It’s probably no surprise that tourism is a major factor in Saratoga County's economy.And, according to a first-ever index from the county's Prosperity Partnership, hospitality and tourism have a $1 billion impact on Saratoga's economy.
Naturally, the summer meet is the big draw, but SPAC, the City Center, and the Saratoga Battlefield all play a part.
In fact, NYRA CEO David O' Rourke says last year's season was so successful, they'll ask the state to approve a similar schedule for 2020.
If approved, the racing season will still have 40 days of racing, 5 days a week, with Monday and Tuesday dark.
Partnership president Marty Vanags says, however, there's more to the region than just horse racing.