For the first time ever, racing fans in New York will be able to watch and wager on the entire Saratoga meeting this summer from Belmont Park. In the past, Aqueduct served as the Saratoga simulcast site.Belmont will be open every day of the Saratoga meet, which starts July 23 and runs through Sept. 1. Racing is conducted Wednesdays through Mondays. Parking and admission will be free.The first floor of the grandstand and the backyard at Belmont Park will be open, as will the second floor of the clubhouse and third-floor food court. The North Shore Terrace, on the fourth floor, will also be open and will require a $3 admission fee.
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer said all options regarding the New York Racing Association franchise remain on the table while his administration wrestles with various ideas for the future of racing in the state.