racing association en NYRA and state officials continue to spar <p>The New York Racing Association is defending its authority to name its officers and operate freely in what they believe is the best interests of thoroughbred racing.</p><p>NYRA promoted two executives while the state is investigating allegations the association intentionally held back roughly $8.5 million in winnings from bettors. State government officials have threatened to replace NYRA, which operates the Belmont, Aqueduct and Saratoga thoroughbred tracks under a state franchise.</p><p> Thu, 17 May 2012 13:45:00 +0000 Catherine Loper 19423 at