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New York needs winter racing

New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Associaton President and trainer Rick Violette Jr. says New York needs winter racing at the Aqueduct Race Track.

"There has been much discussion of late on the topic of winter horse racing in New York. There are some who feel the sport would be better off without it," he wrote in the NYTHA winter newsletter.
"Nothing could be further from the truth."

"If winter racing is eliminated in New York, it will cripple the thoroughbred industry in the state," Violette wrote.

The entire newsletter is available below.

Ending the winter meet was discussed this summer at a racing and gambling convention in Saratoga Springs. At the end of January the state approved limiting the number of winter race days.

"There is no question that our energies and our resources must be used to improve both the racing product and the racing experience. A better product on a day-to-day basis benefits the entire industry. And exploring all options to improve the safety of the horses and riders must always be a priority," Violette said. "But efforts must be directed at making improvements not only at Saratoga in August, but at Aqueduct in January as well."

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