The 2020 summer meet at Saratoga Race Course will reflect the 2019 schedule and feature 40 days of live racing, which kicks off Thursday, July 16 and continues through Labor Day, Sept. 7, announced the New York Racing Association. Following a four-day opening weekend, racing will be conducted five days per week, Wednesdays through Sundays. The complete stakes schedule for the 2020 summer meet at Saratoga Race Course will be forthcoming.
“The changes we made to the 2019 season received an overwhelmingly positive response from our horsemen, fans and the community,” said NYRA CEO & President Dave O’Rourke. “We asked the local and racing communities for their feedback to these changes following the conclusion of the meet. Given their support, and to maintain consistency and stability for our fans and stakeholders, we will conduct a similar racing schedule in 2020.”
Added Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce President Todd Shimkus. “We assembled a group representing local hotels, restaurants, retailers and entertainment and recreation destinations to meet with NYRA following the summer meet. By the end of the discussion, everyone understood why two dark days is best going forward and agreed that keeping those two days consistent with this past summer offers the best chance to attract more visitors.”