Tuesday, August 19th
Guests in the Gallery at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame: John Shirreffs will discuss his career in racing with program host Jeff Carle. 11 a.m., free with paid Museum admission ($7 adults, $5 students/seniors 55 and older, members and children under 5 free).
Wednesday, August 20th
At the track…
Today’s stakes race: the $100,000 Better Talk Now, for 3-year-olds at a mile on the turf
Asian-American Day: 11 am to 5 pm in the Saratoga Pavilion located inside the Reserved Seats Box Office entrance. This week’s festival features dancers from the Chinese Art EDU Dance Team (who will perform trackside at 12:40 pm), Tae Kwon Do and Mixed Martial Arts demonstrations, Chinese character name translations, Taiwanese folding fans, and henna art by Eve.
Asian food samples will be provided by Yang’s Asian Bistro of Latham, Duo Modern Japanese Cuisine of Saratoga Springs, and Sushi Thai Garden of Saratoga Springs.
Next week: the final day of the International Heritage series (the final Wednesday of the meet! Say it ain’t so!) will celebrate the history and culture of Saratoga Springs with Saratoga Heritage Day.
The Belmont Child Care Association will honor Ramon and Sharon Dominguez at its annual fundraiser at the Gideon Putnam Hotel, 6:30 – 11:30. The evening will feature music by the Special Creek Bluegrass Band, cocktails and dinner, and a live and silent auction to benefit the children of the backstretch workers at Saratoga, Belmont, and Aqueduct.
The BCCA provides low-cost child care and early childhood education to children from age six weeks to five years old. It’s open 365 days a year, from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.; it also offers programs for older children and in the summer.
Thursday, August 21
At the track…
Today’s stakes races: The Grade I, $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup, run this year in honor of the late Tom Voss; 4-year-olds and up, it’s run at 2 3/8 miles on the turf.
The $100,000 Union Avenue for New York-bred filly’s three-year-old and up, 6 1/2 furlongs on the dirt.
Taste NY: Wine & Cheese: Indulge in samples from various New York State wineries from noon to 4 p.m. in the Saratoga Pavilion–10 tastings for $15 and 20 for $30.
This year’s honorees are Willis D. Horton; trainer D. Wayne Lukas; and jockey Luis Saez, the connections of 2013 Travers winner Will Take Charge.
The evening includes a formal seated dinner, a silent auction, and music and dancing.
Friday, August 22
At the track…
Today’s stakes race: The Grade I, $500,000 Personal Ensign Invitational, fillies and mares three and up, 1 1/8 miles on the dirt, and the $100,000 Lord & Taylor Tale of the Cat, six furlongs on the dirt for 3-year-olds and up.
Taste NY Craft Beer and Cider tasting (every Friday through the meet). Taste beverages produced by as many as a dozen New York State breweries. Tastings will be held from noon to 4 pm in the Saratoga Pavilion, located inside the entrance to the Reserved Seats Box Office on Union Avenue. Admission is $20 and includes 20 sampling tickets.
The Track at Saratoga: America’s Grandest Racecourse, last year’s documentary on 150 years of racing in Saratoga, airs on WMHT at 9:30 pm.
Saturday, August 23
At the track…
It’s Travers Day!
Headlining is the Grade I, $1.25 million Travers Stakes, being run for the 145th time.
Other Grade I races are the $500,000 Ketel One King’s Bishop at 7 furlongs on the dirt for 3-year-olds and the $500,000 Ballerina, 7 furlongs on the dirt for fillies and mares 3 years old and up.
We’ve also got the $250,000 Grade II Ballston Spa, 1 1/16 miles on the turf for fillies and mares 3 years old and up.
Lord & Taylor Fashion Saturdays (every Saturday through the meet). A Lord & Taylor pop-up shop in the Saratoga Pavilion will be open from 10:30 am to 6 pm. Two people each week will be named Most Fashionable at Saratoga and win a $250 Lord & Taylor gift card and the chance to present a trophy in the winner’s circle during the meet.
The Track at Saratoga: America’s Grandest Racecourse, last year’s documentary on 150 years of racing in Saratoga, airs on WMHT at 10 a.m.
Sunday, August 24
At the track…
Saratoga’s inaugural Showcase Day features six stakes races for New York-breds.
For 2-year-olds, at 6 1/2 furlongs on the dirt, the $200,000 Funny Cide and the $200,000 Seeking the Ante for on the same distance and surface for fillies
For 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on the dirt, the $250,000 Albany and the Fleet Indian for fillies.
For 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles on the turf, the $150,000 West Point and the $150,000 Yaddo for fillies and mares.
Taste NY Food and Artisans (every Sunday through the meet): Up to 19 food and artisan vendors set up shop in the Saratoga Pavilion from 10:30 am to 5 pm, featuring products made by New York vendors.
The Track at Saratoga: America’s Grandest Racecourse, last year’s documentary on 150 years of racing in Saratoga, airs on WMHT at 4:00 p.m.
Secretariat double-feature film night with Hall of Fame jockey Ron Turcotte at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. The Museum will screen Secretariat’s Jockey, Ron Turcotte and Penny & Red, the Life of Secretariat’s Owner.
Turcotte will be on hand for the evening and for an optional VIP reception and autograph signing with Turcotte prior to films.
The VIP reception begins at 6 pm, the screenings at 7 pm.
Cost: $20 for film showings; $50 for optional VIP reception and Ron Turcotte autograph. Tickets are available only at www.secretariat.com.
Monday, August 25
At the track…
Today’s stakes race: the $100,000 Smart N Fancy for fillies and mares 3 years old and up, at 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf.
Live-money, low roller handicapping tournament. $40 entry fee. $10 goes to the prize pool, with 70% to be awarded to the first-place finisher, 20% to second, and 10% to third; the remaining $30 comprises the entrant’s bankroll. Participants must select five races on which to place live $2 win, place, and show wagers that must be placed on five different horses in five different races. Only Saratoga races will be accepted for contest play. Sign up on the first floor of the grandstand. This contest will take place every Monday.
Berkshire Bank Family Mondays (every Monday through the meet). Family-friendly activities at the track, including games and educational activities from noon to 4 pm in the Saratoga Pavilion.
Tuesday, August 26
Guests in the Gallery at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame: Former jockey, now trainer Robbie Davis and his jockey son Dylan will join program host Jeff Carle. 11 a.m., free with paid Museum admission ($7 adults, $5 students/seniors 55 and older, members and children under 5 free).