The New York Racing Association, Inc. announced that the 40-day summer meet at historic Saratoga Race Course generated more than 1.1 million in paid attendance for the first time since 2018 and nearly $800 million in all-sources handle.
Despite one of the wettest summers in history, which forced an unprecedented 65 races off the turf, all-sources handle totaled $799 million with paid attendance continuing its steady climb to 1,105,683.
The handle was the third largest in Saratoga’s history while this summer also marked the eighth consecutive season with attendance exceeding 1 million fans, officials said.
“Thanks to the fans who visited Saratoga Race Course over these 40 days, and all those who watched and wagered from home, the popularity of the summer meet continues to exceed all expectations,” said NYRA President and CEO Dave O’Rourke. “The world-class racing held here each summer is made possible by the owners, trainers, jockeys and backstretch community who collectively dedicate so much to the horses and the sport.
“At the same time, the continued success of Saratoga depends upon our ability to continuously enhance equine safety through science and technology,” said O’Rourke. “In the coming months, NYRA will make significant investments in PET scan imaging to identify pre-existing injuries; finalize the path forward regarding the adoption of synthetic surfaces at each venue; and expand the use of biometric wearable devices. Horses, fans and the racing community deserve nothing less.”