Updated 07/23/2012 08:52 PM
A look back at opening weekend at Saratoga Race Course
After eleven months of waiting, the track's opening weekend is already in the books. YNN's Matt Hunter takes a look at how it went on and off the track.
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SARATOGA RACE COURSE -- Just like that, the first four days of the 2012 Saratoga meet have come and gone. For many, they've been fruitful at the betting windows. For others, not so much.
"We had a shot this last race, didn't hit the double, but that's the way it goes some times," Kevin Pantera said.
On the business side, opening week was a success for NYRA. Both attendance -- up two percent -- and on-track wagering -- up more than 14 percent -- made good strides from last year. However, issues including a malfunctioning PA system and problems with water pressure created headaches for racing fans.
"The opening day sound system was terrible, that's what I'm saying. They had four or five days to work out the kinks and of course, the toilets were overflowing. I don't think anybody was happy with that," Eugene Borden said.
On Monday, neither NYRA or the City of Saratoga Springs would take credit for Friday's water issues. By Monday all problems, including the track's malfunctioning Wi-Fi network, had all been resolved. From here on out, NYRA execs expect the focus to be back on racing.
"Obviously, there were a few opening day hiccups but we got those solved and it seems like everybody's really having a great time here at Saratoga this opening weekend," NYRA Communications Director Dan Silver said.
"There's no sense in complaining, you have to realize where you are and this is the best racing venue in the U.S. and maybe the world, you know, you just got to deal with it, the people are nice and enjoy Saratoga," one person said.
Borden said, "I love Saratoga, I love coming up here and I hope I'm wrong, I hope this is a low point and we're going to come back and the excitement will return, but I don't know, I have my questions."
Racing returns Wednesday after the track's first dark day Tuesday.