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Saratoga Race Course's summer season 1 week longer

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Saratoga Race Course's summer meet has a new, longer schedule but the same number of racing days.

The New York Racing Association announced on Thursday the meet will run from July 11 through Labor Day on Sept. 2.

The start is a week earlier, but the number of live racing days will remain at 40 because there will be five days of racing per week instead of six. Mondays and Tuesdays will be dark.

The change was approved by the New York State Gaming Commission. It allows for the potential construction of a new arena at Belmont Park for the NHL's New York Islanders.

Belmont's spring-summer meet will feature a revised 48-day calendar. It runs from April 26 through July 7.

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Updated February 7, 2019

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