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NYRA and the Community


The New York Racing Association is committed to upholding the ideals of community service and support within our thoroughbred racing community and the communities neighboring Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course.

Industry-related groups NYRA is proud to support are the Belmont Child Care Association, known as Anna House, for the benefit of working families at the track; the Backstretch Employee Service Team (B.E.S.T), which provides a wide range of health and human services to workers in the barn areas of our three racetracks; and the New York Racetrack Chaplaincy.  NYRA also supports and advocates for the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, and the Jockey Safety Net Foundation.

The New York Racing Association partners with national organizations which address a broader constituency including the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the American Red Cross, Ronald McDonald House and Toys for Tots.

We proudly host the annual Belmont Stakes Blue Ribbon Run for Prostate Cancer, which each year raises more than $100,000 for the Integrated Medical Foundation, and Fabulous Fillies Day at Saratoga Race Course raises $100,000 for Play for P.I.N.K. supporting breast cancer research.

At Saratoga Race Course, NYRA offers the Community Outreach Booth, established to offer local charities the opportunity to provide information about their mission and raise much-needed funds. 

In our continuing effort to support the people and organizations that support racing, NYRA hosts Day at the Races for Military Veterans, First Responders, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Toys for Tots and numerous community organizations.  

For more information, or to get involved, please contact our Community Relations Manager