An eight-week Saratoga Race Course meet is not being proposed.
It’s not normally news when something is not happening, but New York Racing Association board of directors member Anthony Bonomo had to clear up that mistaken impression after an article ran in Thursday’s Saratogian and Troy Record citing him as saying as much during Wednesday’s “Paul Vandenburgh Show” on WGDJ 1300 AM.
“It was not what I said,” Bonomo said Friday. “Paul and I were joking, where he said he would like the meet extended, and I said I would like it to be 10 months because I love it up here.
“The Saratoga meet has been going very well, it’s well-attended, and I think the racing has been fantastic. It’s a wonderful place to be.”
The question of an eight-week meet then was raised during the radio conversation, stretching back to around July 4 and running through Labor Day with two dark days per week instead of one. It is an idea that has bounced around the public forum for years, but it has not been discussed by the board.
Bonomo said the article mistakenly made it seem like he was proposing such a change.
“Let me be clear, I don’t know what we should do,” Bonomo said. “I’m sure [NYRA CEO and president] Chris Kay and the board of directors will figure out what’s best for racing.”
In addition to what’s best for racing, he said NYRA would have to work best with Saratoga Springs to determine what is best for the city.
“That’s something NYRA would have to look at, to see whether or not it would work economically and whether or not it would work with the town,” Bonomo said. “I’m sure there’s as many people in the town that love this meet to be happening as those who may not love the meet to be happening.
“What’s best for racing? That’s above my pay grade. If it ever is looked at, it’s looked at. I don’t really know. But I can honestly tell you, there has been no talk about it, at all.”