Saratoga horse racing without fans in the stands. Town concerned about income loss

COVID-19 and Horse Racing.  Economic Fallout is Huge

SARATOGA SPRINGS NY (WRGB) – Saratoga Springs Mayor Meg Kelly says the Governor’s announcement that horse racing can resume on June 1st without fans is good news for the city.

“The city needs the horses. Without fans, that’s one way to start,” said Mayor Kelly.

NYRA says they have prepared operating plans for the Saratoga Race Course that follow Belmont Park.

“I think that is huge because they do bring people to work up here and they do spend money in Saratoga Springs. The horses don’t just come alone, they come with staff,” Kelly said.

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