It's a hot opening weekend at Saratoga Race Course. But did that keep folks away on opening day? Our Matt Hunter is trackside, with the numbers from opening day.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- It's on to day two at the historic Saratoga Race Course. Opening day turned out to be a scorcher with temperatures in the 90s all day.
Top NYRA officials said that the weather turned out to be a deterrent for some racing fans. According to NYRA Communications Director Eric Wing, Friday's official attendance was 21,935. That’s certainly a good sized crowd; but, that's almost 4,000 fewer people than last year, amounting to a 15 percent drop.
Wing said they're mostly attributing the decline to the weather as last year it was much cooler.
"I enjoyed the day, the heat didn't bother me. There was a little bit of a breeze and I sit here under the shade,” said Ronald DiLoreto, a Vermont resident.
"We were thinking about coming....and kind of, the heat kept me away a little bit yesterday,” said Paul Ferro, a Colonie resident.
"All the tables were taken by 7:30 in the morning but the grandstands weren't full and it never had the vibe of a packed house and that surprises me,” said Harry Hunter, an Ohio resident.