Harness racing is all set to resume at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Thursday June 18, but no spectators will be allowed at the track due to state guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fans can, however, wager remotely on the races through Saratoga Casino Hotel’s online wagering platform, SaratogaBets.com.

Following the directive outlined by the New York State Gaming Commission and the New York State Department of Health, the venue has developed new policies and procedures to reduce the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak and ensure the safety of employees, horsemen, and horses.

“We’re very excited to resume our 79th season of racing here at the historic Spa Oval, and are particularly happy that our horsemen will be able to get back to the sport they love after a time that’s been difficult for so many,” said John Matarazzo, Director of Racing Operations. “We’d like to extend a special thank you to the New York State Gaming Commission and the Department of Health for making this possible.”

Races will run two days a week, every Thursday and Sunday with a noon post time. On all race dates throughout June and July, SaratogaBets will be offering a 5% bonus on all winning Saratoga Harness wagers, as well as double the money back on program purchases. 

These bonuses are in addition to up to 5% in daily or weekly player reward payouts regularly offered to SaratogaBets account holders. The casino remains closed and is awaiting further guidance from the state regarding a reopen date for the entire property.