Former head of NY racing hurt by vehicle while riding bike

Victor Espinoza

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) – The former head of the New York Racing Association is hospitalized with injuries suffered when he was hit by a vehicle while riding his bicycle near Saratoga Race Course.

Saratoga Springs police tell The Daily Gazette of Schenectady that Charles Hayward was riding his bike last Saturday morning when he was hit near an intersection down the street from the racetrack, one of three he used to run as NYRA president.

Hayward says he had exchanged information with the driver, but police say the driver provided false information.

The 64-year-old Hayward was taken to Albany Medical Center, where he’s listed in fair condition.

Hayward was NYRA president from 2004 to 2012, when he was fired when state officials said NYRA was keeping too much money as the takeout on certain exotic bets.

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