Friday, March 28, 2014

NYRA Hosts the American Red Cross Blood Drive at Aqueduct Racetrack

NYRA was proud to welcome John Miller, CEO American Red Cross of Long Island, to Aqueduct Racetrack. NYRA hosted the annual blood drive which is supported by NYRA employees and Aqueduct Racetrack neighbors. NYRA Vice President, Dave O'Rouke, joined Mr. Miller and American Red Cross volunteers for a trophy presentation following the 1st race on Friday, March 28.

Friday, February 21, 2014


NYRA was proud to support the American Heart Association's GO RED FOR WOMEN campaign. We thank our fans and employees for donating funds to support programs for women which focus on heart disease prevention. NYRA named the 1st race on February 21st and our employees joined in the campaign by wearing RED.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Jockeys Join the 2014 MDA Muscle Team

On January 7th, Maylan Studart and Mike Luzzi joined the Muscular Dystrophy Association's 2014 Annual Muscle Team to raise funds for research. NYRA was proud to stand behind our jockeys to support this annual event. Our jockeys joined many other professional athletes who take time out of their busy schedules every year to acknowledge the work of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the children they represent.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Spirit of Giving Weekend at the Big A

NYRA was proud to host Spirit of Giving Weekend at the Big A on December 7th and 8th! NYRA Vice President of Development, David O'Rourke, welcomed back Major Chuck Kilbride, U.S. Marines (ret.), and the U. S. Marine Corps cadets as they returned to Aqueduct for their annual Toys for Tots campaign. Joining them were Nassau County Executive, Ed Mangano, Chairman of the 2013 Toys for Tots campaign, and Acacia Courtney, Miss New York City.

Thoroughbred owner, Harold Lerner, contributed $10,000 to the Toys for Tots program which collects and distributes new, unwrapped toys for children in need during the holiday season. NYRA and NYTHA are making annual financial contributions and trainer, Gary Contessa, will donated 100% of his earnings on Sunday, December 8th.

NYRA thanks ALL of our fans who contributed to the 2013 Toys for Tots campaign!

Jamaica Hospital Medical Center was once again the beneficiary of the proceeds of our Stocking Stuffer sale of NYRA giveaways.

Monday, October 14, 2013

NYRA's Float Supports the 50th Annual Hispanic Day Parade!

The New York Racing Association, Inc. was proud to support the 50th Annual Hispanic Day Parade in NYC on Sunday, October 13th. Participants included Eclipse winning retired jockey, Ramon Dominquez, and representatives of the Backstretch Employee Service Team, the Racetrack Chaplaincy, and the Belmont Child Care Association. Rodnell Workman, NYRA Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Brett Tessler, NYRA Marketing Assistant, and NYRA's mascot, Auggie the horse, were pleased to be along for the ride!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Fabulous Fillies Day at Belmont Park

Fan entered the Clubhouse on Saturday, October 5th and walked the pink carpet to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The NYRA flag turned pink for the day, the Secretariat statue was adorned with a pink blanket, and the grooms wore pink jackets.
The New York Racing Association, Inc. was proud to welcome women from the fashion industry to the first ever Little Black Dress Luncheon.
Belmont Park featured a PINKOUT in the paddock where our fans received perfume chocolates as thank you for wearing pink. Funds were collected for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and NYRA was proud to welcome the Adelphi University Breast Cancer Hotline Program and the Maurer Foundation to our venue this year!
Miss New York City, Acacia Courtney, joined us for a fun-filled afternoon.
Perks for Wearing Pink included a trophy presentation for the best turned out Fabulous Filly and Fellow as well as two VIP tickets to the 2014 Belmont Stakes.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Garden City Goes to the Races!

The Garden City Chamber of Commerce Foundation celebrated the running of the Garden City Stakes on Saturday, September 14th at Belmont Park. Garden City Mayor, John Watras, presented the trophy for the Grade 1, Garden City, and members of the Foundation enjoyed a luncheon in the Belmont Room and presented the trophy for several races while raising significant funds.