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About NYRA

Founded in 1955 and franchised to run thoroughbred racing at New York's three major tracks (Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course) through 2033, the New York Racing Association's mission is "Meeting the highest standards in thoroughbred racing and equine safety." With a lineage of nearly 150 years, NYRA tracks are the cornerstone of New York State's thoroughbred industry, which contributes more than $2 billion annually to its urban, suburban and rural economy. 
NYRA tracks are proud to be accredited members of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Safety & Integrity Alliance. Leading the industry in safety and welfare initiatives, NYRA tracks have earned “best practice” ratings in virtually every primary area examined by the Alliance since 2009.
In 2015, more than 1.75 million people attended live races at NYRA tracks. Factoring in nationwide off-track wagering, the average daily betting handle on NYRA races totaled more than $10.7 million.



  • Michael J. Del Guidice, Vice Chairman
  • Michael Dubb
  • C. Steven Duncker
  • Bobby Flay
  • Marc Holliday
  • Stuart S. Janney, III
  • Georgeanna Nugent Lussier
  • Earle Mack
  • Robert Megna
  • Leonard Riggio
  • Andrew Rosen
  • Joseph Spinelli
  • Stuart Subotnick
  • Vincent Tese
  • John Hendrickson, Special Advisor
  • Jeffrey A. Cannizzo, ex-officio
  • Richard Violette, Jr., ex-officio


  • Christopher K. Kay, CEO and President
  • Joseph Lambert, Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary
  • Lynn LaRocca, Senior Vice President & Chief Experience Officer
  • Gordon Lavalette, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
  • Martin Panza, Senior Vice President of Racing Operations
  • Jelena Alonso, Vice President, Controller
  • Glen Kozak, Vice President of Facilities & Racing Surfaces
  • David O’Rourke, Vice President, Chief Revenue Officer
  • Bob Hughes, Chief Information Officer
  • James Ranton, Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Stephen Travers,  Senior Director, Hospitality & Guest Services
  • Iris Roberts, Records Access Officer
  • 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
  • David Osojnak, Paddock & Patrol Judge*
  • Kelly Gecewicz, Michael J. Muzio, Matthew Salvato,
    Sentell Taylor, Jr., * Placing/Patrol Judges
  • Denise Spampinato, Horsemen's Bookeeper
  • Anthony Jaccino, Chief Horse Identifier
  • John Imbriale, Announcer
  • Carmen Barrera, Director, Horsemen's Relations
  • Thomas M. Fresenius, Director of Security & Special Events
  • Matthew Feig, Senior Director, ADW
  • Rocco Fuda, Director of Pari-Mutuel Operations
  • Min Kim, Director of Internal Audit
  • Darran Miner, Director of Marketing
  • Dan Silver, Senior Director of Television
  • Kevin Quinn, Director of Sales
  • Rick Wickman, Stable Supervisor


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


  • 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 
  • Ronald G. Ochrym, Director of the Division of Horse Racing
  • 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.

Snow Removal – Aqueduct & Belmont
The New York Racing Association, Inc. is soliciting bidders to provide equipment and personnel for Snow Removal at Aqueduct Racetrack located in Ozone Park, NY 11417 and Belmont Park Racetrack located in Elmont, NY 11003.
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 3:00 PM EST on October 28, 2016.


Media Buying Services
The New York Racing Association, Inc. is soliciting bidders from top tier Media Buying Agencies to provide media planning and buying services. The Media Buying Agency will be responsible for providing research, media planning/buying and reporting for our organization.  
          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 PM EST on October 24, 2016.

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Financial Statements

The New York Racing Association, Inc.
2016 First Quarter Financial Statement
NYRA 2015 Audited Financial Statements
2015 Third Quarter Financial Statement
2015 Second Quarter Financial Statement
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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