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Saratoga County Chamber Of Commerce Hails Summer Comeback

 Saratoga Race Course
Ian Pickus
Saratoga Race Course

After running without fans in 2020, the New York Racing Association says the 40-day Saratoga Race Course meet that wrapped up Monday was a bounceback season. NYRA says more than 26,000 people a day came to the races, and average daily handle was more than $20 million – a new record.

Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce President Todd Shimkus says local businesses were buoyed this summer following the recession of 2020.

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
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