NYRA looking to keep 2019 Saratoga Race Course schedule for 2020

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The New York Racing Association (NYRA) is looking to keep the same schedule for the Saratoga Race Course as it did in 2019 for the 2020 season. NYRA says it will release the dates for the upcoming season soon. First, NYRA must receive approval for the change from the New York State Gaming Commission.

In 2019, NYRA extended the dates for the season while keeping 40 days of racing with dark racing days on Mondays and Tuesdays. Opening day, was on July 11 ten days ahead of the expected opening date of July 21, 2019. The original change was made to allow construction work next door to Belmont Park on the new Islanders Arena.

NYRA officials say they have conducted a thorough analysis of last year and have spoken to numerous associations related to the horse racing industry finding support for the decision.

“NYRA anticipates maintaining a schedule that is consistent with the 2019 season, which generated record-breaking all-sources handle and paid attendance that surpassed one million fans for the fifth consecutive season.”

Pat McKenna, Communications Director, NYRA

Saratoga Springs Mayor Meg Kelly said that this is the new normal and the city will have to adjust for the earlier start date.

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