Saratoga Race Course

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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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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.

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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.

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

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With the racetrack dark for the day, leaders in New York's horse racing industry assembled in Saratoga Springs to discuss the retirement of thoroughbreds – a topic that has long been the subject of equine advocates.

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Saratoga Springs will be packed with visitors for Travers weekend and public safety officials are putting a plan in place to make sure guests enjoy their stay.

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Tickets for Travers Day sold out two weeks in advance but if you’re unwilling to pay a stiff markup for a scalped ticket, you could catch a glimpse of all the runners in the $1.6 million Travers Stakes on Friday morning at Saratoga Race Course.

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The Triple Crown winner is heading east, and now we know what awaits him on Saturday. A crowd gathered in downtown Saratoga Springs Tuesday night for the draw for the 146th Travers Stakes. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief was there along with hundreds of fired up racing fans to see where their favorites will start in the summer's biggest race.

American Pharoah To Face "Graveyard Of Favorites"

Aug 25, 2015

A sold-out crowd of 50,000 will be there in person and millions will watch on television this Saturday as Triple Crown winner American Pharoah races in the Travers at Saratoga Race Course. It is one of the most anticipated races in years at the track  as American Pharoah tries to avoid the stunning losses by other horses that has led Saratoga to become known as the "Graveyard of Favorites." Secretariat, Man O'War and Affirmed are just a few of the seemingly invincible horses that lost at the track. Allan Carter, the historian at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga, says the graveyard reputation at the race course is no myth.

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

  A Listener Essay by Susan McDonough - a member of the New York State Humane Association.

Many people are excited about a summer at Saratoga Race Course, but not me. In my opinion, racing is bad for horses.

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The New York Racing Association announced Friday afternoon that all 50,000 tickets including season passes for the 146th running of the Travers Stakes on August 29th have been sold.

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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.

Officials with the New York Racing Association have capped attendance for Saratoga's biggest race day.

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Texas Red took the lead from Japan with an eighth of a mile left and held off Frosted to win the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy by a half-length Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.

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.

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In baseball, in the American League, the Yankees tripled up Baltimore 9-3, Houston edged Boston 5-4, Toronto beat Oakland 5-2, Minnesota blanked the Angels 3-0, Seattle slid past Detroit 3-2 in 12 innings, and it was the Whites Sox over Cleveland 8-1.

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. 

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Triple Crown winner American Pharoah has dominated headlines and adorned magazine covers since his historic win at Belmont last weekend. With the meet at Saratoga just weeks away, the win is generating buzz throughout town.

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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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