This Summer at Saratoga: Events 2016

Saratoga 2016 is well under way, with today Day 6 of the 40-day racing meet. Maybe you’re into a rhythm already; maybe you’re still figuring out the routine. Maybe you’re up for the meet; maybe you’re re-grouping and re-thinking your handicapping.

Maybe you’ve got your visit–or your summer–all planned out. But maybe you’re still in search of those events you don’t want to miss, both on and off the racetrack.

So here you go. 40 days of stakes races, fundraisers, contests, gambling, eating, and drinking. This list is not comprehensive: it focuses on racing, historical, and non-profit events. I update frequently, as new events are announced. Click on the links in each entry for more information, and watch each week for that week’s listing. This page contains listings for the whole summer.

Have an event you’d like publicized? E-mail me if it’s related to racing or Saratoga history or a good cause. I shy from commercial events, though feel free to get in touch if you’d like to talk about advertising.

Happenings at the track are listed separately each day from those happening elsewhere, and events that are ongoing or recurring are noted and are listed at the end of the post.

Planning a trip? Check out our Hello Race Fans guide to Saratoga Race Course.

Have fun! And get in touch with any questions by leaving a comment. If you’re a first-time or infrequent commenter, your post will be held in moderation, but I’ll approve it and respond reasonably quickly.

We’re in the Summer Place to Be. Enjoy it before it’s gone…

WEEK OF JULY 18

Wednesday, July 20

“Saratoga’s Grand Hotels,” a 45-minute morning walk through neighborhoods near the Saratoga Springs Public Library with Local History Librarian Teri Blasko. Meet in the Library’s Glasby Room at 10 am. Register here or by calling reference librarian Chris Alexander at (518) 584-7860, ext. 248. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle.

Annual preview of the racing meet at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. This year’s panel features retired jockey and 2016 Hall of Fame inductee Ramon Dominguez; trainer Graham Motion; owner Jack Wolf; and writer Tom Law. 7:30 – 8pm, free.

Thursday, July 21

“Railroad and Trolleys in Saratoga Springs,” a talk at the Saratoga History Museum by Gino DiCarlo, will focus on the transportation history of the town. Books will be available for purchase and for signing by the author. 7 pm at the Canfield Casino in Congress Park.

Andy Serling’s At The Post Live returns to the Parting Glass in downtown Saratoga for an hour of live radio featuring a variety of guests from the racing world. The show airs 8 – 9pm weekly and is produced before a live audience at one of Saratoga’s best-loved watering holds. Can’t make it to Saratoga? You can listen at ESPN Radio 104.5 or online.  Video segments will also be posted and shown on NYRA.com, the NYRA Network, and NYRA’s Youtube channel.  Guests will be posted here as they become available. This week’s guests: owner Sol Kumin (Lady Eli and Exaggerator); trainer Christophe Clement; jockey Julien Leparoux; and racing analyst Gabby Gaudet. The weekly broadcasts are free and open to the public. (Weekly)

Friday, July 22

At the track

Opening Day! Post time is 1 pm, and with paid admission, customers will receive a scratch-off ticket offering a variety of prizes, including $100 betting vouchers, NYRA merchandise, and vouchers for concessions, program books, general admission and parking.

Stakes races:

Grade II, $200,000 Lake George, for three-year-old fillies on the turf (1 1/6 miles)
Grade III, $150,000 Schuylerville for two-year-old fillies on the dirt (6 furlongs)

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

In NYRA’s community outreach booth, located near the jockeys’ silks room: Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

Party at the Post, the bar near the paddock and Shake Shack, with a DJ and dancing after the races.

Elsewhere

Downtown, the annual Hats Off to Saratoga Festival kicks off the 2016 racing season. From 7 – 11 pm, stroll Broadway and take in music and entertainment up and down Saratoga’s main street. Many shops will remain open late. (This continues Saturday night.)

Saturday, July 23

At the track…

Stakes races:

Grade III, $150,000 Sanford for two-year-olds on the dirt (6 furlongs)
Grade I, $500,000 Diana for fillies and mare, three years old and up, on the turf (1 1/8 miles)

Low Roller Handicapping Challenge. Take your shot with a $40 buy-in ($30 goes to your own live bankroll, $10 to the prize pool). Registration begins at 10:30 am in the NYRA Bets Lounge (see below).

NYRA Bets Lounge: Visitors to the track can visit this new addition, located in the Saratoga Pavilion on the backyard side of the grandstand, towards the stop of the stretch, for handicapping tips and betting advice from the new “Bets Squad.” The Lounge will also feature a champagne bar and clothing boutique by Lifestyles, the popular women’s clothing store in downtown Saratoga. (Weekly)

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

Party at the Post, the bar near the paddock and Shake Shack, with a DJ after the races.

Elsewhere

Book signing: author Brien Bouyea will sign copies of his book Bare Knuckles & Saratoga Racing: The Remarkable Life of John Morrissey at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, at which Bouyea works as the communications officer. 9 am to noon in the Museum lobby; books will be available for purchase.

Downtown, the annual Hats Off to Saratoga Festival kicks off the 2016 racing season. From 7-11pm, stroll Broadway and take in music and entertainment up and down Saratoga’s main street. Many shops will remain open late.

Sunday, July 24

At the track…

Stakes races:

Grade I, $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks, three-year-old fillies on the dirt (1 1/8 miles). Undefeated champion filly Songbird is shipping east to contest the race, in which she’ll face multiple graded stakes winner Carina Mia.

baseball cap JPEGBaseball cap giveaway, the first of the meeting, while supplies last. This year, all season ticket and season pass holders will be guaranteed a cap if they redeem their coupons by 3pm; they will be required to use a designated gate at each entrance.

Low Roller Handicapping Challenge. Take your shot with a $40 buy-in ($30 goes to your own live bankroll, $10 to the prize pool). Registration begins at 10:30 am near the Fourstardave Sports Bar on the grandstand ground level.

 Taste NY, Food and Artisans, in the Saratoga Pavilion on the backyard side of the grandstand, towards the top of the stretch. At this weekly event, customers can sample and shop for food and crafts such as jams, baked goods, and hand-crafted soap, all produced in New York State. 10:30 am – 5 pm.

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

Hat contest, offering participants three categories in which to compete: Uniquely Saratoga, Fashionably Saratoga, Kreative Kids. Registration begins at noon in the grandstand, and the competition will take place after the second, third, and fourth races on the track apron. Prizes provided by Hatsational by DEI.

Elsewhere

Photo Finish Tour with Adam Mooshian. 8 – 9:30 am. More details as they become available; call 518 584 0400, ext. 118 for cost and more information. No children under 10.

Summer stroll with the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation. This first of weekly Sunday tours begins at the southeast corner of Nelson and Union Avenues and will feature the Reading Rooms, the National Museum of Racing, the Oklahoma training facility, and the Fasig-Tipton Humphrey S. Finney Sales Pavilion. 10:30 am. Reservations are suggested but not required at 518 587 5030 or Nicole Babie at nbabie@saratogapreservation.org. $5 for SSPF members, $8 for non-members. (Weekly, with different tour routes each Sunday)

Week of July 25

Monday, July 25

At the track

Stakes races: $100,000 Lucky Coin, four-year-olds and up, 5 1/2 furlongs on the dirt

Fourstardave Sports Bar: Reserve a table and get a free Fourstardave bobblehead.

Saratoga Perks members and season pass holders get a 10% discount on most on-track concession stands, NYRA merchandise stores, and Shake Shack. (Does not apply to restaurant dining, group sales, or Dunkin’ Donuts) (weekly)

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

In NYRA’s community outreach booth, located near the jockeys’ silks room: Albany Police Athletic League

Elsewhere

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s “Hay, Oats & Spaghetti” dinner. Owners Giuseppe and Lauren Grisio are turning over their restaurant Bravo! to this fundraiser for the TRF. Limited reserved seating is available, and ticket prices include beer, wine, and an Italian buffet. Raffle tickets will be sold, and author/historian Michael Veitch will sign copies of his Foundations of Fame: Nineteenth Century Thoroughbred Racing in Saratoga Springs and Summit of Champions: Thoroughbred Racing in Saratoga Springs 1901-1955. Bravo! is at 3246 Rt. 9. 6 – 9pm. Tickets are $75 in advance, $85 at the door. To reserve tickets or for additional information, click the link or call 518 226 0028.

 Tuesday, July 26

No racing

Book signing and lunch at Old Friends at Cabin Creek. Join author William Thomas, who will sign copies of The Legend of Zippy Chippy. One of Cabin Creek’s equine retirees, Zippy Chippy famously raced 100 times without ever getting to the winner’s circle. 11 am at the farm, 483 Sand Hill Road in Greenfield Center, a short drive from downtown Saratoga. Suggestion donation: $10

Book signing at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Can’t make it to Old Friends? Author William Thomas will sign copies of The Legend of Zippy Chippy at the Museum from 1 – 3pm. Free; books will be available for purchase.

Horses, History and Handicapping Sponsored by Thorofan. This week’s guest is Matt Muzikar, Saratoga native and agent for the multiple Eclipse Award-winning jockey Javier Castellano. 7 – 8:30 pm; scroll to the bottom of this for more information.

Wednesday, July 27

At the track

Stakes races: Grade II, $200,000 Honorable Miss, fillies and mares three years old and up, 6 furlongs on the dirt

This week launches the track’s 2016 New York Heritage and Tourism series, which will celebrate a variety of designated groups each Wednesday. The kick-off celebration features attractions from the City of Saratoga Springs, including members of the Downtown Business Association that are participating in the NYRA’s Saratoga Season Perks program. Visitors can enjoy live entertainment from popular local performers, enter to win gift certificates from Saratoga Season Perks partners, and shop downtown businesses. Participating businesses include Caffe Lena; Celtic Treasures; Children’s Museum at Saratoga; National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame; Northshire Bookstore; and Stinky Dog (the last two of which I heartily endorse).

Saratoga Perks members and season pass holders get a 10% discount on most on-track concession stands, NYRA merchandise stores, and Shake Shack. (Does not apply to restaurant dining, group sales, or Dunkin’ Donuts) (weekly)

In NYRA’s community outreach booth, located near the jockeys’ silks room: Watervliet Civic Chest

Elsewhere

“The Healing Powers of the Springs,” a 45-minute morning walk through neighborhoods near the Saratoga Springs Public Library with local tour guide Ellen Steinberger. Meet in the Library’s Glasby Room at 10 am. Register here or by calling reference librarian Chris Alexander at (518) 584-7860, ext. 248. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle.

 Thursday, July 28

At the track

Stakes races: $100,000 John Morrissey for New York-breds, three years old and up, 6 1/2 furlongs on the dirt

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

Saratoga Perks members and season pass holders get a 10% discount on most on-track concession stands, NYRA merchandise stores, and Shake Shack. (Does not apply to restaurant dining, group sales, or Dunkin’ Donuts) (weekly)

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

Elsewhere

 Andy Serling’s At The Post Live returns to the Parting Glass in downtown Saratoga for an hour of live radio featuring a variety of guests from the racing world. The show airs 8 – 9pm weekly and is produced before a live audience at one of Saratoga’s best-loved watering holds. Can’t make it to Saratoga? You can listen at ESPN Radio 104.5 or online. Video segments will also be posted and shown on NYRA.com, the NYRA Network, and NYRA’s Youtube channel. This week’s guests: trainers Kiaran McLaughlin and Jimmy Toner, and owners/breeders Frank and Patricia Generazio. (Weekly)

Friday, July 29

At the track

Stakes races: $100,000 Curlin for three-year-olds, 1 1/8 miles on the dirt

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

College and Alumni Day. Students and alumni from the University at Albany and Siena College are invited to wear their school colors and participate in a variety of games and activities at the track.

In NYRA’s community outreach booth, located near the jockeys’ silks room: North Country Wild Care

Party at the Post, the bar near the paddock and Shake Shack, with a DJ and dancing after the races.

Elsewhere 

Racing Trivia Night at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Teams of two to five people will test their racing knowledge for a chance to win prizes; light refreshments, beer, and wine will be served.   $10 per person for Museum members and $15 for non-members to play; free for Museum members, $10 for non-members to watch. 5:30 – 8pm. To RSVP, call 518 584 0400 ext 109 or e-mail nmrmembers@racingmuseum.net.

Saturday, July 30

At the track

Stakes races:

Grade I, $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap, three-year-olds and up, 6 furlongs on the dirt
Grade II, $200,000 Amsterdam, three-year-olds, 6 1/2 furlongs on the dirt
Grade II, $600,000 Jim Dandy for three-year-olds, 1 1/8 miles on the dirt
Grade II, $250,000 Bowling Green Handicap, four-year-olds and up, 1 3/8 miles on the turf

 NYRA Bets Lounge: Visitors to the track can visit this new addition, located in the Saratoga Pavilion on the backyard side of the grandstand, towards the stop of the stretch, for handicapping tips and betting advice from the new “Bets Squad.” The Lounge will also feature a champagne bar and Lifestyles clothing boutique (Lifestyles is a popular women’s clothing store in downtown Saratoga.) (weekly)

Permanently Disabled Jockeys’ Fund Awareness Day. Joining racetracks across the country, Saratoga Race Course will offer jockey autograph signings, photo opportunities, and a jockey foot race to raise money for and awareness of the PDJF. More details as they become available.

 In NYRA’s community outreach booth, located near the jockeys’ silks room: Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund.

Party at the Post, the bar near the paddock and Shake Shack, with a DJ after the races.

Sunday, July 31

At the track

Stakes races:

Grade III, $200,000 Shuvee Handicap, fillies and mares three years old and up, 1 1/8 miles on the dirt

$100,000 Caress, fillies and mares four years old and up, 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf

Taste NY, Food and Artisans, in the Saratoga Pavilion on the backyard side of the grandstand, towards the top of the stretch. At this weekly event, customers can sample and shop for food and crafts such as jams, baked goods, and handcrafted soap, all produced in New York State. 10:30am – 5pm. (Weekly)

In NYRA’s community outreach booth, located near the jockeys’ silks room: Ladies of Charity-Diocese of Albany Saratoga Vicariate

Elsewhere

Summer stroll with the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation: Historic Fifth and Madison Avenues. One of a series of Sunday morning tours, this begins at the northeast corner of Nelson and Fifth Avenues and will feature the architecture and history of these avenues near Saratoga Race Course. 10:30 am. Reservations are suggested but not required at 518 587 5030 or Nicole Babie at nbabie@saratogapreservation.org. $5 for SSPF members, $8 for non-members. (Weekly, with different tour routes each Sunday)

Monday, August 1

At the track

Stakes races: $100,000 Coronation Cup, three-year-old fillies, 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf

Duffle_Bag_1Giveaway #2, a Saratoga duffle bag, while supplies last. This year, all season ticket and season pass holders will be guaranteed a cap if they redeem their coupons by 3pm; they will be required to use a designated gate at each entrance.

Fourstardave Sports Bar: Reserve a table and get a free Fourstardave bobblehead.

Saratoga Perks members and season pass holders get a 10% discount on most on-track concession stands, NYRA merchandise stores, and Shake Shack. (Does not apply to restaurant dining, group sales, or Dunkin’ Donuts) (weekly)

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

In NYRA’s community outreach booth, located near the jockeys’ silks room: Commission on Economic Opportunity

Tuesday, August 2

No racing

Folklorist Ellen McHale presents on Stable Views, her behind-the scenes look at the Thoroughbred racing industry. Through 14 years of field research, McHale interviewed backstretch workers at racetracks across the country; her book is the result of these conversations about race and gender, changes in the industry, and other topics. 6 pm at Northshire Books on Broadway.

ACTT Naturally Open House, every Tuesday at Long Shadows Farm, through Aug. 30. Meet Albany Stakes winner Traffic Chief and Withers winner Harlem Rocker, both now retired and in re-training at Long Shadows. Noon to 4 pm, with demonstrations at 2 pm. 84 Dr Brown Lane, Cambridge, NY. Details and contact info at the farm’s website. (weekly)

Long Shadows Open House

Horses, History and Handicapping Sponsored by Thorofan. This week’s guest is trainer Gary Contessa. 7 – 8:30 pm; scroll to the bottom of this for more information. (weekly)

Wednesday, August 3

At the races

Stakes races: $100,000 Shine Again, fillies and mares three years old and up, 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf

Military Appreciation Day. All veterans and active duty military receive free grandstand and clubhouse admission with military ID.

Saratoga Perks members and season pass holders get a 10% discount on most on-track concession stands, NYRA merchandise stores, and Shake Shack. (Does not apply to restaurant dining, group sales, or Dunkin’ Donuts) (weekly)

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

Elsewhere

If Wishes Were Horses, “an evening of celebration for Thoroughbred aftercare and a fundraiser for ACTT Naturally. Featuring OTTB and 2008 Grade III Withers winner Harlem Rocker, this evening of wine, pizza, and demonstrations will benefit ACTT Naturally’s mission of helping finding Thoroughbreds find a new career while participating in the program’s Equine Facilitated Learning Programs for women, teenagers, veterans, and corporate teams. At Saratoga Winery, 462 Washington Street. $45, two tickets for $80 in advance; $50, two for $90 at the door. Call 570 578 6377 for more information; purchase tickets here.

ACTT Naturally

Thursday, August 4

At the track

Stakes races:

Grade I, $125,000 A.P. Smithwick Memorial, four-year-olds and up, 2 1/16 miles on the turf (steeplechase)
$100,000 Quick Call for three-year-olds, 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf

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

Saratoga Perks members and season pass holders get a 10% discount on most on-track concession stands, NYRA merchandise stores, and Shake Shack. (Does not apply to restaurant dining, group sales, or Dunkin’ Donuts) (weekly)

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

Elsewhere

Fashionably Fillies luncheon to benefit The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation and Shelters of Saratoga. Held at Saratoga National Golf Club, the luncheon will include a silent auction and fashion show, as well as beauty and wellness services. Tickets are $150. To buy tickets or for more information, contact Nancy Kelly at (518) 226-0609 or nkelly@jockeyclub.com.

Jockeys vs. horsemen basketball game to benefit the Race Track Chaplaincy. Saratoga Recreation Center, 15 Vanderbilt Avenue. Admission is free. 7 pm.

The Track at Saratoga: America’s Grandest Race Course, a public television documentary made in 2013 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Thoroughbred racing in Saratoga, will be shown on WMHT, Albany public television at 7:30 pm. The film features Allan Carter, the historian at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame; Paul Roberts, author of The Spa: Saratoga’s Legendary TrackSamantha Bosshart, executive director of the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation, and yours truly. It also includes appearances by Tom Durkin, Todd Pletcher, Bill Mott, and Nick Zito.

Andy Serling’s At The Post Live returns to the Parting Glass in downtown Saratoga for an hour of live radio featuring a variety of guests from the racing world. The show airs 8 – 9pm weekly and is produced before a live audience at one of Saratoga’s best-loved watering holds. Can’t make it to Saratoga? You can listen at ESPN Radio 104.5 or online. Video segments will also be posted and shown on NYRA.com, the NYRA Network, and NYRA’s Youtube channel. Guests will be posted here as they become available. (Weekly)

Friday, August 5

At the track

Stakes races: Grade II, $200,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame for three-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles on the turf

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

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

Party at the Post, the bar near the paddock and Shake Shack, with a DJ and dancing after the races.

Elsewhere

Hall of Fame jockey Ron Turcotte will sign autographs at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame from 10 am until noon. Turcotte will sign special limited-edition prints of him on Secretariat; the prints are available only at this signing. $40 for Museum members, $50 for non-members.

 

Saturday, August 6

At the races

Stakes races: The Whitney Racing Festival

$100,000 Fasig-Tipton De La Rose, fillies and mares four years old and up, 1 mile on the turf
$100,000 Fasig-Tipton Lure, four-year-olds and up, 1 1/6 miles on the turf
Grade III, $200,000 Fasig-Tipton Waya, fillies and mares three years old and up, 1 1/2 miles on the turf
Grade I, $1,250,000 Whitney for three-year-olds and up, 1 1/8 miles on the dirt
Grade I, $500,000 Test for three-year-old fillies, 7 furlongs on the dirt

NYRA Bets Lounge: Visitors to the track can visit this new addition, located in the Saratoga Pavilion on the backyard side of the grandstand, towards the stop of the stretch, for handicapping tips and betting advice from the new “Bets Squad.” The Lounge will also feature a champagne bar and Lifestyles clothing boutique (Lifestyles is a popular women’s clothing store in downtown Saratoga.) (weekly)

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

Party at the Post, the bar near the paddock and Shake Shack, with a DJ after the races.

Elsewhere

Photo Finish Tour with photographer Dona McAdams. 8 – 9:30 am. Learn about lighting, composition and developing your own eye. This program must be paid for in advance, and you must have a reservation. Cost is $25 for Museum members and $25 for non-members. For more information or to make a reservation, call 518-584-0400 ext. 120.  Space is limited. No children under 10.

Namaste Yoga’s Healers Open House to benefit Backstretch Employees Service Team. A variety of the Expo’s practitioners will offer brief lectures, a Q&A, and an “individual healing session” or group experience, including reiki, Feldenkrais, yoga therapy, Pranic healing, and Integrated Energy Therapy. Sign up online before August 6 and click here for more info and the schedule of practitioners.

Sunday, August 7

At the track

Stakes races: $100,000 Alydar for four-year-olds and up, 1 1/8 miles on the dirt

Low Roller Handicapping Challenge. Take your shot with a $40 buy-in ($30 goes to your own live bankroll, $10 to the prize pool). Registration begins at 11 am near the Fourstardave Sports Bar on the grandstand ground level.

Taste NY, Food and Artisans, in the Saratoga Pavilion on the backyard side of the grandstand, towards the top of the stretch. At this weekly event, customers can sample and shop for food and crafts such as jams, baked goods, and hand-crafted soap, all produced in New York State. 10:30am – 5pm. (Weekly)

In NYRA’s community outreach booth, located near the jockeys’ silks room: Jewish War Veterans Post 36 Saratoga Springs

Elsewhere

Photo Finish Tour with Tod Marks. 7 – 8:30 am. Learn about lighting, composition and developing your own eye. This program must be paid for in advance, and you must have a reservation. Cost is $25 for Museum members and $25 for non-members. For more information or to make a reservation, call 518-584-0400 ext. 120.  Space is limited. No children under 10.

Summer stroll with the Saratoga Springs Preservation FoundationQueen Annes: Circular Street and Union Avenue. This walking tour meets at the southwest corner of Spring and Circular Streets and will focus on the area that was formerly home to what was known as the Young Women’s Industrial Club of Saratoga; it became Skidmore College. Learn about the College’s early days and the Queen Anne homes along Union Avenue. 10:30 am. Reservations are suggested but not required at 518 587 5030 or Nicole Babie at nbabie@saratogapreservation.org. $5 for SSPF members, $8 for non-members. (Weekly, with different tour routes each Sunday)

“After the Race” cocktail party for Old Friends at Cabin Creek. Honoring retired jockey Ramon Dominguez with the Old Friends Award, this evening will feature hors d’oeuvres, dinner, and a live and silent auction. Tickets are $100 and include two drink tickets. At The Lodge, One Nelson Avenue, 6:30 – 10:30 pm.

Monday, August 8

At the races

Stakes races: $100,000 New York Stallion Series Cab Calloway Division for three-year-olds, 1 mile on the turf 

Low Roller Handicapping Challenge. Take your shot with a $40 buy-in ($30 goes to your own live bankroll, $10 to the prize pool). Registration begins at 11 am near the Fourstardave Sports Bar on the grandstand ground level.

Fourstardave Sports Bar: Reserve a table and get a free Fourstardave bobblehead.

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

Saratoga Perks members and season pass holders get a 10% discount on most on-track concession stands, NYRA merchandise stores, and Shake Shack. (Does not apply to restaurant dining, group sales, or Dunkin’ Donuts) (weekly)

In NYRA’s community outreach booth, located near the jockeys’ silks room: The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Elsewhere

Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders’ Association pedigree and conformation clinic, at the Fasig-Tipton sales grounds. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m.; details here, register here. (The program continues tomorrow.)

Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale at the sales grounds on East Avenue. The sale begins at 7 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.

Tuesday, August 9

No racing

Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders’ Association pedigree and conformation clinic, at the Fasig-Tipton sales grounds. Check-in begins at 8 a.m.; details here, register here.

Commentator and John Velazquez at Saratoga. NYRA/Adam Coglianese

Commentator and John Velazquez at Saratoga. NYRA/Adam Coglianese

Lunch with two-time Whitney Handicap winner Commentator at Old Friends at Cabin Creek. Guests will include Commentator’s owners, Tracy and Carol Farmer. Tours begin at 9 am, with lunch available at 11 am. The farm will close at 1 pm. Suggested donation: $10

Author William Thomas presents on his The Legend of Zippy Chippy: Life Lessons from Horse Racing’s Most Loveable Loser, the horse that ran 100 times without making it to the winner’s circle. 7 pm at Northshire Books on Broadway.

Author James Nicholson presents on his biography of John Morrissey, The Notorious John Morrissey: How a Bare-Knuckle Brawler Became a Congressman and Founded Saratoga Race Course. A book signing will follow the presentation. 7 pm in the H. Dutcher Community Room in the Saratoga Springs Public Library on Henry St.

Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale at the sales grounds on East Avenue. The sale begins at 7 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.

Wednesday, August 10

At the track

Stakes races: $100,000 Birdstone for three-year-olds and up, 1 3/4 miles on the dirt

Irish-American Day at the Saratoga Pavilion, on the backyard side of the grandstand near the top of the stretch. This celebration of Irish-American culture and heritage will feature traditional music, dance, food and entertainment, including bagpipers and step dancers; other entertainment will take place and exhibitions will be held in the Pavilion behind the grandstand near the top of the stretch. Culinary demonstrations and sampling of traditional Irish food will also be available, and Irish-themed food and drink specials will be sold at participating on-track concessions and restaurants throughout the day. NYRA encourages customers to wear green and decorate their backyard picnic tables with Irish-themed décor. 11 am – 5 pm.

Saratoga Perks members and season pass holders get a 10% discount on most on-track concession stands, NYRA merchandise stores, and Shake Shack. (Does not apply to restaurant dining, group sales, or Dunkin’ Donuts) (weekly)

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

Thursday, August 11

At the races

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

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

Fabulous Fillies Day, celebrating women and their contributions to the Thoroughbred industry and raising money for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The Sizzling Hot Pink Saratoga Hat Luncheon will honor Jessica Steinbrenner of Kinsman Farm; NYRA encourages customers to wear pink. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase at http://www.playforpink.org/saratoga. Ticket price begin at $175.

Saratoga Perks members and season pass holders get a 10% discount on most on-track concession stands, NYRA merchandise stores, and Shake Shack. (Does not apply to restaurant dining, group sales, or Dunkin’ Donuts) (weekly)

In NYRA’s community outreach booth, located near the jockeys’ silks room: Floyd Warriors

Thursdays at The Post features Latin music, dancing, and food and drink specials after the races.

Simulcasting at the Fourstardave Sports Bar until 7 pm.

Elsewhere

Old Friends at Cabin Creek gathering at Anne’s Washington Inn in Saratoga Springs. Eclipse Award-winning photographer Barbara Livingston will be honored with the Frankel Award. 6 pm.

Andy Serling’s At The Post Live returns to the Parting Glass in downtown Saratoga for an hour of live radio featuring a variety of guests from the racing world. The show airs 8 – 9pm weekly and is produced before a live audience at one of Saratoga’s best-loved watering holds. Can’t make it to Saratoga? You can listen at ESPN Radio 104.5 or online. Video segments will also be posted and shown on NYRA.com, the NYRA Network, and NYRA’s Youtube channel. This week’s guests: jockey Javier Castellano; trainer/broadcaster Tom Amoss; 2016 National Handicapping Championship Paul Matties; and Walker Hancock.

Low Roller Handicapping Challenge. Take your shot with a $40 buy-in ($30 goes to your own live bankroll, $10 to the prize pool). Registration begins at 11 am near the Fourstardave Sports Bar.

(Weekly)

Friday, August 12

At the races

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

Watch the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Induction ceremony in the backyard of the track, near Gate B. The ceremony will be streamed and there will be photo opportunities with miniature horses, poster giveaways, and “family-friendly ativities.” The first 500 customers will receive free admission for that day’s racing.

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

In NYRA’s community outreach booth, located near the jockeys’ silks room: Troy Boys & Girls Club

Party at the Post, the bar near the paddock and Shake Shack, with a DJ, dancing, trivia, and cocktail sampling after the races.

Simulcasting at the Fourstardave Sports Bar until 7 pm.

Elsewhere

Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association Ownership seminar. Check in begins at 7:15 a.m. in the Curlin Cafe on the ground floor of the clubhouse at the track. Details here (scroll down); register here.
Rachel Alexandra and Calvin Borel in the Woodward. NYRA/Susie Raisher

Rachel Alexandra and Calvin Borel in the Woodward. NYRA/Susie Raisher

Hall of Fame induction ceremony in the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion at the Fasig-Tipton sales grounds. This event is closed to the general public this year; inductees are Zenyatta, Rachel Alexandra, Ramon Dominguez, and Steve Asmussen. The ceremony can be viewed on the Museum website at 10:30 am.

Saturday, August 13

Stakes races:

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

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

 

Low Roller Handicapping Challenge. Take your shot with a $40 buy-in ($30 goes to your own live bankroll, $10 to the prize pool). Registration begins at 11 am in the NYRA Bets Lounge (see below).

NYRA Bets Lounge: Visitors to the track can visit this new addition, located in the Saratoga Pavilion on the backyard side of the grandstand, towards the stop of the stretch, for handicapping tips and betting advice from the new “Bets Squad.” The Lounge will also feature a champagne bar and Lifestyles clothing boutique (Lifestyles is a popular women’s clothing store in downtown Saratoga. Join a handicapping seminar with Pete Fornatale and Steve Davidowitz from 11 am to noon, and get tips from Ernie Munick at 1pm.

Jockey Legends Day. Retired jockeys return to Saratoga for a day of events, including a red carpet ceremony after the fifth race. Angel Cordero, Jr., Ramon Dominguez and Richard Migliore will be among the former jockeys signing autographs from noon to 1 p.m. outside the Jockey Silks Room with a suggested donation of $10 to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. Also scheduled to appear are Cash Asmussen; Jean Cruguet; David Erb; Robbie Davis; Eddie Maple; Jean-Luc Samyn; Jose Santos; Nick Santagata; Jacinto Vasquez; and Manny Ycaza.

In NYRA’s community outreach booth, located near the jockeys’ silks room: AIM Services, Inc.

Party at the Post, the bar near the paddock and Shake Shack, with a DJ, trivia, and prizes after the races.

Simulcasting at the Fourstardave Sports Bar until 7 pm.

Elsewhere

Book signing at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Author Mark Shrager will sign copies of The Great Sweepstakes of 1877: A True Story of Southern Grit, Gilded Age Tycoons, and a Race That Galvanized the Nation.” 9 am – noon; books will be available for purchase.

New York-Bred Preferred Yearling Sale Cocktail Party, hosted by New York Thoroughbred Breeders and featuring specialty culinary selections and complimentary cocktails in the Upstairs Buyers’ Lounge and Balcony in the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion on the grounds of Fasig-Tipton. General admission tickets are $75; patron level tickets, which include a listing on table tents and signage, are $100. Please RSVP by August 8 at 518 587 0777; click for a response card.

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

Sunday, August 14

At the races

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

Low Roller Handicapping Challenge. Take your shot with a $40 buy-in ($30 goes to your own live bankroll, $10 to the prize pool). Registration begins at 11 am near the Fourstardave Sports Bar.

Taste NY, Food and Artisans, in the Saratoga Pavilion on the backyard side of the grandstand, towards the top of the stretch. At this weekly event, customers can sample and shop for food and crafts such as jams, baked goods, and hand-crafted soap, all produced in New York State. 10:30am – 5pm. (Weekly)

In NYRA’s community outreach booth, located near the jockeys’ silks room: Backstretch Employees Service Team

Elsewhere

Summer stroll with the Saratoga Springs Preservation FoundationThe Good Life: North Broadway. This walking tour meets at the northwest corner of North Broadway and Van Dam Street and feature the prominent Queen Anne homes build by Saratogians Lucy Skidmore Scribner, Fred Cluett, William B. Gage, and Senator Edgar T. Brackett 10:30 am. Reservations are suggested but not required at 518 587 5030 or Nicole Babie at nbabie@saratogapreservation.org. $5 for SSPF members, $8 for non-members. (Weekly, with different tour routes each Sunday)

New York-Bred Preferred Yearling Sale Cocktail Party, hosted by New York Thoroughbred Breeders and featuring specialty culinary selections and complimentary cocktails in the Upstairs Buyers’ Lounge and Balcony in the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion on the grounds of Fasig-Tipton. General admission tickets are $75; patron level tickets, which include a listing on table tents and signage, are $100. Please RSVP by August 8 at 518 587 0777; click for a response card.

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

Monday, August 15

At the races

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

Low Roller Handicapping Challenge. Take your shot with a $40 buy-in ($30 goes to your own live bankroll, $10 to the prize pool). Registration begins at 11 am near the Fourstardave Sports Bar.

Sar16_GiveAways_Towel_1080x1460Saratoga beach towel giveaway, while supplies last. This year, all season ticket and season pass holders will be guaranteed a cap if they redeem their coupons by 3pm; they will be required to use a designated gate at each entrance. Include a photo

Fourstardave Sports Bar: Reserve a table and get a free Fourstardave bobblehead.

Saratoga Perks members and season pass holders get a 10% discount on most on-track concession stands, NYRA merchandise stores, and Shake Shack. (Does not apply to restaurant dining, group sales, or Dunkin’ Donuts) (weekly)

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

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

Tuesday, August 16

No racing

Charity golf tournament to benefit the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, held at Saratoga National Golf Club. The event includes lunch, golf cart, green fees, on-course refreshments, cocktail reception, and awards dinner. For more information, contact Nancy Kelly at (518) 226-0609 or nkelly@jockeyclub.com

Guests in the Gallery: Michael Blowen and JoAnn Pepper of Old Friends. The founder of Old Friends will appear at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame to discuss Thoroughbred aftercare and the impact of Old Friends. 11 am – 12:30 pm, free with paid Museum admission. Expected special guests are the former owners/trainers of some of the Old Friends’ retirees: H. James Bond (Behrens, Will’s Way), Rick Schosberg (Affirmed Success), Jack Knowlton (Saratoga Episode), and Tracy and Carol Farmer (Commentator).

Brian Bouyea offers an evening of local history and discuss his new book, Bare Knuckles & Saratoga Racing: The Remarkable Life of John Morrissey. 6 pm at Northshire Books on Broadway.

Horses, History and Handicapping Sponsored by Thorofan. This week’s guest is handicapper and racing manager Chad Summers. 7 – 8:30 pm; scroll to the bottom of this for more information.

Wednesday, August 17

At the track

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

Italian-American Day at the Saratoga Pavilion, on the backyard side of the grandstand near the top of the stretch, 11 am – 5 pm. This celebration of Italian-American culture and heritage will feature traditional music, dance, food, entertainment, and games. A Premio Italian food truck will be on-track,and Italian food will be on offer throughout the track, including eggplant and chicken parm, pastries and gelato; white bean/escarole soup; stromboli; and Peroni beer. Traditional Italian music and dance will also be performed throughout the day. Children can create their own Venetian masks and Italian language lessons will be offered.

Saratoga Perks members and season pass holders get a 10% discount on most on-track concession stands, NYRA merchandise stores, and Shake Shack. (Does not apply to restaurant dining, group sales, or Dunkin’ Donuts) (weekly)

In NYRA’s community outreach booth, located near the jockeys’ silks room: Center for Disability Services

Elsewhere

Brunch to benefit the Race Track Chaplaincy, New York Division, honoring Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson, at Saratoga National Golf Club, 458 Union Avenue, 11 am – 1 pm. For tickets or more information, call 516 835 0275 or e-mail rtcany@aol.com.

Thursday, August 18

At the races

Stakes races: $100,000 Union Avenue for New York-bred fillies and mares, three years old and up, 6 1/2 furlongs on the dirt.

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

Saratoga Perks members and season pass holders get a 10% discount on most on-track concession stands, NYRA merchandise stores, and Shake Shack. (Does not apply to restaurant dining, group sales, or Dunkin’ Donuts) (weekly)

In NYRA’s community outreach booth, located near the jockeys’ silks room: Dyer Phelps (note: the event in the linked article took place last year, but the post offers an explanation of Dyer Phelps’ mission.)

Elsewhere

Dave Litfin handicapping seminar at Siro’s, 10:45 – 11:45 am. Breakfast is available.

Quaintance HouseSupport the cats that live at the Oklahoma training facility by having dinner at the Inn at Saratoga, a great old Saratoga venue. From 5 – 10 pm, the Inn will donates 25% of all food and beverage sales to Quaintance House Animal Protective League in Greenwich, NY, which provides the veterinary care for the cats at the Oklahoma. A raffle and silent auction will also be available.

Andy Serling’s At The Post Live returns to the Parting Glass in downtown Saratoga for an hour of live radio featuring a variety of guests from the racing world. The show airs 8 – 9pm weekly and is produced before a live audience at one of Saratoga’s best-loved watering holds. Can’t make it to Saratoga? You can listen at ESPN Radio 104.5 or online. Video segments will also be posted and shown on NYRA.com, the NYRA Network, and NYRA’s Youtube channel. This week’s guests: Hall of Famer Ramon Dominguez and Steve Asmussen; jockey Florent Geroux; owner James Riccio. (scheduled to appear, Dominguez cancelled earlier in the week)

Friday, August 19

Stakes races: The re-scheduled $200,000, Grade II Adirondack was added to the card after last Saturday’s weather cancellation, joining the $100,000 Skidmore for two-year-olds, 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf

Book signing to benefit Backstretch Employee Service Team.  From Saratoga’s beloved Hattie’s restaurant, chef Jasper Alexander will sign copies of The Hattie’s Restaurant Cookbook on the porch near the jockey silks room. Books will be available for purchase with partial proceeds going to B.E.S.T. Noon to 2 pm.

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

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

Party at the Post, the bar near the paddock and Shake Shack, with a DJ and dancing after the races.

Elsewhere

Book signing at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Author Eliza McGraw will sign copies of Here Comes Exterminator. 10 am – noon; books will be available for purchase.

Dave Litfin handicapping seminar at Siro’s, 10:45 – 11:45 am. Breakfast is available.

Saturday, August 20

Stakes races: Grade I, $600,000 Alabama for three-year-old fillies, 1 1/4 miles on the dirt. It will be joined by the Grade I, $500,000 Fourstardave, re-scheduled after last Saturday’s weather cancellation.

Low Roller Handicapping Challenge. Take your shot with a $40 buy-in ($30 goes to your own live bankroll, $10 to the prize pool). Registration begins at 11 am in the NYRA Bets Lounge (see below).

NYRA photo

NYRA photo

In memory of the late Dominic Galluscio, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm Saratoga trainers will sign autographs for a suggested donation of $10 to benefit The Lustgarten Foundation and support pancreatic cancer research, from which Galluscio died in 2014. The signing will take place near the paddock mutual bays near the racing office.

NYRA Bets Lounge: Visitors to the track can visit this new addition, located in the Saratoga Pavilion on the backyard side of the grandstand, towards the stop of the stretch, for handicapping tips and betting advice from the new “Bets Squad.” The Lounge will also feature a champagne bar and Lifestyles clothing boutique (Lifestyles is a popular women’s clothing store in downtown Saratoga.) A handicapping seminar will occur from 11 a.m. to noon with Mike Penna of the Horse Racing Radio Network, and NYRA’s Gabby Gaudet will offer wagering tips at 1 p.m.

In NYRA’s community outreach booth, located near the jockeys’ silks room: Backstretch Employees Service Team, The Lustgarten Foundation

Party at the Post, the bar near the paddock and Shake Shack, with a DJ after the races.

Elsewhere

Book signing: author Brien Bouyea, the communications coordinator for the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, will sign copies of his book Bare Knuckles & Saratoga Racing: The Remarkable Life of John Morrissey at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, at which Bouyea works as the communications officer. 9 am to noon in the Museum lobby; books will be available for purchase.

Sunday, August 21

At the races

Stakes races: Grade II, $300,000 Lake Placid for three-year-old fillies, 1 1/8 miles on the turf

Low Roller Handicapping Challenge. Take your shot with a $40 buy-in ($30 goes to your own live bankroll, $10 to the prize pool). Registration begins at 11 am near the Fourstardave Sports Bar.

Taste NY, Food and Artisans, in the Saratoga Pavilion on the backyard side of the grandstand, towards the top of the stretch. At this weekly event, customers can sample and shop for food and crafts such as jams, baked goods, and hand-crafted soap, all produced in New York State. 10:30am – 5pm. (Weekly)

In NYRA’s community outreach booth, located near the jockeys’ silks room: Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region

Elsewhere

Summer stroll with the Saratoga Springs Preservation FoundationDown in the Valley: Exploring the Gut. Meet at the southeast corner of Phila and Putnam Streets for a tour of the area known as “The Gut,” which was home to working class family businesses and one of the centers for Saratoga’s Jewish community. 10:30 am. Reservations are suggested but not required at 518 587 5030 or Nicole Babie at nbabie@saratogapreservation.org. $5 for SSPF members, $8 for non-members. (Weekly, with different tour routes each Sunday)

Book launch and signing at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame for author Vicki Dodd’s A Moose in My Starting Gate. 10 am. Books will be available for purchase.

Monday, August 22

At the races

Stakes races: $100,000 Summer Colony for fillies and mares, three years old and up, 1 1/8 miles on the dirt

Low Roller Handicapping Challenge. Take your shot with a $40 buy-in ($30 goes to your own live bankroll, $10 to the prize pool). Registration begins at 11 am near the Fourstardave Sports Bar.

Fourstardave Sports Bar: Reserve a table and get a free Fourstardave bobblehead.

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

Saratoga Perks members and season pass holders get a 10% discount on most on-track concession stands, NYRA merchandise stores, and Shake Shack. (Does not apply to restaurant dining, group sales, or Dunkin’ Donuts) (weekly)

In NYRA’s community outreach booth, located near the jockeys’ silks room: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region

Tuesday, August 23

No racing

Golf at McGregor Links to benefit the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and the Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund, hosted by Richard Migliore. Registration is at 10 am with a shot-gun start before noon and an awards luncheon and cocktail reception starting at 4:30 pm. $225 per golfer, which includes a round of golf, tee-favors, breakfast and awards ceremony, and the luncheon and cocktail reception for you and a guest. Tickets for the cocktails and awards luncheon only, beginning at 4:30 pm, are $50. Prizes will be awarded for holes in one; the longest drive for men and women; win/place/show for the top three teams; and a special award for the most honest team. Reserve online or call 518 226 0028. For more information, contact Mary at the TRF (518 226 0028 ext 103) or Nancy at the PDJF (630 234 6691).

Will’s Way 20th Anniversary Travers lunch at Old Friends at Cabin Creek, celebrating the 23-year-old stallion who won the 1996 Travers and 1997 Whitney, and who now lives at Cabin Creek. Suggested donation: $10.

“One Fine Day” luncheon to benefit Shelters of Saratoga, which assists individuals who are homeless or at risk of being homeless “by offering a path to self-sufficiency.” Co-chaired by Charlie and Mary Lou Wheeler, the luncheon will take place at Saratoga National Golf Club and feature seasonal fare by Prime at Saratoga National; live music; a pop-up shop by Lifestyles; a silent auction; and a cash bar. Tickets are $75, with 10% of all proceeds supporting homeless services in the Saratoga region. 1 – 4pm; rsvp by August 15.

Horses, History and Handicapping Sponsored by Thorofan. This week’s guest is…yours truly! 7 – 8:30 pm; scroll to the bottom of this for more information.

Author Joe Drape discusses American Pharoah and the 2015 Triple Crown in his book American Pharoah: The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner’s Legendary Rise. 5 pm at Northshire Books on Broadway. 

Wednesday, August 24

At the track

Stakes races: $100,000 John’s all for three-year-olds and up, 1 5/8 miles on the turf

Adirondacks Day at the Saratoga Pavilion, on the backyard side of the grandstand near the top of the stretch, featuring activities, exhibits, and entertainment focusing on the Adirondacks. Activities will include log stamping, shoe making, basket weaving, mountain bike demonstrations,  craft beer tasting, and local food sampling. NYRA customers can have their photographs taken in an authentic bobsled and experience the sights of the Adirondacks through virtual goggles. Live entertainment will be provided by local musician Brad Hester. 11 am – 5 pm.

Saratoga Perks members and season pass holders get a 10% discount on most on-track concession stands, NYRA merchandise stores, and Shake Shack. (Does not apply to restaurant dining, group sales, or Dunkin’ Donuts) (weekly)

In NYRA’s community outreach booth, located near the jockeys’ silks room: Racing City Chorus

Stewart’s Ice Cream Eating Contest, with three age groups: kids (6-12), teens (13-17), adults (18+). Winners receive gift certificates for free Stewart’s ice cream–which is the best ice cream in the area, and ludicrously inexpensive. Registration begins at 11 a.m. on the Jockey Silks Room Porch and the contest takes place after the third race, approximately 2:10 p.m.

Elsewhere

Circus-BCCA“Cirque du BCCA” dinner and auction, to benefit the Belmont Child Care Association (on whose board I serve). Honoring NYRA board vice-chairman Michael Del Guidice, the dinner is held at the Hall of Springs, 108 Avenue of the Pines in Spa State Park. For more information, call 516 488 2103. Tickets are $250 and support low-cost childcare and early child education for the children of backstretch workers at Belmont Park, Aqueduct Racetrack, and Saratoga Race Course.

 

 

Travers Tips and Sips with Dave Litfin. Learn about handicapping ahead of the weekend’s big race. The Diamond Club Grill inside the Embassy Suites on Congress Street, 7:30 – 8:30 pm.

Thursday, August 25

At the races

Stakes races:

Grade I, $150,000 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, 1 mile on the turf

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

Saratoga Perks members and season pass holders get a 10% discount on most on-track concession stands, NYRA merchandise stores, and Shake Shack. (Does not apply to restaurant dining, group sales, or Dunkin’ Donuts) (weekly)

In NYRA’s community outreach booth, located near the jockeys’ silks room: Gallop NYC

Thursdays at The Post features Latin music, dancing, and food and drink specials after the races.

Simulcasting at the Fourstardave Sports Bar until 7 pm.

Elsewhere

Dave Litfin handicapping seminar at Siro’s, 10:45 – 11:45 am. Breakfast is available.

Greg Montgomery Travers Stakes poster signing for his 2016 Traver poster. In the lobby of the National Museum of Racing, 10 am to noon. Posters are available for purchase.

Travers Stakes preview panel at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Handicappers Tom Amello and Jeff Carle will analyze the 2016 Travers and discuss the history of the race. 11 am, cost included with paid Museum admission.

New York Thoroughbred Breeders Showcase Day lunch, on a day of stakes races for New York-breds. $50 per person, in the Paddock Tent. RSVP by August 11 at 518 587 0777 or info@nytbreeders.org

Brien Bouyea will speak about and sign copies of his book Bare Knuckles & Saratoga Racing: The Remarkable Life of John Morrissey. Morrissey is the man responsible for bringing Thoroughbred racing to Saratoga, and Bouyea is the communications coordinator at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. 7 pm at the Saratoga History Museum in Congress Park.

Andy Serling’s At The Post Live returns to the Parting Glass in downtown Saratoga for an hour of live radio featuring a variety of guests from the racing world. The show airs 8 – 9pm weekly and is produced before a live audience at one of Saratoga’s best-loved watering holds. Can’t make it to Saratoga? You can listen at ESPN Radio 104.5 or online. Video segments will also be posted and shown on NYRA.com, the NYRA Network, and NYRA’s Youtube channel. This week’s guests: Hall of Fame jockey Ramon Dominguez; Siena basketball coach and racing enthusiast Jimmy Patsos; trainers Charlton Baker and Dale Romans.

Friday, August 26

Stakes races: Saratoga Showcase Day for New York-breds

$250,000 Albany for three-year-olds, 1 1/8 miles on the dirt
$200,000 Fleet Indian for three-year-old fillies, 1 1/8 miles on the dirt
$200,000 Funny Cide for two-year-olds, 6 1/2 furlongs on the dirt
$200,000 Seeking the Ante for two-year-old fillies, 6 1/2 furlongs on the dirt
$150,000 Yaddo for fillies and mares, three years old and up, 1 1/16 miles on the turf
$150,000 West Point presented by Trustco Bank for three-year-olds and up, 1 1/16 miles on the turf

Red Jacket Ceremony honoring Cot Campbell and Bill Mott, the 2016 inductees into the Saratoga Walk of Fame. The ceremony will take place in the winner’s circle following the fourth race at approximately 2:50 pm.

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

In NYRA’s community outreach booth, located near the jockeys’ silks room: Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council, which will host a food drive from 11 am – 5 pm. Customers who donate three non-perishable items will receive a Saratoga collectible. Suggested donation items include
shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, pasta, peanut butter, cereal, rice, soup and canned vegetables.

Party at the Post, the bar near the paddock and Shake Shack, with a DJ and dancing after the races.

Elsewhere

Book signing with Barry Irwin, founder of Team Valor. He’ll sign copies of his book “Derby Innovator: The Making of Animal Kingdom.”  10 am to noon in the lobby of the National Museum of Racing. Books will be available for purchase. 

Wine and Cheese Gathering at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. 5:30 – 7 pm in the Museum courtyard, free for Museum members and $10 for the general public. RSVP at 518 584 0400 ext 109 or nmrmembers@racingmuseum.net.

Saturday, August 27

At the races

Stakes races: Travers Day

Grade I, $1,000,000 Longines Sword Dancer for three-year-olds and up, 1 1/2 miles on the turf
Grade I, $1,250,000 Travers for three-year-olds, 1 1/4 miles on the dirt
Grade I, $500,000 Ballerina for fillies and mares, three years old and up, 7 furlongs on the dirt
Grade II, $400,000 Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa for fillies and mares, three years old and up, 1 1/16 miles on the turf
Grade I, $700,000 Priority One Jets Forego for three-year-olds and up, 7 furlongs on the dirt
Grade I, $750,000 Personal Ensign for fillies and mares, three years old and up, 1 1/8 miles on the dirt
Grade I, $500,000 Ketel One King’s Bishop for three-year-olds, 7 furlongs on the dirt

Meet and greet and autograph signing with Tom Durkin at the Durkin Replay Center inside the Fourstardave Sports Bar. Advance tickets are required. Tickets can be picked up at the Fourstardave Sports Bar on Saturday from 10:30 to 11:45 am; the first 150 guests with tickets are guaranteed the opportunity to meet Durkin and have one souvenir item signed. A limited number of free posters will be available. Noon to 2 pm.

NYRA Bets Lounge: Visitors to the track can visit this new addition, located in the Saratoga Pavilion on the backyard side of the grandstand, towards the stop of the stretch, for handicapping tips and betting advice from the new “Bets Squad.” The Lounge will also feature a champagne bar and Lifestyles clothing boutique (Lifestyles is a popular women’s clothing store in downtown Saratoga.) (weekly)

In NYRA’s community outreach booth, located near the jockeys’ silks room: Backstretch Employees Service Team

Party at the Post, the bar near the paddock and Shake Shack, with a DJ after the races.

Sunday, August 28

At the races

Stakes races: $100,000 Smart N Fancy for fillies and mares, three years old and up, 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf

Low Roller Handicapping Challenge. Take your shot with a $40 buy-in ($30 goes to your own live bankroll, $10 to the prize pool). Registration begins at 11 am near the Fourstardave Sports Bar on the grandstand ground level.

Fan Appreciation Week, with discounts and special offers, including a barbecue in the At The Rail Pavilion each day from Wednesday, August 31 to Monday, September 5; $45 for adults, $35 for kids 12 and under, which includes admission, a program, and a buffet lunch.

Customers can get a 20% discount on grandstand reserved seats through Ticketmaster using the promo code TOGA20, weekdays through Labor Day.

Taste NY, Food and Artisans, in the Saratoga Pavilion on the backyard side of the grandstand, towards the top of the stretch. At this weekly event, customers can sample and shop for food and crafts such as jams, baked goods, and hand-crafted soap, all produced in New York State. 10:30am – 5pm. (Weekly)

In NYRA’s community outreach booth, located near the jockeys’ silks room: Team in Training, LLS

Elsewhere

Summer stroll with the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation: Saratoga’s Historic West Side. Meet at South Franklin Street (the Gideon Putnam Cemetery entrance) for a walk through the restored historic West Side, also known as Little Dublin, and learn about the history of Saratoga’s Irish and Italian immigrants. 10:30 am. Reservations are suggested but not required at 518 587 5030 or Nicole Babie at nbabie@saratogapreservation.org. $5 for SSPF members, $8 for non-members. (Weekly, with different tour routes each Sunday)

Ramon Dominguez autograph signing. The new Hall of Famer will sign posters by Greg Montgomery to celebrate his induction. 10 – 11 am in the lobby of the National Museum of Racing. $20 per autographed poster.  

Monday, August 29

At the races

Stakes races: $100,000 Better Talk Now for three-year-olds, 1 mile on the turf

Low Roller Handicapping Challenge. Take your shot with a $40 buy-in ($30 goes to your own live bankroll, $10 to the prize pool). Registration begins at 11 am near the Fourstardave Sports Bar on the grandstand ground level.

Fourstardave Sports Bar: Reserve a table and get a free Fourstardave bobblehead.

20% discount on grandstand reserved seats through Ticketmaster using the promo code TOGA20, weekdays through Labor Day.

Family Monday 4-Pack featuring four grandstand reserved seats (includes admission); four hot dogs and four sodas for $44. Call 1-844-NYRA-TIX.

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

The first 500 kids, ages 12 and under, to visit the Pavilion will receive a free drawstring bag filled with school supplies, courtesy of Berkshire Bank and Pediatric Dental Group of New York.

Customers can also play Pokemon Go at the track.

Saratoga Perks members and season pass holders get a 10% discount on most on-track concession stands, NYRA merchandise stores, and Shake Shack. (Does not apply to restaurant dining, group sales, or Dunkin’ Donuts) (weekly)

NYRA season pass and season ticketholders will enjoy special events, activities, and offers during the closing week of racing. More details as they become available.

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

Tuesday, August 30

No racing

 Old Friends at Cabin Creek barn dance. Details to follow as they become available.

Retired Racehorse Meeting, hosted by the New York State Gaming Commission. The event will include a presentation and discussion of the Commission’s work to locate New York-bred horses that haven’t raced since 2012 and updates on developments in Thoroughbred after from a variety of retirement organizations. Participants will view a film produced by the Commission that focuses on the important of responsible aftercare and the options for retired racehorses.  Fasig-Tipton Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion on East Avenue, 11:15 am – 1:15 pm. Free and open to the public.

ReRun, Inc.’s Annual Saratoga Fundraiser, to benefit ReRun Thoroughbred Adoption. A cocktail party and silent auction at The Lodge at Saratoga Casino and Raceway, 1 Nelson Ave. 6 – 10 pm. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased here. Contact Lisa at lisa.rerun@gmail.com for more information.

Wednesday, August 31

At the track

Stakes races: Grade II, $200,000 With Anticipation for two-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles on the turf

20% discount on grandstand reserved seats through Ticketmaster using the promo code TOGA20, weekdays through Labor Day.

Craft beverage day at the Saratoga Pavilion, on the backyard side of the grandstand near the top of the stretch, featuring activities, exhibits, and entertainment focusing on the craft beer, hard cider, and wine of Central New York. 11 am – 5 pm.

Saratoga Perks members and season pass holders get 10% discount on most on-track concession stands, a 35% discount on dated merchandise, including 2016 Travers collectible items at NYRA stores; a 10% discount at Shake Shack; and a 10% discount at participating vendors in the Artist’s Village.

Barbecue in the At The Rail Pavilion. $45 for adults, $35 for kids 12 and under, which includes admission, a program, and a buffet lunch.

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

Thursday, September 1

At the races

Stakes races: $100,000 P.G. Johnson for two-year-old fillies, 1 1/16 miles on the turf

20% discount on grandstand reserved seats through Ticketmaster using the promo code TOGA20, weekdays through Labor Day.

Saratoga Perks members and season pass holders get 10% discount on most on-track concession stands, a 35% discount on dated merchandise, including 2016 Travers collectible items at NYRA stores; a 10% discount at Shake Shack; and a 10% discount at participating vendors in the Artist’s Village.

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

Barbecue in the At The Rail Pavilion. $45 for adults, $35 for kids 12 and under, which includes admission, a program, and a buffet lunch.

Saratoga Perks members and season pass holders get a 10% discount on most on-track concession stands, NYRA merchandise stores, and Shake Shack. (Does not apply to restaurant dining, group sales, or Dunkin’ Donuts) (weekly)

In NYRA’s community outreach booth, located near the jockeys’ silks room: Habitat for Humanity

Simulcasting at the Fourstardave Sports Bar after the races until 7 pm.

Andy Serling’s At The Post Live returns to the Parting Glass in downtown Saratoga for an hour of live radio featuring a variety of guests from the racing world. The show airs 8 – 9pm weekly and is produced before a live audience at one of Saratoga’s best-loved watering holds. Can’t make it to Saratoga? You can listen at ESPN Radio 104.5 or online. Video segments will also be posted and shown on NYRA.com, the NYRA Network, and NYRA’s Youtube channel. This week’s guests: trainer Chad Brown, handicapper Andy Beyer, radio/TV host Steve Byk, and (tentative) jockey John Velazquez.

Friday, September 2

At the races

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

20% discount on grandstand reserved seats through Ticketmaster using the promo code TOGA20, weekdays through Labor Day.

Saratoga Perks members and season pass holders get 10% discount on most on-track concession stands, a 35% discount on dated merchandise, including 2016 Travers collectible items at NYRA stores; a 10% discount at Shake Shack; and a 10% discount at participating vendors in the Artist’s Village.

Book signing with Brien Bouyea, the communications director at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame and the author of Bare Knuckles and Saratoga Racing: The Remarkable Life of John Morrissey, about the life of the man who established the first Thoroughbred racing meet at Saratoga. Copies of the book will be available for purchase with partial proceeds to benefit the Backstretch Employees Service Team. The porch at the jockey silks room, noon to 2 pm.

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

Barbecue in the At The Rail Pavilion. $45 for adults, $35 for kids 12 and under, which includes admission, a program, and a buffet lunch.

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

Party at the Post, the bar near the paddock and Shake Shack, with a DJ and dancing after the races.

Saturday, September 3

At the races

Stakes races:

Grade III, $200,000 Glens Falls for fillies and mares, three years old and up, 1 3/8 miles on the turf
Grade III, $300,000 Saranac for three-year-olds, 1 1/8 miles on the turf
Grade I, $600,000 Woodward for three-year-olds and up, 1/18 miles on the dirt
Grade I, $350,000 Spinaway for two-year-old fillies, 7 furlongs on the dirt

NYRA Bets Lounge: Visitors to the track can visit this new addition, located in the Saratoga Pavilion on the backyard side of the grandstand, towards the stop of the stretch, for handicapping tips and betting advice from the new “Bets Squad.” The Lounge will also feature a champagne bar and Lifestyles clothing boutique (Lifestyles is a popular women’s clothing store in downtown Saratoga.) (weekly)

Low Roller Handicapping Challenge. Take your shot with a $40 buy-in ($30 goes to your own live bankroll, $10 to the prize pool). Registration begins at 11 am in the NYRA Bets Lounge (see directly above).

Saratoga Perks members and season pass holders get 10% discount on most on-track concession stands, a 35% discount on dated merchandise, including 2016 Travers collectible items at NYRA stores; a 10% discount at Shake Shack; and a 10% discount at participating vendors in the Artist’s Village.

Barbecue in the At The Rail Pavilion. $45 for adults, $35 for kids 12 and under, which includes admission, a program, and a buffet lunch.

In NYRA’s community outreach booth, located near the jockeys’ silks room: Capital Region Toys for Tots Foundation

Party at the Post, the bar near the paddock and Shake Shack, with a DJ after the races.

Elsewhere

5K Run/Walk for the Horses and Kids’ Fun Run, to benefit the Racehorse Aftercare Charities of Saratoga coalition, which includes the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, ACTT Naturally, Old Friends at Cabin Creek, ReRun at North Country Horses, Heading for Home Racehorse Retraining and Adoption, and Saratoga WarHorse. Held at the Orenda Pavilion in the State Park, the event begins at 7 am. Registration for the kids’ run is $5; registration for adults is $25 before September 2 (no info available for what the raceday cost is). Click here to register, or call Mary Abbruzzese at (518) 226-0028, ext. 103, for more information.

Final Stretch Festival, marking the end of the 2016 racing season. Stroll downtown for free live music up and down Broadway. The event continues on Sunday, September 4.

Sunday, September 4

At the races

Stakes races: Grade II, $300,000 Prioress for three-year-old fillies, 6 furlongs on the dirt

Low Roller Handicapping Challenge. Take your shot with a $40 buy-in ($30 goes to your own live bankroll, $10 to the prize pool). Registration begins at 11 am near the Fourstardave Sports Bar.

Taste NY, Food and Artisans, in the Saratoga Pavilion on the backyard side of the grandstand, towards the top of the stretch. At this weekly event, customers can sample and shop for food and crafts such as jams, baked goods, and hand-crafted soap, all produced in New York State. 10:30am – 5pm. (Weekly)

Saratoga Perks members and season pass holders get 10% discount on most on-track concession stands, a 35% discount on dated merchandise, including 2016 Travers collectible items at NYRA stores; a 10% discount at Shake Shack; and a 10% discount at participating vendors in the Artist’s Village.

Barbecue in the At The Rail Pavilion. $45 for adults, $35 for kids 12 and under, which includes admission, a program, and a buffet lunch.

Long_Sleeve_PulloverLong sleeve pullover giveaway, while supplies last. This year, all season ticket and season pass holders will be guaranteed a cap if they redeem their coupons by 3pm; they will be required to use a designated gate at each entrance.

 In NYRA’s community outreach booth, located near the jockeys’ silks room: Living Resources

Elsewhere

Final Stretch Festival, marking the end of the 2016 racing season. Stroll downtown for free live music up and down Broadway. The event continues on Sunday, September 4.

Monday, September 6

At the races

Stakes races:

Grade I, $350,000 Hopeful for two-year-olds, 7 furlongs on the dirt
Grade II, $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap for three-year-olds and up, 1 1/16 miles on the turf

20% discount on grandstand reserved seats through Ticketmaster using the promo code TOGA20, weekdays through Labor Day.

Saratoga Perks members and season pass holders get 10% discount on most on-track concession stands, a 35% discount on dated merchandise, including 2016 Travers collectible items at NYRA stores; a 10% discount at Shake Shack; and a 10% discount at participating vendors in the Artist’s Village.

Family Monday 4-Pack featuring four grandstand reserved seats (includes admission); four hot dogs and four sodas for $44. Call 1-844-NYRA-TIX.

Taste NY, Food and Artisans, in the Saratoga Pavilion on the backyard side of the grandstand, towards the top of the stretch. At this weekly event, customers can sample and shop for food and crafts such as jams, baked goods, and hand-crafted soap, all produced in New York State. 10:30am – 5pm. (Weekly)

Berkshire Bank Family Mondays, Saratoga Pavilion on the backyard side of the grandstand, near the top of the stretch. Enjoy kid-friendly games and activities and pet a retired Thoroughbred, all free of charge, with one designated activity carrying a suggested donation for a local school or PTA. Today’s beneficiary is Saddlewood Elementary School.

The first 500 children, ages 12 and under, to visit the Pavilion will receive a free drawstring bag filled with school supplies, courtesy of Berkshire Bank and Pediatric Dental Group of New York.

Customers can also play Pokemon Go at the track.

In NYRA’s community outreach booth, located near the jockeys’ silks room: Cohoes Connect Center for Youth

Ongoing/recurring events and activities

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

Ice Box on the outside

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

No tours are offered on August 12 or Travers weekend, August 27-28.  No children in backpacks or strollers, and tour participants must be at least 10 years old.

Sturdy walking shoes are suggested, and the cost is $5 for Museum members, $10 for non-members, which includes admission to the Museum after the tour.

For reservations or more information, call the Museum’s Education Department at 518 584 0400 ext. 120 or e-mailnmredu2@racingmuseum.net.

NYRA photo

NYRA photo

Tom Durkin tours of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. New this year, the famed retired racecaller brings his prodigious knowledge of the sport of Thoroughbred racing to its premier historical institution from July 22 to September 5. Tours are from 11 am to noon most race day and are limited to 12 people on a first come, first served basis. Each participant will receive an autographed photograph of Durkin. The cost is $20 for Museum members, $25 for non-members and includes the cost of Museum admission.

Tour reservations can be made by calling the Museum at 518 584 0400 ext. 109. There will be no Durkin-led tours on August 10, 12, 17, 20, and 27.

 

Be Bullish, way back when he was a three-year-old racing at Saratoga.

Be Bullish, way back when he was a three-year-old racing at Saratoga.

Tours of Old Friends at Cabin Creek Thoroughbred retirement farm. From July 26 to September 3, tours are offered Tuesday through Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm. Visit Commentator, Be Bullish, Cool N Collective, and Will’s Way among others, learning about their racing days and how they’re enjoying being spoiled in retirement.

ACTT Naturally Open House, every Tuesday at Long Shadows Farm, through Aug. 30. Meet Albany Stakes winner Traffic Chief and Withers winner Harlem Rocker, both now retired and in re-training at Long Shadows. Noon to 4 pm, with demonstrations at 2 pm. 84 Dr Brown Lane, Cambridge, NY. Details and contact info at the farm’s website.

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

Horses, History and Handicapping Sponsored by Thorofan. The Academy for Lifelong Learning is offering a 4-week summer program on Tuesday evenings. Handicapper Tom Amello will make special appearances, and each week features a different guest.

July 26: Matt Muzikar, Saratoga native and agent for the multiple Eclipse Award-winning jockey Javier Castellano
August 2: trainer Gary Contessa
August 16: handicapper and racing manager Chad Summers
August 23: turf writer Teresa Genaro (yours truly!)

The session is open to the public, and admission is $55 for all four sessions, or $15 at the door.

For members of the Academy of Lifelong Learning or Thorofan, admission is $50 for four sessions, or $15 at the door. Seating is limited.

The press release said that registration for the four-session package is required by July 19…but it’s always worth a call if you’ve missed that.

For more information or to become an Academy member ($60), contact vera.kasson@esc.edu or 587-2100 x2415.

Sessions take place at Longfellows Conference Center, 500 Union Avenue, from 7 – 8:30 pm.