07/18/2014 11:28AM

N.Y. Daily News lays off its only racing writer


The New York Daily News on Thursday laid off its full-time racing writer and will no longer cover the sport on a daily basis, leaving no major newspaper in New York with daily racing coverage.

Jerry Bossert, the Daily News’s only full-time racing reporter, was informed of the decision Thursday, the day before the opening of the Saratoga Race Course meet. He declined to comment when contacted Friday.

Bossert had covered racing for the Daily News since 1994. During the Saratoga meet, he supplied daily coverage of the races while also providing analysis of the cards and handicapping tips.

Last year, the New York Post laid off its racing writers on the eve of the Belmont Stakes. The New York Times has not covered the sport on a daily basis for a decade, although it has a reporter, Joe Drape, who covers the sport regularly.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Andy Serling gives hope to any idiot that wants to find a job. How can a know nothing, arrogant, clueless person maintain a high profile job at NYRA? His voice is like scraping a plate with a fork. If you want to waste your time and go broke at the same time, listen to Andy Serling and bet on his selections.
ken n More than 1 year ago
This guy jerry could not find a winner in a one horse race.
gerald vinci More than 1 year ago
The track used to be big business before the states took over the numbers racket.How are you going to compete with a headline ,"Man wins $500 million on a $1 ticket"?
Charley More than 1 year ago
Letting this writer go is bad for the racing industry which is slowly dieing anyway. I don't care how bad any handicapper is in a newspaper I can pick my own losers. But the industry needs more exposure to horse racing and firing him doesn't help. If you go to the track or live contests they are all older players. Young fans are few and that's why the sport is slowly dieing.
Troy More than 1 year ago
I never want to see someone lose their job. It's the age we live in. But since we are talking about handicappers, how the hell does Andy Serling get a gig on FS1? Mike Repole called him out on live TV. Repole said he knew stopchargingmaria was going to win once Andy Serling picked the other horse. Serling is the biggest blowhard in the industry.
Kevin Smith More than 1 year ago
If some of the horse racing "writers" were actually any good at handicapping... they wouldn't need to work for newspapers... money to be made at the track everyday!
Mark Howell More than 1 year ago
they should also lay off all the executives to decide the basis of drf plus .com the stupid thought process and absolute greed of the the corporation
Robert Clayton More than 1 year ago
Greed......You are a funny guy
Ann Rychlenski More than 1 year ago
what comes around goes around,i called jerry many times leaving messages on his voice mail about NYRAs disregard for the race fan and employees of NYRA and what actions loomed ahead if no one spoke out well now he is part of the others who have been layed off or have had their hours cut he could not have cared less as NYRA never promotes itself, and want self service betting machines instead of clerks along with ridiculous prices at its consession stands all they care about is the selling of NYRA REWARD cards so people can bet from home that's a great idea - no fans-to watch live racing no new interest in the sport and as long as he had a steady paycheck he said nothing well jerry hows it feel
Railbird Brad More than 1 year ago
writers.Paying 6 bucks for a racing form is an outrage almost pricing the little gut out of the game ,stick your articles and fire the writers we need past performances at a lower price I don't care about the
Chris Lowe More than 1 year ago
Where do you get DRF for six bucks? It;s $9.00 here, unless you;re thinking of that POS Daily Racing Program!
. More than 1 year ago
The DN was good for a show bettor