The New York Racing Association has a new board member from Saratoga Springs. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, local officials are praising the appointment.

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Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah will run in Saratoga's biggest race this Saturday.

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Aug 14, 2015
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There’s a new voice this summer at Saratoga Race Course. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Lucas Willard found out, much more goes into the job than just two minutes of action.

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In a 40-day racing season that kicked off weeks after American Pharoah’s Triple Crown win at Belmont, racing fans are showing their enthusiasm for the sport at Saratoga.

A delegation of Capital Region lawmakers has delivered a letter to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo urging that the New York Racing Association, the organization that oversees thoroughbred racing in the state,  be transitioned back to a private, non-profit racing entity.

As part of Saratoga Springs’s Centennial Celebration, fans will be able to experience a day at the races free of charge this August.

It's one month until the meet at Saratoga Race Course and New York's horse racing organizers are preparing for a new season. In its first board meeting since April and American Pharoah's Triple Crown win at Belmont, the NYRA board is hoping improvements at the Spa will provide for an excellent racing season. 

American Pharoah will run for the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes this weekend, but ahead of New York’s premier horse racing event, the board governing the sport is in turmoil.

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The New York Racing Association, the agency that oversees racing at Saratoga Race Course, has introduced plans for several new building and renovation projects there, including its famed Clubhouse. A public hearing on the project is set for later this month.

The board governing New York’s thoroughbred racing industry met earlier this week and revealed that the harsh winter had a big impact on betting.