NYRA still plans to begin the Saratoga meet July 14, but has delayed the opening of the Oklahoma Training Track and Saratoga stabling area, which were scheduled to open Apr. 15, due to the coronavirus, NYRA announced Wednesday. NYRA is working with the New York State Gaming Commission and public health agencies to determine an appropriate date to safely open the Oklahoma for training and stabling.
The delay does not impact the start of the Saratoga racing season which is scheduled to begin July 16 and run through Sept. 7.
“While we are monitoring the current conditions and consulting with the New York State Department of Health, we are planning for Saratoga to open as scheduled and run in its entirety across the 40-day meet,” NYRA spokesperson Pat McKenna said. “We are working in earnest each and every day to prepare for the 2020 Saratoga season.”