SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Though a long winter lies ahead, the New York Racing Association is looking ahead to another summer at Saratoga Race Course.
The 2019 season brought tandem dark days to Saratoga for the first time, and NYRA will soon announce a similar schedule for 2020.
“The New York Racing Association will formally announce its racing schedule for the 2020 Saratoga meet in short order, following the required approval from the New York State Gaming Commission,” Pat McKenna, NYRA’s director of communications, said in a statement on Tuesday.
“Since the conclusion of the 2019 meet, NYRA has conducted a thorough analysis of the season and engaged in conversations with local and industry stakeholders, including the Saratoga Race Course Local Advisory Board, the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce and the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association,” McKenna said. “Based on the findings, NYRA anticipates maintaining a schedule that is consistent with the 2019 season.”
Saratoga had a long tradition of six racing days with no action on Tuesdays. This summer, the season was extended but included dark days on Mondays as well, except for the traditional Labor Day season finale.
The 2019 season generated record-breaking all-sources handle and paid attendance that surpassed a million fans for the fifth consecutive season, McKenna said.