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Saratoga racing season makes gains (with photo gallery)

More races boost crowds, handle

Jon Mende of Warwick watches his 2-year-old son Jonathan ride a pony on the final day of the season at Saratoga Race Course on Monday.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Jon Mende of Warwick watches his 2-year-old son Jonathan ride a pony on the final day of the season at Saratoga Race Course on Monday.
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More sunshine and more races were part of the Saratoga scene this year. Both paid off.

Total attendance and betting both increased at the Saratoga Race Course during the 40-day meet that ended Monday, New York Racing Association officials said.

Pleasant weather, especially during the second half of the thoroughbred horse racing meet, helped boost average daily attendance to 22,526, a 0.8 percent increase over the 39-day meet of 2011 at the historic track ...

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