02/24/2015 12:20PM

NYRA rescinds 14-day entry rule


Effective with the entries for March 5, the New York Racing Association will rescind a rule that prohibited horses from running back in 14 days or less from their previous start, it was announced Tuesday.

The rule was one of four enacted last month in the wake of 14 equine fatalities during the first 27 days of the inner track meet, which began on Dec. 3. Four of the 14 horses who died ran back in 11 days or less from their previous start. There has not been a fatality since Jan. 22, a period of 14 racing days.

“Aqueduct operates under some unique circumstances, and equine welfare will always be the top of our concerns,” Martin Panza, NYRA’s senior vice-president of racing operations, said in a press release. “This rule served a purpose through a difficult period of time. We appreciate the understanding and support of our horsemen.”

Three other measures that NYRA put in place starting Jan. 22 will remain in effect for the time being. One is a reduction to eight races from nine during weekdays. This rule remains in place despite the fact there have been 13 full-card cancellations this winter, eight since Jan. 28. Second, the bottom maiden-claiming level has been raised from $12,500 to $16,000. Third, horses defeated by a minimum of 25 lengths are put on a “poor performance” list and must complete a half-mile workout in 53 seconds or faster to be permitted to enter in a future race.

At a meeting of the New York State Gaming Commission on Monday, Robert Williams, the organization’s executive director, said the commission’s “investigative review into the circumstances surrounding each fatality continues.”

Beginning with Thursday’s program, there are 19 scheduled cards remaining for the inner-track season before racing moves to the main track on April 1.

Marc Rogala More than 1 year ago
And on top of that any horse that does not hit the board in 10 consecutive starts is BANNED from racing at any track in America!
Marc Rogala More than 1 year ago
The NYRA is a joke and the inner-track is a DEATH wish. Albeit Aqueduct should not even be open as it is a DUMP there should be NO racing when wind chill is below 40!
Kevin Miller More than 1 year ago
It is too bad that they can't return NYRA racing back into the premier racing it once was. No more maiden claimers, no claiming condition races, no claimer under 35k, and NO drugs
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
if they did that the gates would be empty when the race goes off! lol
Tim Roberts More than 1 year ago
Why does NYRA take 3 dark days off after losing so many cards in the last 2 weeks? Why not race?
D'Funnybone More than 1 year ago
It is so obvious that NYRA is bringing to the forefront all issues that they WANT you to believe that are contributing to the high % of equine catastrophic breakdowns and deaths, while avoiding the real reason- Illegal Drugs. The cheap claimers that run here, especially in the winter at Aqueduct, are so drugged up in order for the horses to not feel the pain in their joints and legs so they can keep running and hopefully collect checks(and sometimes actually being claimed). NYRA needs to cover up this grand injustice, for without these drugs, there would not be any racing in NY in the winter. Blame this partly on the Casino @ Aqueduct, because of the inflated purses here due to Casino Money, owners and trainers can't afford to leave these comfy confines and take huge pay cuts to the purses they are racing for. 14 day entry rule? Ridiculous, to say the least. And now the rule has been rescinded? After only a month? The NYRA needs to be re-organized ASAP. Disgraceful. Pathetic.
mikey More than 1 year ago
Just more proof that the NYRA so called EXEC'S don't know what to do.Try this than that if not take them away.NYRA is alive do to the slots and die hard bettors.They will someday kill this once great racing .
Gino Ronzitti More than 1 year ago
I remember a horse at Aqueduct (I think it was No Bias) who ran on a Saturday, won and the next day came back and ran second to Forego in a stakes race with 14 top horses.
Brian More than 1 year ago
I continue to need someone to explain to me what motivated this rule and now the rescission of the rule. Either horses cannot withstand running back within 14 days - and thus the original rule is justified and would continue to be and NYRA was making a mistake in rescinding - or horses can run back safely within 14 days and the original rule was overbroad and an overreaction. Doesn't it have to be one or the other?
mikey More than 1 year ago
The names on the door at NYRA says M. DUCK AND M.MOUSE.That's who is running this place.
Joel Firsching More than 1 year ago
Mr grening, thank you for the updates. Your stats puts this subject in high definition. It doesnt make any sense in getting rid of the 14 day rule. Ive noticed the major problems the derby preakness horses have had. They also have problems in their next start after running hard in both races.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
Since drf has decided to ignore the days major racing news...I will comment on it..DAVID WELLS one of the prominent trainers at penn national best know as RAPID REDUX'S TRAINER has just received a 3 month jail sentence and a 5 year ban for doping horses he also got a $ 5000 fine..4 others had been indicted including the official clocker who pleaded guilty and got a suspension and a fine...The feds were unable to make their case against SAMUEL WEBB had also been charged....my opinion on this is simple the reason we see so many charges prought at penn national is because A) theres cheating going on..B) the authorities there are doing their job..the reason we don't see these indictments at other tracks in NY or Florida for example is because nobody is doing their job ..there's cheating just the same but no one cares.
maverick thirteen More than 1 year ago
I also expected that story to be a lead story today - It is not often a trainer is convicted in a court of law and given a prison sentence for "rigging" races -
G More than 1 year ago
It was available on DRF yesterday, 2/23/2015. check the DRF archives.