NYRA Calls 2018 Saratoga Racing Season a Success

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Saratoga Race Course

Another season at Saratoga has come to an end, and the New York Racing Association says it was quite a success. 

That comes despite weather conditions that forced officials to take 50 races off the turf this summer. 

For the third straight year, attendance topped 1.1 million fans, and the amount of money bet, known as the handle, was just under $150 million at the track and just over $659 million from all sources, the second highest in history.  

And, NYRA isn't wasting any time getting ready for the 2019 meet. 

Groundbreaking is set for Tuesday for the new 1863 Club.

The 3 story building will replace the At the Rail tent.

One Saratoga tradition has come to an end.

Sam the Bugler is retiring after more than a quarter-century. 

Photo: NYRA

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