We are some of the thousands of men and women working in New York’s thoroughbred racing industry.
We are grooms and jockeys, exercise riders and electricians, hot walkers and security guards, plumbers and groundskeepers, clerks and cashiers, trainers and veterinarians. And so much more.
It takes a dedicated and diverse community to make New York racing run. We are a significant economic engine for the local communities that host our three historic – Saratoga Race Course, Belmont Park and Aqueduct Racetrack – as well as the state as a whole, and a national leader in equine health and safety initiatives.
At this critical time, New York’s horse racing industry is in a strong position to deepen its economic impact and expand opportunity throughout New York.
“This job has given me not only hope for tomorrow but has made so many of my wishes come true.” – Jonathan Estrada, groom
Thoroughbred racing in New York state is responsible for 19,000 jobs and more than $3 billion in annual economic impact. It is a sport that is deeply intertwined with the history of New York state, and a source of entertainment for the more than one million fans who ordinarily attend the races at iconic venues like Saratoga Race Course, Belmont Park and Aqueduct Racetrack.
And racing generates a significant boost for the communities that host NYRA’s tracks, contributing nearly $250 million annually to the regional economy around Saratoga Springs alone and generating some 2,600 jobs.
“Working here, it’s given me a life and a sense of security, for not only myself financially, but also to provide for my family.” – Chris Mazna, electrical foreman, IBEW Local 25
The sport of thoroughbred racing drives a broad industry that provides New Yorkers in every county of the state with economic opportunity. The men and women who form the backbone of the racing community have built careers that sustain families and provide a path to a bright future for the next generation.
“I’m a single mom. I was able to raise my son and put him through college and something I’m very proud of…I couldn’t do it without New York racing.” - Dionne Johnson, business manager, New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association.
We are New York Horse Racing is a joint effort between NYRA, NYTHA and the NYTB to highlight the economic impact generated by thoroughbred racing in New York.
The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) holds the exclusive franchise to conduct thoroughbred racing at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course. NYRA tracks are the cornerstone of New York State's thoroughbred industry, which is responsible for 19,000 jobs and more than $3 billion in annual statewide economic impact. For more information, visit nyra.com/aqueduct/ and follow @TheNYRA.
For over half a century, the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) has represented the interests of Thoroughbred owners and trainers at New York Racing Association (NYRA) tracks. NYTHA was founded with the objective of serving as a collective voice for the broad interests of New York’s horsemen, and to improve and increase the efectiveness of its constituents in the day-to-day business of racing. For more information, visit nytha.com/about/ and follow @NewYorkTHA.
The New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) is a membership organization founded in 1974 to provide those individuals involved in the New York breeding and racing industry with an organization dedicated to the advancement of Thoroughbred breeding and racing in New York State. For more information, visit nytbreeders.org/ and follow @nytbreeders.
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