Saratoga will offer full-card simulcasting for the first time in the historic Upstate New York racetrack's 133-year history.
When its meet starts July 25, Saratoga patrons will be able to wager on all the races from Monmouth Park. An opinion poll conducted by the New York Racing Association identified Monmouth as the overwhelming choice.
"Our cyberspace research revealed that two contemporaneous signals was the preference, but we will only offer one out-of-state track at Saratoga," said Bill Nader, NYRA senior vice president. He said NYRA simply didn't have enough time between the adoption of full-card legislation and the opening of the meet to accommodate two signals.
"By offering one signal this summer, we can gather additional customer input and better guarantee an easier transition of live racing and simulcasting," Nader said.
On the weekend of Aug. 18-19, Saratoga will offer two cards so patrons can watch Arlington Million Day at Chicago's Arlington Park and Pacific Classic Day at Del Mar in California.