Schedule changes anticipated for Saratoga meet

NEW YORK — The New York Racing Association is seeking approval to extend the 2019 Saratoga meet by one week.

If approved, the Saratoga meet would run 40 days, from July 11 through Labor Day, Sept. 2, with racing dark Mondays and Tuesdays. The first week would be four days, and the last week would be six days. Had NYRA maintained its same schedule, Saratoga would have opened July 19.

According to sources, NYRA is seeking the extension of the Saratoga meet primarily due to an anticipated disruption of racing and training at Belmont Park. Barring unexpected delays, ground is expected to be broken in May or June for a new hockey arena for the New York Islanders on the grounds of Belmont.

NYRA has not released its racing schedule past the April 20 closing of Aqueduct’s spring meet. Belmont’s spring/summer meet is expected to open April 26.

By Paul Wager

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