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No television delay of Saratoga races this summer

Capital Region racing fans won’t have to go to the Saratoga Race Course to watch live thoroughbred racing this summer.

An agreement has been reached to allow for the live broadcast of New York Racing Association races, which includes Saratoga, on the channel run by the Capital Off-Track Betting Corp. Prior to this arrangement, the channel, which is channel 12 for local Time Warner subscribers, aired races on a delay.

During a meeting of the state’s Franchise Oversight Board in the Capitol on Wednesday, Capital OTB President and CEO John Signor said people who watch the channel have been clamoring for this change for years. He noted the station reaches 300,000 people.

A full story on the meeting is available HERE.

NYRA spokesman Eric Wing wrote in an email the group is delighted about the live race broadcasts.

“There is not a more enthusiastic and knowledgeable fan base anywhere in the country,” he said.

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