What’s Going in Saratoga, Week 4 (August 9)

 

Wednesday, August 9

At the track

Stakes races: $100,000 Quick Call for three-year-olds, 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf

Saratoga Handicapping Challenge: This one-day contest will guarantee a minimum first-place payout of $10,000; at stake, too, is one entry to the 2018 Belmont Stakes Challenge and two entries to the National Handicapping Champion, to the top three finishers, based on selection by order of finish. The challenge will consist of wagering on Saratoga races in the following pools: win, place, show, exacta, quinella, and trifecta. Entry fee: $1,000, two-entry maximum.  Click for more information. (This contest is repeated Thursday, August 10)

Brew Central NY Day.  Held in the Saratoga Pavilion (back of the grandstand, near the top of the stretch, this event features craft beer, hard cider, spirits, and wine produced in Central New York. Five samples for $5; must be 21 years or older to participate.

Saratoga Perks Discount to season pass holders at Saratoga Race Course concession stands, NYRA merchandise stores and Shake Shack (also valid on Mondays and Thursdays). Discount does not apply to lottery, tobacco, alcohol, restaurant dining, group sales or Dunkin’ Donuts.

In NYRA’s community outreach booth, located near the jockeys’ silks room: Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation

Elsewhere…

Book signing with Brien Bouyea. Bouyea will sign copies of his book Bare Knuckles and Saratoga Racing: The Remarkable Life of John Morrissey. At the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, where Bouyea serves as communications director.  10am – 2pm. Cost: Books available for purchase.

Thursday, August 10

At the races

Stakes races:  $100,000 New York Stallion Series Statue of Liberty Division for three-year-old fillies, 1 mile on the turf

Saratoga Handicapping Challenge: This one-day contest will guarantee a minimum first-place payout of $10,000; at stake, too, is one entry to the 2018 Belmont Stakes Challenge and two entries to the National Handicapping Champion, to the top three finishers, based on selection by order of finish. The challenge will consist of wagering on Saratoga races in the following pools: win, place, show, exacta, quinella, and trifecta. Entry fee: $1,000, two-entry maximum.  Click for more information. (This contest also takes place on Wednesday, August 9)

Taste NY, wines, ciders and spirits in the Saratoga Pavilion on the backyard side of the grandstand, towards the top of the stretch. At this weekly event, customers can purchase five samples of adult beverages made in New York for $5.  Noon – 5pm. (Weekly)

Fabulous Fillies Day, raising money to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. All proceeds from ticket sales and a portion of proceeds from purchases at the Vineyard Vines boutique at on-track luncheon will be donated to the BCRF through Play for P.I.N.K.  (Prevention, Immediate diagnosis, New technology, Knowledge), an organization “turning serious play” into breast cancer awareness and fund-raising.

The Sizzling Hot Pink Saratoga Hat Luncheon will honor Thoroughbred owner Sheila Rosenblum and feature speaker Larry Norton, MD, who will discuss Cancer: How We Are Winning the Race.” Norton is the Deputy Physician-in-Chief for Breast Cancer Programs at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Medical Director of the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center, and he has served as Scientific Director of BCRF since its inception in 1993.

A “Best in Pink” contest will award prizes to one man and one woman. Prizes include $500 of Vineyard Vines clothing, a $500 Vineyard Vines gift card, a $500 Prime gift card (the restaurant at Saratoga National Golf Club), four Travers Clubhouse reserved seats, parking, programs, NYRA merchandise and $100 Centerplate gift card. Enter to win at the Jockey Silks Porch from 1-3 pm or at the Fabulous Fillies luncheon.

All customers at the track are encouraged to wear pink to show their support for breast cancer awareness and will have the opportunity to make monetary donations to the BCRF at numerous areas throughout the track during the day.

Tickets are $200 and can be purchased here.

Saratoga Perks Discount to season pass holders at Saratoga Race Course concession stands, NYRA merchandise stores and Shake Shack (also valid on Mondays and Wednesdays). Discount does not apply to lottery, tobacco, alcohol, restaurant dining, group sales or Dunkin’ Donuts.

In NYRA’s community outreach booth, located near the jockeys’ silks room: Floyd Warriors, which supports families affected by cancer.

Tequila and Taco Thursdays: After the last race, The Post will feature specials on margaritas and tacos, accompanied by flamenco guitar.

Elsewhere

Andy Serling’s At The Post Live at the Parting Glass in downtown Saratoga, an hour of live radio featuring a variety of guests from the racing world. The show airs 8 – 9pm weekly and is held before a live audience at one of Saratoga’s best-loved watering holes. Can’t make it to Saratoga? You can listen at ESPN Radio 104.5 or online.  Video segments will also be posted and shown on NYRA.com, the NYRA Network, and NYRA’s Youtube channel. This week’s guests are Irad Ortiz Jr., Graham Motion, and Robertino Diodoro.  (Weekly)

Friday, August 11

At the races

Stakes races: $100,000 Tale of the Cat for three-year-olds and up, 6 furlongs on the dirt

Saratoga Perks Discount to season pass holders in the Artists’ Village at the track.

Taste NY: Craft Beer, in the Saratoga Pavilion on the backyard side of the grandstand, towards the top of the stretch. At this weekly event, customers can sample five New York craft beers for $5. Noon – 5pm. (Weekly)

In NYRA’s community outreach booth, located near the jockeys’ silks room: Saratoga Bridges

Woodford Reserve Fridays at The Post: Following the end of racing, a DJ sets up at The Post bar near the Clubhouse entrance, where Saratoga customers can enjoy dancing, cocktail sampling, and trivia.

Elsewhere

Free admission at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame after 2 pm.

Saturday, August 12

Stakes races:

Grade I, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap for three-year-olds and up, 1 mile on the turf

Grade II, $200,000 Adirondack for two-year-old fillies, 6 1/2 furlongs on the dirt

NYRA Bets & Taste NY: Food and Artisans: Opening weekend will feature the Saturday debut of Taste NY: Food and Artisans, an on-track market in the Berkshire Bank Saratoga Pavilion (back of the grandstand, near the top of the stretch) that will feature food and crafts by New York makers. Customers can also purchase five samples of craft beer for $5. This event (minus the craft beer) will also take place on Sundays and will include handicapping tutorials and racing tips from the NYRA Bets Squad.   10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In NYRA’s community outreach booth, located near the jockeys’ silks room: Saratoga Springs Figure Skating Club

Ketel One Party at The Post: The fun will continue each Saturday of the season with the Ketel One Party at The Post. Saturday evenings at Saratoga will feature music from a DJ following the day’s final race, cocktail samplings and giveaways.

Elsewhere

Book signing at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Dave Stevenson sign will sign his book written with Laura Morton You Bet Your Life, a “rags-to-riches tale of his remarkable career in Thoroughbred racing.” 9:30 am – 2 pm.

Thorofan Awards Brunch, emceed by Acacia Courtney and featuring keynote speaker Donna Barton and the Thorofan Award winner Bob Giordano, for “substantially contributing to building the fan base in Thoroughbred racing.” Dawn Mellen, founder and president of After The Finish Line, will receive the Horse Racing Nation Timothy Reynolds Memorial Fan of the Year Award. At the Embassy Suites in downtown Saratoga. Registration begins at 9 am; the program begins at 9:30. $50 per person, which includes breakfast/brunch buffet. More info or to purchase tickets: info@thorofan.com, 845-258-7191, or clicking on the link above.

New York-Bred Preferred Yearling Sale Cocktail Party, hosted by New York Thoroughbred Breeders and featuring specialty culinary selections and complimentary cocktails in the Upstairs Buyers’ Lounge and Balcony in the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion on the grounds of Fasig-Tipton. General admission tickets are $75; patron level tickets, which include a listing on table tents and signage, are $100. Tickets include both Saturday and Sunday nights. 6-9 pm; the sale begins at 6:30. Call 518 587 0777 for more information.

Fasig-Tipton New York Bred Yearling Sale.  Two more nights of yearling sales begin, with sessions devoted exclusively to New York-breds. The vibe will be quieter, the sales grounds less hectic (and thus easier to get around, and the bar and food lines will be much more manageable), and don’t forget that a Kentucky Derby winner—Funny Cide—came out of this sale in 2000. The sale continues on Sunday night.

Sunday, August 13

At the races

Stakes races: Grade II, $200,000 Saratoga Special for two-year-olds, 6 1/2 furlongs on the dirt

Low Roller Handicapping Contest: The contests will be held on Sundays and Mondays in the Lower Carousel near the Fourstardave Sports Bar. Entry into the contest is $40 with $30 going towards your live bankroll and $10 towards the prize pool. Players may submit up to two entries per contest; registration begins at 11 a.m. (Also held every Monday)

NYRA Bets & Taste NY: Food and Artisans: Opening weekend will feature the Saturday debut of Taste NY: Food and Artisans, an on-track market in the Berkshire Bank Saratoga Pavilion (back of the grandstand, near the top of the stretch) that will feature food and crafts by New York makers. This event will also take place on Sundays and will include handicapping tutorials and racing tips from the NYRA Bets Squad.   10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In NYRA’s community outreach booth, located near the jockeys’ silks room: The Joseph Ahmed Foundation, promoting the treatment and cure of Ewing’s Sarcoma.

Elsewhere

Summer stroll with the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation. The Good Life: North Broadway. This week’s tour explores the grand Queen Annes on this beautiful street. Tours last approximately 90 minutes and require walking and standing on various terrain. $5 for Preservation Foundation members, $8 for non-members. Meet at the northwest corner of North Broadway and Van Dam Street (Witt Construction) at 10:30 a.m. The Preservation Foundation offers a weekly Sunday walk, each with a different theme.

Kick-off events for Equestricon, the first convention devoted to Thoroughbred racing and its fans and customers. The event continues on Monday and Tuesday. Ticket info here.

New York-Bred Preferred Yearling Sale Cocktail Party, hosted by New York Thoroughbred Breeders and featuring specialty culinary selections and complimentary cocktails in the Upstairs Buyers’ Lounge and Balcony in the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion on the grounds of Fasig-Tipton. General admission tickets are $75; patron level tickets, which include a listing on table tents and signage, are $100. Tickets include both Saturday and Sunday nights. 6-9 pm; the sale begins at 6:30. Call 518 587 0777 for more information.

Fasig-Tipton New York Bred Yearling Sale: The second and final night of the New York-bred sale brings to a close the Saratoga yearling auction season. See listing for Saturday night for more information.

Monday, August 14

At the races

Stakes races: $100,000 Saratoga Dew for New York-breds fillies and mares, three years old and up, 1 1/8 miles on the dirt

Low Roller Handicapping Contest: The contests will be held on Sundays and Mondays in the Lower Carousel near the Fourstardave Sports Bar. Entry into the contest is $40 with $30 going towards your live bankroll and $10 towards the prize pool. Players may submit up to two entries per contest; registration begins at 11 a.m. (Also held every Sunday)

Saratoga Perks Discount to season pass holders at Saratoga Race Course concession stands, NYRA merchandise stores and Shake Shack (also valid on Wednesdays and Thursdays). Discount does not apply to lottery, tobacco, alcohol, restaurant dining, group sales or Dunkin’ Donuts.

Berkshire Bank Family Mondays, Saratoga Pavilion on the backyard side of the grandstand, near the top of the stretch. Enjoy kid-friendly games and activities and pet a retired Thoroughbred, all free of charge, with one designated activity carrying a suggested donation for a local school or PTA. (Weekly)

In NYRA’s community outreach booth, located near the jockeys’ silks room:  Shenendehowa Nordic Club, a membership organization that promotes cross country skiing in southern Saratoga County.

Elsewhere

Children’s Program: Horse-themed Bingo and Trivia at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Recommended for children ages 3-8.  10 am – noon, free with paid admission.

Equestricon continues a day of panels, seminars, and other events. Schedule here; ticket info here.

An evening with authors Greg and Michael Veitch at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of FAme. Greg will discuss his book All the Law in the World Won’t Stop Them and his father Michael will discuss his books on Saratoga’s racing history Foundations of Fame and Summit of Champions. Both authors will be available to sign copies of their books. 7 – 8:30 pm. Cost: books available for purchase.

Jockey meet-and-greet to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund at Boca Bistro. Expected to be on hand are Dylan Davis, Jose Santos, and Joe Bravo. 6:30 pm, $150, with $25 going to the PDJF. The evening will feature wines by Stonestreet Estate Vineyards paired with a custom menu. Call 518 682 2800 for reservations.

Tuesday, August 15

No racing

Equestricon continues a day of panels, seminars, and other events. Schedule here; ticket info here.  Yours truly will appear on the panel “Perspectives: Women in Racing” from 11 am – 1 pm.

Lecture and book signing with author and racetrack historian Paul Roberts on the release of the second edition of The Spa: Saratoga’s Legendary Race Course, which highlights the history of the development of the race course, which is the oldest sports venue in the U.S. National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Cocktail reception and lecture: 5:30 – 7pm, $25 for Preservation Foundation members, $35 for non-members. Lecture and book signing only, 7-8 pm, $10 for members, $15 for non-members.

Presentation by Sasscer Hill, mystery author and former steeplechase jockey & horse owner. Flamingo Road, Hill’s latest book, a Baltimore police is sent to work undercover for the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau at Gulfstream Park in Florida, where she works as an exercise rider. Northshire Books on Broadway, 6 pm.

Cocktail for a Cause to benefit Backstretch Employees Service Team. Larry Collmus, Rudy Rodriguez, and Paul LoDuca will be on hand mixing drinks at The Springs at the Saratoga Hilton on Broadway. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. To reserve your spot, call Sheriza at 518 334 8662 or Jim at 518 847 2530. The evening will include food, a bucket raffle, a silent auction, and live music.

Wednesday, August 16

At the track

Stakes races: $100,000 Bolton Landing for two-year-old fillies, 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf

Adirondacks Day in the Berkshire Bank Saratoga Pavilion, highlighting the Adirondacks and featuring activities, exhibits, and entertainment that showcase the region. Behind the grandstand near the top of the stretch.

Saratoga Perks Discount to season pass holders at Saratoga Race Course concession stands, NYRA merchandise stores and Shake Shack (also valid on Mondays and Thursdays). Discount does not apply to lottery, tobacco, alcohol, restaurant dining, group sales or Dunkin’ Donuts.

In NYRA’s community outreach booth, located near the jockeys’ silks room:  Capital District New York Synchronized Skating

Elsewhere

Book signing at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Sasscer Hill will sign copies of her latest novel Flamingo Road. 9:30 am – 2 pm. See the Tuesday event at Northshire above for more info on the novel.

Racetrack Chaplaincy, New York division brunch, honoring Kiaran and Letty McLaughlin, at Saratoga National Golf Club, 458 Union Avenue, 10:30 am – 1 pm. The event benefits the work of the Chaplaincy on New York’s backstretches, including social service, educational, recreational, and non-denominational programs and services. Tickets are $120 and can be purchased here.

Advanced Handicapping Seminar at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Handicapper and racing analyst Tom Amello will educate fans about the in-depth elements of handicapping. 11 am – 12:30 pm. Free.

Daily (note that some events do not take place on Tuesdays, when there is no racing)

Morning workouts at Saratoga Race Course. Every day except Tuesdays, the track opens to the public at 7 a.m., and fans/customers can get in free to watch morning workouts until 10 am. The Dunkin Donuts concession on the track is open, but you can do better by bringing in your own food/coffee and sitting in the clubhouse to watch the horses exercise. A NYRA host talks about the history of the racing in Saratoga and comments on the horses on the track.

Across the street, the Whitney Viewing Stand and the Oklahoma training track is also open to the public.

Backstretch tours at Saratoga Race Course. Every day except Tuesday, take a free 45-minute tour of the backstretch. No reservations are accepted; tram tours begin at 7:30 am and depart every 15 minutes until approximately 9 am. Tours leave from the Wright St. entrance to the track, near the clubhouse. No tours on Travers Day or Labor Day.

Walking tours of Saratoga Race Course. Learn why there’s a canoe in the infield lake and why the winner’s circle bell is rung at 17 minutes to post. This guided tour lasts about 45 minutes and take place at 9:30 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, and 2:30 pm each racing day (note: no tours on Tuesdays). $3 per person or $10 per family. Contact Guest Services at 518 584 6200 x4433.

Walking tour of the Oklahoma training facility. Offered by reservation every day except Tuesday by the National Museum of Racing. Tours begin at 8:30 am in the Museum parking lot and reservations are required—weekend reservations are required by 4 p.m. the previous Thursday.

No tours are offered on August 4 or Travers weekend, August 27-28.  No children in backpacks or strollers, and tour participants must be at least 10 years old.

Sturdy walking shoes are suggested, and the cost is $5 for Museum members, $10 for non-members, which includes admission to the Museum after the tour. The tour covers approximately a mile and lasts for approximately 90 minutes.

For reservations or more information, call the Museum’s Education Department at 518 584 0400 ext. 120 or e-mail nmredu2@racingmuseum.net.

Tours of Old Friends at Cabin Creek Thoroughbred retirement farm. Tours are offered Tuesday through Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm. Visit Commentator, Be Bullish, Cool N Collective, and Will’s Way among others, learning about their racing days and how they’re enjoying being spoiled in retirement.

Join NYRA race caller Larry Collmus in his booth for the third race to support Backstretch Employees Service Team. Up to nine people can participate each day for $100 per person, with all proceeds going to support BEST’s work with backstretch workers. To reserve a spot, call (516) 488-3434 ext. 100 or (518) 587-3720.

Every Sunday

Low Roller Handicapping Contest: The contests will be held on Sundays and Mondays in the Lower Carousel near the Fourstardave Sports Bar. Entry into the contest is $40 with $30 going towards your live bankroll and $10 towards the prize pool. Players may submit up to two entries per contest; registration begins at 11 a.m. (Also held every Monday)

NYRA Bets & Taste NY: Food and Artisans: Opening weekend will feature the Saturday debut of Taste NY: Food and Artisans, an on-track market in the Berkshire Bank Saratoga Pavilion (back of the grandstand, near the top of the stretch) that will feature food and crafts by New York makers. This event will also take place on Sundays and will include handicapping tutorials and racing tips from the NYRA Bets Squad.   10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday Summer Strolls with the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation. $5 for Foundation members, $8 for non-members. A complete list of the walks is here.

Every Monday

Low Roller Handicapping Contest: The contests will be held on Sundays and Mondays in the Lower Carousel near the Fourstardave Sports Bar. Entry into the contest is $40 with $30 going towards your live bankroll and $10 towards the prize pool. Players may submit up to two entries per contest; registration begins at 11 a.m. (Also held every Sunday)

Saratoga Perks Discount to season pass holders at Saratoga Race Course concession stands, NYRA merchandise stores and Shake Shack (also valid on Wednesdays and Thursdays). Discount does not apply to lottery, tobacco, alcohol, restaurant dining, group sales or Dunkin’ Donuts.

Every Wednesday

Saratoga Perks Discount to season pass holders at Saratoga Race Course concession stands, NYRA merchandise stores and Shake Shack (also valid on Mondays and Thursdays). Discount does not apply to lottery, tobacco, alcohol, restaurant dining, group sales or Dunkin’ Donuts.

Every Thursday

Saratoga Perks Discount to season pass holders at Saratoga Race Course concession stands, NYRA merchandise stores and Shake Shack (also valid on Mondays and Wednesdays). Discount does not apply to lottery, tobacco, alcohol, restaurant dining, group sales or Dunkin’ Donuts.

Every Friday

Saratoga Perks Discount to season pass holders in the Artists’ Village at the track.

Free admission at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame after 2 pm.

Woodford Reserve Fridays at The Post: Following the end of racing, a DJ sets up at The Post bar near the Clubhouse entrance, where Saratoga customers can enjoy dancing, cocktail sampling, and trivia.

Every Saturday

NYRA Bets & Taste NY: Food and Artisans: Opening weekend will feature the Saturday debut of Taste NY: Food and Artisans, an on-track market in the Berkshire Bank Saratoga Pavilion (back of the grandstand, near the top of the stretch) that will feature food and crafts by New York makers.  Customers can also purchase five samples of craft beer for $5. This event (minus the craft beer) will also take place on Sundays and will include handicapping tutorials and racing tips from the NYRA Bets Squad.   10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ketel One Party at The Post: The fun will continue each Saturday of the season with the Ketel One Party at The Post. Saturday evenings at Saratoga will feature music from a DJ following the day’s final race, cocktail samplings and giveaways.

 

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