Saratoga events, week 4

If mid-meet fatigue hasn’t gotten you hiding under the covers, you’ve got plenty of ways to expend that extra energy…and maybe some charity dollars, too?

Tuesday, August 9: Tonight, the Economic Opportunity Council will unveil its fourth exhibition of photography by Latino immigrants, “Vision: A look at life behind the scenes,” sponsored by the EOC’s Latino Community Advocacy Program. The event will be held on the Clubhouse Porch at the track from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and it will feature light fare and live entertainment by the Garland Nelson Trio. Tickets are $45 per person and will be available at the door. For reservations, call Saratoga County EOC at 587-3158 or visit the website.

Tonight, the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sales continue. Last night’s results were heartening given recent economic news, and a Medaglia d’Oro colt broke the magic $1 million barrier, bringing $1.2 million.  Bring your checkbook and take home a gorgeous, well-bred yearling…or hang out in the back, have a drink, and watch pricey horseflesh go by amid hundreds of socializing onlookers.

Wednesday and Thursday, August 10 and 11: Author Brendan O’Meara and photographer Juliet Harrison will be at the National Museum of Racing both days from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. signing copies of their books, O’Meara’s “Six Weeks in Saratoga” and Harrison’s “Track Life in Saratoga Springs.”

Also on Wednesday, the Paul Roberts lecture series concludes with The Spa: Saratoga’s Legendary Track. Co-sponsored by NYRA and Fasig-Tipton, the lecture will take place at 7 p.m. at the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion on the sales grounds.  This week Roberts focuses on Saratoga Race Course’s remarkable history.   Reservations are preferred and a book signing will take place after the lecture. More information at the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation. Admission is $10 for Preservation Foundation members, $15 for non-members.

Thursday, August 11: The Crush and Cask on South Broadway will host a tasting to benefit the Old Friends at Cabin Creek Thoroughbred retirement facility in Greenfield Center.  The tasting is free, but donations to the organization are accepted.  Come by and support this local business that supports both racing and racing charities; you can also check them out on Facebook.

Friday, August 12: Hall of Fame induction at the National Museum of Racing. The event begins at 10:30 at the Humphrey S. Finney sales pavilion and is free and open to the public, though seating is limited.  This year’s inductees are trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and horses Sky Beauty, Open Mind, and Safely Kept. In the historical review category, trainer Matthew Byrnes, jockey Shelby “Pike” Barnes, and horse Duke of Magenta will be inducted.

The ceremony will be televised on HRTV and streamed live at the Museum’s website.

Saturday, August 13: Fasig-Tipton, NYRA, and New York Thoroughbred Breeders will present a free seminar on the future of racing.  “The New New York Forum: Racing and Breeding in the VLT Era” will run from 9 – 10 a.m. at the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion on the Fasig-Tipton sales grounds.  Speakers include NYRA President and CEO Charles Hayward; Fasig-Tipton Director of Marketing Terence Collier; Resorts World New York Casino President Michael Speller; NYTB Executive Director Jeffrey Cannizzo; and trainer/New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) President Richard Violette, Jr. Those who wish to attend are encouraged to register in advance through the NYTB.

Also on Saturday, jockeys featured in the “beefcake” charity calendar will sign copies of the calendar from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. outside the jockeys’ room.  Proceeds from the purchase of this calendar, photographed by Barbara Livingston, benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

Saturday and Sunday, August 13 and 14: New York-bred sales at Fasig-Tipton. Not quite the racing celebrity-ridden event that the select sales are, but this “preferred yearling” sale will bring out plenty of familiar faces and sires. The sales start at 7; the grounds are open all day for visiting and socializing.

Monday, August 15: The jockeys come together again to help out the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.  Come to the Stadium Cafe on Broadway for a “Taste of Saratoga” and vote on your favorite dish prepared by some of Saratoga’s top jockeys; the event will also feature guest jockey bartenders and a silent auction.

Tickets for the event, which begins at 7 p.m., are $50 and can be obtained at the restaurant or at 112 Congress St.

Tuesday, August 16: “Horse Tales and Cocktails” at what’s left of the historic Sanford Stud Farm in nearby Amsterdam.  Wine, hors d’oeuvres, tours, Sanford stories and more will be on offer.  The event begins at 6:00; call 518 761 0703 for more information. The Sanford family gives its name to one of Saratoga’s oldest stakes races; click here for more on the history of the farm.

Wednesday, August 17: The Crush and Cask hosts another wine tasting, this one to benefit the Belmont Child Care Association. Come support the children of the backstretch workers by making a donation and enjoying a variety of wines.

Monday, August 22: Want to hear the jockeys sing?  Head to Vapors Night Club at Saratoga Raceway for “Riders Up,” an evening of karaoke, dinner, and dancing to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. The event starts at 6 pm; tickets are $100. Buy tickets and get more info at

Tuesday, August 23:  The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will present “La Fiesta” from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. behind the Jockey Recreation Center at Saratoga Race Course’s Oklahoma Training Track. The event celebrates backstretch culture and is free and open to the public. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from El Mariachi Restaurant; the event will feature live music, and come ready to dance! Traditional crafts and piñatas will be available for kids.

Support for “La Fiesta” was provided by the New York Racing Association (NYRA), New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson.

Wednesday, August 24: Join the Belmont Child Care Association for a country fair to benefit the children of the backstretch workers. Cocktails and silent auction begin at 6:30, followed by dinner and a live auction. The event takes place at the Gideon Putnam Hotel. Contact the BCCA for tickets and more information.

3 thoughts on “Saratoga events, week 4

  1. Whew, I’m getting tired reading about all these activities! Sounds like Saratoga is fun all day and all night long!

  2. Teresa, Not exactly the right forum here, but I wanted to thank you for expressing so well your mixed emotions about the yearling sales in the article in today’s Saratogian. My first trip to the sales was a brief one. I found it as upsetting as you describe – the fear the horses experiences, their seeming value as just another commodity. Somehow I’ve gone back and enjoyed Monday night’s sale quite a bit. Maybe the reduced numbers makes it easier to take? What I kept thinking about Monday night was the optimism of the buyers, or their willingness to spend so much to catch a dream. It can’t be about the money, or the prospect of making money, for most of them. They’re chasing their dreams and supporting beautiful animals that may or may not show a talent for racing. Still, it’s difficult to see the fear in the horse’s eye or listen to them call out in that plaintive way. Your column today was spot on.

    Will look for you thursday at Crush and Cask.

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