Forecast and warnings for NY’s Capital Region (including Saratoga Springs) today:
WRGB: “Intense heat and humidity is ahead for today with temperatures in the mid to upper 90s and heat indices in the triple digits.”
WNYT: “Much of the region is under a heat advisory from 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Temperatures will be close to the record high of 98 degrees.”
National Weather Service: “Stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities.” And the Times Union: “Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur.”
With that as backdrop, from 1:05 to 6:13 today – i.e., the very worst part of the weather day – the New York Racing Association plans to conduct 10 races at Saratoga – with, as of this writing, zero intention of canceling. In defense, NYRA promises “cooling stations” and hyper-vigilant vets, with spokesman Patrick McKenna telling BloodHorse: “NYRA, the NYSGC, and horsemen are deeply experienced in dealing with hot conditions at Saratoga.” Well, that’s a relief. On the lighter side, Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas says: “My doctor told me that when it’s close to 90 I should not be out and stay in air conditioning. So, I had to change doctors.” Funny, huh?
By the way, total purse money for today’s races: $904,000. Enough said.