Two days before the opening of a Saratoga Race Course meet that will see a number of changes from previous years, a near-capacity crowd at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame had plenty of questions for New York Racing Association president Christopher Kay.
The Hall of Fame hosted its annual meet preview panel for the local community the evening of July 22. This year’s panel included Kay, NYRA race caller Larry Collmus, trainer Gary Contessa, and television and radio host Steve Byk. The panel was moderated by Brien Bouyea, the museum’s communications officer.
The crowd predictably peppered Kay with questions about changes for the meet that begins July 24, including new charges for seating in the Carousel Restaurant and backyard picnic area, proposed development on racetrack property, purse structure, and elimination of the track’s open house, held traditionally the Sunday before opening day.
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