Watching the morning workout sessions at the Oklahoma Training Track is one of the best parts of Saratoga’s horse racing season, but this year, the track will look a little different. The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced it has received approval to move forward with a major renovation project.
An Investment in Safety and the Future of the Saratoga Race Course
The New York State Franchise Board, which oversees NYRA’s budget and operations, approved NYRA’s proposed $1 million renovation project on Monday, January 11. Their project will focus on installing a new limestone base layer, a rider protection safety rail, and a modernized drainage system throughout the Oklahoma Training Track.
Not only that, but the dirt track will be leveled, and the two straightaways may be widened by 10 to 12 feet if NYRA receives additional approval for the expansion. NYRA’s goal for the improved track surface is for it to recover quickly from severe weather events that are common during the summer months in Saratoga.
The renovations are similar to the ones that NYRA completed at Saratoga Race Course last year, and this project is expected to be completed by the time spring training begins in April.
“We’re pleased to be able to embark on a significant capital improvement project that’s an investment in safety as well as the future of the Saratoga Race Course, said NYRA Director of Communications Pat McKenna in an article by News10 ABC.
Are you looking forward to spring training at the Oklahoma Training Track?