Night Time In New York

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Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:05 pm

Key state lawmakers say night racing at Belmont likely
They say the proposal, which would allow night racing on Thursdays, Friday and Saturdays, is included in Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposed state budget. ... 1.16981235
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Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:51 pm

The bill would allow racing after sunset only at the main track under its current configuration. The races would have to conclude before 10:30 p.m. under the proposal.

Sunset in the NYC area in mid-July is around 8:25 p.m. Do the races have to start at sunset -- which would mean a five- or six-race card, maximum -- or can they be run as an extension of a twilight program?
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Fri Mar 30, 2018 3:14 pm

Night Racing at Belmont Hits a Snag in N.Y. Budget
A plan to allow night-time racing at Belmont Park was scrapped after falling through during the latest New York State budget discussions, according to numerous reports. As first reported by BloodHorse, attempts to secure a deal to allow for Thoroughbred racing at night were strongly opposed by Standardbred horsemen, who are currently the sole occupiers of the evening racing time slot.

A budget bill was introduced by New York state governor Andrew Cuomo Jan. 16 that included proposed legislation that would have allowed the New York Racing Association to conduct night racing up to three nights a week. While current law allows for racing to be conducted between sunrise and sunset, the proposed legislation would have permitted racing at night from Thursday through Saturday, provided the cards concluded by 10:30 p.m.

“As the cornerstone of an industry responsible for 17,000 jobs and more than $2 billion in annual economic impact, NYRA believes that night racing is an important component in recruiting and maintaining new generations of fans to secure the long-term future of horse racing in New York,” read a statement issued Thursday afternoon from NYRA spokesman Patrick McKenna. “The public has a right to choose the sporting events that they wish to watch, and legislation that would allow NYRA to conduct Thoroughbred racing at night provides them with that choice–the same choice that the public currently enjoys with respect to every other athletic league able to offer their product at night.”

The issue during discussions, according to the BloodHorse report, was that Standardbred owners were unhappy with a proposal that infringes on their control over the nighttime racing market and consequently sought a hold harmless provision to account for potential damages. NYRA, conversely, was reportedly unwilling to consent to such an agreement. ... -y-budget/
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