In a June 21 op-ed in The Saratogian, New York Racing Association (NYRA) president and CEO Chris Kay chided those who cite attendance as a measure of success of the summer racing meet.
“The questionable pursuit of trying to gauge the popularity of Saratoga using attendance as the metric should be apparent,” he wrote. “A far more reliable means of assessing the strength of Saratoga is through today’s dynamic and record-setting tourism numbers which are predicted in measurable tax receipts and a surge in hotel construction.”
A September 8th release from the organization sang quite a different tune.
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