When one practices in equine law, it is important to be present during one of the (and in my view the) major racing meets of the calendar year. That would be the just concluded Saratoga 2015 meet. This meet was one for the ages for many reasons; both personally and professionally. I am beyond grateful that I am able to relocate my practice to Saratoga for the 7 weeks of Saratoga and still maintain my private non racing practice without missing a beat.
This year saw weather the likes I hadn’t recalled before. The New York Racing Association (NYRA) only had to move 8 races off the turf for inclement weather or dangerous conditions. The number in 2014 was well in excess of four times that amount. The weather led to two major improvements; an attendance figure reported over 1,000,000 fans and handle which represents the money wagered from all sources of over $648,000,000 for 40 days but more importantly record on site handle of over $157,000,000 which crushed previous handle records. The attendance figures went up as well with over 1 million fans paying for admission to the track. This proves that fans still want to see the best racing at the best track in America.
Fans were able to see that, with 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah coming to Saratoga. 15,000 fans came and saw him gallop around Saratoga Race Course. They witnessed yet another example of the reason why Saratoga is called the graveyard of champions when Keen Ice came up to and past American Pharoah to win the 147th edition of the Travers Stakes.
Professionally Engel Law Offices continued to represent owners, trainers, jockeys and horsemen with their legal needs. Whether it is an administrative hearing before the Stewards or Gaming Commission, estate planning, partnership agreements, litigation or other legal needs our office is here for you. Thank you for entrusting us with your legal needs this season, but please remember we will represent those with matters related to equine law and those non-equine law matters for individuals and families affiliated with thoroughbred racing throughout New York.