Other NJ News

Saratoga's 2017 meet sets wagering record

26341f6032515eb5025f_west_coast_the_travers_4.jpg
Jockey Mike Smith celebrates after West Coast defeated the winners of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont stakes in the 2017 Travers Stakes at Saratoga race course. Credits: Adam Coglianese | NYRA
26341f6032515eb5025f_west_coast_the_travers_4.jpg

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Based on figures released by the New York Racing Association, Saratoga 2017 was a banner racing season.

A total of $676.7 million was wagered during the 40-day meeting that started in mid-July at concluded on Labor Day at the venerable old race course. That lofty number established a new wagering record for a 40-day meeting that was set in 2015.

The 4.4 percent wagering increase over 2016 included an on-track handle of $157 million. That number includes wagering at the NYRA's other venues, Aqueduct and Belmont Park, and the New York State residents who wagered on Saratoga's races through the NYRA-operated NYRA Bets.

Sign Up for E-News

"The 2017 Saratoga meet has truly been outstanding, and for that I would like to extend my gratitude to the fans, owners, trainers and jockeys who continue to make Saratoga so special," said NYRA CEO and President Chris Kay.

Despite the lack of a genuine superstar in the track's signature race, the Grade 1 Travers, the all-sources handle of $47.8 million recorded on Travers Day was the second highest for the day and an increase of five percent over last year when Arrogate burst on to the scene on his way to the Eclipse Award as horse-of-the-year.

In place of a superstar, the 148th running of the Travers featured the three winners of the Triple Crown races plus the Jim Dandy winner and the champion fillies Songbird in the Personal Ensign Stakes and Lady Eli in the Ballston Spa on the same card.

West Coast's gate-to-wire Travers win for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert and Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith lofted the Gary and Mary West color bearer into contention for year-end honors.

The NYRA, which has been returned to a privately appointed board of directors, offered 69 stakes worth $18.77 in purse money during its 40-day run.

Television played a magnet's role for Saratoga racing. Expanded distribution agreements with Fox Regional Sports in Southern California and Ohio expanded the audience for the the NYRA-produced Saratoga Live daily broadcasts to more than 75 million homes. That total included new markets for Saratoga races in Los Angeles, San Diego (the home market of the 2017 Breeders' Cup), Ohio and Kentucky.

During the meeting, NYRA and Fox Sports announced a three-year extension of the programming contract that will make Saratoga races available to a nation-wide audience through 2020.

Here's a five-year recap of Saratoga all-source wagering:

2017: $676.7 million.

2016: $647.3 million.

2015: $648.2 million.

2014: $571.1 million.

2013: $586.6 million.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Springfield

Union County Democratic Committee Vote: And the Winner is....

February 22, 2018

CLARK, NJ – The vote for the Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) chairmanship came to a conclusion Wednesday night when 748 committee members from the county’s 21 municipalities descended on the Gran Centurions in Clark to vote for their new party leader.

State Senator Nick Scutari came away with a 412-341 victory over Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr in a battle that had become ...

The Definition of Insanity

February 21, 2018

Dear Editor:

There is a quote, attributed to various people, including Albert Einstein that states, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result”, that is fitting for our current election for Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) chair.

There is no shortage of polling data related to the functioning of our Federal, ...

Another Holiday, Another Encounter with Marine Life along Jersey Shore

February 19, 2018

SPRING LAKE, NJ — In neighboring Spring Lake, a baby seal made its way onto the beach near the north end pavilion early this afternoon.

Photographer Nancy Orlowski discovered the harbor seal pup near the jetty situated just south of the pavilion on Ocean Avenue at Ludlow Avenue.

The seal’s Presidents Day appearance on February 19 comes one day after a whale was spotted off the ...

Giving Back: Learn How to Help Victims of Sexual Violence

February 22, 2018

Every year since 1984, trained volunteers with the Union County Rape Crisis Center have helped victims of sexual violence through the emotional, medical and legal aftermath of trauma. New volunteers are welcome to join the next series of training classes beginning on Thursday, March 22.

No previous experience in crisis counseling is necessary.

“Over the years our Rape Crisis Center ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, February 24, 2:00 PM

Vauxhall Library, Vauxhall

Family Storytime & Project: 'Black Inventors and ...

Education

Sun, February 25, 11:15 AM

Trinity Episcopal Church (Sherlock Hall), Cranford

Seamen’s Church Institute Fundraiser & Collection ...

Food & Drink Giving Back Religions And Spirituality

Mon, February 26, 4:30 PM

Union Public Library, Union

Black History Month Bingo

Education Food & Drink