Thursday, June 30, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
On June 28th, NYRA President and CEO, Charles E. Hayward, and NYRA jockeys, Maylan Studart and Janice Blake, joined New York State Senator, Eric Adams on an afternoon visit to Gallop NYC in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Gallop NYC offers lessons to 150 riders each week in three NYC locations and they use horseback riding to bring joy and hope to children and adults with developmental, emotional, social and physical challenges. Dan Silver, NYRA Director of Communications and Media Relations, and I also attended the visit. NYRA is proud to partner with Gallop NYC to provide funding to allow them to continue their wonderful outreach and to create awareness about their significant work.
Kudos and much thanks to Jeremy Edge, an Anna House volunteer for over ten years, for his monumental walk from Belmont Park to Saratoga Race Course. A distance of 190 miles. He raised both money, over $30,000.00, and awareness for the children of Anna House, The Belmont Child Care Association and the Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund. Jeremy covered the 1,520 furlongs in 13 days, and showed no signs of wear or tear.
Exiting the track and on his way!
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
On June 22nd, The Belmont Child Care Association and the families of Anna House welcomed the Consul General of Mexico - New York, Carlos Sada and his wife Maria Elena. The Consul General spent time talking to many of the Mexican backstretch workers and has offered to help those that he spoke to. He will also be in Saratoga Springs on August 24th to attend The Belmont Child Care Association Benefit at the Gideon Putnam. The Consul General would like to return to the Belmont Race Track in the fall to have a group meeting in the evening with the Mexican Nationals on the racetrack to get a better understanding of their needs and to determine how the Mexican Consulate of New York can help the Mexican Nationals on New York Race Tracks.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
NYRA joined the Race for Education in their announcement of the Olivia M. Saylor/ Fleet Indian Stakes on Belmont Stakes Day
Olivia M. Saylor died tragically on January 1, 2011. She and her family campaigned Grade 1 winners, Purge and Monba, and multiple Grade 1 winner and dual Eclipse champion, Ashado in partnership with Starlight Stables. Olivia is credited with naming Ashado and she campaigned Older New York Horse of the Year and Eclipse Champion, Fleet Indian, and graded states winners including Phil the Grip, Older New York Male Champion.
Olivia's father, Paul Saylor, is a board member of the Race for Education which has provided scholarships over the last five years to New York residents whose families are involved in the Thoroughbred industry.
Elizabeth Jensen, Executive Director of the Race for Education, joined Victoria Casso, 2011 recipient of the Fleet Indian Scholarship in Memory of Olivia M. Saylor. The Race for Education plans to award over $80,000 in scholarship funding to worthy recipients this year.
Friday, June 10, 2011
NYRA salutes the Village of Floral and the Village of Garden City for record crowds on their 2011 Belmont Stakes Festivals on the eve of the 143rd running of the Belmont Stakes. Record turnouts for both events provided our local communities with an opportunity to celebrate an exciting sports event with their families and neighbors. Local businesses in both communities benefitted from the large crowds and residents enjoyed great food, music and children's activities sponsored by NYRA and other local businesses.
A special thanks goes to Michael Dubb who donated the two new rooms and to the many contractors who worked long and hard to make this happen!
Chairman of the Belmont Child Care Association Board and Anna House student Sebastian welcoming our guests
Nassau County Executive Ed Magano
Everyone Had Fun!
C. Steven Duncker, Chairman of the NYRA Board of Directors, Hal Handel, NYRA Chief Operating Officer, and friends and family of Jack and Nancy Kelly.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Two days before the 143rd running of the $1 million Belmont Stakes, Janet Baeza, Ryan Curatolo, Ramon Dominguez, Alan Garcia, Maylan Studart, and John Velazquez, among others, will travel to the Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park at 10:30 a.m. to mingle with children at the House. Clad in their colorful silks, the riders will pose for photographs and distribute gifts of personally autographed riding goggles and hats.
“This is a great event for our children and their families,” said Ronald McDonald House of Long Island Executive Director Matthew Campo. “Meeting the jockeys is always a wonderful time for everyone. We wish them the best of luck on Saturday.”
Dominguez and Velazquez will have mounts in this year’s Belmont, with Dominguez riding Mucho Macho Man and Velazquez riding Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom. Velazquez won the 2007 race with the filly Rags to Riches, the first female to win the Belmont in 102 years.
The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. It is a ‘home-away-from home’ for families who are caring for seriously ill children undergoing medical treatment in area hospitals. Located on the campus of the Cohen Children’s Medical Center, the House accommodates families in a warm and supportive environment. Since opening in 1986, approximately 13,000 families from the United States and more than 80 countries around the world have been served. Many of the families are from Queens, Suffolk and Nassau Counties, as well as the surrounding metropolitan area.
On Friday June 10th The Belmont Child Care Association (BCCA) is throwing open its doors for the grand opening of its two new classrooms; the expansion will permit Anna House to increase its enrollment from 50 students to 70 students. Materials and labor for the expansion were donated by Michael Dubb, a residential real estate developer, chairman of BCCA’s board, and top NYRA owner in 2010. A ribbon cutting and cocktail reception will be held on Friday, June 10th from 6:00-7:30 pm at Anna House, on the Belmont backstretch.
The children aren't the only ones getting bigger at Anna House,
So is our building! Please come help us celebrate the expansion of Anna House so that we can serve even more children in the backstretch community.
THE BOARD of DIRECTORS of
THE BELMONT CHILD CARE ASSOCIATION and
CHARLES HAYWARD, President and CEO of NYRA and
EDWARD P. MANGANO, Nassau County Executive
CORDIALLY INVITES YOU TO THE RIBBON CUTTING of
THE TWO BRAND NEW CLASSROOMS at
ANNA HOUSE, Friday, June 10, 2011, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, Belmont Park, Gate 6
Elmont, NY (516) 488-2103. Cocktail Reception,
Reception sponsored by The New York Racing Association
About the Belmont Child Care Association
The Belmont Child Care Association (BCCA) is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit corporation established in 1998. The BCCA has established Anna House, an on site childcare center for the benefit of working families at New York area racetracks, and to providing scholarship funds to those unable to afford the cost of care. Its volunteer board represents the broad-based industry support BCCA enjoys. For additional information, please visit: www.belmontchildcare.org.
Saturday, June 4, 2011
The 2011 Belmont Stakes parade was a grand success! Over 600 parade participants represented numerous organizations in Elmont as they celebrated the upcoming 143rd running of the Belmont Stakes. NYRA President and CEO, Charles Hayward, marched alongside former jockey and NYRA TV Analyst, Richard Migliore. Sam the Bugler, the NYRA starting gate, the NYRA tram as well as State and Local Officials lead the parade to Belmont Park where Elmont residents enjoyed Community Day, courtesy of NYRA. The Elmont Chamber of Commerce sold the trophy presentations on the day which highlighted local businesses. Over 800 residents enjoyed a lovely afternoon at beautiful Belmont Park.