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NYRA officials prepare for heat on Opening Day

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NYRA officials are spreading the word that Opening Day at Saratoga Race Course will continue as planned, despite the excessive heat. YNN's Erin Moran has more on what track officials are doing to prepare for Friday's weather.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Just one day before the summer meet kicks off at Saratoga Race Course, there is growing concern over the recent scorching temperatures.

NYRA executives have been meeting on a daily basis, and they will meet again on Opening Day to monitor the conditions. However, the full Opening Day schedule remains intact as of Thursday afternoon.

Officials said there will be extra precautions in place for both the horses and the fans. Additional hoses will be placed throughout the grounds for horses to be cooled down. There will also be plenty of ice available to keep everyone cool.

Veterinarians said they will also pay close attention to the horses and how they are responding to the heat.

"It's warm out there is no question about, this is a summer race track. We've certainly had warm days in the past, we've only canceled racing because of heat once, and that was back in 2006, but as a warm weather race track we have precautions in place," explained Eric Wing, NYRA Director of Communications and Media.

NYRA officials are encouraging fans to dress appropriately for the weather, and to make sure you stay hydrated.

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