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NYRA to unveil plans for Saratoga's 150th season
SARATOGA SPRINGS -- The New York Racing Association is set to unveil its plans for this summer's season at Saratoga Race Course, which is marking the 150th anniversary of the first thoroughbred racing in Saratoga Springs.
NYRA officials are holding a news conference late Monday morning in Saratoga to announce plans for the 40-day racing meet, which opens July 19 and runs through Labor Day.
The organization that also runs the downstate Aqueduct and Belmont tracks typically holds its Saratoga preview news conference at a suburban Albany hotel. Monday's event is being held Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion, just down the street from the historic Saratoga track.
The first organized thoroughbred races were held in Saratoga on Aug. 4, 1863.
NYRA announced last week that it has named Christopher Kay as its next president and CEO.