Saratoga Race Course Planning To Open As Scheduled

Saratoga backsideTown of Saratoga Springs Still Prepares For The Worst

SARATOGA NY (WRGB) – Even though the New York Racing Association has delayed the opening of the Oklahoma Training Track at the Saratoga Race Course, opening day for the race season is still set to happen as scheduled on July 16th.

Other states like Florida and California have given horse racing the go ahead, but restricted fans from attending.

Michele Madigan, Saratoga Springs Commissioner of Finance, said that local leaders need to start preparing in the event that the season starts with no fans in the stands.

“I think we need to prepare and I think we need to have our eyes open,” said Madigan.

Madigan said that the city is already seeing a lack of revenue due to the delayed opening of the Oklahoma Track.

“I estimate that if the track doesn’t open through July, the city estimates about a $7.5 million revenue loss and through the end of the year potentially up to $16 million dollars,” said Madigan.

She said that is more than a third of the city’s operating budget.

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