Andy Serling is an analyst/handicapper for the New York Racing Association. When Assemblyperson Linda Rosenthal, sponsor of the bill that would redirect over $200 million in annual subsidies from racing to education, tweeted opposition to NYRA’s half-billion-dollar money grab to rebuild Belmont Park, Serling responded thus:
To which we responded:
We were then summarily blocked.
But it’s even worse for NYRA. In the most recent five-year period (’17-’21), Aqueduct and Belmont, which is precisely what the new track would comprise, have combined for 275 kills. That, folks, would rank first in the nation. Put another way, assuming recent averages hold (and why wouldn’t they), New Belmont would, going forward, become the deadliest racetrack in America. And still they have the audacity to ask for more – hundreds of millions more – in state money. You can’t make this stuff up.