This Week at Saratoga: July 15 – 23

There’s a lot of summer and a lot of racing left, but the early highlight for me came in a Sunday afternoon optional claimer, when T Loves a Fight closed like the fighter he is to win by three-quarters of a length. His young owner/trainer, Orlando Noda, has trained horses to just 16 starts; all three of his lifetime wins have come with T Loves a Fight.

It’s Monday morning and while I miss the quiet Mondays at the track, it’s a beautiful day and plenty going on in town away from the track. We’re on to week 2…

Monday, July 15

No racing

Hay, Oats, and Spaghetti at the Racing Museum. This annual event raises funds for the Museum, Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, Old Friends at Cabin Creek, ReRun, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, and Equine Advocates. The event is catered by Mama Mia’s, and you can dance off all that spaghetti to live music. Cost: $125 per person, or $150 per person including a one-year membership to the Museum. 6 – 10 pm. Call 518 603 0346 or e-mail events@mamamiassaratoga.com for more information; tickets here.

Tuesday, July 16

No racing

Old Friends at Cabin Creek Welcome Day. Old Friends celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Every Tuesday, the Adelphi Hotel food truck will sell burgers, sushi, smoothies, and other food items from 11 am – 1 pm. Enjoy a gorgeous setting, lunch, and of course the horses. Equine residents at Cabin Creek include Commentator, Be Bullish, Will’s Way, Cool N Collective, and Cosmonaut. (Weekly)

Wednesday, July 17

At the track

  • Inaugural running of the $100,000 Rick Violette, 6 furlongs, two-year-old New York-breds, dirt

Saratoga Visit Day. Local organizations will be in the Saratoga Pavilion with information about various area attractions. Participating organizations and attractions include: Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery; National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame; Saratoga Arts District; Saratoga Automobile Museum; Saratoga Performing Arts Center; Saratoga Spa State Park; Saratoga Springs History Museum; and Yaddo Gardens.

In the community booth, located outside the jockeys’ silks room: Saratoga WarHorse Foundation

Elsewhere…

Backstretch Babies at the Racing Museum. For children two years old and younger, this weekly program includes a short story or activity and free play with “sensory-friendly” toys. 10 – 11 am. Free with adult paid admission (Weekly until August 28)

Thursday, July 18

At the track

  • $100,000 Stillwater Stakes, 6 furlongs, two-year-old New York-bred fillies, dirt

Low Roller handicapping challenge: Practice your handicapping skills in this contest with a $40 buy-in, with $30 going towards your live bankroll and $10 going into the prize pool.  Registration begins at 11 a.m. near the Fourstardave Sports Bar. (Every Thursday and Sunday)

Taste NY: Wine & Spirits will offer samples of wine and spirits from New York State wineries and distilleries. Live music will accompany the tasting each Thursday from noon to 5 p.m. in the Saratoga Pavilion. Cost: $5 for five samples. (Weekly)

Don Julio Thursday: Sample drinks that include Don Julio tequila from 3 to 5 p.m. outside the entrance to The Stretch at the far end of the second floor of the grandstand. (Weekly)

In the community booth, located outside the jockeys’ silks room: Yaddo Gardens

Elsewhere…

Celebrate 30 years of Backstretch Employee Service Team.  BEST will honor long-time supporter Tom Durkin, NYRA’s retired race course announcer among his many other accomplishments, with a breakfast buffet on the porch at Saratoga Race Course. Tickets are $50. 8 am. BEST provides a variety of services, including medical, mental health, and substance abuse programming, for workers on the backstretch of the New York Racing Association.

 

“Create Your Own Horse” at the Racing Museum. For children ages 3 to 8, this program explores horses’ colors and markings, along with how to name a racehorse. 10 am – noon. Free with paid adult admission.

Friday, July 19

At the track

  • $150,000 Grade 3 Lake George for three-year-old fillies on the turf at 1 mile

Taste NY craft beer and cider: Sample New York-produced craft beers and ciders. Live music will accompany the tasting each Friday from noon to 5 p.m. in the Saratoga Pavilion. Cost: $5 for five samples. (Weekly)

In the community booth, located outside the jockeys’ silks room: North Colonie Youth Baseball Association

Saturday, July 20

RACING CANCELLED DUE TO EXTREME HEAT

At the track–

      • $500,000 Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks for three-year-old fillies at nine furlongs on the dirt.
      • $200,000 Caress Stakes for fillies and mares four years old and up, on the turf at 5 1/2 furlongs.

    In the community booth by the jockeys’ silks room:  Christie’s Heartoberfest, raising money for research on Long QT, a genetic cardiac arrhythmia condition.

    Moon Landing 50th Anniversary: Customers can enjoy lunar-themed activities from Schenectady’s Museum of Innovation and Science, including displays of meteorites and moon craters and sun observations through a special telescope. Horse Sense at the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion, located behind the grandstand near the top of the stretch. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Fashion Saturdays. Local retailers will showcase clothing, décor, and jewelry in the Saratoga Pavilion from 11 am to 5 pm. (Weekly)

    Elsewhere…

    Women in Racing exhibit opens at the Racing Museum. The exhibit will feature visual art and multimedia from the Museum’s own collection and on loan, acknowledging the contributions that women have made to Thoroughbred racing as owners, breeders, jockeys, trainers, executives, media, and numerous other disciplines.

    Saturday Morning Social at the Racing Museum. Museum staff and special guests will discuss the day’s racing at Saratoga and other racetracks. Tom Amello will offer a handicapping session at 10:40 am, and complimentary light refreshments and past performances for Saratoga’s card will be available. 9:30 am – 11 am. Free.

    Behind-the-scenes tour of Saratoga Race Course with Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation exclusively for Foundation members. The Foundation’s executive director Samantha Bosshart and local architect Matt Hurff will guide the tour, which will include Horse Haven, the Oklahoma training facility, the grandstand and clubhouse, and the 1863 Club. Meet at the Whitney Viewing Stand at the Oklahoma training facility. 9:30 am. $25. Purchase tickets here.

    Sunday, July 21

    At the track

  • $500,000 Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks for three-year-old fillies at nine furlongs on the dirt (rescheduled from Saturday)
  • $200,000 Caress Stakes for fillies and mares four years old and up, on the turf at 5 1/2 furlongs (rescheduled from Saturday)
  • $200,000 Grade 3 Shuvee, fillies and mares three and up, nine furlongs on the dirt.

Low Roller handicapping challenge: Practice your handicapping skills in this contest with a $40 buy-in, with $30 going towards your live bankroll and $10 going into the prize pool. Registration begins at 11 a.m. near the Fourstardave Sports Bar. (Every Thursday and Sunday)

“Brunch and Bubbly” at The Rail at the 1863 Club: Check out the new 1863 Club and the ground-level The Rail hospitality space. Tickets are $75 and include brunch and mimosas; more details if they become available. Make reservations at 844-NYRA-TIX.

Berkshire Bank Family Sundays in the backyard, a smoke- and alcohol-free play area for children featuring free games, attractions, and educational activities.

In the community booth by the jockeys’ silks room:  The Music Studio

Elsewhere…

Sunday Stroll: Saratoga’s Past in Greenridge Cemetery. Join the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation for its weekly Sunday Stroll. This week, Jan Klassovity will talk about the unusual crypts and history of some of Saratoga’s prominent citizens. Buried here are James Marvin, instrumental in the early days of Saratoga Race Course, and Hall of Fame trainer Sam Hildreth. The tour begins at 10:30 am and lasts approximately 90 minutes. Meet at the Sackett Gates of the cemetery on Lincoln Avenue and wear comfortable shoes. $5 for SSPF members, $8 for non-members. Tours are rain or shine and tickets can be purchased here, in advance or on the day of the tour.

Monday, July 22

No racing

Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Open Barn at Saratoga Summer Farm. Visit some TRF retirees at this working polo barn. 5 – 8 pm, no cost to attend. 20 Bloomfield Road in Saratoga.

Tuesday, July 23

No racing

Zippy Chippy Day at Old Friends at Cabin Creek. Meet the lovable loser—winless in 100 races!—Zippy Chippy. Every Tuesday, the Adelphi Hotel food truck will sell burgers, sushi, smoothies, and other food items from 11 am – 1 pm. Enjoy a gorgeous setting, lunch, and of course the horses. Equine residents at Cabin Creek include Commentator, Be Bullish, Will’s Way, Cool N Collective, and Cosmonaut. Tours are available from 9 am to 1 pm.

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