Saratoga Track Simulcast a Winner
As reported by the Albany Times-Union: "It's cool, the lines are short and this year -- for the first time -- the thoroughbred races from Saratoga Race Course across the street are being broadcast live at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway. "After arguing over the impact video lottery terminals at the harness track could have on thoroughbred racing, the New York Racing Association and the racino agreed to cooperate. "'It's working out well for both parties. It's not having any real impact on our business here. The preliminary read would be it's going to be less than 2 percent of what we do on track,' said Bill Nader, NYRA senior vice president. "Across Nelson Avenue at the harness track, Skip Carlson, vice president for racing, sees the flat track as another draw, which will enliven the simulcast offerings and serve as a lead-in to the trotters and pacers running at night. ".About 150 people were at the harness track for the opening race simulcast. There were 17 pari-mutuel clerks working compared to the usual six or seven on duty."