Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the founding of the Saratoga Racetrack

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Resolution Details

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the found-
ing of the Saratoga Racetrack on July 19, 2013 and throughout the length
of the racing season in Saratoga Springs, New York

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that the quality of
life of the citizens of the State of New York is greatly enhanced by the
availability of extraordinary recreational facilities; and
WHEREAS, Horseracing has a rich cultural history celebrated around the
globe; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concerns, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to commem-
orate the 150th Anniversary of the Saratoga Race Course, to be cele-
brated from May through September 2013; and
WHEREAS, On August 3, 1863, John Hunter and William R. Travers created
a joint venture to establish the Saratoga Race Course, marking a new era
of entertainment for the City of Saratoga Springs, Saratoga County and
the State of New York, attracting the masses to help develop a new and
exciting culture of gaming; and
WHEREAS, The Saratoga Race Course is the oldest continually operating
Thoroughbred race course and among the oldest organized sporting venues
in the United States; and
WHEREAS, Patrons of the Saratoga Race Course are privileged to be
presented a close-up view of competing horses as they are led from the
paddock to the historic race course, a path that stretches from the
stables and through the picnic grounds; and
WHEREAS, The Saratoga Race Course draws tourists from around the
world, entertaining an average of 30,000 visitors per day throughout the
racing season and roughly 1,000,000 visitors annually; and
WHEREAS, The Saratoga Race Course is undoubtedly an extraordinary
facility to surround one's self with loved ones, to take pleasure in an
afternoon of laughter, delicious food, music, drink and the thrill of
the race; and
WHEREAS, Sports Illustrated recognized the Saratoga Race Course as one
of the Top Ten sporting venues in the world, most notably for the Trav-
ers Stakes, which was first held in 1864, and named after president of
the old Saratoga Racing Association, William R. Travers; and
WHEREAS, Operated by the New York Racing Association, the not-for-pro-
fit corporation operates the three largest Thoroughbred horse racing
tracks in the State of New York, providing an exciting environment and
friendly, family oriented atmosphere; and
WHEREAS, The Saratoga Race Course has a total economic impact in the
region of $200,000,000 throughout Saratoga County and the surrounding
communities, adding more than 2,500 jobs to Saratoga Springs and the
surrounding region and upwards of 17,000 jobs in related and supporting
fields each season; and
WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to take note of
celebrated recreational institutions and to bring such institutions to
the attention of the people of this State that it strives to serve; now,
therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Saratoga Race Course of Sarato-
ga Springs, New York, to be celebrated on opening day, July 19, 2013,
and throughout the duration of the season, fully confident that this
commemoration reflects the gratitude for the enhancement to the State of
New York that the Saratoga Race Course has provided; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the New York Racing Association.


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