This Week at Saratoga: July 31 – August 7

NYRA/Adam Coglianese

Looking for events later in the meet? Here you go.

Wednesday, July 31

At the track…

  • $100,000 Shine Again for fillies and mares three and up, seven furlongs on the dirt.
  •  $150,000 New York Stallion Stakes Statue of Liberty Division, one mile, three-year-old fillies sired by stallions standing in New York, turf

Breakfast at Saratoga, daily except Travers Day. Enjoy breakfast on The Porch on the ground level of the clubhouse during morning training. Breakfast is available on a first-come, first-served basis from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The buffet is $18.50 for adults and $9.25 for kids ages 12 and under. Admission to the track is free; guests must exit the track at 10 am and pay to re-enter when the gates open for the races.

Backstretch tram tours. Free tram tours begin at 7:30 a.m. and depart from the clubhouse entrance approximately every 15 minutes through 9 a.m. Tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are 45 minutes in length.

Third Race Call with Larry Collmus to benefit Backstretch Employee Service Team. Join race caller Larry Collmus in the booth at Saratoga as he prepares for and calls the third race each day. You’ll get a terrific view of the track and conversation and photos with Collmus. The cost is $100 per person, 100% of which goes to B.E.S.T. Reserve your spot here. Not available on Travers Day.

Taste NY: Food Day. This market will offer crackers, granola, gelato, and preserves et al., all produced in New York State. 11 am – 5 pm in the Saratoga Pavilion.

In the community booth outside the jockey’s silks room: GallopNYC, which offers therapeutic riding lessons to children and adults with disabilities, military veterans, and at-risk youth.

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)

Tom Durkin tours at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Tours take place Wednesday through Sunday through September 2 at 11 am.  Reservations are required and space is limited. Call (518) 584-0400 ext. 107 to reserve your spot.

Thursday, August 1

At the track…

  • $100,000 Birdstone for horses three and up, 1 3/4 miles on the dirt.

Breakfast at Saratoga, daily except Travers Day. Enjoy breakfast on The Porch on the ground level of the clubhouse during morning training. Breakfast is available on a first-come, first-served basis from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The buffet is $18.50 for adults and $9.25 for kids ages 12 and under. Admission to the track is free; guests must exit the track at 10 am and pay to re-enter when the gates open for the races.

Backstretch tram tours. Free tram tours begin at 7:30 a.m. and depart from the clubhouse entrance approximately every 15 minutes through 9 a.m. Tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are 45 minutes in length.

Third Race Call with Larry Collmus to benefit Backstretch Employee Service Team. Join race caller Larry Collmus in the booth at Saratoga as he prepares for and calls the third race each day. You’ll get a terrific view of the track and conversation and photos with Collmus. The cost is $100 per person, 100% of which goes to B.E.S.T. Reserve your spot here. Not available on Travers Day.

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)

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)

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)

Elsewhere…

Tour of the Oklahoma training facility, presented by the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in cooperation with the New York Racing Association. Tours cover approximately 1 1/2 miles and last for approximately 90 minutes; wear sturdy walking shoes. Tours begin at 9:00 and depart from the Museum parking lot. Space is limited; reservations are required and must be made 48 hours in advance, and you can make reservations by calling 518 584 0400 ext. 120 or e-mailing nmrtours@racingmuseum.net. Tours are cancelled in heavy rain, and for insurance reasons, tour participants must be at least 10 years old. No children in backpacks or strollers, and umbrellas are prohibited (for the safety of the horses). Cost: $5 for Museum members; $12 for adults, $6 for seniors/students who aren’t Museum members. Daily through Labor Day, excluding August 2, August 24, and August 25.

Children’s program, horse-themed trivia at the Racing Museum. Children will play racing-themed games and create a toy.  Children ages 3 through 8. 10 am to noon. Free with paid adult admission.

Tom Durkin tours at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Tours take place Wednesday through Sunday through September 2 at 11 am.  Reservations are required and space is limited. Call (518) 584-0400 ext. 107 to reserve your spot.

Book signing at the National Museum of Racing.  The Lucky Thirteen: The Winners of America’s Triple Crown of Horse Racingbook signing with author Edward L. Bowen. Free to attend, books available for purchase. 6 – 8 pm.

Racing partnership and syndicate event at the Racing Museum. Representatives from racing partnerships will be on hand to discuss Thoroughbred ownership. The event includes prizes and presentations. 6 – 8 pm. No cost.

Jockeys vs. horsemen annual charity basketball game. Hosted by the New York Racetrack Chaplaincy, this is one of the best events of the Saratoga summer. Proceeds will benefit Chaplaincy programs, which include social services, educational opportunities, children’s enrichment, and social outings. To sponsor the game or a player or to donate, click here or contact programs director Nick Caras at 516 835 0275 or nick@rtcany.org. Admission is free, with voluntary donations requested. Jockeys will be coached by Angel Cordero Jr., trainers by Todd Pletcher and Kiaran McLaughlin. The evening will include raffles and promotional merchandise for sale. Note new location this year: Saratoga YMCA, 290 West Avenue. 6:30 pm.

 

 

Photo courtesy Race Track Chaplaincy NY

At The Post with Andy Serling, broadcast live each Thursday at 8 pm from The Parting Glass on 104.5 FM. Encore broadcasts are on the radio on Saturday, Aug. 3 from 10am-11am and Sunday, Aug. 4 from 10am-11am and are available on the NYRA Now app and podcast “Across The Board.” This week’s guests: Gabby Gaudet, Laffit Pincay III, Craig Milkowski of Timeform US, and Jimmy Jerkens.

 Friday, August 2

At the track…

  • $200,000 Grade 2 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame, one mile on the turf for three-year-olds
  • $750,000 Saratoga Oaks presented by Encore Boston Harbor, 1 3/16 miles, three-year-old fillies, turf
  • The $100,000 Alydar, for four-year-olds and up, nine furlongs on the dirt

Breakfast at Saratoga, daily except Travers Day. Enjoy breakfast on The Porch on the ground level of the clubhouse during morning training. Breakfast is available on a first-come, first-served basis from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The buffet is $18.50 for adults and $9.25 for kids ages 12 and under. Admission to the track is free; guests must exit the track at 10 am and pay to re-enter when the gates open for the races.

Backstretch tram tours. Free tram tours begin at 7:30 a.m. and depart from the clubhouse entrance approximately every 15 minutes through 9 a.m. Tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are 45 minutes in length.

Third Race Call with Larry Collmus to benefit Backstretch Employee Service Team. Join race caller Larry Collmus in the booth at Saratoga as he prepares for and calls the third race each day. You’ll get a terrific view of the track and conversation and photos with Collmus. The cost is $100 per person, 100% of which goes to B.E.S.T. Reserve your spot here. Not available on Travers Day.

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: National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

 Elsewhere…

Induction ceremony, National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame. This year’s honorees are contemporary inductees jockey Craig Perret and horses Royal Delta, My Juliet, and Waya, and Pillars of the Turf inductees James E. “Ted” Bassett III, Christopher Chenery, Richard L. “Dick” Duchossois, William S. Farish, John Hettinger, James R. Keene, Frank E. “Jimmy” Kilroe, Gladys Mills Phipps, Ogden Phipps, Helen Hay Whitney, Marylou Whitney, and Warren Wright Sr. The ceremony is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Doors open at 9 am, ceremony begins at 10:30 am. Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion on the Fasig-Tipton sales grounds.

Tom Durkin tours at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Tours take place Wednesday through Sunday through September 2 at 11 am.  Reservations are required and space is limited. Call (518) 584-0400 ext. 107 to reserve your spot.

Lauding Legacy: An Aftercare Celebration. Hosted by Classic Legacy Thoroughbred Aftercare, this party will raise money for the retired Thoroughbreds of the Saratoga Springs Mounted Patrol and honor Barbara Livingston with the organization’s Founder’s Award. Julie Krone will present Livingston with the awards. The evening includes live music, food, drinks, a silent auction, and aftercare exhibits from Old FriendsThoroughbred Retirement FoundationSaratoga WarhorseCaribbean Thoroughbred AftercareLong Shadows, + New Vocations. A variety of distilleries and breweries will also offer tastings. 8 – 11:30 pm at the Canfield Casino in Congress Park; the invitation says “come as you are from the races.” Tickets are available here.

  • $50 general admission tickets include entry at 8 pm, live music, appetizers, access to the silent auction and tasting tables, and a cash bar.
  • $100 VIP tickets include early entry at 7 pm with free cocktail hour, upgraded appetizers, access to the silent auction, live music, and tasting tables.
  • $1,000 VIP Table includes tickets for eight guests and a table in the main dining hall, early entry at 7 pm with free cocktail hour, upgraded appetizers, access to the silent auction, live music, and tasting tables. Cash bar from 8 pm on.

CANCELLED.  From the Streets of Brooklyn to Trainer to the Stars: John Parisella’s Lifetime of Celebrity Connections at Northshire Books. Trainer John Parisella will share anecdotes from his recently-published memoir. From the Northshire website: “John Parisella enjoyed over five decades of adventures with the biggest names in sports and entertainment. In the early 1970s he appeared twice on ‘The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson,’ and on his second appearance was proclaimed the ‘Trainer to the Stars’ by actor Jack Klugman because, at that time, Parisella was training horses for a stable of movie stars that included Klugman, Caan and Telly Savalas. He went drinking with Mantle; cajoled Steinbrenner into helping Joe Pepitone and lived with James Caan at the height of Caan’s fame; became Pitino’s close friend and was the intermediary with the New York Knicks as he orchestrated Pitino’s move to become head basketball coach at the University of Kentucky; and, as Bethenny Frankel’s stepfather, was the father-figure in the future Reality TV star’s life as she was growing up.” 424 Broadway, 7 pm. 

Saturday, August 3

At the track…

  • The $100,000 Fasig-Tipton De La Rose, a mile on the turf for fillies and mares four and up
  • The $100,000 Fasig-Tipton Lure, 1 1/16 miles on the turf for four-year-olds and up
  • The $200,000 Troy, 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf for horses three and up.
  • The $500,000 Grade 1 Longines Test, for three-year-old fillies at seven furlongs on the dirt
  • The $1 million, Grade 1 Whitney, nine furlongs on the dirt for three-year-olds and up.

Breakfast at Saratoga, daily except Travers Day. Enjoy breakfast on The Porch on the ground level of the clubhouse during morning training. Breakfast is available on a first-come, first-served basis from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The buffet is $18.50 for adults and $9.25 for kids ages 12 and under. Admission to the track is free; guests must exit the track at 10 am and pay to re-enter when the gates open for the races.

Backstretch tram tours. Free tram tours begin at 7:30 a.m. and depart from the clubhouse entrance approximately every 15 minutes through 9 a.m. Tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are 45 minutes in length.

Third Race Call with Larry Collmus to benefit Backstretch Employee Service Team. Join race caller Larry Collmus in the booth at Saratoga as he prepares for and calls the third race each day. You’ll get a terrific view of the track and conversation and photos with Collmus. The cost is $100 per person, 100% of which goes to B.E.S.T. Reserve your spot here. Not available on Travers Day.

In the community booth, located outside the jockeys’ silks room: Classic Legacy Thoroughbred Aftercare

Woodford Reserve Bourbon Saturdays: Enjoy drinks made with Woodford Reserve at the Jim Dandy bar from 3 – 5 pm.

Ketel One Saturdays: Sample new Ketel One Botanicals from 3 to 5 p.m. each Saturday outside the entrance to The Stretch, on the second floor at the far end of the grandstand.

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

 Elsewhere…

Tour of the Oklahoma training facility, presented by the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in cooperation with the New York Racing Association. Tours cover approximately 1 1/2 miles and last for approximately 90 minutes; wear sturdy walking shoes. Tours begin at 9:00 and depart from the Museum parking lot. Space is limited; reservations are required and must be made 48 hours in advance, and you can make reservations by calling 518 584 0400 ext. 120 or e-mailing nmrtours@racingmuseum.net. Tours are cancelled in heavy rain, and for insurance reasons, tour participants must be at least 10 years old. No children in backpacks or strollers, and umbrellas are prohibited (for the safety of the horses). Cost: $5 for Museum members; $12 for adults, $6 for seniors/students who aren’t Museum members. Daily through Labor Day, excluding August 2, August 24, and August 25.

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. This week’s program will include:

  • The Travers: 150 Years of Saratoga’s Greatest Race book signing with authors Brien Bouyea and Michael Veitch
  • Secretariat’s Meadow book signing with author Kate Chenery Tweedy
  • The Key to the Quarter Pole book signing with author Robin Traywick Williams.

Free admission, and books will be available for purchase. 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Tom Durkin tours at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Tours take place Wednesday through Sunday through September 2 at 11 am.  Reservations are required and space is limited. Call (518) 584-0400 ext. 107 to reserve your spot.

Craig Perret autograph signing at The National Museum of Racing. 2019 Hall of Fame inductee Craig Perret will sign autographs of a limited-edition print available only at the Museum. $15, including the print. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

Secretariat’s Meadow book signing with Kate Tweedy, daughter of Penny Chenery, and Leeanne Meadows Ladin. The is about not only Secretariat, but the land where an “empire built on broodmares” produced a Triple Crown winner. Impressions of Saratoga on Broadway, 6 – 8pm.

150th Anniversary Travers Poster Signing. Artist Greg Montgomery, who has designed Travers posters for more than 30 years, will sign this year’s poster at Impressions of Saratoga on Broadway. 7 – 9pm.

The Travers book signing with Brien Bouyea & Michael Veitch, authors of this coffee table book about the history of the Travers. Impressions of Saratoga on Broadway, 7 – 9pm.

Sunday, August 4

At the track…

  • The $200,000 Grade 3 Fasig-Tipton Waya, 10 furlongs on the turf for fillies and mares three and up
  • The $200,000 Grade 2 Adirondack, 6 1/2 furlongs on the dirt for two-year-old fillies
  • $1 million Saratoga Derby, 1 3/16 miles, three-year-olds on the turf

Breakfast at Saratoga, daily except Travers Day. Enjoy breakfast on The Porch on the ground level of the clubhouse during morning training. Breakfast is available on a first-come, first-served basis from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The buffet is $18.50 for adults and $9.25 for kids ages 12 and under. Admission to the track is free; guests must exit the track at 10 am and pay to re-enter when the gates open for the races.

Backstretch tram tours. Free tram tours begin at 7:30 a.m. and depart from the clubhouse entrance approximately every 15 minutes through 9 a.m. Tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are 45 minutes in length.

Third Race Call with Larry Collmus to benefit Backstretch Employee Service Team. Join race caller Larry Collmus in the booth at Saratoga as he prepares for and calls the third race each day. You’ll get a terrific view of the track and conversation and photos with Collmus. The cost is $100 per person, 100% of which goes to B.E.S.T. Reserve your spot here. Not available on Travers Day.

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)

Jockey Legends Day. Jockeys past and present will be available for autograph signings with a suggested donation to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys’ Fund. The signing will take place from noon to 1pm on the Jockeys Silks Porch; expected to be on hand are Angel Cordero, Jr., Robbie Davis, Ramon Dominguez, David Erb, Earlie Fires, Sandy Hawley, Richard Migliore, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Nick Santagata, Jose Santos, Gary Stevens and Jorge Velasquez. The jockeys will be honored with a video tribute and ceremony in the winner’s circle following races four, five and six.

Berkshire Bank Family Sundays in the backyard, a smoke- and alcohol-free play area for children featuring free games, attractions, and educational activities. This week’s theme: “Sports Camp,” featuring Olympic-style games including jousting, basketball, soccer and relays.

In the community booth, located outside the jockeys’ silks room: Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, which funds and accredits Thoroughbred retirement and retraining facilities across the U.S.

Elsewhere…

Tour of the Oklahoma training facility, presented by the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in cooperation with the New York Racing Association. Tours cover approximately 1 1/2 miles and last for approximately 90 minutes; wear sturdy walking shoes. Tours begin at 9:00 and depart from the Museum parking lot. Space is limited; reservations are required and must be made 48 hours in advance, and you can make reservations by calling 518 584 0400 ext. 120 or e-mailing nmrtours@racingmuseum.net. Tours are cancelled in heavy rain, and for insurance reasons, tour participants must be at least 10 years old. No children in backpacks or strollers, and umbrellas are prohibited (for the safety of the horses). Cost: $5 for Museum members; $12 for adults, $6 for seniors/students who aren’t Museum members. Daily through Labor Day, excluding August 2, August 24, and August 25.

 Summer Stroll: “Broadway in 1874.” Join the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation for its weekly Sunday walk through Saratoga’s history. This week, Gloria May leads a tour of downtown, focusing on what has and hasn’t changed in the last century and a half, and on an era when Broadway boasted four grand hotels. Meet at 10:30 am at the northwest corner of Congress St. and Broadway (Vent Fitness) and wear comfortable shoes. $7 for SSPF members, $10 for non-members. Tours are rain or shine and tickets can be purchased here.

Tom Durkin tours at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Tours take place Wednesday through Sunday through September 2 at 11 am.  Reservations are required and space is limited. Call (518) 584-0400 ext. 107 to reserve your spot.

After The Races cocktail party for Old Friends at Cabin Creek. This event includes dinner, music, a silent auction, a cash bar, and complimentary champagne from 6:30 to 7:30pm. Honoring the legacy of Bobby Frankel, the event begins at 6:30 pm at Saratoga National Golf Club. Tickets are $100 in advance, $125 at the door, and can be purchased here.

Key to the Quarter Pole book signing with Robin Traywick William. The book is “about a trainer who is given a second chance at happiness just when she thought her life was too much of a mess to fix.” Impressions of Saratoga on Broadway, 10am – noon.

 Monday, August 5

No racing

“Women Rein”: Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation luncheon, honoring women in Thoroughbred racing. This event raises money for the Safety Net Foundation, which provides financial assistance to members of the Thoroughbred industry and their families, and for the National Museum of Racing. Kent Stetson Handbags will attend as a vendor and the keynote speaker. Tickets begin at $250 and can be purchased here. Contact Shannon Kelly for more information: 518-226-0609; skelly@jockeyclub.com

A conversation with the author of The Key to the Quarter Pole, written by Robin Traywick Williams, former racing commissioner and past president of Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. Free, but RSVP is required as space is limited. 4 – 5:30pm, Union Gables Inn, 55 Union Ave.

 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale at the sales grounds on East Avenue. The sale begins at 6:30 pm, but people will gather earlier to socialize and gawk at pricey equine babies. Open to the public, but the pavilion is reserved for the people who will be doing the bidding, with others hanging out behind the pavilion near the walking ring and bar. The sale continues Tuesday night.

Behind-the-scenes tour of Saratoga Race Course. Join the Foundation’s executive director Samantha Bosshart and local architect Matt Hurff of Frost Hurff Architects, who is currently overseeing several preservation projects at the track and who designed The Stretch. The tour includes Horse Haven, the Oklahoma training facility, the grandstand, and the clubhouse. Meet at the Whitney Viewing Stand at the Oklahoma at 9:30 am. Tickets for SSPF members are $25; $35 for non-members. Call 518 587 5030 for tickets and more information or purchase tickets here.

Tuesday, August 6

No racing

Photo of Commentator courtesy Connie Bush

Old Friends at Cabin Creek 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)

Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale at the sales grounds on East Avenue. The sale begins at 6:30 pm, but people will gather earlier to socialize and gawk at pricey equine babies. Open to the public, but the pavilion is reserved for the people who will be doing the bidding, with others hanging out behind the pavilion near the walking ring and bar. This is the second night of the sale, which began Monday night.

Visión: A look at life behind the scenes. Benefitting the Latino Community Advocacy Program of the Saratoga County EOC, this exhibit highlights the work of Latino photographers, featuring of their everyday life living and working in Saratoga Springs, including images from the racing season. 5:30 – 8pm at Saratoga Race Course. Tickets are $60 and be purchased here.

 

Wednesday, August 7

At the track…

  •  $100,000 Evan Shipman, 1 1/8 miles, New York-bred three-year-olds and up, dirt
  • $100,000 Mahony, 5 1/2 furlongs, three-year-olds, turf

Backstretch tram tours. Free tram tours begin at 7:30 a.m. and depart from the clubhouse entrance approximately every 15 minutes through 9 a.m. Tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are 45 minutes in length.

Breakfast at Saratoga, daily except Travers Day. Enjoy breakfast on The Porch on the ground level of the clubhouse during morning training. Breakfast is available on a first-come, first-served basis from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The buffet is $18.50 for adults and $9.25 for kids ages 12 and under. Admission to the track is free; guests must exit the track at 10 am and pay to re-enter when the gates open for the races.

Third Race Call with Larry Collmus to benefit Backstretch Employee Service Team. Join race caller Larry Collmus in the booth at Saratoga as he prepares for and calls the third race each day. You’ll get a terrific view of the track and conversation and photos with Collmus. The cost is $100 per person, 100% of which goes to B.E.S.T. Reserve your spot here. Not available on Travers Day.

Giveaway #2: baseball cap. Free with paid admission. Season pass and season ticket holders are guaranteed a Saratoga premium giveaway on the day of the giveaway so long as they are present at Saratoga Race Course and redeem the giveaway by the designated time (when that time is announced, I’ll post it here.)

First Responders Day. The Saratoga Pavilion will feature exhibits and activities, along with fire engines and police cars. All first responders will receive free Grandstand admission with proper ID (Note: this does not include a seat).

In the community booth outside the jockey’s silks room: The Wesley Community, senior housing in Saratoga Springs.

Elsewhere…

Tour of the Oklahoma training facility, presented by the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in cooperation with the New York Racing Association. Tours cover approximately 1 1/2 miles and last for approximately 90 minutes; wear sturdy walking shoes. Tours begin at 9:00 and depart from the Museum parking lot. Space is limited; reservations are required and must be made 48 hours in advance, and you can make reservations by calling 518 584 0400 ext. 120 or e-mailing nmrtours@racingmuseum.net. Tours are cancelled in heavy rain, and for insurance reasons, tour participants must be at least 10 years old. No children in backpacks or strollers, and umbrellas are prohibited (for the safety of the horses). Cost: $5 for Museum members; $12 for adults, $6 for seniors/students who aren’t Museum members. Daily through Labor Day, excluding August 2, August 24, and August 25.

 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)

Tom Durkin tours at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Tours take place Wednesday through Sunday through September 2 at 11 am.  Reservations are required and space is limited. Call (518) 584-0400 ext. 107 to reserve your spot.

Party on the Porch to benefit Old Friends. Brien Bouyea will be on hand to sign his book The Travers: 150 Years of Saratoga’s Greatest Race, and a portion of book sales will benefit Old Friends. Mama Mia’s will cater. No cost, 5:30 pm at Anne’s Washington Inn on South Broadway.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s