Horse and car racing to resume in New York in June — without fans

Horse and car racing will resume in New York next month — without spectators in the stands, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday.

All tracks statewide — from Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, Belmont Park in Long Island to upstate’s Saratoga Raceway may reopen June 1, the governor said at his daily press briefing in Albany.

“If you can have economic activity without a crowd, that’s great. We can do that in this state with horse racing tracks … no crowds, no fans but for the industry itself, for the televised viewers, that can still work,” Cuomo said.

Keeping fans out helps to contain the coronavirus, he noted.

The state is also working with Major League Baseball to develop a plan so that the Yankees and Mets could play, sans fans too, Cuomo said.

“When you look at the risk-reward, there is a lot of reward for minimal risk,” Cuomo said about televised sports when asked about the probability of a professional baseball season.

“We don’t control baseball,” he said.

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