Saratoga happenings, week 5

Noooooooo…the meet is half over! And this list of upcoming events is getting shorter…perhaps most depressingly, now I’m posting about events that will take place while I’m back at school!

But I will resolutely push those thoughts away, choosing instead to focus on the glory of this morning at Saratoga, which was perfection, and the many opportunities left to us to have fun and do good.

Starting with tonight!

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. The BCCA offers low-cost childcare to the children of the backstretch workers; Anna House is open every single day of the year at 5 a.m. Without it, many children would be left in cars as their parents take care of the horses that bring us so much please.  See below for info on next week’s benefit.

Also tonight, the indefatigable jockeys will mix it up to benefit the Robby Albarado Foundation and the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund at Prime at Saratoga National from 7 to 9 p.m. Jockey bartenders will include Robby Albarado, John Velazquez and Julien Leparoux, among others. All tips collected during the event will benefit the charities.

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.

Thursday, August 25: Come to the track for evening cocktails and the 11th annual Travers Celebration. This used to be a big-deal formal party; this year, it’s a “lavish outdoor cocktail party” with “exquisite food stations and beverage offerings,” live music, dancing, and a silent and live auction.   Tickets are $175 per person, but if you’re under 30, you can get your ticket for $125 (will they check ID? I’m off for a little Botox, I think…).

The evening will also celebrate 2010 Travers Stakes winner Afleet Express and his connections: owners Gainesway Farm and Martin Cherry; trainer Jimmy Jerkens; and jockey Javier Castellano.

Proceeds benefit the Backstretch Employee Service Team (B.E.S.T) and the Times Union Hope Fund. Tickets are available for purchase by phone at (518) 383-6183 or online.

Friday, August 26: Beer and the race track: two great tastes that go great together!  Come to the backyard for the 14th annual Battle of the Brews.  The festival will feature some of the best microbrewery beers in the area with proceeds benefiting the American Red Cross Adirondack-Saratoga Chapter. For ticket information, call 518-792-6545.

Monday, August 29: Saratoga National hosts the fourth annual Teeing Off on Cancer Golf Classic, bringing together coaches and community members to support the fight against cancer.

Cost of golf includes breakfast for morning golfers, lunch, a track special, and dinner.  If you’d like to skip the golf and just join for cocktails and dinner, the cost is $65.

Visit the event’s website for more information.

3 thoughts on “Saratoga happenings, week 5

  1. I think there is, Rich; someone else mentioned it to me but I haven’t seen much about it. Maybe the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation?

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