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Horse Racing & Pari-Mutuel Wagering
IMPORTANT THOROUGHBRED HORSEMEN, VET AND OWNER NOTICE – 12/3/14
More information can be found under the “Equine Health and Safety” tab on the left.
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 Equine Medical Director Dr. Scott E. Palmer, 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.
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
The Commission is committed to promoting responsible aftercare of Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses.
Promoting Responsible Horse Stewardship:
The Commission produced a video highlighting the issue of responsible aftercare and what those in the horse racing industry can do to make sure horses have viable options after their racing days are over. The Commission is requiring all Thoroughbred and Standardbred owners, trainers and assistant trainers to attest under penalty of perjury that they have viewed this video, further instilling a sense of responsibility in those who participate in New York horse racing. View the video below:
Research: Tracking NY-Bred Thoroughbreds
In 2015, the Commission endeavored to locate all New York-bred Thoroughbreds that raced between 2010 and 2012 and haven’t raced anywhere since, with the ultimate goal of providing a snapshot of the size and scope of the issue of retired racehorses in New York State. The Jockey Club graciously provided the Commission with a list of such horses, including the date and track of their last race of record. Of the 3,894 Thoroughbreds that fit the criteria, the Commission has been able to locate 1,871 horses (approximately 48 percent).
Of the 1,871 horses the Commission has located:
• 3 were confirmed to have been sold at auction.
• 356 are deceased
• 1,512 are retired in some shape or form:
• 604 were retired as broodmares
• 422 were retired and have second careers
• 327 were simply retired
• 155 were retired and adopted
• 4 were retired to stud
Of the 2,023 unknown horses:
• 313 ran their last race at Finger Lakes
• 221 ran their last race at Aqueduct
• 201 ran their last race at Belmont
• 187 ran their last race at Mountaineer
• 152 ran their last race at Charlestown
• 125 ran their last race at Penn National
• 106 ran their last race at Suffolk Downs
• 58 ran their last race at Saratoga
Can you help locate the remaining horses? Download the list:
If you have information on the location of these horses or know what became of any of them, please let us know! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the horse(s) and which of these categories best fit each horse's circumstance:
• Retired - Adopted
• Retired - Broodmare
• Retired - Stud
• Retired - 2nd Career
Driving Attention to the Issue:
The Commission held a day-long Retired Racehorse Summit in September 2015 to discuss the issue of aftercare and how the industry can do more to find good homes for race horses: View the Video
The Commission held a widely attended follow-up event in August 2016. View the Video
Learn More & Get Involved
• Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance
• Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation
• ReRun Thoroughbred Adoption
• New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program
• Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue
• NYTHA Take the Lead
• NYTHA Take2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program, Inc.
• Old Friends
• Old Friends at Cabin Creek
• Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program
• Sunshine Horses
• US Trotting Association
• 2011 Task Force on Retired Racehorses Report & Recommendations
Racing Forms and Applications
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• Proof of Identification Form and Chart
(contains list of acceptable forms of identification)
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.
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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.
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:
• Craig Alfred, Assistant Counsel, Empire State Development: Mr. Alfred has been a horse racing fan his whole life. He has been going to the Saratoga Race Course with his family since he was a young boy and still attends as many days of the Thoroughbred meet as he can. Mr. Alfred currently works as an attorney for Empire State Development and previously worked for the NYS Center for Recruitment and Public Service. An Albany area resident, Mr. Alfred has a B.A. in History and Political Science from Tulane University and a J.D. from Tulane University Law School.
• 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.
• 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.
• M. Kelly Young, Deputy Director of Public Policy, 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.
The racing fan advisory council’s mission is to grow of the fan base related to the sport of horse racing by:
• Engaging New York State’s racing fan population on how to make the sport more appealing
• Recommending procedures to the Commission to ensure that the opinion of the fan is a central part of the regulation of horse racing
• Advising the Commission on fan issues related to horse racing and wagering, including the operation of the State's Thoroughbred and Standardbred racetracks and the State's off-track betting corporations
• Recommending to the Commission further procedures to make Steward and presiding judge actions that impact the betting public more transparent
• Work with relevant component industries to better educate the casual fan as to significant industry topics
• Recommend to the Commission appropriate changes to Commission rules affecting horse racing
No members are current NYS Gaming Commission employees, lobbyists, officers of any racetrack, OTB or any non-profit that represents breeders or horsemen. Three members are appointed by the Gaming Commission Executive Director 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.
Weekly Racing Reports
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