The New York Racing Association

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About NYRA

Created more than 50 years ago so that New York State could share in the boom in racing that followed World War II, The New York Racing Association, Inc., holds the exclusive right to conduct racing at Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga until 2033.

NYRA tracks are the cornerstone of the state’s thoroughbred business, which contributes more than $2 billion annually to New York State’s economy.

In 2013, average daily handle wagered on races at NYRA’s three racetracks increased 2.3 percent to $9,198,298, up from $8,990,691 in 2012. For the year, NYRA hosted 239 racing days, six fewer than in 2012, and fewer than any of the preceding four years.Total on-track handle on NYRA races in 2013 was $367,022,646, the second highest such total over the last five years. Wagering on NYRA races again accounted for more than 20 percent of all monies bet on thoroughbred racing in the U.S. According to Equibase, handle on all races in the United States rose 0.06 percent to $10.88 billion.

NYRA’s beginnings date back to 1955, when the Greater New York Association acquired the assets of the four racing associations operating Belmont, Jamaica, Saratoga and Aqueduct racetracks.

Within four years, the NYRA had demolished the old Aqueduct and in 1959 opened the modern Aqueduct. Jamaica Race Track was closed the same year. From 1963 through 1968, Belmont Park was shuttered as a new grandstand was built.

In 2011, Resorts World New York City Casino, operated by Genting New York, opened at Aqueduct Racetrack. Revenue from the casino is directed to help education in the state as well as ensure long-term stability for the racing industry. In 2012, at the direction of Governor Andrew Cuomo, a temporary, publicly controlled body was put in place to transform management of thoroughbred racing in New York. The NYRA Reorganization Board consists of 17 members: eight appointed by the Governor; two directors each appointed by the Senate and Assembly, and five directors appointed by the former NYRA Board.

Mission: Meeting the highest standards in thoroughbred racing and equine safety.


  • David J. Skorton, Chairman
  • Anthony J. Bonomo
  • Michael J. Del Guidice
  • Michael Dubb
  • C. Steven Duncker
  • Bobby Flay
  • Marc Holliday
  • Stuart S. Janney, III
  • Earle Mack
  • Robert Megna
  • Barry Ostrager
  • Leonard Riggio
  • Joseph Spinelli
  • Stuart Subotnick
  • Vincent Tese
  • Charles V. Wait
  • John Hendrickson, Special Advisor
  • Michael Kotlikoff, Special Advisor
  • Chester F. Broman, ex-officio
  • Richard Violette, Jr., ex-officio


  • Christopher K. Kay, CEO and President
  • Joseph Lambert, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
  • Lynn LaRocca, Senior Vice President & Chief Experience Officer
  • Patrick Mahony, Senior Vice President of Pari-Mutuel Operations
  • Martin Panza, Senior Vice President of Racing Operations
  • Susanne Stover, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
  • Glen Kozak, Vice President of Facilities & Racing Surfaces
  • David O’Rourke, Vice President, Chief Revenue Officer
  • Tom Thill, Vice President & Chief Information Officer
  • George C. Venlzelos, Vice President of Security
  • Stephen Travers, Senior Director, Hospitality & Guest Services
  • Pasquale Viscusi, J.D., LL.M., Assistant General Counsel / Records Access Appeals Officer 
  • Iris Roberts, Records Access Officer
  • Jelena Alonso, Controller
  • Ross Didia, Corporate Treasurer


  • Dan Eidson,  Racing Secretary
  • Sean S. Perl, Assistant Racing Secretary
  • Andrew Byrnes, Stakes Coordinator
  • Bruce Johnstone, Manager Racing Operations
  • Roy Robert Williamson, Starter
  • Dr. Anthony Verderosa, Chief Examining Veterinarian
  • Timothy D. Kelly, Clerk of Scales *
  • Edward F. Brown, Assistant Clerk of Scales
  • Peter T. FitzGerald, Paddock & Patrol Judge
  • Kelly Gecewicz, Michael J. Muzio, Matthew Salvato,
    Sentell Taylor, Jr., Ralph Theroux, Jr., * Placing/Patrol Judges
  • Stephen Foster, Timer/Placing and Patrol
  • Denise Spampinato, Horsemen's Bookeeper
  • Janet Reid, Chief Horse Identifier
  • John Imbriale, Announcer
  • Carmen Barrera, Director, Horsemen's Relations
  • Kevin Quinn, Director of Sales
  • John Durso, Jr., Director of Media and Communications
  • Scott Finley, Director of Simulcasting
  • Rocco Fuda, Director of Pari-Mutuel Operations
  • Min Kim, Director of Internal Audit
  • Darran Miner, Director of Marketing
  • Dan Silver, Senior Director of Television
  • Rick Wickman, Stable Supervisor


  • Dr. W. Theodore Hill, The Jockey Club *
  • Stephen Lewandowski, New York State Gaming Commission *
  • Braulio Baeza, Jr., NYRA Steward*
  • Hugh J. Gallagher, Safety Steward*
    *fully accredited


  • Mark D. Gearan, Chair
  • John A. Crotty, Commissioner
  • Peter J. Moschetti Jr., Commissioner
  • John Poklemba, Esq., Commissioner
  • Barry C. Sample, Commissioner
  • Todd R. Snyder, Commissioner
  • Robert Williams, Executive Director
  • Edmund C. Burns, General Counsel 
  • Dr. Scott E. Palmer, Equine Medical Director
NYRA is a member of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations and complies with its Code of Standards and By-Laws.
The New York Racing Association, Inc., is licensed by the N.Y. State Gaming Commission and operates under its Rules and Regulations.
The New York State Gaming Commission
One Broadway Center
PO Box 7500
Schenectady, NY 12301-7500
(518) 395-5400
Send Questions or Comments to: info@gaming.ny.gov

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Backstretch Organizations

NYRA is pleased to highlight the work of the Backstretch Organizations



B.E.S.T. (Backstretch Employee Service Team of New York, Inc.) is the organization in the backstretch that provides a full range of health and human services to support workers in the barn areas of the racetracks at Belmont Park, Aqueduct and Saratoga.

The goal of B.E.S.T. is to draw upon strong connections to resources in the racing industry and extended community so that we can all help backstretch workers lead healthy and full lives.

To donate call (516) 488-3434, or visit www.bestbackstretch.com



The Belmont Child Care Association (BCCA) is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to sustaining a quality Child Care Center, Anna House, for the benefit of working families at The New York Racing Association thoroughbred racetracks. BCCA is committed to providing a safe, nurturing environment and an outstanding early childhood education to the children of the backstretch workers. 

BCCA depends on donations to continue its work.  Every donation is very much appreciated and means we can continue to provide the children with care.  To donate call (516) 488-2103, or visit www.belmontchildcare.org







The Race Track Chaplaincy NY Division has been serving all persons involved in the horse racing industry in New York for over 25 years, primarily stable area workers and front office personnel.  We minister not only to the spiritual needs, but also to their physical, emotional, recreational, social and educational needs. These are some of the many programs we offer: conduct non-denominational religious services, food pantry & clothing closet, recreational activities, guidance with educational financial aid & scholarships, tutoring for children & providing school supplies, holiday celebrations for all workers and their families and outreach to the entire racing industry.

Our programs have been highly successful and have proven to be a positive influence in the lives of those we serve. Your support is greatly appreciated it. 

For more information you can visit our office at Gate 6, Belmont Park Racetrack, or you can contact us at (516) 488-6000 ext 4063, E-mail rtcany@aol.com or visit www.rtcany.org

Mail in donations: RTCA New York 2150 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont NY 11003

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The Backstretch Education Fund offers educational programs to backstretch workers at Belmont and Aqueduct racetracks which enable them to create better lives for themselves through their own efforts. These include:

• The Groom Development Program, vocational training for grooms and hotwalkers taught by top professionals in the industry. Classes cover all aspects of the care of the thoroughbred racehorse and benefit owners, trainers, workers, and horses alike.

• English language and literacy classes offered on three levels. Horseman’s English is also offered to all students.

• We have opened a state of the art language lab and communications center offering online learning in the library next to the backstretch kitchen.



The New York Racing Association, Inc. (“NYRA”) is soliciting bidders for inclusion on its Master Bid list.

Interested parties should click here to launch the Vendor Registration System.  

***Bidders interested in any CURRENT PROJECT listed below, in ADDITION to the online registration, please fax your request to the Purchasing Dept. (718) 296-5109.***

M/W/DBE participation is encouraged.

Interested parties may alternatively fax their request for a bid package to the Purchasing Dept. (718) 296-5109.

Please state what product or service your firm provides.

Janitorial (Paper Products/Plastic Liners) - Saratoga
The New York Racing Association, Inc. is soliciting bidders to furnish and deliver Kimberly Clark Paper Towels, Toilet Tissue (No Substitutions) and Plastic Liners for Saratoga Race Course located in Saratoga Springs, New York 12866 
            M/W/DBE participation is encouraged.
Interested parties may fax their request for a bid package to the Purchasing Dept (718) 296-5109 No Later Than 5:00 P.M. EST on March 6, 2015

Fire Alarm Maintenance - Saratoga


The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) is soliciting bidders to provide labor, materials and equipment necessary for the maintenance of all fire alarm systems at the Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.   Maintenance will cover all fire alarm devices, digital dialers, barn area pull box systems, Spectronics MX fire alarm system (including all related equipment of the track property and at the Saratoga Springs Fire Department), all existing fire alarm equipment which interfaces with Spectronics MX system.  
            M/W/DBE participation is encouraged.
Interested parties may fax their request for a bid package to the Purchasing Dept (718) 296-5109 No Later Than 5:00 P.M. EST on February 27, 2015.

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Financial Statements

The New York Racing Association, Inc.
2013 Third Quarter Financial Statement
2013 Second Quarter Financial Statement
2013 First Quarter Financial Statement
Audited Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2012
2013 Operating Budget Management Discussion and Analysis
Summary of All Units For the Three Months Ended September 30, 2012 (Unaudited)
Financial condition and Unaudited and Unreviewed Results of Operation For the Three Months Ended September 30, 2012 compared to The Three Months Ended September 30, 2011
2012 Operating Budget Management Discussion and Analysis
Audited Financial Statements For the Years ended December 31, 2011 and 2010
Audited Financial Statements For the Years ended December 31, 2010 and 2009

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Track Photographer

Adam Coglianese

PO Box 90
Jamaica, NY 11417

Website: bobcoglianesephotos.com

Email: acoglianese@nyrainc.com

Aqueduct: (718) 659-2292
Belmont Park: (718) 659-2292
Saratoga: (518) 584-6200, ext. 4424

For half a century, the name Coglianese has been synonymous with quality images of high-class racehorses.  As the official track photographers for the New York Racing Association, the father-son team of Bob and Adam Coglianese have captured enduring images of the sport's greatest stars.  The archive of win photos for every race run in New York goes back 20 years, with images of notable horses extending much further.

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