Horse Racing in New York Gets New Coalition To Show Support For Industry

Written By Mike Mazzeo on September 30, 2021
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A coalition has been formed to show support for horse racing in New York.

We Are Horse Racing is composed of small businesses, unions, nonprofits and trade organizations.

The coalition aims to educate New Yorkers about the importance of the sport and industry to the state’s economy.

Concern Over Horse Racing’s Long-Term Viability

The future of horse racing has proven to be a significant topic within the industry. Race track officials have continued to express concern over the viability of the sport long-term. Attracting the younger generation has proven difficult.

The NY Racing Association is also involved in a legal battle on multiple fronts with trainer Bob Baffert. The NYRA seeks to ban Baffert from its race tracks. The battle follows Baffert’s Kentucky Derby-winning horse Medina Spirit being disqualified for testing positive for a banned steroid.

In The Short-Term, Sport Is Making Money

Nevertheless, Saratoga Springs produced a record handle of $805.5 million this summer. Likewise, the Belmont Stakes also generated a record handle for a non-Triple Crown year ($112.7 million). A 2018 study said horse racing in New York is responsible for 19,000 jobs and $3 billion in annual economic impact.

State Senator Joe Addabbo is also seeking to include horse racing on all legalized NY sports betting apps.

“We Are NY Horse Racing will engage in a number of activities moving forward, including events, paid media and other efforts directly related to educating and informing New Yorkers about the importance of horse racing to the New York economy,” the release said.

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Mike Mazzeo is the Lead Writer for PlayNY, arriving after covering several of New York's professional sports teams in a variety of roles for the past decade. Previously, he served as a beat writer and columnist covering the Brooklyn Nets (ESPN) and New York Yankees (New York Daily News). Mike also covered both the MLB and NBA nationally for Yahoo Sports. In addition, he served as a general assignment reporter for ESPN NewYork.com. He has also had bylines in the New York Times, New York Post, Newsday, Forbes and The Ringer. With PlayNY, Mike brings extensive coverage and unique story angles to what is projected to be one of the biggest and most lucrative online sports betting markets in the country. It's been an arduous and confounding process to get here, but 20 million New Yorkers (many of them die-hards) are now legally able to bet on their favorite sports teams across the state via online and mobile platforms.

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