SARATOGA NY (WRGB) – The Saratoga Competition Course ‘s been around since 1863, but hasn’t seen a season such as this one going to start.

The brand new meet opens on Thursday, even though normally the excitement and anticipation would be sky high right now, COVID-19 has taken much of the joy out of this years meet.

No one is allowed on track except those directly associated with the races.

Still, horse racing is pretty much the sole game in town right now as it pertains to sports, and NYRA is hoping which means you will watch and bet online.

MORE: Free Saratoga Picks

Since 1863, that is the Saratoga experience. In 2020, because of COVID-19, its only a fond memory.

As the sport of kings could continue while other athletics were turn off, racing developed a new fanbase–and a major uptick in wagers.

Obviously there is no other sports, we don’t possess the competition, however the handle numbers have been astronomical,” said NYRA Racing Analyst Andy Serling.

NYRA is hoping the trend continues at Saratoga by causing your virtual day at the races as easy as picking up your phone.

“Lets begin by saying if I can do it anyone can take action,” Serling added.

Because of the NYRA Wagers app, you can be a horsefly on the wall membrane at songs as far away as France, Japan and Australia, and most importantly, Saratoga! Before enjoying the contest on your cellphone, you drop a money or two over a longshot. Just create an account, load in some cash and try and pick a victor.

“You’ll come to a menu, and your menu says I wanna bet,” Serling continued. “You are able to wager $5, $10, $25, or if you want to make an strange guess say $12 you can put that in yourself.”

Many Saratoga Trackgoers only gamble to improve the on track experience so might desire a little persuading to guess off record. Serling says NYRA should go the excess furlong by broadcasting every contest.


“While nothing can replace the horses, we have been doing everything we can to bring as a lot of the live experience to individuals homes as we are able to,” he said.

In case your bets are generally inclined to be hunches based on whether the equine winks at you in the paddock, you might want to choose racing form.

“Because we got in this example where a great deal of horses weren’t in a position to race for a long period,” Serling said. “So look for horses that contain more recent form, I believe thats important.”

Serling says we may see more horses jogging at Saratoga that are arriving off layoffs so look for the one which did okay in a recently available outing–or that has a recent outing.