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Racehorse Retirement's Final Frontier

Liz O'Connell | Posted 09.23.2015 | Green
Liz O'Connell

Grand Strand wins Maiden Claiming at Belmont, 7/10/14 Photo courtesy of NYRA/Coglianese As the presenters at a racehorse retirement conclave in Sarat...

American Pharoah Returns a WInner

Liz O'Connell | Posted 08.04.2015 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

It's a tough year to be a three year-old colt if your name isn't American Pharoah. The Haskell Invitational and Triple Crown winner's classmates have been chasing his famously scant tail across the finish line since his second start, and first win, last September when he trounced the field in the Del Mar Futurity.

New Belmont Gold Cup and Belmont Oaks Races Test For Distance

Liz O'Connell | Posted 04.15.2014 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

Under the guidance of Martin Panza, the New York Racing Association is premiering two new distance races during Belmont Park's Spring/Summer meet. Pan...

A Fresh Look at America's Oldest Sporting Venue, Saratoga Race Course

Liz O'Connell | Posted 11.27.2013 | Entertainment
Liz O'Connell

As the opening of The Track at Saratoga, America's Grandest Race Course unfolds, tales of the lure of Saratoga -- the setting, the characters, the horses and the legends -- are promised.

New York Racehorse Safety Task Force Is Taking Its Time

Liz O'Connell | Posted 11.12.2012 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

More than five months after being formed, the New York Task Force on Racehorse Health and Safety has yet to share its findings concerning the alarming number of racing-related horse deaths (19) over the inner track during Aqueduct's winter race meet.

New York Horsemen and Breeders Lose Voting Rights in NYRA Shake Up

Liz O'Connell | Posted 08.21.2012 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

The legislation maintains that the temporary reorganization board shall be under public control to ensure The New York Racing Association, Inc. works in the best interest of all stakeholders in horse racing including fans, owners and breeders.

Change New York Claiming Rules

Liz O'Connell | Posted 05.23.2012 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

In December, a report with recommendations I helped create for securing responsible and humane retirements and second careers for race horses was submitted to Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Meet Uncle Mo

Liz O'Connell | Posted 06.07.2011 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

Thoroughbred racing sensation Uncle Mo arrived in New York this week to prep for his run in the 2011 Wood Memorial, Saturday April 9 at Aqueduct Race ...