Saratoga Race Course scheduled for July 15 Opening Day

The New York Racing Association announced dates for the meets at Saratoga Race Course, Belmont Park and Aqueduct on Friday, with the Belmont Stakes, Travers and Whitney scheduled for their respective traditional spots.

Opening Day for Saratoga will be Thursday, July 15, to start 40 days of racing, including Whitney Day on Saturday, Aug. 7, and Travers Day on Saturday, Aug. 28.

The bulk of the 153rd Saratoga will run five days a week, from Wednesday to Sunday, and will conclude on Labor Day, Sept. 6.

The rest of the Saratoga stakes schedule is to be determined.

With the Kentucky Derby scheduled for May 1, the Belmont will move back to its spot five weeks later, June 5, after the Triple Crown series was substantially disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020…

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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