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Aqueduct to Run 4-Day Race Weeks

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will drop six scheduled live race days from the Aqueduct winter/spring meet calendar, a decision approved by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board Thursday afternoon.

 

The following dates will be dropped from the live racing calendar:

 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

 

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

 

The date reduction, which is supported by the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) and the New York Thoroughbred Breeders (NYTB), was one of several equine safety initiatives approved by the NYRA Board at its most recent meeting on Friday, January 25.

 

 

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PP. to get rid of winter racing entirely because it is poor quality even with large fields. He wanted to make over Belmont and dramatically improve the facility and fan experience there.
What was Bobby Flay's suggestion?
When the drug rules were less stringent last year, the fields were extremely large and also had over 21 horses break down during the season. So because they tightened the drug withdrawal rules, you have less horses in the fields inspite of the large purses. So in a back handed way, it is a safety initiative. Frankly I think they are going to end winter racing at Aqueduct and follow Bobby Flay's suggestion.
One of the reason for the small fields at Aqueduct was the implementation of tougher drug rules in NY for drugs like LASIx, bute etc. which according to most commentators accounts for the small fields.
Can someone please explain to me how this is an "equine safety initiative". I suspect the real reason is because of the paltry size of the fields that have been running there. It's a sad state of affairs when America's greatest city can only sustain 4 days of racing per week.
This is a sad reflection on the state of racing in the USA.
Good idea.

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