The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has committed to constructing new residential buildings at Belmont Park in Hempstead, Nassau County, and Saratoga Race Course designed to provide additional housing options for the backstretch workers’ community.
These projects are part of NYRA’s multi-year, $40 million campaign to modernize and improve backstretch housing and facilities at Belmont and Saratoga.
Following design review and approval from the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation, NYRA will construct a residence adjacent to the lowlands on the Oklahoma Training Track side of Saratoga Race Course. Use of the Oklahoma as a training center and base of operations has grown significantly in recent years, which necessitated the complete renovation of the facility in 2021.
In addition to the construction of this new residence new dormitory construction is planned for Saratoga in both 2024 and 2025. When complete, these new residences will represent the most significant upgrade to backstretch housing in the history of Saratoga Race Course, NYRA spokesperson Pat McKenna said.
At Belmont Park, NYRA is expected to construct a new residence to provide updated housing for the 1,000 people living and working at Belmont throughout the year. The NYRA backstretch improvement campaign has resulted in the construction of two new dormitories at Belmont since 2016 along with the renovation of the majority of the existing housing at Belmont.
Work on these two new residential buildings is expected to begin this fall and be completed in 2024.
Photo of members of the backstrech workers’ community by Walter Wlodarczyk, provided by NYRA.