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Cheers and jeers

May 5, 2012
The Leader Herald

JEERS - To a major swindle. The objection light on the tote board in the offices of the New York Racing Association should be flashing non-stop. And the ruling should be they are scratched for good. In 2008, NYRA allowed the cutting of payouts on certain bets at the tracks it has the franchise to operate - Belmont, Aqueduct and Saratoga - by 1 percent to help balance its books. This was a temporary fix, like so many others, that should have expired, by law, on Sept. 15, 2010, but they kept paying winners too little, if you can call $8.5 million "too little." This shortchanging was deliberate, and this should be the final straw. Enough is enough.



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