effective date, i.e., 08/21/13) Effective 08/21/13 4043.4(b), 4043.2(e, g, i) 08/01/13: ADOPTED Makes permanent such emgcy rules Effective 08/21/13 4038.5(a)(1, 3) 08/01/13: ADOPTED Makes permanent such emgcy rules Effective 08/21/13
Glossary:emgcy means Emergency Rule. R-M means rule-making.
Notes: Rule 4038.2 (claiming price ≥ 50% of the purse) was permanently adopted on 12/19/12.
Proposed rules must be adopted within 180 days unless the agency extends this by 185 days by filing a Notice of Continuation that appears in the state register prior to such expiration date. SAPA 202(3).
Racing Fan Advisory Council
NYS RACING FAN ADVISORY COUNCIL
The Racing Fan Advisory Council wants to hear your thoughts and ideas! To contact the Council, email email@example.com.
In September 2011, former Racing & Wagering Board Chairman John D. Sabini announced members of the Racing Fan Advisory Council, which will provide input and advice to the Board on horse racing and wagering matters in New York state. The council consists of individuals steeped in both thoroughbred and harness racing, as well as off-track betting enterprises. The council will examine the “total racing experience” and report its findings to the Board.
The council is composed of long-term horse racing fans, selected on their involvement, interest, knowledge and devotion to the sport.
The members include:
• Chair: Patrick M. Connors, Professor of Law, Albany Law School: Professor Connors has been an avid fan of horse racing since 1989 and has made several presentations at Albany Law’s annual Saratoga Institute on Racing and Gaming Law. He has been a law professor for 20 years at both Syracuse University College of Law and Albany Law School. A prolifically published scholar, he has been an active member of several New York State Bar Association Committees and has given dozens of legal presentations across the state. Professor Connors resides in Saratoga Springs, graduated from Georgetown University and obtained his law degree at St. John’s University School of Law.
• Michael F. Amo, Chair and Co-Founder, Thoroughbred Racing Fan Association, Inc. (ThoroFan): Mr. Amo has been a Thoroughbred horseracing enthusiast for over 30 years. He was first introduced to the sport by a friend who took him to the 1978 Belmont Stakes and soon began traveling the country attending racing meets as his regular vacation away from a career as a hospital administrator. Mr. Amo has served on the Board of several not-for-profit organizations and is co-owner of a health care consulting business, as well as a published author. A Central Valley resident, Mr. Amo also serves as an Orange County legislator.
• Allan Carter, Historian, The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame: Since 2003, Mr. Carter has worked at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. For more than 20 years prior, Mr. Carter was a legal librarian at the New York State Library. Mr. Carter served in the U.S. Army from 1963 to 1967 and worked as a technical writer at Knolls Atomic Power Plant. A Glens Falls native, Mr. Carter resides in Saratoga Springs and received a Master’s Degree in Library Science from SUNY Albany.
• M. Kelly Young, Associate Director of National Affairs, New York Farm Bureau: Ms. Young has been an active participant in the world of harness racing since 1995, when she worked as an office assistant at the Goshen Historic Track during the summer. Ms. Young is a member of the Saratoga Harness Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors and a former Executive Director of the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State. She has written several award-winning articles on standardbred racing. An Albany resident, Ms. Young has a B.A. in Biology from Boston University.
• Michael C. Mills, Village Administrator, Village of Elmsford (Westchester County): Mr. Mills fell in love with horse racing in 1973 when he attended the Whitney Handicap at Saratoga at the age of ten and witnessed the great Secretariat run and has been an avid fan of racing ever since. A 1986 graduate of the University of Louisville, Mr. Mills has spent the past 23 years working in the field of local government management for the Villages of Elmsford, Ellenville, and the City of Kingston. Mr. Mills has served on several civic committees, boards, and task forces, including the Tappan Zee Bridge I-287 Mass Transit Task Force.
The racing fan advisory council’s mission is to grow of the fan base related to the sport of horse racing by:
• Recommending procedures to ensure that the opinion of the fan is a central part of the regulation of horse racing and advising the Board on issues related to horse racing and wagering
• Advising the Board on appropriate actions to encourage fan attendance and wagering at the state's thoroughbred and harness racetracks and the state's off-track betting corporations
• Visiting Board-controlled racetracks and facilities during race times, workouts, and during hours when members of the media are permitted to be present at the facilities
• Advising the Board on the creation and development of an “I LOVE NY Racing” promotion
• Giving an annual, non-monetary award to both a thoroughbred and standardbred breeding farm in New York State that has worked to promote horse racing in New York
• Recommending changes to the rules of the Board and to the laws affecting horse racing
• Preparing an annual report to the Board regarding the operation of the state's thoroughbred and harness racetracks and the state's off-track betting corporations
No members are current Racing and Wagering Board employees, lobbyists, officers of any racetrack, OTB or any non-profit that represents breeders or horsemen. Three members are appointed by the Racing and Wagering Board Chairman and two are appointed by the chairs of the Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering and the Assembly Committee on Racing and Wagering. Each member serves a five-year unpaid term.
New York Task Force On Jockey Health And Safety
The Task Force on Jockey Health and Safety was formed via Chapter 55 of the Laws of 2013 to “assess, investigate and research issues involving safety and health of jockeys who regularly race at the Thoroughbred racetracks in New York State.” The Task Force is charged with issuing findings and recommendations “concerning jockey benefits including health, life, disability, pension, or other similar benefits and how such needs can best be provided through the resources of the racing industry.”
The Task Force consists of seven individuals total appointed by the Governor, with at least one being a jockey or former jockey, and one member each recommended by the Temporary President of the Senate and the Speaker of the Assembly. The members of the Task Force are:
• Anthony J. Bonomo, Chair (Governor’s Appointee): Anthony Bonomo, Esq. is President of medical professional liability insurer Administrators for the Professions, Inc., which has developed national, award-winning risk management programs for medical practices. A member of The New York Racing Association, Inc.’s (NYRA) Reorganization Board, Mr. Bonomo is the Chair of NYRA’s Equine Safety Committee. An avid participant in the horse racing industry, Mr. Bonomo is an owner of Thoroughbred race horses under the banner of Brooklyn Boyz Stables and MEB Stables. He has also served as a Trustee of Hofstra University and founded the GAELS Foundation, which is dedicated to the development of youth through sports. Mr. Bonomo holds a B.A. and J.D. degrees from St. John’s University.
• Ramon Dominguez, Former Jockey (Governor’s Appointee): Ramon Dominguez is the recipient of the 2010, 2011, and 2012 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey. In 2012, he set a new record for single-season earnings by a jockey. A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Mr. Dominquez began riding full time at La Rinconada racetrack at the age of 18. In June, Mr. Dominguez announced his retirement due to head injuries suffered in a fall at Aqueduct Racetrack on January 18, 2013.
• Alan M. Foreman (Governor’s Appointee): Alan M. Foreman is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Associations, Inc., which represents more than 20,000 owners and trainers throughout the United States, as well as Vice Chairman of the Racing Medication & Testing Consortium and as counsel to many horsemen's and racing industry organizations. Mr. Foreman was a member of the New York Task Force on Racehorse Health and Safety that investigated the 21 fatalities at Aqueduct in 2011-2012. He is a founding director of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association has served as National General Counsel to the Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association. His law practice involves all areas of equine and horse racing law representing horse owners, breeders, farms, jockeys, stables, trainers and horsemen’s organizations. • Nancy C. Kelly (Governor’s Appointee): Nancy Kelly is Executive Director of The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation, which provides financial relief and assistance to needy members of the Thoroughbred industry and their families. She also serves as Vice President of Development for the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, Inc. and serves on the board of directors for the Belmont Child Care Association, Inc. (BCCA). In 2001, Ms. Kelly was presented with the Red Smith “Good Guy” Award from the New York Turf Writers Association for her humanitarian efforts within the Thoroughbred industry.
• David P. Leno (Temporary President of the Senate’s Appointee): David P. Leno is a real estate attorney who has long been involved in Thoroughbred racing. He is currently a partner at Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C., where he chairs the Zoning and Land Use Practice Group. Mr. Leno is a Trustee of the Old Westbury College Foundation and a President’s Council Member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island.
• John Velazquez, Jockey (Governor’s Appointee): John Velazquez recently became the all-time leading money-earning jockey in North America with more than $297 million in career purses. Mr. Velazquez also became the all-time leading rider at Saratoga Race Course and has more than 5,000 career victories. Born in Puerto Rico, Mr. Velazquez has been riding in the U.S. since 1990 and has since earned multiple NYRA meet titles and won several Triple Crown and Breeders Cup races, as well as three Eclipse Awards for Outstanding Jockey. He was inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame in 2012. Mr. Velazquez is currently recovering from a serious spill that occurred during a November 2 race.
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