The new Saratoga
Updated: July 18, 2012, 5:28 PM ETBy Paul Moran | Special to ESPN.com
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- It is the best of times at the Spaaaaa.Historic Saratoga Race Course, the nation's oldest, most celebrated and revered venue of thoroughbred competition will launch a 40-day meeting on Friday. (OK, everyone in the civilized world already knows this.) Purses will be astronomical, fueled by revenue from a three-level casino some 200 miles to the south, at Aqueduct, which since its opening late last year has exceeded expectations and -- despite the best efforts of a delusional government -- revived both racing and breeding businesses in the Empire State with a steady torrent of cash. The results have not been subtle.
Average of total daily purses here will flirt with an unprecedented $1-million.
The season at Saratoga has always been bulletproof and, at least temporarily, may be nuke-proof.