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Nearly 33,000 people attended Saratoga Race Course on opening day.

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As the sun comes up over the Oklahoma track, horses are already being worked out. This is where viewers can catch a glimpse of the thoroughbreds before the gates open across the street.

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A day before the gates on Union Avenue open to the crowds of opening day at Saratoga Race Course, local business owners and public officials gathered for a Chamber of Commerce breakfast in Saratoga Springs.

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At a breakfast hosted by the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, NYRA CEO Chris Kay spent most of his time at the podium outlining a slew of completed projects and new initiatives for guests and workers at the famed flat track.

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To the disappointment of thoroughbred racing advocates in Saratoga Springs, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers could not reach an agreement at the close of the legislative session to return the New York Racing Association to a private organization.The state will control the organization for another year.

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About a month before the racing season begins, fans gathered in Saratoga Springs today, rejecting a re-privatization plan for the New York Racing Association pitched by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The group is advocating for a plan passed this afternoon by both houses of the state legislature.

John Hendrickson, a special advisor to Governor Andrew Cuomo on the NYRA reorganization board and husband of Saratoga socialite Marylou Whitney, recently left his seat.

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Some Saratoga Springs area residents have come together to criticize what they say is a move by the Cuomo administration to retain public control of the New York Racing Association, the organization that oversees thoroughbred racing in the state.

New York Racing Association President and CEO Chris Kay spoke at last week’s Reorganization Board meeting to highlight the continued financial success of the organization.

The New York Racing Association board has advanced restructuring plans recommending future governance outside of state control.

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Judy Patrick of the Daily Gazette about NYRA.

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Thoroughbred racing fans will have the chance to pick up season passes for the 2016 meet at the Saratoga Race Course on Monday.

Next month, after years under state control, the New York Racing Association is expected to submit a reprivatization plan.

NYRA released its 2016 racing calendar on Wednesday. The organization is calling for 237 days of racing at Belmont Park, Aqueduct Race Track, and Saratoga Race Course.

After a busy racing season in Saratoga Springs, the New York Racing Association predicts profit for the second year in a row.

Problems persist within the long-troubled New York Racing Association’s financial planning operations, according to a recent audit by the office of New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

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.

The New York Racing Association reorganization board has ratified its new chairman. 

As part of New York’s new budget, the embattled New York Racing Association, currently controlled by a state-appointed board of directors, has had its reorganization deadline pushed back another year. Now officials who had looked forward to the re-privatization of the organization are expressing their concerns.

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A new report examining the economic impact of the Saratoga Race Course shows the horse racing industry is having an increased footprint in the Capital Region economy.

The New York Racing Association has reached a settlement with the owners of a food truck that was booted from an upstate track.

The Times Union of Albany reports (http://bit.ly/15sesaJ ) that NYRA agreed last week to pay the owners of the Wandering Dago nearly $70,000 to settle the lawsuit they filed in August 2013 against the racing organization and the state Office of General Services.

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