After Meetings With Horsemen, Jockeys, and Vets, Saratoga to Continue With Racing Sunday

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After the on-track deaths of two racehorses on its Saturday card prompted a series of meetings with interested parties, the racing card will continue as scheduled Sunday at Saratoga as planned, according to a release from NYRA's Vice President of Communications, Patrick McKenna.

“Sunday's live racing program will proceed as scheduled following a series of productive meetings held with horsemen, jockeys, and veterinarians last night and throughout the morning,” read an emailed statement. “Based on these conversations and ensuing dialogue, NYRA is confident in the safety and overall consistency of the racing surfaces.”

On Saturday's Travers Day card, Nobel (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}) broke down in the fifth race while galloping out on the turf, and New York Thunder (Nyquist) broke down when on his way to an apparent victory in the GI Allen Jerkens Memorial S. on the dirt.

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