June 29, 2016
NYTHA NEWS BULLETIN - JUNE
NYTHA General Membership Meeting July 26:
There will be a General Membership Meeting of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at 12 noon, behind the Recreation Hall on Union Avenue, Saratoga Race Course. All members are encouraged to attend. A BBQ lunch will be served beginning at 11:30 a.m. Please RSVP to the NYTHA Office at (516) 488-2337, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
JICF Legislation Passed:
On June 14, the New York State Assembly passed the bill that gives the New York Jockey Injury Compensation Fund (NYJICF) the option to expand to include all eligible backstretch workers, in addition to the exercise riders and jockeys currently covered, and to research the possibilities for self-insurance. Three days later, just hours before the Legislative Session concluded, the State Senate also approved the bill, by a unanimous vote of 58-0. The legislation now goes to the desk of Governor Andrew Cuomo for his signature.
“This is a very positive step in our efforts to address the skyrocketing cost of Workers’ Compensation Insurance in New York,” said NYTHA President Rick Violette Jr., who represents New York’s owners and trainers on the NYJICF Board. “The NYJICF also brought in Marsh Risk Management to examine the safety practices at the track, both morning and afternoon, as well as analyzing the numbers and all of the factors that have created the enormous increases in premiums. Marsh has consulted extensively on this issue with racing organizations around the country.
“In addition, the NYJICF has hired expert consultants with knowledge of alternative insurance programs that can advise us on the best course going forward, whether that is self-insurance or some other vehicle.”
NYTHA To Form Trainers’ Committee:
In an effort to work even more closely with its horsemen, NYTHA will form a Trainers’ Committee, which will be comprised of representatives from the NYTHA Board as well as non-Board Members. The nine-person Committee will meet regularly to discuss day-to-day concerns, and to work on solutions to issues affecting the trainers. NYTHA Board Member Leah Gyarmati will chair the Committee.
Chiropractor Now On-Site at Belmont:
Dr. Ira Mittleman, the chiropractor engaged by the Backstretch Employee Service Team, is now seeing patients at the Backstretch Clinic at Belmont Park, Thursdays from 3-6 p.m. No appointment is necessary, and his services are available for owners and trainers as well as backstretch workers. Dr. Mittleman will continue to treat patients at his office at 181 Landau Avenue in Elmont. He can be reached by phone at: (516) 488-4044 (office) or (516) 695-1541 (cell), or by email at: email@example.com
Save The Date! Saratoga Events:
The Saratoga Meet starts July 22, and the calendar is already filled with events to benefit the many charity organizations that NYTHA supports. Here is a list of some of the events on tap at the Spa this summer.
Monday, July 25: Hay, Oats and Spaghetti at Bravo!, to benefit the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.
Special guest Michael Veitch will be autographing his books, “Foundations of Fame: Nineteenth Century Thoroughbred Racing in Saratoga Springs” and “Summit of Champions: Thoroughbred Racing in Saratoga Springs 1901-1955” at Bravo!, 3246 Route 9, Saratoga Springs, NY, from 6-9 p.m. Click here
for tickets or to become a sponsor. Call (518) 226-0028 for more information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 more information, call Mary at TRF, (518) 226-0028, ext. 103, or Nancy at PDJF (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 email@example.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.