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Saratoga Good Idea!?

Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 11:20 am
by stark
November 29, 2018 09:12 AM

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY - At a meeting on Thursday, the New York Racing Authority board is expected to propose lengthening the racing season.

According to sources, the meet would still include 40 days of races, but would now be dark on Monday and Tuesday.

The new meet would be from July 11- Labor Day weekend.

The board will need to approve any expansion of the current schedule

Re: Saratoga Good Idea!?

Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:25 pm
by djnorth
Interested in this as well. It looks like construction of hockey arena at Belmont Park (?) is primary reason. As someone who's attended in the past, I may consider a shorter stay there ($) but not sure.

Re: Saratoga Good Idea!?

Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 3:52 pm
by WaquoitNBroadBrush
djnorth wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:25 pm
Interested in this as well. It looks like construction of hockey arena at Belmont Park (?) is primary reason. As someone who's attended in the past, I may consider a shorter stay there ($) but not sure.
I like it. A five-day week will help with field size, and taking some of Belmont's July days is certainly preferable to going deeper into September. I wonder about the impact on simulcast handle, though. There's a lot less competition for the betting dollar on Mondays than on Wednesdays through Fridays. Is Saratoga's simulcast handle on Wednesday, on which it will still be racing, generally higher or lower than on Monday, on which it will be going dark?.

Re: Saratoga Good Idea!?

Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:27 pm
by thinair
There is no competition for Saratoga for betting handle. Arguably, days like Monday, where pretty much nobody else is running, are not spectacular handle days. Intellectually you would think it would be an advantage, but it does not work out that way.

Re: Saratoga Good Idea!?

Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:21 pm
by Rick1323
I hope this is a one year exception to allow the hockey rink to be built. While Mondays are quiet, it is the one day of the week that allows leisurely activities like multiple trips to the paddock, or a trip to the rail to watch a race.

Re: Saratoga Good Idea!?

Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:27 pm
by thinair
Rick1323 wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:21 pm
I hope this is a one year exception to allow the hockey rink to be built. While Mondays are quiet, it is the one day of the week that allows leisurely activities like multiple trips to the paddock, or a trip to the rail to watch a race.
It was an inaccurate report regardless.

Re: Saratoga Good Idea!?

Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:09 pm
by Rick1323
thinair wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:27 pm
Rick1323 wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:21 pm
I hope this is a one year exception to allow the hockey rink to be built. While Mondays are quiet, it is the one day of the week that allows leisurely activities like multiple trips to the paddock, or a trip to the rail to watch a race.
It was an inaccurate report regardless.
Thanks

Re: Saratoga Good Idea!?

Posted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:50 pm
by WaquoitNBroadBrush
thinair wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:27 pm
Rick1323 wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:21 pm
I hope this is a one year exception to allow the hockey rink to be built. While Mondays are quiet, it is the one day of the week that allows leisurely activities like multiple trips to the paddock, or a trip to the rail to watch a race.
It was an inaccurate report regardless.
Meaning that it wasn't proposed at Thursday's meeting, that what was proposed wasn't what the article said it would be, or that the proposal failed?

Re: Saratoga Good Idea!?

Posted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:40 pm
by honneerider
Meeting is next week

Re: Saratoga Good Idea!?

Posted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:48 am
by WaquoitNBroadBrush
honneerider wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:40 pm
Meeting is next week
Should have realized that, seeing as how the story was published on Thursday. OK, thanks for the clarification on that. But I'm still curious as to what aspect of the original story was inaccurate. I guess we'll just have to wait for the outcome of the meeting.

Re: Saratoga Good Idea!?

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:13 pm
by WaquoitNBroadBrush
Any word on the outcome of today's much-speculated-on, misreported-in-advance meeting?

Re: Saratoga Good Idea!?

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:31 pm
by thinair
WaquoitNBroadBrush wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:13 pm
Any word on the outcome of today's much-speculated-on, misreported-in-advance meeting?
The meeting was yesterday and it wasn't discussed.

Like I tried to tell you, it was incorrect reporting.