Citing a "continued failure to act in the best interest of racing" by
the New York Racing Association, state racing regulators said Tuesday
that they had instructed the state lottery to immediately suspend
payments NYRA receives from a casino at Aqueduct racetrack and that they
were exploring the revocation of NYRA's racing franchise.
"We take none of these choices lightly, but unless NYRA immediately
starts to act in the best interests of racing and the taxpayers of this
state, we will pursue a course of action to re-establish the racing
franchise with a qualified, ethical, and responsible steward of horse
racing," concluded a letter sent Tuesday to NYRA's chairman, Steven
Duncker, that was signed by John Sabini, the chairman of the New York
State Racing and Wagering Board, and Robert Megna, the chairman of a
NYRA oversight panel.
Sabini is a former New York legislator, and Megna is the budget director
for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has been the association's most high-profile
critic over the past several months.