A major role of NYTHA is to act as liaison between the industry and various government entities. NYTHA, through its legislative, efforts has:

  • Increased purse shares from betting on-track.
  • Increased purse shares from betting at OTB's and inter-track wagers.
  • Increased purse shares from betting on out-of-state races.
  • Guaranteed purse shares from betting on all revenues from simulcasting, in-state, out-of-state and out of country races.
  • Earmarked the first $2 million of NYRA profit for purses.
  • Eliminated sales taxes on horse sales and claims.
  • Eliminated use taxes on horses purchased out-of-state and those syndicated.
  • Eliminated use taxes on training fees.
  • Legalized the race day use of Lasix.
  • Enabled NYTHA to be a dues paying member/supporter of the NTRA.
  • Increased NYRA shares of takeout distributions to assure solvency.
  • Guaranteed purse support for NY-Bred Showcase Day.
  • Provided horsemen with a voice in the use of capital improvement projects.
  • Prevented the importation of simulcasts without compensation to purses.

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