03/29/2013 12:19PM

New York funds will go to equine health efforts


One percent of the purse subsidies flowing to horsemen at New York’s tracks from casinos attached to them will be redirected to the New York State Gaming Commission for equine health-related initiatives under a budget approved Thursday night by state lawmakers.

The provision is expected to raise $1.5 million for the initiatives, according to estimates prepared by staff of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The money will be used to fund recommendations in a report released last September that was prepared by a task force examining a spate of deaths at Aqueduct racetrack over its 2011-2012 winter meet.

The report recommended that state regulators enact several costly initiatives, including the establishment of a necropsy program for all horses who die at state tracks and improvements to drug testing.

Under the budget provision, any money that the New York State Gaming Commission does not spend on health and safety initiatives from the redirected funds will be remitted to purse accounts.

Nathan More than 1 year ago
will someone please explain to cuomo that the ankle on a horse is the same size as the ankle on a human. a horse comes down one foot at a time when racing. that's 1,200 pounds of weight coming down at 30+ m.p.h., hundreds of times during the race. tracks want track records and fast times, therefore they turn the racing surfaces into concrete highways. it's the track maintenance that breaks horses down , not the trainers. there is not one trainer in the world who would purposely race a horse knowing that the horse would break down. it's the racetracks that are to blame. track records make good stories and add to stud fees. it's a business and the horse is the victim.