03/29/14 - FIRST I AM ALL FOR THE SAFETY OF HORSES AND DRIVERS BUT THERE IS A LOT OF TALK BOARDING ON CONSPIRACY THAT THE DRIVERS RESPONSIBLE FOR CANCELLATION ALL HAD BAD POST POSITIONS IN THE FINALS OF THE MICHAEL SCORE SERIES. TO SHOW THAT THIS WAS JUST A SAFETY ISSUE AND NOT A CONSPIRACY I FEEL THE POST POSITIONS THAT WERE DRAWN SHOULD STAY THE SAME NEXT WEEK. PLEASE COMMENT BRUCE.....SUBMITTED ANONYMOUSLY.
Having just returned from 3 days in Columbus attending the United States Trotting Association's Board of Director's meetings, I was not present to witness Saturday's last 3 race cancellation. However, I did speak to the judges late Saturday night and Sunday afternoon in addition to others who were present in the paddock Saturday night. I can assure you that a driver's conspiracy to reschedule the Michael Scores final has a 0% chance of being true. The judges also informed me that the final will be redrawn.
11/18/13 - BRUCE, HAVE THEY FINALIZED THE 2014 RACE DATES FOR BUFFALO RACEWAY ? IF YES WHAT ARE THEY ? SUBMITTED BY.....DYCE SPALLUTO
Yes! We begin on January 8 and race Wednesday, Friday, Saturday in January; Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday in February & March; Wednesday, Friday, Saturday in April & May; Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday in June & July.
07/05/13 - BRUCE, I SEE THE BATAVIA DOWNS STALL APPLICATION IS AVAILABLE.I WAS WONDERING IF THE RETURN TO BATAVIA WILL GIVE THE SHIPINS FREE USE OF VITAL SERVICES SUCH AS VETWORK , BLACKSMITH , & FREE USE OF THE TRACK AS IN THE PAST
I am sure that the services you mentioned will remain the same as they have always been at Batavia.
11/29/12 - MR. TUBIN, WHY DO YOU ALLOW BATAVIA DOWNS TO REDUCE PURSE MONEY, AND CUT DAYS THE LAST TO WEEKS OF THE MEET? WHEN IS YOUR TERM OF PRESIDENT UP?.....SUBMITTED BY MIKE
Our schedule at Batavia Downs this year has been public knowledge since last December. We were scheduled to race 72 days & we will be racing 72 days. No days were cut. We actually stretched the calendar out by adding an extra weekend to shorten the downtime between meets. Check the Batavia purse account balance as of 11/30/12 on this site when it is available in December and you should be able to answer your own question. Officers of our association are elected on a yearly basis following our annual Board of Directors elections.
07/16/12 - BRUCE, I JUST RECEIVED MY WNYHHA NEWS LETTER AND FILLED THE SURVEY OUT. DON'T KNOW IF IT WILL HELP YOU, BUT AS I WAS READING THE REPORTS INSIDE, YOU MENTIONED NEW CHANGES IN THE RACING AND WAGERING BOARDS REGULATIONS AS IT RELATES TO CONDITION SHEETS DRAW SCHEDULES. COULD YOU CLARIFY WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT AND OR WHERE I MIGHT FIND THE REGULATION (SECTION ETC) SO I CAN READ IT FOR MYSELF. DON'THINK IT WILL BE ANYTHING I NEED TO BE CONCERNED WITH, BUT IF HAL AND I EVER DECIDE TO PURCHASE ANOTHER HORSE, ITS NICE TO KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT. I AM WONDERING IF IT IS EVEN A GOOD IDEA TO EVEN THINK ABOUT PURCHASING ANOTHER HORSE WITH THE RACING CLIMATE AS IT STANDS, BUT I AM NOT READY TO GIVE UP YET. THANKS.... SUBMITTED ANONYMOUSLY
An amendment to Section 308 of the Racing, Pari-Mutual Wagering and Breeding Law became effective May 28, 2012. Section 308 (2) states: "The licensed racing corporations shall reimburse the State Racing and Wagering Board for the per diem cost to the Board to employ one Associate Judge and the Starter to serve at the harness race meetings." In other words, tracks must pay the cost (plus benefits) of one judge every day we have a draw or we race. Therefore, tracks are trying to avoid drawing on dark days & incurring the additional cost. They also now are billed for the Starter on every race day.
02/16/12 - BRUCE; THANKS FOR ADDRESSING MY PREVIOUS EMAIL COMPLAINT: I HAVE NOTICED A LARGE AMOUNT HIGHER END HORSES HERE FOR THE MEET; NATURALLY THE RACE OFFICE WOULD BE RUNNING MORE DIVISIONS TO GET THEM RACED HENCE USING LARGER PORTION OF THE PURSE ACCOUNT THAT WAS PREVIOUSLY ESTIMATED. DO YOU FEEL WE CAN SUB STAIN THE CURRENT SPENDING LEVELS TO THE END OF THE MEET?.....SUBMITTED BY MARC SHUTTLEWORTH.
While I can't guarantee it, I am cautiously optimistic that we can sustain the current purse schedule through the end of the meet. In addition to an increase in higher end horses, as you mentioned, we are also racing nine additional days this year. However, we are offering more lower end conditions than were listed by the previous race secretary, which is allowing more horses to race where they belong instead of being forced to race over their heads for increased purse money. We also began the year with an increase in purse funds over last year.
02/10/12 - BRUCE, WHEN WILL WE MAKE UP OUR CANCELLED NIGHT. THERE ARE ALOT OF HORSES STRUGGLING TO GET IN AND THE MAKE UP DAY WOULD HELP.... SUBMITTED ANONYMOUSLY.
The make up day will be Thursday, April 5. That will give us 4 days of racing every week in April, May, June, & July.
01/31/12 - BRUCE IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE THE URINE STALLS NEXT TO THE SIX RACE CHANGED OVER TO SHAVINGS INSTED OF STRAW? IF YOU DRAW THE 8 HOLE IN THE SIX RACE THE URINE RUNS FROM THOSE STALLS ON YOUR FEET TO THE DRAIN IN FRONT OF THE # 8 HORSE?.....SUBMITTED BY MARC SHUTTLEWORTH.
Thanks for informing me of that problem. For some reason, 2 of the stalls had shavings, & 2 of them had straw. They will all have shavings immediately.
01/28/12 - BRUCE,IHAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU THAT WAS ASKED TO ME & I DON'T KNOW THE ANSWER.IN THE RACE LAST SAT. THAT HAD THE ACCIDENT THE RACE WAS DECLARED BY THE JUDGES NO CONTEST AND THE PURSE WAS DIVIDED EQUALLY WHICH IS VERY FAIR,BUT HOW DO THEY TAKE OUT A STARTING FEE IF IT WAS NO CONTEST ?.....SUBMITTED BY DYCE SPALLUTO.
My best guess would be that since the race started, and the participants divided $6,500 in purse money, a starting fee would be appropriate. If a "no contest" ruling resulted in no purse money being distributed, then a starting fee would certainly be questionable.
01/28/12 - WOULDN'T IT BE BENEFICIAL TO BOTH WNYHHA & BUFFALO RACEWAY TO LOOK INTO GETTING AN OUT RIDER ? IF THERE WAS LAST SAT. 9/21 MAYBE WE WOULDN'T HAVE HAD THE SERIOUS INJURIES TO KEN HOLIDAY AND THE HORSE NATIVE TREASURE.....SUBMITTED BY DYCE SPALLUTO.
Let's be clear, the safety of our drivers and horses is, at all times, a top priority of our association and the management of both of our local racetracks. When our horsemen feel that the conditions for racing are not safe, we pull the plug with absolutely no resistance from management. It is also why we had a meeting on January 3, the purpose of which was to review all of our emergency procedures in case of an accident on the racetrack. That meeting was attended by representatives from the ambulance company, our track veterinarians, our track personnel, track security, paddock employees, etc. As to the accident that occurred on January 21, there was absolutely nothing an outrider could have done to prevent the injuries sustained by Ken Holliday or Native Treasure. Does that mean we shouldn't consider an outrider, No, it doesn't. Ashley Holliday did a terrific job last year at Batavia. She was extremely helpful when a driver had his hands full with a hot horse or when a horse needed to be turned to go to the gate, but Batavia in the summer & Buffalo during a typical winter(we may never see another one like this again) are two entirely different matters. Is the subject being discussed, Yes, as are all issues that pertain to safety and those discussions will continue.
01/27/12 - BRUCE , IF A HORSE HAS BEEN CLAIMED LISTED AS A HORSE BUT IS A GELDING, AND THE PAPERWORK HAD BEEN TURNED IN AND IT WAS CHANGED THROUGH THE USTA BEFORE POST TIME, CAN THE HORSE BE GIVEN BACK AND PLEASE LIST THE RULE STATING AS SUCH.THANK YOU...SUBMITTED ANONYMOUSLY
This example is covered by the following rule. As you can see, title does not transfer to the claimant when there is a misrepresentation as to the sex of the animal. This rule applies even if there is a mistake made that is not the fault of the original owner. (i) Vesting of title. Every horse claimed shall race in all heats of race in the interest and for the account of the owner who declared it to such race, but title to the claimed horse shall be vested in the successful claimant from the time the word "GO" is given by the starter in the first heat, and said successful claimant shall become the owner of the horse, whether it be alive or dead, sound or unsound, or injured either before, during or after the race, except for a misrepresentation as to the sex or age of such animal and except as hereinafter provided in subdivision (o) of this section.
01/14/12 - WITH THE FRIDAY 1/13 CARD CANCELED & NO QUALIFIERS WHY DONT THE HORSEMEN ASK FOR A DAY OF MORNING QUAILIIERS LIKE ALL THE OTHER UPSTATE TRACKS GET ? EACH YEAR VERNON,TIOGA,& SARATOGA HAVE MORNING QUALIFIERS WHY NOT IN BUFFALO ? THE JUDGES ARE THERE ON TUES AM FOR A DRAW,NEXT TUES AM WOULD BE A PERFECT TIME TO DO THIS.....SUBMITTED BY DYCE SPALLUTO.
Friday's qualifiers were postponed until Saturday. The option of scheduling qualifiers on Tuesday after the draw was brought up yesterday & was rejected for a number of logistical reasons. There will be more than 5 qualifiers next Friday if necessary. People who race at Vernon & Tioga are off for considerably longer than our local horsemen. They need one or two full days to accommodate everyone who needs to qualify. We are granted a grace period until February 1. Unfortunately, there were 8 horses left out this Friday, & this will be corrected next week if necessary.
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