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Report: Horses haul in revenue

Equine agribusiness second in state only to dairy

In the Foxwood's King's Bishop stakes race at Saratoga Race Course on Aug. 25, Willy Beamin with jockey Alan Garcia edge past the pack for the win. The horse industry, including thoroughbred racing, is the second-largest agricultural business in New York state after the dairy industry, according to a new report.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
In the Foxwood's King's Bishop stakes race at Saratoga Race Course on Aug. 25, Willy Beamin with jockey Alan Garcia edge past the pack for the win. The horse industry, including thoroughbred racing, is the second-largest agricultural business in New York state after the dairy industry, according to a new report.
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The state’s second-biggest agriculture business is horses, according to a study by a coalition of equine and agriculture interests that gathered at the state Capitol. In 2011, almost 33,000 full-time-equivalent jobs in New York were connected to horses, with a total impact worth almost $4.2 billion in the state’s economy. The report also indicated that the industry contributes $187 million in state and local taxes. There are currently about 157,500 horses in the state, with ...


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