Saratoga has announced the schedule for 40 days of racing this summer, but when will we know if we can watch in person?

Will we actually be able to enjoy one of our favorite Capital Region destinations in person this summer? That question has yet to be answered, but we now know when Saratoga Race Course will kick off the 2021 summer meet.

According to an announcement from the New York Racing Association (NYRA), Saratoga will once again hold 40 days of racing this summer kicking off with opening day Thursday, July 15th, and wrapping up Labor Day, Monday, September 6th. The meeT will once again consist of 5 day racing weeks with 6 days of racing the last week of the meet. NYRA says the two signature events of the summer, the Whitney and the Travers, will take place Saturday, August 7th, and Saturday, August 28th, respectively.

What the NYRA announcement does not include is details about whether fans will be able to actually attend these races this summer. NYRA says in the announcement "...to mitigate risk and reduce the spread of COVID-19, New York State currently requires all racetracks to operate without spectators in attendance." So basically, the restrictions from last summer are still in place. But as the public starts getting vaccinated and with the state's recent test program having fans at Buffalo Bills games, that guideline will hopefully change by the time Saratoga starts racing in July.  As the pandemic surge begins to soften, I think we can all feel pretty good about our prospects of getting back into the Saratoga Race Course this coming summer.

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