35,000 Jobs on the Line the New York Thoroughbred Breeders &
New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Associations Rally at Belmont Park
to Save Horse Racing in New York State
1,200 hear from elected officials who pledge their support
Park racetrack rocked to the cries of "Real Jobs! Real People!"
as over 1,200 men and women who make their living working at New York
race tracks took part in a weekend rally to save their jobs, joined
by top ranking county and state lawmakers who pledged their support.
by the New York Thoroughbred Breeders and the New York Thoroughbred
Horsemen’s Association to underscore the bleak future of New York’s
$2.4 billion horse racing industry, the rally underscored the need
for Albany’s policy makers to promptly select a vendor for video
lottery terminals that would produce a million dollars a day for the
state and to also address the dysfunctional New York City Off Track
County Executive Ed Mangano
was among those attending the rally, telling the cheering audience
that "Kick starting the economy means job preservation and nowhere
is that more obvious to every elected official than the 35,000 New
Yorkers who are part of thoroughbred racing. You have my support and
my personal pledge to do whatever I can to help focus state officials
on this crisis in an industry that is so important to us."
York State Senator Kemp Hannon
made an impassioned plea to the track workers to "Continue to make
your voice heard here and in Albany. This rally does matter. Your
vote does count and you need to send a message that is heard loud and
clear. `Real jobs and real people need a real decision on VLT’s.’"
competitive forces of the racing marketplace could also harm New
York’s vulnerable condition as it continues to contemplate a VLT
that has so far taken nine years of deliberation. "We might lose
horses to New Jersey, only because they are more competitive purse
Vietch, Supervisor of Saratoga Springs told
the media, having made a special effort to travel to Long Island and
stand with the Belmont track workers.
Director of Community Affairs Abdul Hakim represented the Senator
during the rally at Belmont. Donning a cap that said "Real Jobs for
Real People" Mr. Hakim said "Senator Johnson remains firmly
committed to the working men and women who make up the heart and soul
of Belmont and the multimillion dollar thoroughbred industry that
contributes so much to our economy."
people speaking as one
men and women who work at Belmont, Aqueduct, Saratoga, the other race
tracks and our 400 farms represent some of the hardest working New
Yorkers, and because of their work we have the means of generating a
million dollars a day for this state for education, agriculture and
whatever else the state treasury needs," said Jeffrey
Director of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders.
for us to do that job, Albany has to do right by our industry and
make decisions that will allow us to keep racing and breeding here in
has been nine years since Albany passed legislation that would enable
the installation of VLT’s at Aqueduct race track. Nine years of
broken promises that is now causing horsemen to send the industry’s
best horses where the purses are better and the chances for economic
survival is not just a dream," said
York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association.
"Albany’s inaction continues to divert funds needed to keep the
New York Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry alive and
competitive, crippling the billion dollar thoroughbred industry and
the communities and businesses that are supported by the horse racing
at the Rally, Cannizzo
have gathered here today to tell an entire generation of Albany
leaders that we have no intention of dying, we have every intention
of making our voices heard and we have every intention of making sure
they do their jobs so that we can do ours."
York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) is a membership organization
founded in 1974, in order
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.
is the official authorized representative of the Thoroughbred
breeding industry in New York State; the unified voice of
Thoroughbred breeders in the State of New York for purposes of
communicating the advantages and rewards of breeding Thoroughbreds in
the State and for the purposes of conducting and coordinating
activities with breeding and racing associations and agencies.
New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) represents the
interests of horse 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 Thoroughbred owners and
trainers and to improve and increase the effectiveness of its
constituents in the day-to-day activities of racing. NYTHA strives to
protect the economic interests of all horsemen and to gain public
recognition of horseracing as a vital form of entertainment,
deserving support, protection and preservation. Membership of the
organization is comprised of any owner or trainer who is licensed by
the New York State Racing and Wagering Board who has run a horse in
the last two years at Aqueduct, Belmont or Saratoga.
Press Release March 22, 2010: New
York Thoroughbred Breeders & the New
York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association