NYRA president and CEO Chris Kay appeared on the popular local news channel NY1 to talk about the plans for this weekend’s Belmont Stakes.
Kay said that he thought that last year’s announced attendance of 102,199 was far short of the actual attendance, which he estimated as closer to 115,000.
Of Wednesday’s post position draw at Rockefeller Center, Kay said, “If you’re in the neighborhood, stop on by.”
Host Josh Robin (who also filed a story about Aqueduct over the winter) asked Kay about security measures to prevent cheating and drug use in horses; failing attendance at New York Racing Association tracks; and the involvement of NYRA board chair Anthony Bonomo in the recent indictment of the (now former) NYS Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.
The 10-minute clip is here.