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WNYC News

Street Art and Horse Racing Merge at Aqueduct

Friday, November 22, 2013

What do horse racing and street art have in common?

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WQXR Blog

Chamber Music Society to Summer in Saratoga

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Nothing caps a day of betting on the ponies like a night of chamber music. That's what the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is gambling as it establishes a new summer home in Saratoga Springs, NY.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Clare Balding on Animals and Other Family

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Clare Balding talks about growing up in an unusual household—with more than 100 thoroughbred racehorses, mares, foals, and ponies, as well as an ever-present pack of dogs. As the child of a renowned horse trainer, Clare rode legendary racehorses and received her first pony as a gift from Her Majesty the Queen of England. In her memoir My Animals and Other Family, she writes of her struggles growing up and tells her own coming-of-age story through portraits of her beloved horses and dogs.

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WNYC News

Life as a Belmont Park Backstretch Worker

Friday, June 08, 2012

Millions will turn their attention for a few fleeting moments on Saturday to the high-gloss grandeur of the final leg of the Triple Crown. But for several hundred backtrack workers, mostly immigrants from Latin America, Belmont Park is more than a storied racetrack — it is where they live, work and raise their families.

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WNYC News

Track Tech: At Triple Crown, Dirt Is King But Synthetic May Be Safer

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

For the week leading up to the Belmont Stakes, WNYC is partnering with the Innovation Trail, WEKU and Louisville Public Media to explore how technology is changing the horse racing industry. This is part three of a four-part series.

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WNYC News

Track Tech: The Fight to Keep Horse Racing Relevant

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

For the week leading up to the Belmont Stakes, WNYC is partnering with the Innovation Trail WEKU and Louisville Public Media to explore how technology is changing the horse racing industry. This is part two of a four-part series.

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WNYC News

Track Tech: Why Betting on Horses Is Legal, When Gambling Elsewhere Is Not

Monday, June 04, 2012

For the week leading up to the Belmont Stakes, WNYC is partnering with the Innovation Trail WEKU and Louisville Public Media to explore how technology is changing the horse racing industry. This is part one of a four-part series.

There is one sure bet about gambling in New York state: what is and isn't legal can be a little murky.

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The Empire

Cuomo Takes the Reigns of the NYRA

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a new, temporary board set to run the New York Racing Association will enhance racing while working closely with New York's expansion of gambling.

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WNYC News

On Heels of Horse Deaths, Racing Regulators Unveil Database of Deaths, Injuries

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

New York horse racing regulators announced they are creating an online database of animal deaths and accidents dating from 2009.

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WNYC News

Niche Market | Saddles, Bridles and Chaps

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

New York is a city of specialists from foodies to academics, laborers to shopkeepers. Every Wednesday, Niche Market will take a peek inside a different specialty store and showcase the city's purists who have made an art out of selling one commodity

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WNYC News

Belmont Stakes Draws People to Elmont, But What's to Keep them There After the Race?

Friday, June 10, 2011

Some Elmont residents say the community doesn't reap much benefit, because there's nothing to keep visitors there after the big race.

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WNYC News

Racing Fans Collect their Winnings as Betting Parlors Shut Down

Thursday, December 09, 2010

There's no longer a place to legally bet on horses in New York, unless you go to Aqueduct Racetrack. About sixty betting parlors closed this week after state lawmakers failed to pass a rescue plan for the city's financially-troubled Off Track Betting Corporation. WNYC's Ilya Marritz brings us this look at one of the last parlors still operating.
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[The TVs that usually show horse races are dark at the seventh Avenue branch of OTB, and only a few windows are open to customers. They're not taking bets here anymore - just cashing out accounts. Matt Lopez chatted with the branch manager on the sidewalk outside, after collecting the last 30 dollars he was owed.
it was basically a small voucher for left over balance, and some scratches. You know what a scratch is?   
That's betting parlor talk.
when you bet a horse, and they withdraw him from the race before the race is run, you're entitled to a refund.
Lopez, and thousands of other customers are being paid the money they're owed - in full. But NYC OTB's bigger creditors aren't so lucky - they'll lose tens of millions of dollars, and over a thousand workers are losing their jobs. Matt Lopez says it makes no sense to him. Monday night this branch closes for good. For WNYC, I'm Ilya Marritz.]

About sixty betting parlors closed this week after New York state lawmakers failed to pass a rescue plan for New York City's financially troubled Off Track Betting Corporation. Just a few parlors have kept their doors open.

 

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WNYC News

Yonkers Raceway Takes a Hit with Shutdown of NYC OTB

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Now that New York City Off Track Betting is closed, those owed money by the bankrupt corporation are tallying their losses. Yonkers Raceway was NYC OTB's second-biggest creditor. General Manager Robert Galterio [Gal-TEER-ee-oh] says OTB owes the racetrack some 20 million dollars in fees.
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Yonkers Raceway got some15 percent of its revenue from NYC OTB, and  much of that money went to the owners of winning horses.
[The most immediate economic impact of NYC OTB's shutdown is on its more than one thousand employees. They received layoff notices this week.]

Now that New York City Off Track Betting is closed, those owed money by the bankrupt corporation are tallying their losses. 

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WQXR News

Comptroller DiNapoli Says New York Racing Association on the Edge of Insolvency

Monday, July 12, 2010

The New York state Comptroller says the New York Racing Association (NYRA) is once again facing insolvency early next year if a contract to expand gambling at the Aqueduct Race Track is not settled soon.

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