NYRA Welcomes Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady as Strategic Partner in Racing Evolution

As the anticipation builds for the 156th edition of the Belmont Stakes on June 8, the New York Racing Association (NYRA) has unveiled a landmark partnership with Rivers Casino. This collaboration comes as purse levels soar to new heights, signaling an exciting chapter for horse racing enthusiasts.

During the four-day festival at Saratoga Race Course from June 6 to June 9, Rivers Casino will take center stage as the presenting sponsor of the Grade 1, $750k New York race. The NYRA’s decision to boost the purse by $150k underscores the race’s significance, symbolizing a fusion of tradition and innovation.

Rivers Casino Bolsters Saratoga’s Prestige

Beyond its sponsorship of the New York race, Rivers Casino assumes the role of an official casino partner for Saratoga Race Course and its esteemed festival. With 24 exhilarating races boasting purse totals exceeding $10.1m, the partnership promises an unforgettable blend of excitement and entertainment.

Expressing his enthusiasm for the collaboration, Rivers Casino & Resort General Manager Joe Lodise remarked, “We’re incredibly honored to be an official casino partner with NYRA for the Belmont Stakes and the Saratoga Race Course summer meet.” This sentiment echoes the shared commitment to delivering unparalleled gaming and entertainment experiences.

Rivers Casino’s sponsorship extends to significant events such as The Backyard and Military Appreciation Day at Saratoga Race Course. Notably, on Thursday, Aug. 22, veterans will receive free admission as a tribute to their service. The Rivers Casino Backyard will serve as a vibrant hub showcasing the casino’s offerings, seamlessly blending tradition with modernity.

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NYRA Director of Corporate Partnerships Tyler Lippard expressed gratitude for Rivers Casino’s support, emphasizing the historic significance of the partnership. As anticipation mounts for the summer season in the Capital Region, this collaboration promises to enrich the racing experience for fans and participants alike.

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