Toga, Toga, Toga !

After much anticipation, it’s time for horse racing fans to celebrate a small Victory.

On Wednesday, April 14, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that a limited number of spectators will be allowed at horse races starting Thursday, April 22nd.

This, of course, includes both Saratoga Race Course and Belmont Park.

The New York Racing Association (NYRA) is looking forward to welcoming back the sports most loyal fans.

As part of his announcement, Cuomo stated that starting April 22nd, spectators will be permitted to attend New York State horse races at 20 percent capacity.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, all spectators will be subject to the State’s strict guidance, which is in effect for other professional sports competitions that are allowing on-premise fans.

Spectators must show proof of a recent negative test or completed vaccination series prior to entry, and they are subject to the State’s health and safety protocols on face coverings, social distancing, and health screening.

In response to this announcement, NYRA issued a press release to thank Governor Cuomo and update fans on their current plans.

“We thank Governor Cuomo for the opportunity to host fans at our historic tracks for the first time since the start of the pandemic,” said NYRA President & CEO Dave O’Rourke.

“We will announce ticketing options for fans once we further review the guidelines and protocols set forth for thoroughbred tracks in New York state.”

This is a very exciting development as we all look ahead to the 2021 summer meet at Saratoga Race Course.

The season begins at The Spa on Thursday July 15th and runs through Labor Day, September 6th.

The track runs five days a week, and is dark on Mondays (except for Labor Day) and Tuesdays.

Look to the Daily Racing Blog for further updates, as NYRA is working to determine ticketing options for both Belmont and Saratoga.

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