Saratoga facing increased competition from other tracks

July 11, 2019 04:34 PM

One of the challenges facing NYRA as the meet gets started is competition from other tracks in the form of higher purses.

As with all opening days, optimism abounds. The premier summer racing meet in North America always draws the enthusiastic crowds and the big money.

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This year is no exception. Saratoga's purses, at more than $1 million a day, are the highest in the country.

However, other tracks here in the east - funded in part by legalized gaming or historical horse racing machines, have increased their payouts to horsemen dramatically.

Tracks in New Jersey, Virginia and Kentucky are paying out bigger than ever, encouraging trainers like Preakness and Belmont winner Mark Casse to stable horses in Kentucky this year and have his smallest contingent ever at Saratoga.

NYRA's current CEO is aware of the increased competition. Find out why he says it's good for the industry, by watching the video of Mark Mulholland's story.


WNYT Staff

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