In November, we reported here and on NewsChannel 13 that serious discussions were being held about the expansion of the Saratoga racing meet this summer and that if it were to occur, opening day would be July 11 with five day race weeks with the track dark on Mondays and Tuesdays. Late Saturday morning, Mark Mulholland reported all of that has been not only further discussed, but now voted on and approved.

The 2019 Saratoga meet will start one week earlier than "normal" and will still run through Labor Day adding up to somewhat-recently traditional 40 day stretch.

This vote and decision comes shortly after the resignation of NYRA President & CEO Chris Kay and all that stands in the way of an official announcement is the approval of the New York State Gaming Commission, which is not thought to be more than a formality at this point.

NYRA has officially made the following comment:

 “We understand the urgency in announcing the dates for the 2019 Saratoga racing calendar. This matter is a complex issue that transcends NYRA and involves multiple partners. We anticipate that we will be in a position to announce the 2019 Saratoga dates within the near future. We appreciate the patience of our horsemen, fans and the community.”