Saratoga Race Course Opening Day

Tom Morley works with a horse at Saratoga
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Racing has been canceled Saturday at Saratoga Race Course due to expected excessive heat.

NYRA CEO David O'Rourke inside the new 1863 Club at Saratoga Race Course
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Today is opening day at Saratoga Race Course. This year, the track season has opened a week earlier and the organization itself is under new leadership, after the resignation of former CEO Chris Kay in January.  

WAMC's Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard caught up this morning with the new President and CEO of the New York Racing Association, David O'Rourke, who discussed his work with the organization over the years. 

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Friday marked the start of another summer season at Saratoga Race Course. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, fans are already exploring new amenities at the track.

Chris Kay holds the microphone as NYRA officials cut the ribbon for The Stretch, a new premium seating area at Saratoga Race Course
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It's opening day at Saratoga Race Course. With the arrival of another summer season at the Spa, the New York Racing Association is continuing its strategy to upgrade infrastructure and provide new amenities to fans. 

Sports Report: Saratoga Race Course Opens Today

Jul 24, 2015

MLB:

In baseball, in the American League, the Yankees tripled up Baltimore 9-3, Houston edged Boston 5-4, Toronto beat Oakland 5-2, Minnesota blanked the Angels 3-0, Seattle slid past Detroit 3-2 in 12 innings, and it was the Whites Sox over Cleveland 8-1.

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Horse Racing:

New York thoroughbred racing is heading to Saratoga for the 146th summer season.

The 40-day meet opens Friday at Saratoga Race Course. The 10-race card is highlighted by the Grade 3 Schuylerville for 2-year-old fillies and the $100,000 Sir Cat for 3-year-old turf horses.

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Officials gathered in Saratoga Springs today to unveil some new features visitors will likely spot around the Spa City, as they celrbate the 146th meet at Saratoga Race Course.

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Golf – The British Open:

The 143rd British Open is underway at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England.

This is the third major of the year. Bubba Watson won the Masters back in April before Martin Kaymer won the U.S. Open last month. Each will be after his second major title of the year.

Tiger Woods and defending champ Phil Mickelson are among the other big names looking to contend this year.

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On what’s shaping up to be the hottest day of the year, Saratoga begins its 150th season of thoroughbred racing.

This week, the New York Racing Association's new president and CEO Chris Kay met with members of the media to discuss his plans for Saratoga Race Course’s season.  One of the first questions, right out of the gate, was about the weather and whether or not racing might be cut back or suspended altogether on opening day: Kay told reporters "We've had warm days in the past. We're prepared for it..."

Saratoga Track Opening Amid Heat Wave Precautions

Jul 19, 2013
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New York racing officials say they're taking steps to make sure horses, track workers and fans are safe and comfortable as the 150th Saratoga Race Course season opens with temperatures expected to be in the mid-90s.

The New York racing Association says there will be veterinarians on horse paths, paddock, winner's circle and track to check all the thoroughbreds before and during races. Hoses and ice buckets will be available along the route the horses take to the track.

There will also be extra water in the jockeys' quarters and ice will be on sale at concession stands.