By NYRA Press Staff — Due to the continuing impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced that the opening of the Oklahoma Training Track and stabling area at Saratoga Race Course, as stated earlier at HorseRaceInsider, will be delayed.
The Oklahoma facility was originally set to open April 15, when training traditionally gets underway in advance of the Saratoga meet. NYRA is working with the New York State Gaming Commission and public health agencies to determine an appropriate date to safely open the Oklahoma for training and stabling.
The delay does not impact the start of the Saratoga racing season which is scheduled to begin on Thursday, July 16 and run through Labor Day, Monday, September 7.
The meet will be highlighted by the 151st renewal of the Grade 1 Runhappy Travers and the Grade 1 Whitney, which serve as the anchors of two of the biggest racing days in North America.
Following Opening Weekend, July 16-19, racing will be conducted five days per week, Wednesdays through Sundays. The final day of the season will be Labor Day, Monday, September 7.