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Racing fans flocking to Saratoga as usual

July 15, 2019

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Fans continue to flock to Saratoga Race Course.

Despite the earliest opening day at the venerable track since 1882, total paid attendance for opening weekend was 105,690. That’s slightly lower than a year ago, but the New York Racing Association says all-sources handle for the first four days of the meet, from last Thursday through Sunday, exceeded last year’s first four days by nearly $3 million.

The meet resumes Wednesday, highlighted by the $100,000 Rick Violette. The six-furlong sprint for New York-bred juveniles is named in honor of the late Richard A. Violette, Jr., a longtime NYRA trainer and former president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association.

Racing will be conducted five days a week — Wednesday through Sunday — before the meet concludes on Labor Day.


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