Created: 07/17/2013 4:36 PM WNYT.com
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) - Saratoga Race Course is set to open for the season, with the winners of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes waiting in the wings and commemoration of its 150th summer of racing creating a celebratory mood.
The Saratoga meeting starting Friday is the first with recently appointed chief executive officer Christopher Kay at the beleaguered New York Racing Association's helm. He took over on July 1 with the mission of returning NYRA to the private sector after a three-year state takeover.
This year's winners of each Triple Crown race - Orb, Oxbow and Palace Malice - are stabled on the grounds in Saratoga Springs and they're expected to face off in the Aug. 24 Travers Stakes.
Kay says Wednesday the oppressive heat in the mid-90s won't stop opening day.
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