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New CEO meets the press in Saratoga

Racing novice Chris Kay plans on sticking around for many years to come as the head of the New York Racing Association.

The newly minted CEO sat down with members of the media on Wednesday at the Saratoga Race Course, where he expressed his plan to stay put long after completing his main task, which is devising a plan for NYRA to return to private control in the fall of 2015.

Kay, who began work on July 1, is expecting the first Saratoga meet under his leadership to start as planned on Friday, despite some concerns about racing needing to be cancelled because of projected high temperatures. The last time racing was cancelled because of heat was in 2006.

“There is no intention to cancel opening day,” he said. “We have had warm days here in the past. We are prepared for it.”

Precautions will include hosing down the horses. "Our intention is to have a full day of racing," he stressed.

A complete story on Kay's media availability will be in the Thursday issue of the Daily Gazette.

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