July 29, 2016


General Membership Meeting Video Available on NYTHA Facebook Page:  The July 26 General Membership Meeting of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association was streamed live via the NYTHA Facebook page, and has attracted more than 1,000 viewers. The agenda included updates from NYTHA President Rick Violette Jr. on Workers’ Compensation and the New York Jockey Injury Compensation Fund; Federal Legislation; and the National Uniform Medication Program, as well as responses to questions from those in attendance. Click here to watch the video.

“We are very pleased by the response to our live stream of the meeting,” Violette said. “While we did have twice the number of people at this meeting than at our last one, we know how difficult it is for our members to take the time to attend in person. We encourage all of our members to view the video when they have the chance, and to reach out to NYTHA with any questions or comments.”

1) Joe Appelbaum, Zack Jones, Rick Schosberg (L to R)
2) Steve Zorn, Rick Violette, Pat Kelly (L to R)
3) Michael Dubb
4) Bill Punk (L) & Mike Shanley
5) Mike Oliveto, Sean Feld & Jon Taisey (L to R)
6) July 26 Meeting
7) Tina Bond
8) Jeff Cannizzo
9) Bobby Ribaudo
Susie Raisher Photos


Do You Need to Get a New Employee Licensed at Belmont Park This Summer? The New York State Gaming Commission Office at Belmont Park is not open during the Saratoga meet, but trainers who are stabled at Belmont this summer can get new employees licensed. Fill out the New York State Racing License application, and fax the application and proof of identification to the NYS Gaming Commission Office upstate at (518) 587-8372. Payment can be made by sending a check or money order to: New York State Gaming Commission, 1 Broadway Center, Licensing Unit, Schenectady, New York 12305. Call (518) 584-3236 to get total fees due.

Applications are available at the NYTHA Office at Belmont (take the clubhouse elevator to the basement and turn left), which is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., through Sept. 3. Assistance with copying and faxing is also available.

Instructions for Thoroughbred Racing Applicants

Proof of Identification Form and Chart (contains list of acceptable forms of identification)

NYS Racing License Application

NYTHA Supports RTCA-NY’s Saratoga Summer Enrichment Program: NYTHA is once again co-sponsoring the Saratoga Summer Enrichment Program, put on by the New York division of Race Track Chaplaincy of America.  The program offers the children of the backstretch workers based upstate the opportunity to take part in cultural, sports and nature programs during the seven-week Saratoga meet. Already, the kids have enjoyed a dance lesson at the National Museum of Dance and a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at SPAC and the Saturday Playground Program at Pine Grove Campground. A record 30 children have been enrolled this summer. For more information, contact Karen Chavez at (516) 488-6000, ext. 4063, or karenachavez@aol.com.
Attention Managing Owners: Keep Your Partners Informed: It’s easy to keep your clients in the loop – just take a moment to send the most recent contact information for your partnership group to the NYTHA Office via email, abelfiore@nytha.com, or fax, (516) 488-1698. They will be added to the NYTHA membership list and will become part of the NYTHA communications network, receiving emailed announcements, updates and monthly News Bulletins.

NYS Gaming Commission Institutes Equine Steroid Administration Log Enforcement: Beginning Aug. 1, any trainer or veterinarian who fails to report corticosteroid injections within the 48-hour period denoted by NYS Gaming Commission Rule 4043.4(b) will be subject to a fine. By Order of the Stewards. NYS Gaming Commission Rule 4043.4(b) Trainers shall maintain accurate records of all corticosteroid joint injections to horses trained by them. The record(s) of every corticosteroid joint injection shall be submitted, in a form and manner approved by the board, by the trainer to the board within 48 hours of the treatment. The trainer may delegate this responsibility to the treating veterinarian, who shall make these reports when so designated. The reports shall be accessible to the examining veterinarian for the purpose of assisting with pre-race veterinary examinations.

Save The Date! Saratoga Events: Here is an updated list of some of the events on tap at the Spa this summer.

Monday, Aug. 1: Riders Up, the 6th Annual Saratoga Jockey Karaoke Contest, to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. Early admission, 5:30 p.m. Event will be held 7-11 p.m. at VAPOR Night Club, Saratoga Casino and Raceway, 342 Jefferson St., Saratoga Springs, NY.  For more information, contact Dina LaSala at dinalasala@yahoo.com or (630) 595-7660.

Thursday, Aug. 4: New York All Star Basketball Game, to benefit the Race Track Chaplaincy of America, New York division.  The New York jockeys take on the New York horsemen in a basketball game at the Saratoga Recreation Center, 15 Vanderbilt Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY. The game starts at 7 p.m.; admission is free.  For information on sponsorships, call (516) 835-0275, or email rtcany@aol.com.

Friday, Aug. 5: Fundraising party, to benefit BEST. The party will be held at the National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame, 99 S Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and will feature speakers including Ramon Dominguez and Kiaran McLaughlin. For more information, call (518) 587-3720.

Sunday, Aug. 7: Hall of Fame Inductee Ramon Dominguez honored with the Old Friends Award. The event will take place from 6:30-10:30 p.m. at The Lodge, 1 Nelson Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY. There will be cocktails, music, dinner, and silent and live auctions. Tickets are available at www.oldfriendsatcabincreek.com, or by phone at (518) 698-2377.

Tuesday, Aug. 9: Vision, a benefit for the Saratoga County EOC Community Services Latino Community Advocacy Program. Guests will enjoy a one-of-a-kind exhibit by talented Latin photographers and music by Tropic Rhythm along with exquisite refreshments from 5:30-8 p.m. at the At the Rail Pavilion at the Saratoga Race Course, Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY. For online reservations, go to www.saratogaeoc.org.  

Thursday, Aug. 11: The Sizzling Hot Pink Saratoga Hat Luncheon, to benefit the Belmont Child Care Association and Anna House. To be held in the At The Rail Pavilion at Saratoga Race Course, 267 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY, starting at 11:30 a.m. This year’s luncheon will honor Jessica Steinbrenner of Kinsman Farm. For more information, call (646) 497-2615, or email lgales@bcrfcure.org.

Saturday, Aug. 13 & Sunday, Aug. 14: 2016 NY-Bred Preferred Yearling Sale Cocktail Party. At the Fasig-Tipton Upstairs Buyers’ Lounge and Balcony, 415 East Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY. Cocktail party both days: 6-9:00 p.m. For more information, call (518) 587-0777.

Monday, Aug. 15: Blue Spangled Evening Gala, presented by Saratoga WarHorse at the Saratoga Hall of Springs, 108 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs, NY. For more information, go to www.saratogawarhorse.com/.
Wednesday, Aug. 17: RTCA-NY Annual Brunch, to benefit the Race Track Chaplaincy of America, New York division.  Honoring Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson. Saratoga National Golf Club, 458 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  For tickets or more information, call (516) 835-0275, or email rtcany@aol.com.

Tuesday, Aug. 23: Tee-Off for the TRF and PDJF, to benefit the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. To be held at McGregor Links Golf Club, 359 Northern Pines Rd., Wilton, NY. Registration opens at 10 a.m.; shot gun start before noon; Awards Banquet and Cocktail Reception at 4:30 p.m.  The cost is $225 per golfer, including round of golf, cart, tee-favors, plus hearty breakfast, as well as luncheon and cocktail reception for two. Luncheon and cocktail reception only, $50 per person. For information, call TRF at (518) 226-0028, x 103, or PDJF at (630) 234-6691.

Wednesday, Aug. 24: Racing for the Children Dinner and Auction, to benefit the Belmont Child Care Association and Anna House.  The BCCA’s annual fundraiser will honor Michael Del Giudice, and will be held at the Hall of Springs, 108 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs, NY. For more information, call (516) 488-2103.

Tuesday, Aug. 30: ReRun, Inc.’s Annual Saratoga Fundraiser, to benefit ReRun Thoroughbred Adoption. Cocktail party and silent auction to be held 6-10 p.m. at The Lodge at Saratoga Casino and Raceway, 1 Nelson Ave Saratoga Springs, NY. For sponsorship opportunities or more information, contact Lisa Molloy at lisa.rerun@gmail.com.

Saturday, Sept. 3: Seventh Annual 5K Run/Walk for the Horses and Kids’ Fun Run, to benefit the Racehorse Aftercare Charities of Saratoga coalition. The event will be held at the Orenda Pavilion, Saratoga State Park, Saratoga Springs, NY, from 7-11 a.m. Click here to register, or call Mary Abbruzzese at (518) 226-0028, ext. 103, for more information.

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