Saratoga events 2019

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Happy racing season!

Here’s our annual look at what’s going on in Saratoga, a select and idiosyncratic list of various goings-on during the summer in Saratoga. The focus is on events that are related to racing or Saratoga’s history and on non-profit events.

If you know of an event that should be included, please get in touch, and this will be updated as details and new events are announced.

A weekly rundown is published each Wednesday.

Thursday, July 11

At the track

  • $100,000 Grade 3 Quick Call, 5 1/2 furlongs, 3-year-olds, dirt
  • $150,000 Grade Schuylerville, 6 furlongs, two-year-old fillies, dirt

Giveaway for season pass and season ticketholders: a white cooling towel featuring the red Saratoga logo, available while supplies last.

In the Community Outreach Booth, next to the jockey silks rooms: Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation

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)

Elsewhere…

Children’s Program at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame: “Get Ready for the Races and Design Your Own Silks.” Children ages 3 – 8 can learn about jockeys, try on silks, and design their own. 10 am to noon, free with paid adult admission.

Friday, July 12

At the track

  • $150,000 Grade 3 Forbidden Apple, one mile, four-year-olds and up, turf

Mariano Rivera day: A week before his induction, the first player to be unanimously voted into the Hall of Fame will be honored in the winner’s circle. Rivera will address customers and be honored with a video tribute after the third race.

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: K9s for Warriors

Saturday, July 13

At the track…

  • The $500,000 Grade 1 Diana for fillies and mares three-years-old and up, nine furlongs on the turf.
  • The $150,000 Grade 3 Sanford for two-year-olds, six furlongs on the dirt.

Saratoga County EOC donation drive: Donate at least three non-perishable items (food or essential goods) to the Economic Opportunity Council and get a 2018 Saratoga baseball cap while supplies last. You’ll also be entered to win tickets to this year’s Travers Day. Donate from 11 am – 5 pm at the Community Outreach Booth.

In the community booth, located outside the jockeys’ silks room Saratoga County EOC

Madison VanDenBurg performs at the track. Hailing from Cohoes, NY, VanDenBurg has appeared on American Idol and will sing at the Don Julio stage next to guest services behind the grandstand. Her first performance will be after the first race, at approximately 1:10 pm, with additional performances throughout the afternoon.

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

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.

Elsewhere…

National Museum of Racing Open House: The Museum celebrates opening weekend with an event that includes vendors and food options, along with the first of the weekly handicapping sessions with Tom Amello at 10:40 am. 9 am – 1 pm, and admission is free.

Among those participating:

 Sunday, July 14

At the track…

  • $100,000 Coronation Cup for three-year-old fillies at 5 1/2 furlong on the turf

Giveaway #1: a collapsible rec picnic cooler. 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.)

Berkshire Bank Family Sundays in the backyard, a smoke- and alcohol-free play area for children featuring free games, attractions, and educational activities, which invlude a surf simulator, sand art station, and hermit crab racing.

Hat contest. Participants can win prizes in three categories: Kreative Kids, Fashionably Saratoga and Uniquely Saratoga. Registration begins at noon under the grandstand with the contests taking place after the second, third and fourth races.

In the community booth, located outside the jockeys’ silks room: Jewish War Veterans Post 36

Elsewhere…

Summer Stroll on Historic Fifth and Madison Avenues. Join the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation for its weekly Sunday Stroll. This week, Debbie Studwell leads a tour of these residential streets, discussing the Victorian and Craftsman homes that line them. The tour begins at 10:30 am and lasts approximately 90 minutes. Meet at the northeast corner of Fifth and Madison Avenues and wear comfortable shoes. $7 for SSPF members, $10 for non-members. Tours are rain or shine and tickets can be purchased here.

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

Photo of Commentator courtesy Connie Bush

 

 

 

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)

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.

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

Fashion Saturdays: Designed to showcase the tradition of style in thoroughbred racing, the weekly event will feature women’s and men’s fashion apparel from local retailers, as well as a selection of home décor and jewelry items. The event will be held each Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion.

Saturday, July 20  RACING CANCELLED: 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.

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.

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

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

  • $200,000 Grade 3 Shuvee, fillies and mares three and up, nine furlongs on the dirt.

“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.

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)

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

Photo of Commentator courtesy Connie Bush

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.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, July 24

At the track…

  • $200,000 Grade 2 Honorable Miss Handicap, fillies and mares three and up, six furlongs on the dirt.
  • $150,000 New York Stallion Stakes Cab Calloway Division, one mile, three-year-olds sired by stallions standing in New York, turf

In the community booth by the jockeys’ silks room: Battlefield and Beyond, which collects signed cards, personal hygiene items, special snacks, and clothing et al. to send to troops serving overseas.

Military Appreciation Day. The Saratoga Pavilion will feature exhibits and activities, and all veterans and active duty military will receive free Grandstand admission with military ID (note: this does not include a seat). Veterans and service members will be recognized prior to several of the day’s races, including a ceremony in the winner’s circle following the third race and tribute to this year’s 75th anniversary of D-Day, which took place on June 6. Among those recognized will be the late Ellsworth Jones, who served as mayor of Saratoga Springs. Among the organizations represented in the Saratoga Pavilion will be Disabled American Veterans, New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs, Stephen Siller Foundation, and Veterans Community Housing Coalition.

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 25

  • $150,000 Grade 1 A.P. Smithwick Memorial (steeplechase), 2 1/16 miles on the turf for four-year-olds and up
  • $100,000 John Morrissey Stakes, 6 1/2 furlongs, New York-breds three years old and up, 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)

In the community booth by the jockeys’ silks room: Empower Ethiopia, which works to improve the lives of vulnerable children in Ethiopia, along with their families and communities.

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)

Elsewhere…

Children’s program, “Anatomy, Them Bones” at the Racing Museum. Children will learn about the anatomy of horses and build a horse skeleton. Children ages 3 through 8. 10 am to noon. Free with paid adult admission.

Racing Time: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Liberation book launch and cocktail party at the Racing Museum. Author Patrick Smithwick and artist Sam Robinson will be on hand for the launch of Smithwick’s latest memoir. 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Free, and books will be available to purchase.

Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation “Meet and Greet” at Racing City Brewery. 5:30 – 7:30 pm, no cost, cash bar.

At The Post with Andy Serling, broadcast live each Thursday at 8 pm from The Parting Glass. Due to a Yankees broadcast conflict, this week’s show will air on ESPN Radio 104.5 FM on Saturday, July 27 from 10am-11am and Sunday, July 28 from 10am-11am. Recordings of each weekly show can also be found on the NYRA Now app and podcast “Across The Board.” This week’s guests: Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens and trainers Mike Maker and Stanley Hough.

Friday, July 26

At the track…

  • $100,000 Curlin for three-year-olds on the dirt at 1 1/8 miles

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: After The Fire, a local non-profit for people whose homes have been damaged or destroyed by fire.

Elsewhere…

Racing trivia at the Racing Museum. Prizes, food, and drink options are on offer; register your team by calling 518 584 0400, ext. 109. 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Free for Museum members, $10 for non-members.

 Saturday, July 27

At the track

  • The $350,000, Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap for horses three and up, six furlongs on the dirt.
  • The $250,000 Grade 2 Bowling Green for horses four years old and up, 1 3/8 miles on the turf
  • The $600,000, Grade 2 Jim Dandy for three-year-olds, 1 1/8 miles on the dirt.

Permanently Disabled Jockeys’ Fund Awareness Day: Jockeys will be available for autograph signings on the Jockey Silks Room Porch from 11 am to noon with a suggested donation to PDJF. Fans who donate $5 will receive a commemorative “Riders Up!” poster while supplies last and will be entered to win a framed limited edition “150 Years of Racing at Saratoga” print.

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)

In the community booth outside the jockey’s silks room: The Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

Elsewhere…

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.

Sugar Plum Farm Tour, hosted by the Racing Museum. This Thoroughbred breeding farm is located less than a mile from Saratoga Race Course; the tour includes the grounds and facilities, and participants will meet some of the resident equines. A catered lunch is included. The tour begins at 10:30 am at Sugar Plum Farm and is expected to last two hours. Reservations are required and space is limited. $25 for Museum members, $30 for non-members. Call 518 584 0400 x120 or e-mail nmrtours@racingmuseum.net to reserve your spot.

Sunday, July 28

At the track

  •  $200,000 Grade 2 Amsterdam, 6 1/2 furlongs on the dirt for three-year-olds

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 is “Hocus Pocus,” featuring magic spell lessons, a giant cauldron and a create-your-own witch hat station. Children are encouraged to wear costumes.

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)

Family Fun Day in the 1863 Club. This event in The Rail on the ground floor of the 1863 Club includes a family-friendly buffet, ice cream sundae station, and activities including a magician, a balloon animal-maker, and face painting. $75 for adults, $45 for children. Call 844-NYRA-TIX.

In the community booth outside the jockey’s silks room: Vanderheyden, which cares for children with special developmental, emotional, and behavioral needs. Their services included a residential program, a day treatment program, crisis intervention, and in-home parent assistance.

Elsewhere…

Jockey karaoke returns to Saratoga to raise money for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. General admission tickets are $75 and include entry at 7:30 pm and one drink coupon; VIP tickets are $150 and include entry at 6 pm, a buffet, two drink coupons, and reserved seating. Performances are scheduled to begin at 7:45 pm. Vapor Night Club at Saratoga Harness, 342 Jefferson St. Must be 21 years old or older to enter. Purchase tickets here. Tom Durkin will emcee; Mark Casse, Mark Hennig, D. Wayne Lukas, and Graham Motion will judge the performances, and the evening includes live and silent auction items and a cash bar. If you can’t attend, you can watch a stream of the event.

 

Monday, July 29

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 30

No racing

Photo of Commentator courtesy Connie Bush

 

 

Old Friends at Cabin Creek Whitney Brunch with Commentator. The two-time Whitney winner is the star of the show at this week’s Old Friends event.  A food truck from the Adelphi Hotel 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 Be Bullish, Will’s Way, Cool N Collective, and Cosmonaut. Tours are available from 9 am to 1 pm.

 

 

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

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)

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.

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…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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.

Craig Perret Autograph Signing. The 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

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…

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.

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.

“After the Race” cocktail part to benefit Old Friends at Cabin Creek. The retirement farm just outside Saratoga celebrates its 10th anniversary with this event to support the retired Thoroughbreds living there, such as Commentator, Zippy Chippy, and Be Bullish. Honoring the legacy of Bobby Frankel, the party includes dinner, music, a silent auction, and “special guests.” Cash bar with complimentary champagne from 6:30 – 7:30pm. Tickets are $100 in advance or $125 at the door and can be purchased with a credit card through PayPal. 6:30 pm at Saratoga National Golf Course.

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)

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.

 

 

 

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.

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

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…

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.

Thursday, August 8

At the track…

  • $100,000 Saratoga Dew for New York-bred fillies and mares three 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: 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)

Fabulous Fillies Day. This year’s luncheon to raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation will honor jockey Barbara Jo Rubin. The day will feature a fashion contest for men and women and honor local breast cancer survivors.

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: Floyd Warriors, an on-line support community for people recently diagnosed with cancer and their families.

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 at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame: “Make Your Own Induction Plaque.” Children ages 3 – 8 can learn about the horses, trainers, and jockeys in the Hall of Fame, then design their own plaque. 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.

At The Post with Andy Serling, broadcast live each Thursday at 8 pm from The Parting Glass on 104.5 FM. Recordings of each weekly show can also be found on the NYRA Now app and podcast “Across The Board.” This week’s guests TBA.

Fundraiser for Backstretch Employee Service Team at Taverna Novo. Enjoy “fine wines and sumptuous cuisine” for a terrific cause, supporting the workers who take care of the horses. Space is limited; call 518 886 1680 to reserve your spot. $150, 5 – 9pm.

Friday, August 9

At the track…

  • $100,000 Tale of the Cat, six furlongs on the dirt for horses three years old 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.

Saratoga Challenges. These one-day contests will take place on consecutive days and award cash prizes each day, along with an entry to the 2020 Belmont Stakes Challenge and three entries to the National Horseplayers Championship. Wagering will include only Saratoga races and only win, place, show, exacta, trifecta, quinella and daily double bets. Friday is a $1,000 minimum buy-in; Saturday is a $2,000 minimum buy-in. For more information about the Saratoga Challenges, visit NYRA.com/Challenge.

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 near the jockeys’ silks room: North Country Wild Care, which assists with injured or orphaned wildlife in upstate New York.

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.

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.

Saturday, August 10

At the track…

  • $500,000 Grade 1 Fourstardave Handicap, a mile on the turf for horses three years old and up.
  • $200,000 Grade 2 Saratoga Special presented by Miller Light, 6 1/2 furlongs on the dirt for two-year-olds

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.

Saratoga Challenges. These one-day contests will take place on consecutive days (Day 1 is Friday, August 9) and award cash prizes each day, along with an entry to the 2020 Belmont Stakes Challenge and three entries to the National Horseplayers Championship. Wagering will include only Saratoga races and only win, place, show, exacta, trifecta, quinella and daily double bets. Friday is a $1,000 minimum buy-in; Saturday is a $2,000 minimum buy-in. For more information about the Saratoga Challenges, visit NYRA.com/Challenge.

In the community booth near the jockeys’ silks room: Operation Adopt A Soldier, which raises awareness about men and women stationed overseas and sends care packages and letters to soldiers.

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. 9:30 am – 11 am. Free.

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.

Sunday, August 11

At the track…

  • $100,000 Galway, 5 1/2 furlongs, three-year-old fillies, 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.

In the community booth, located outside the jockeys’ silks room: Take2, which promotes second careers as hunters and jumpers for retired Thoroughbrds.

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)

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

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.

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.

Fasig-Tipton New York Bred Yearling Sale.  Two more nights of yearling sales, 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 2001. Other graduates include Diversify, winner of the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup and last year’s Grade 1 Whitney; Mind Your Biscuits, the richest New York-bred ever; and multiple graded stakes winner Fourstar Crook. The sale begins at 7 pm and continues Monday afternoon.

New York Thoroughbred Breeders cocktail party at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred sale, tonight and Sunday night from 6 – 9 pm. Enjoy complimentary food and cocktails in the upstairs buyers’ lounge and balcony in the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion. Tickets are $50 for NYTB members and $75 for non-members and include both nights.  RSVP by August 5 to avoid a late fee. 518 587 0777.  Click here for invitation, here for reply card.

Saratoga & The Civil War. Join the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation for its weekly Sunday Stroll. This week, Gloria May leads a tour of Greenridge Cemetery, focusing on the “yarns and tales” of those who fought in the Civil War. The tour begins at 10:30 am and lasts approximately 90 minutes. Meet at the Civil War Monument inside the Sackett Gates on Lincoln Avenue and wear comfortable shoes. $7 for SSPF members, $10 for non-members. Tours are rain or shine and tickets can be purchased here.

Monday, August 12

No racing

Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Thoroughbred Discovery and Family Day Open Barn at Saratoga Summer Farm. Visit some TRF retirees and enjoy interactive, educational games tolearn about horses in the herd. All ages welcome. 5 – 8 pm, no cost to attend. 20 Bloomfield Road in Saratoga. Info & directions.

Blue Spangled Evening Gala, presented by Saratoga WarHorse. 6 – 9:30pm in the Hall of Springs. Details and ticket information are scant; you can purchase tickets here.

Fasig-Tipton New York Bred Yearling Sale.  Two more nights of yearling sales, 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 2001. Other graduates include Diversify, winner of the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup and last year’s Grade 1 Whitney; Mind Your Biscuits, the richest New York-bred ever; and multiple graded stakes winner Fourstar Crook. The second session of the sale begins at noon; session one is Sunday evening.

Tuesday, August 13

No racing

NYRA photo

Gary Contessa seminar at his Oklahoma training facility barn. Bring a lawn chair and sign up on the stable’s Facebook page. Barn 54, 11 am – 1:30 pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

Old Friends at Cabin Creek halter auction. 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)

ReRun Under The Stars will honor New York Thoroughbred owner Michael Dubb. Dubb is also chairman of the board of the Belmont Child Care Association, so this event will raise money and collect goods for both retired racehorses and children of backstretch workers. The evening includes live music, a silent auction, raffles, and chef-inspired smores around the fire. The dress code is casual, so feel free to wear your jeans and boots. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased here, and attendees are asked to bring an item to donate to Anna House (books, supplies, crayons, etc.).

Wednesday, August 14

At the track

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

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: Saratoga Automobile Museum

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.

New York Racetrack Chaplaincy Brunch honoring Debbie and Terry Finley, founders of West Point Thoroughbreds. The event raises funds to support the many programs of the Chaplaincy, including children’s enrichment, social service, recreational, and educational programs, as well as non-denominational religious services. Tom Durkin will serve as auctioneer. Tickets are $150 and can be purchased here. 10 am at Saratoga National Golf Course.

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.

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)

Erica Obey at Northshire Books to read, discuss, and sign her novel The Horseman’s Word, historical fiction set in Saratoga Springs in July of 1865. 7 pm, 424 Broadway.

 

 

 

Thursday, August 15

At the track

  • $100,000 Union Avenue for New York-bred fillies and mares three and up, 6 1/2 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.

In the community booth, located outside the jockeys’ silks room: Shelters of Saratoga, which provides homeless people with safe shelter and support services.

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 at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame: “Make a Horseshoe Photo Frame.” Children ages 3 – 8 will learn about the different types of shoes horses wear, then decorate their own horseshoe photo frame. 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.

J McLaughlin pop-up shop and cocktail party at the National Museum of Racing. Enjoy cocktails and shopping after the races, and a portion of your purchase will benefit the Museum. 6 – 8 pm. (This continues on Friday and Saturday of this week)

At The Post with Andy Serling, broadcast live each Thursday at 8 pm from The Parting Glass on 104.5 FM. Recordings of each weekly show can also be found on the NYRA Now app and podcast “Across The Board.” This week’s guests TBA.

Friday, August 16

At the track…

  • $100,000 Skidmore Stakes for two-year-olds on the turf at 5 1/2 furlongs

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: CDNY Regional Synchro, a local team of synchronized skating athletes

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: ReRun Thoroughbred Aftercare. Stop by and learn about their work with horses whose racing careers are over.

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.

J McLaughlin pop-up shop and cocktail party at the National Museum of Racing. Enjoy cocktails and shopping, and a portion of your purchase will benefit the Museum. 9 am – 5 pm. (This continues on Friday and Saturday of this week)

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.

Sir Barton and the Making of the Triple Crown at the National Museum of Racing. Author Jennifer Kelly will discuss and sign her book about the first Triple Crown winner. Free, and books will be available for purchase. 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

 

 

 

Saturday, August 17

At the track…

  • $600,000, Grade 1 Alabama presented by NYRA Bets for three-year-old fillies, 10 furlongs on the dirt.
  • $200,000 Grade 2 Lake Placid for three-year-old fillies, 1 1/16 on the turf.
  • $100,000 Smart N Fancy, 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf for fillies and mares three 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.

Lustgarten Foundation Day, honoring the legacy of trainer Dominic Galluscio, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2014. The day will feature an autograph session with Saratoga trainers to benefit the Foundation.

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.

J McLaughlin pop-up shop and cocktail party at the National Museum of Racing. Enjoy cocktails and shopping, and a portion of your purchase will benefit the Museum. 9 am – 5 pm. (This continues on Friday and Saturday of this week)

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.

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 event also includes:

  • Justify: 111 Days to Triple Crown Glory book signing with author Lenny Shulman
  • Sir Barton and the Making of the Triple Crown book signing with author Jennifer Kelly

9:30 am – 11 am. Free, and books will be available to purchase.

Tour of Godolphin’s Greentree Stable, presented by the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. This historic training facility originally owned by the Whitney family and now owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum comprises two stables, a synthetic-surface training track, and a 19th century mansion. Tours are limited to 75 people and water will be provided.  $15 for Museum member, $20 for non-members. 36 Nelson Avenue, and participants should enter at the stable gate and wear comfortable walking shoes. Reservations are required; call (518) 584-0400 ext. 120 to book your spot. 

Sunday, August 18

At the track

  • $100,000 Summer Colony, for fillies and mares three and up, on the dirt at 1 1/8 miles

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: The Lustgarten Foundation

Sara-“Yoga.” This one-hour session will take place at the Top of the Stretch followed by a light brunch in the Party Tent. Tickets are available at (844) NYRA-TIX. (Also offered on August 4)

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)

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

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.

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.

J McLaughlin pop-up shop and cocktail party at the National Museum of Racing. Enjoy cocktails and shopping, and a portion of your purchase will benefit the Museum. 9 am – 5 pm.

Summer Stroll: “The Good Life: North Broadway.” Join the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation for its weekly Sunday Stroll. This week, executive director Samantha Bosshart leads a tour of the grand Queen Anne homes on this boulevard. The tour begins at 10:30 am and lasts approximately 90 minutes. Meet at northwest corner of North Broadway and Van Dam Street and wear comfortable shoes. $7 for SSPF members, $10 for non-members. Tours are rain or shine and tickets can be purchased here.

Tour of Godolphin’s Greentree Stable, presented by the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. This historic training facility originally owned by the Whitney family and now owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum comprises two stables, a synthetic-surface training track, and a 19th century mansion. Tours are limited to 75 people and water will be provided.  $15 for Museum member, $20 for non-members. 36 Nelson Avenue, and participants should enter at the stable gate and wear comfortable walking shoes. Reservations are required; call (518) 584-0400 ext. 120 to book your spot. 

Monday, August 19

No racing

Tuesday, August 20

No racing

Old Friends at Cabin Creek celebrating 1996 Travers winner Will’s Way. 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, Cool N Collective, and Cosmonaut. (Weekly)

Photo of Will’s Way courtesy Old Friends at Cabin Creek

BBQ at the Barn for Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. Head to Saratoga Winery for an evening of BBQ, music, and basket raffles, all to support retired racehorses, some of which will be in attendance for photos and pettting Tickets start at $30 for adults, $15 for youths, free for kids, and are available here. Cash bar. 6 – 9 pm.

Enjoy great BBQ, music, basket raffles, cash bar, and more! Our equine ambassadors will be in view and ready for petting & pictures.

Born to Rein film showing and reception at the National Museum of Racing. This film tells the stories of Hall of Famers John A. Nerud and of Marion and Jack Van Berg.  He was inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in 1972. The film also commemorates the 100th anniversary of America’s first Triple Crown winner, Sir Barton, featuring his time as a U.S. Army Remount Service Stallion. $10 for Museum members, $12 non-members, 6:30 pm. Purchase tickets here.

Wednesday, August 21

At the track…

  • $100,000 John’s Call for three-year-olds and up on the turf at 1 5/8 miles

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: Veterans and Community Housing Coalition, which provides housing and support services to homeless military veterans and their families, and which provides housing opportunities for low-income households.

Giveaway #3: Beach towel. 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.)

New York Sports Day. The Saratoga Pavilion will offer exhibits and activities from local professional sports teams such as the Tri-City ValleyCats and Adirondack Thunder, and collegiate teams from the University at Albany and Siena College. 11 am – 5 pm.

Stewart’s Ice Cream Eating Contest. Contestants can participate in three age groups—kids, teenagers, and adults—to see who can eat a pint of ice cream the fastest.

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.

Travers Stakes preview panel at the National Museum of Racing. Handicappers will analyze the field for the 150th running of the Travers Stakes. 11am, free with Museum admission.

Over the Moon in Saratoga,” the annual fundraiser for the Belmont Child Care Association, which provides low-cost child care and early-childhood education for the children of backstretch workers. The event includes dinner and a live and silent auction. Tickets begin at $225 for young professionals and $300 for individuals; tickets and sponsorships can be purchased here, where you can also see some of the auction items. If you can’t attend but would like to participate in the auction, you can register here. 6:30 at Saratoga National Golf Club.

Thursday, August 22

At the track…

  • $150,000 Grade 1 New York Turf Writers Cup, four-year-olds and up, 2 3/8 miles on the turf (steeplechase)
  • $100,000 Riskaverse, for three-year-old fillies, at a mile 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.

In the community booth, located outside the jockeys’ silks room: New York Racetrack Chaplaincy.

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)

Children’s Program at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame: “Build a Travers Stakes trophy.” Children ages 3 – 8 will participate in a Museum scavenger hunt for trophies, then decorate a small trophy of their own. 10 am to noon, free with paid admission.

At The Post with Andy Serling, broadcast live each Thursday at 8 pm from The Parting Glass on 104.5 FM. Recordings of each weekly show can also be found on the NYRA Now app and podcast “Across The Board.” This week’s guests TBA.

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.

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.

Rock N Roll for Retired Racehorses to benefit Old Friends at Cabin Creek. Head to Nanola on Route 9 in Malta, just south of Saratoga, for a buffet and cash bar to support Old Friends’ retirees. Live music is courtesy of Blue Hand Luke; tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door. Call 518 698 2377 to purchase tickets or for more information; you can also buy tickets at the farm or online.

Friday, August 23

At the track…

New York Showcase Day, Saratoga’s celebration of New York-bred horses with a full of stakes races for horses bred in the state.

  • The $250,000 Albany for three-year-olds at a mile and an eighth on the dirt.
  • The $200,000 Fleet Indian for three-year-old fillies, a mile and an eighth on the dirt.
  • The $200,000 Funny Cide, 6 1/2 furlongs on the dirt for two-year-olds
  • The $200,000 Seeking the Ante, 6 1/2 furlongs on the dirt for two-year-old fillies
  • The $150,000 West Point presented by Trustco Bank, three-year-olds and up, 1 1/16 miles on the turf
  • The $150,000 Yaddo, fillies and mares three and up, 1 1/16 miles 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.

In the community booth, located outside the jockeys’ silks room: Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue

New York Thoroughbred Breeders lunch, which includes a buffet lunch, non-alcoholic drinks, tax, and gratuities. $75 for NYTB members, $100 for non-members. The Rail at the 1863 Club, and RSVP is required by August 1.

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)

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.

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.

Travers Eve Wine and Cheese Social at the National Museum of Racing. Celebrate the 150th running of the Travers Stakes with refreshments and a book signing for The Travers: 150 Years of Saratoga’s Greatest Race with authors Brien Bouyea and Michael Veitch. 6 – 7:30pm. Free for members, $10 for non-members. Books available for purchase.

Saturday, August 24

At the track…

Travers Day! Seven graded stakes races, including the 150th running of Saratoga’s flagship race, named for William Travers, who helped establish Saratoga Race Course.

  • $600,000 Grade 1 Forego presented by Encore Boston Harbor, three-year-olds and up, seven furlongs on the dirt
  • $500,000, Grade 1 H. Allen Jerkens Memorial presented by Runhappy, seven furlongs on the dirt for three-year-olds.
  • $500,000, Grade 1 Ketel One Ballerina, fillies and mares three and up, seven furlongs on the dirt.
  • $700,000, Grade 1 Personal Ensign presented by Lia Infiniti, 1 1/8 miles on the dirt for fillies and mares three and up.
  • $850,000 Grade 1 Sword Dancer, 12 furlongs on the turf for four-year-olds and up
  • $400,000, Grade 2 Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa, fillies and mares three and up, 1 1/16 miles on the turf
  • $1.25 million, Grade 1 Runhappy Travers for three-year-olds, 10 furlongs on the dirt

Note: Breakfast at Saratoga is not available today.

In the community booth, located outside the jockeys’ silks room: Backstretch Employee Service Team, which provides a variety of services to New York’s backstretch workers.

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…

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.

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.

Sunday, August 25

At the track…

  • $100,000 Better Talk Now at a mile on the turf for three-year-olds

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: Ronald McDonald House Charities Capital Region

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)

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

Elsewhere…

Photo Finish Tour with Dona Ann McAdams.  Photographer Dona Ann McAdams leads this photographic tour of the Oklahoma training facility. Learn about lighting, composition, and developing your eye. Reservations are required. 7:30am, $25 for Museum members, $35 for non-members. Make reservations at (518) 584-0400 ext. 118.

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.

Monday, August 26

Photo courtesy TRF

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, August 27

No racing

Old Friends at Cabin Creek aftercare celebration. 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.

Wednesday, August 28

At the track…

  • $150,000, Grade 3 With Anticipation for two-year-olds on the turf at 1 1/16 miles

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: The Center for Disability Services

Italian- and Irish-American Day. Find traditional music, dance, food, and entertainment in the Saratoga Pavilion from 11 am – 5 pm.

Fan Appreciation Week, through closing day on September 2. The New York Racing Association will offer a series of special events, activities, and offers.

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.

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.

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, August 29

At the track…

  • $100,000 P.G. Johnson for two-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles 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.

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

Fan Appreciation Week, through closing day on September 2. The New York Racing Association will offer a series of special events, activities, and offers.

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.

Children’s Program at the National Museum of Racing: “Museum Bingo!” A racing twist on the traditional game, using horses, paintings, and museum objects. Recommended for children ages 3 through 8. 10am – 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.

At The Post with Andy Serling, broadcast live each Thursday at 8 pm from The Parting Glass on 104.5 FM. Recordings of each weekly show can also be found on the NYRA Now app and podcast “Across The Board.” This week’s guests TBA.

Friday, August 30

At the track…

  • $100,000 Lucky Coin, 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf for horses four years old 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: Schenectady Jewish Community Center

Fan Appreciation Week, through closing day on September 2. The New York Racing Association will offer a series of special events, activities, and offers.

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)

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.

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.

Saturday, August 31

At the track…

  • $250,000, Grade 2 Glens Falls, 1 3/8 miles on the turf for fillies and mares three and up
  • $300,000, Grade 3 Saranac, 1 1/16 miles on the turf for three-year-olds
  • $250,000, Grade 2 Prioress, for three-year-old fillies at six furlongs on the dirt.
  • $750,000, Grade 1 Woodward presented by NYRA Bets, nine furlongs on the dirt for horses three years old 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: Gurtler Brothers VFW Post 420

Fan Appreciation Week, through closing day on September 2. The New York Racing Association will offer a series of special events, activities, and offers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tour of Godolphin’s Greentree Stable, presented by the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. This historic training facility originally owned by the Whitney family and now owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum comprises two stables, a synthetic-surface training track, and a 19th century mansion. Space is limited and water will be provided. $25 for Museum members, $30 for non-members. 10:30 am at 36 Nelson Avenue. Participants should enter at the stable gate and wear comfortable walking shoes. Reservations are required; call (518) 584-0400 ext. 120 to book your spot or email nmrtours@racingmuseum.net

Run for the Horses 5k at Saratoga Spa State Park to benefit local Thoroughbred aftercare organizations. Divisions include a half-mile Fun Run for kids and a canine division. $5 for the kids’ run; $25 for adults who pre-register, $30 on the day of the race. The race begins at the Orenda Pavilion. Register here.  Kids’ run at 8am, 5k at 8:30am.

 

 Sunday, September 1

At the track…

  • $350,000, Grade 1 Spinaway, seven furlongs on the dirt for two-year-old fillies

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: Transitional Services Association, which provides care coordination and residential supports services to adults and children with mental health and substance abuse disorders and chronic medical conditions.

Fan Appreciation Week, through closing day on September 2. The New York Racing Association will offer a series of special events, activities, and offers.

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)

Giveaway #4: Zip-up hoodie sweatshirt. 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.)

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

 

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.

Summer Stroll: “Queen Annes on Circular Street and Union Avenue. Join the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation for its weekly Sunday Stroll. This week, Debbie Studwell leads a tour of the area that was home to the Young Women’s Industrial Club of Saratoga,
which would later become Skidmore College. The tour begins at 10:30 am and lasts approximately 90 minutes. Meet at the southeast corner of Spring and Circular Streets 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.

Monday, September 2

At the track…

  • $250,000, Grade 2 Bernard Baruch Handicap, for three-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles on the turf
  • $350,000, Grade 1 Runhappy Hopeful, seven furlongs on the dirt for two-year-olds

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: Capital Region Toys for Tots

Fan Appreciation Week, through closing day on September 2. The New York Racing Association will offer a series of special events, activities, and offers.

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.

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.