SARATOGA SPRINGS, New York (July 19, 2019) – Given the forecast for excessive heat, Saratoga Raceway track officials and representatives of the New York State Gaming Commission have moved post time from 7:05pm to 8:05pm for the Saturday, July 20 card that features the $260,000 Joe Gerrity Memorial Pace.
Officials feel that this delay in post time will allow for the heat index to drop to acceptable levels to ensure the safety and well-being of the horses and drivers competing. Acceptable heat index levels are outlined in the New York Racetrack Heat Management Protocol.
In addition to the delayed post time, track officials are taking extra precautions by bringing in an additional veterinarian as well as providing ice tubs and ice water in the paddock.
Saturday night’s 14 race program is the highlight of the harness season at Saratoga Casino Hotel with over $600,000 in purses. The $260,000 Gerrity is carded as the seventh race of the program with half of the eight horse field coming into the race with over a million dollars in earnings each. One of the headliners in the field is the 8-year-old McWicked who has won 35 races and over $4,000,000 in his career for trainer Casie Coleman.
The property is also open for simulcast wagering from tracks across the country and the casino is open 9am-5am. Parking and admission are free.