12/28/2015 1:12PM

NYRA ends replay show, will focus on live coverage


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Beginning Friday, the New York Racing Association no longer will air its nightly 30-minute recap show or the “National Racing Report” on the Madison Square Garden network.

NYRA’s contract with MSG to air the show, known as “Insider,” expires Thursday, and NYRA plans to put its resources into a live show on MSG-Plus beginning sometime during the Belmont spring-summer meet, according to David O’Rourke, NYRA’s vice president and chief revenue officer.

“We’re shifting our resources from doing a recap show to live coverage,” O’Rourke said. “Live coverage will be focused around Belmont and Saratoga. We’re likely to continue to do shows like the ‘National Racing Report’ and ‘Trips and Traps,’ but we’re going to be using our online medium more.”

The nightly show, hosted for many years by Harvey Pack, is believed to have started in 1981. “Inside Racing,” as it was known for most of its run, was basically a 30-minute recap of the day’s racing card at Aqueduct, Belmont, or Saratoga. Jason Blewitt began hosting the show in 2005. Recently, the format had changed to show some replays of the day’s races while offering a preview of the next day’s card.

O’Rourke said that with replays so easy for people to access online, it didn’t make sense to continue with the same format.

“We have a limited amount of resources for coverage,” he said. “We felt we’d better shift it over to the live racing product rather than do something where people are used to getting replays right on their app.”

Alan Steinberg More than 1 year ago
I am shocked and in tears that the show no longer exists....My dad is gone 25 years now and we used to watch the show together........I remember sad and tragic shows such as the day that Mike Venezia died in a spill at Aqueduct......There is not only LEGACY TO THE SHOW, but there is LORE as  well.........A large part of my daily horse racing experiences has vanished like smoke....and to answer an executive of NyRA BROADCASTING  the replays are NOT easy to see if you are not a New York RESIDENT........  I have no access to NYRA BETS living in new jersey and I cannot see any races now at all/

            I hope that this decision will be overturned for the NYRA used to be a leader in public exposure to their product......NOW THIS VALUABLE GEM of a show has been stripped from the viewing audience.

            I can only ask.WHAT WERE THEY THINKING  ????
Rhondac Conklin More than 1 year ago
I watch this show for years,once again Kay and his Cronies will do anything to destroy horse racing.
APB70 More than 1 year ago
Harvey Pack! At Siro's in Saratoga: You people have 100 times the information that bettors had when this place opened and you lose just as often as they did.". It never got old. You are greatly missed, Harvey.
lgoldfeder More than 1 year ago
NYRA offers Talking Horses and the entire feed In HD on their website. I also believe the shows are archived.
Jack Armstead More than 1 year ago
Are they still going to have the pre-card "Talking Horses" before each racing day? I find that to be beneficial and have always had to go to the OTB 3 hours early (I'm on PST or AZ time) to watch the show. Why can't they record that Show and let people watch it on the NYRA web-site? The same of course holds true about what so many of you are objecting to about the Post Race T.V. show. Is the MSG Network 'that' expensive to air programs on?
Savino Fazzo More than 1 year ago
This organization is best example of how to not treat your customers. Just keep raising prices take care of rich n the hell with the hardcore bettors who keep place alive. They ruined belmont spring meet, n now take away a info based show that customers enjoy!!!!. Oh thx for the 25% increase for racing program. My last time buying it . Never again.
Tim More than 1 year ago
Seems to me they could have kept the show and then still ADDED whatever live show they're talking of. The recap show isn't just replays; isn't the commentary the thing? Way to go NYRA (with accompanying kudos to MSG), keep shoveling dirt on the closing casket that is New York horse racing...
NealThebakeshow More than 1 year ago
Well put ! Excellent point Tim ! The MSG Network show was not only about horses running around the track. Richard Migliore was excellent talking about why the jockeys did what they did (or criticized them for what they didn't do) Maggie Wolfendale was equally astute in describing a horse's appearance. I'm not the biggest Andy Serling fan but he added the gambler's angle to the show. What a misguided, stupid decision byNYRA.
Glen Johnson More than 1 year ago
Another hit to the NY racing fan. While different from the Harvey Pack era, I was starting to like the "new" format, especially Migs on-track interviews. In any case, hopefully the MSG/NYRA teams will come up with a new version of the same subject. I could go on and on with NYRA bashing, but that would take a book! BTW...Heaven forbid that NYRA does a legitimate fan focus group to get real time points of interest.
Marie Jost More than 1 year ago
"We have a limited amount of resources for coverage". More BS spewed by a Chris Kay underling.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
They should focus on the integrity of the races and eliminating the cheats. But how do you investigate anything on the cheap . When you're nickel and dime-ing every aspect of your operation nothing gets done the right way. Unfortunately it's the public that gets fleeced.