n 2010 RACING CALENDAR
JULY S M T W T
S M T W T
9 10 11 12 13 14
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
25 26 27 28 29 30 31
29 30 31
SEPTEMBER S M T W T
9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
POST TIMES ■ 1:00pm Belmont Park ■ 11:35am Saratoga ■ 1:00pm Saratoga ■ 2:30pm Saratoga
26 27 28 29 30
Gates open at 11 a.m. on weekdays and 10:30 a.m. on weekends (except on Travers Day when gates open at 7 a.m. and on Party at the Spa days when gates open at noon).
The Tradition Continues July 23 – Labor Day (Sept. 6) Saratoga Springs, NY 267 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Phone: 518.584.6200 • www.nyra.com
n Summer Racing at the Spa
n Admission & Parking
It dates back to the age of Lincoln and the Civil War era. Since 1863, Saratoga Race Course has been the setting for summer racing in this cosmopolitan city that sits at the foothills of the Adirondacks and features the warmth and charm of a bucolic village. Each year, nearly one million visitors pass through the gates of this venerable race track that serves as a gathering spot for fans from all walks of life.
Grandstand admission is $3 and Clubhouse admission is $5. Reserved seating is sold separately. Children ages 12 and under are admitted FREE when accompanied by an adult. Admission gates open weekdays at 11 a.m. and weekends at 10:30 a.m. Trackside parking is $10 and General parking is FREE. Oklahoma Preferred is $5. Handicapped parking is available at Clubhouse and Grandstand entrances.
In 2010, Saratoga will expand its calendar to 40 days – the longest season ever in its serendipitous history that spans 142 years.
On Travers Day, Saturday, August 28, gates open at 7 a.m. Grandstand admission for Travers is $5 and Clubhouse admission is $10. Also on Travers Day, there will be no parking refunds given to those who come to breakfast. Those having the Clubhouse Porch Breakfast must pay Clubhouse admission.
The 2010 summer meet at Saratoga begins on Friday, July 23 and concludes on Labor Day - Monday, September 6. Post time is 1 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays (Tuesdays are dark) except on Party at the Spa days (Friday, July 30 and Friday, September 3) when first post time is 2:30 p.m. and Travers Day when first post is 11:35 a.m.
On Party at the Spa days (Friday, July 30 and Friday, September 3), gates open at noon.
n The Travers
n Reserved Seats
The racing meet’s showcase event, the $1 million Travers Stakes, will be run for the 141st time on Saturday, August 28, with a special first post time of 11:35 a.m. Alternatively called the “Mid-Summer Derby,” the Travers is one of the oldest and most historic stakes races in North America and the most highly anticipated event of the Saratoga summer season.
Grandstand seats (limited in number) are on sale each morning for that day’s races at the Reserved Seat Sales Office at the Union Avenue Gate beginning at 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. (7 a.m. on Travers Day). Limit four (4) per person; cash only.
The Travers Stakes was first run in 1864 in Saratoga. Its inaugural winner, Kentucky, was owned by one of Saratoga Race Course’s founders and its first president, William R. Travers, for whom the race was named. The most prestigious race of the meet, the Travers Stakes has run all but five years since its inception, and has been run all but three years at Saratoga, when it was moved to Belmont Park because of war-time restrictions on travel. Today, the Travers Stakes attracts the nation’s best threeyear-olds – many of whom have emerged from the Triple Crown series for the start of racing’s second season - in a mile and a quarter competition that promises unparalleled excitement, thrilling drama and is a key factor in determining the sport’s three-year-old champion.
Special thanks to nationally acclaimed artist Celeste Susany for providing the cover art.
Reserved seats pricing is as follows: CLUBHOUSE Mon, Wed, Thurs: Fri, Sat, Sun: GRANDSTAND Mon, Wed, Thurs: Fri, Sat, Sun: TRAVERS DAY (August 28) Clubhouse: Grandstand:
$10 per seat $15 per seat $6 per seat $8 per seat $25 per seat $18 per seat
n Spinner-Free Service Saratoga Race Course features a dedicated “express lane” turnstile at the East Avenue admission gates. This lane is specifically designed for patrons who are willing to forego the day’s giveaway in order to gain expedited admission. No vouchers are issued in this express lane.
n Saratoga Giveaway Day Spinner Policy On giveaway days, fans seeking more than one premium giveaway item will be directed to a multiple admissions booth. This booth is located inside the gates of Saratoga Race Course, adjacent to the Saratoga Silks store (the NYRA store) on the first floor grandstand. Patrons will be allowed to purchase up to an additional five admission coupons at the booth, in addition to the one they received at the entrance. Each additional admission coupon will cost $3 and can be redeemed for one premium giveaway.
n Saratoga Stakes Schedule Date 7/23 7/24 7/25 7/26 7/28 7/29 7/31 7/31 7/31 8/1 8/1 8/1 8/1 8/2 8/4 8/5 8/5 8/6 8/7 8/7 8/8 8/8 8/9 8/11 8/12 8/13 8/14 8/15 8/16 8/18 8/19 8/20 8/21 8/22 8/23 8/25 8/26 8/27 8/28 8/28 8/28 8/28 8/28 8/29 8/30 9/1 9/2 9/3 9/4 9/4 9/5 9/5 9/6 9/6
Race Grade Schuylerville III Betfair TVG Coaching Club American Oaks I Sanford II Evan Shipman (NYB) Lake George II Quick Call Diana I Jim Dandy II William B. Fasig Stakes TBD Ruffian Hdcp. I Fourstardave (Hdcp.) II Curlin Humphrey S. Finney Stakes TBD Amsterdam II De La Rose John Morrissey (NYB) A. P. Smithwick Mem. (S’Chase) II John’s Call Whitney (Hdcp.) I Test I Honorable Miss (Hdcp.) II Alfred G. Vanderbilt (Hdcp.) I Waya presented by Signature Stallions NY Stallion Series - Cab Calloway Div NY Stallion Series - Statue of Liberty Div National Museum of Racing Hall Of Fame II Sword Dancer Inv. I Adirondack II Saratoga Special II Troy West Point (NYB) Yaddo (NYB) Betfair TVG Alabama I Woodford Reserve Lake Placid II Union Avenue (NYB) Albany (NYB) NY Turf Writers Cup (Hdcp.)(Steeple) I Bernard Baruch (Hdcp.) II Travers I King’s Bishop I Ballerina I Ballston Spa II Victory Ride III Personal Ensign I Saratoga Dew (NYB) P. G. Johnson Riskaverse With Anticipation III Forego I The Woodward I Spinaway I Saranac III Three Chimneys Hopeful I Glens Falls III
Distance 6 Furlongs
250,000 150,000 75,000 150,000 75,000 500,000 500,000 TBD 250,000 150,000 75,000 TBD 150,000 75,000 75,000 75,000 75,000 750,000 250,000 150,000 250,000
F3YO 2YO 3&UP F3YO 3YO F&M 3&UP 3YO TBD F&M 3&UP 3&UP 3YO TBD 3YO F&M 4&UP 3&UP 4&UP 4&UP 3&UP F3YO F&M 3&UP 3&UP
1 1/8 6 Furlongs 1 1/8 1 1/16 (Turf) 1 Mile (Turf) 1 1/8 (Turf) 1 1/8 TBD 1 1/8 1 1/16 (Turf) 1 1/8 TBD 61/2 Furlongs 1 Mile (Turf) 6 1/2 Furlongs 2 1/16 (Turf) 1 5/8 (Turf) 1 1/8 7 Furlongs 6 Furlongs 6 Furlongs
75,000 100,000 100,000
F&M 4&UP 3YO F3YO
1 1/2 (Turf) 1 1/16 (Turf) 1 1/16 (Turf)
150,000 500,000 150,000 150,000 75,000 100,000 100,000 500,000 150,000 75,000 100,000
3YO 3&UP F2YO 2YO 4&UP 3&UP F&M 3&UP F3YO F3YO F&M 3&UP 3YO
1 1/8 (Turf) 1 1/2 (Turf) 6 1/2 Furlongs 6 1/2 Furlongs 5 1/2 Fur. (Turf) 1 1/8 (Turf) 1 1/8 (Turf) 1 1/4 1 1/8 (Turf) 6 Furlongs 1 1/8
100,000 200,000 1,000,000 250,000 250,000 200,000 100,000 300,000 75,000 75,000 75,000 100,000 250,000 750,000 250,000 100,000 250,000 100,000
4&UP 3&UP 3YO 3YO F&M 3&UP F&M 3&UP F3YO F&M 3&UP F&M 3&UP F2YO F3YO 2YO 3&UP 3&UP F2YO 3YO 2YO F&M 3&UP
2 3/8 (Turf) 1 1/8 (Turf) 1 1/4 7 Furlongs 7 Furlongs 1 1/16 (Turf) 6 Furlongs 1 1/4 1 1/8 1 1/16 (Turf) 1 Mile (Turf) 1 1/16 (Turf) 7 Furlongs 1 1/8 7 Furlongs 1 3/16 (Turf) 7 Furlongs 1 3/8 (Turf)
n NYRA Rewards NYRA Rewards is your opportunity to earn cash rewards just by wagering on the races, whether it’s on NYRA races or simulcast events! Sign up for an account at www.nyra.com and wager on-track, over the phone, on the internet, or using mobile wagering supported devices such as Blackberrys, iPhones, or Java and Windows-based instruments. NYRA Rewards offers a full simulcast menu of the best racetrack signals coast-to-coast plus evening race programs. NYRA Rewards members enjoy the following benefits: • • • • •
No Minimum Balance Open Seven Days a Week No Wagering Transaction Fees Express Funding Up to $500 per Day Highest Cash Rebates in the Industry
Earning Cash Back! NYRA Rewards offers the most generous cash rewards structure of any advance deposit wagering program in racing! Members receive one point for every dollar wagered on NYRA races and a half point for every dollar wagered on a simulcast event. No points are awarded for a $2.10 pari-mutuel payoff, based on a $2 wager. Points are totaled at the end of each month and cash rewards are deposited into your account based on your monthly wagering volume. The first day of each month begins a new wagering/ rewards cycle.
NYRA REWARDS Schedule Bronze Bronze Plus Silver Silver Plus Gold Gold Plus Platinum Platinum Plus Diamond
Point Level 2,000 4,000 8,000 20,000 40,000 80,000 150,000 300,000 500,000
WPS 2-Horse 1.25% 1.75% 1.75% 1.75% 2.25% 2.75% 3.00% 3.00% 3.00%
1.25% 1.75% 2.00% 2.50% 2.75% 3.00% 3.50% 4.50% 6.00%
WPS: Win, Place, Show 2-Horse: Daily Double, Exacta, Quinella Exotic: Trifecta, Superfecta, Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 6, Grand Slam
Exotic 1.50% 2.00% 2.50% 3.50% 4.00% 5.00% 6.00% 8.00% 9.00%
n Special Events 30th ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, July 18, FREE! 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors get a free sneak-peek into the popular summer meet just five days prior to the start of the 142nd racing season. Saratoga’s Open House is fun for the whole family, with a full day of games, activities, live music, food, pony rides, behindthe-scenes tours, mascot races, handicapping seminars, and non-wagering horse racing. Proceeds from the day’s events benefit dozens of local non-profit organizations. OPENING DAY AT SARATOGA: Friday, July 23. A new tradition is born as Opening Day at Saratoga moves to Friday – marking Saratoga Race Course’s first 40-day racing season. Gates open at 11 a.m. and first Post Time is 1 p.m. A breakfast buffet is available from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. for those who want to watch the morning workouts. HATS OFF TO SARATOGA: Friday July 23 – Sunday, July 25. This three-day festival celebrates opening weekend at Saratoga Race Course and includes a terrific weekend of world-class racing, featuring the Spa debut of Betfair TVG Coaching Club American Oaks, live music downtown and at the track, and dazzling headpieces to celebrate the start of the racing season. 19th ANNUAL HAT CONTEST: Sunday, July 25. Capping “Hats Off to Saratoga” weekend - visitors will go head-to-head in the annual Hat Contest at the track for prizes worth hundreds of dollars. For contest information call (518) 383-6183 and after July 23, call (518) 584-6200. MID-SUMMER ST. PATRICK’S DAY: Thursday, July 29. Come celebrate the luck o’ the Irish as Saratoga celebrates midsummer St. Patrick’s Day. Enjoy traditional Irish food and drink while taking in Irish music and dance, including traditional Irish step dancers. Also, it’s the first giveaway of the meet – an Irish themed short-sleeve t-shirt! COLLEGE DAY/PARTY AT THE SPA: Friday, July 30. College students vie for their shot to win a $1,000 scholarship after each race, plus other great prizes and activities. First post time is 2:30 p.m. as college students and racing fans celebrate the first of two “Party at the Spa” events – stay after the races as the festivities continue with a block party highlighted by great music and food! FASIG-TIPTON FESTIVAL OF RACING: Saturday, July 31 – Sunday, August 1. The FasigTipton Festival of Racing celebrates the rich history of Fasig-Tipton in Saratoga and the upcoming Select Yearling Sales. The festival will include a host of interactive and educational activities on track and at the beautiful FasigTipton facility. SARATOGA WINE FESTIVAL: Friday, August 6. Sip and sample some of New York’s best wines in the much anticipated return of the Saratoga Wine Festival at the Spa. Raise a glass of your favorite red or white in the backyard to benefit the Times Union Hope Fund and Gift of Life - $25 to participate. SARATOGA BASEBALL CAP GIVEAWAY: Sunday, August 8. Visitors can pick up a FREE Saratoga Baseball Cap, with paid admission, while supplies last. FRIDAY THE 13th HALLOWEEN: Friday, August 13. Halloween comes early as Saratoga Race Course celebrates Friday the 13th. Kids come in costume and trick-or-treat at some of the track’s famous landmarks. FABULOUS FILLIES DAY: Friday, August 20. A day for all fabulous fillies – in the backyard, ladies will have the opportunity to learn more about women’s issues, fashion and health with interactive displays and exhibits – while trackside takes on a pink hue in an effort to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
15TH ANNUAL TRAVERS FESTIVAL: Saturday, August 21 - Sunday, August 29. The Travers Festival celebrates the 141st running of the $1 million Travers Stakes! Visitors can enjoy nine days of special events, kicking off with Betfair TVG Alabama Stakes for the nation’s top three-year-old fillies. For more information on the Travers Festival, call 1-800-526-8970, or log onto www.saratoga.org. SARATOGA UMBRELLA GIVEAWAY: Sunday, August 22. Visitors can pick up a FREE Saratoga umbrella, the perfect way to stay stylish during a summer rain shower, with paid admission, while supplies last. STEWART’S SHOPS ICE CREAM EATING CONTEST: Wednesday, August 25. Participants see how much ice cream they can devour without succumbing to brain freeze! Contestants are divided into three age groups – kids, teens and adults. The winners receive gift certificates for free Stewart’s Shops ice cream. FEAST OF SAN GENNARO: Thursday, August 26. Get a taste of Italy as Saratoga celebrates the Feast of San Gennaro. Indulge in some Italian food favorites, enjoy the classic songs of Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, or try your hand at the traditional Italian folk dance the Tarantella. AMERICAN RED CROSS BATTLE OF THE BREWS: Friday, August 27. Visitors 21 and older get the chance to taste a variety of brews and vote for their favorites. Proceeds ($25 to participate) benefit the Adirondack-Saratoga chapter of the Red Cross. THE TRAVERS STAKES: Saturday, August 28. It is Saratoga’s biggest race – the one you don’t want to miss – the 141st running of the $1 million Travers, the “Mid-Summer Derby” for three-year-olds at a mile and a quarter. First post-time is 11:35 a.m. and gates open at 7 a.m. The Travers day undercard will include the Grade 1 King’s Bishop, the Grade 1 Ballerina, the Grade 2 Ballston Spa, and the Grade 3 Victory Ride. VETERANS DAY: Thursday, September 2. Join us as we honor our veterans and armed forces. All veterans and active military receive FREE grandstand admission, with proper identification. PARTY AT THE SPA: Friday, September 3. Post time is 2:30 p.m., as Saratoga kicks off closing weekend with the final Party at the Spa. Stay after the races for a block party with live music and great food! FINAL STRETCH FESTIVAL: Saturday, September 4 – Monday, September 6. The three-day festival marks the culmination of the Saratoga racing season with live music downtown and at the track, a family fun fest and a Labor Day BBQ to mark the final moments of the 40-day meet. LONG SLEEVE T-SHIRT GIVEAWAY: Sunday, September 5. The last giveaway of the season! Visitors can pick up a FREE long sleeve t-shirt, with paid admission, while supplies last. FAMILY FUN FEST / TIMES UNION LABOR DAY WEEKEND BBQ: Sunday, September 5 - Monday, September 6. Families can enjoy an afternoon of kidfriendly activities in the backyard at the Family Fun Fest, which benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region. Visitors also say goodbye to another season with a traditional Labor Day weekend BBQ. The specially priced family BBQ, offered Sunday and Monday, includes Clubhouse admission, official track program, BBQ lunch and tax. To order, call (888) 516-NYRA
Schedule current at time of printing – subject to change without notice.
Evan Shipman (NYB) $75,000 • 3&UP • 1 1/8 Mile
Sanford (GII) $150,000 • 2YO • 6 Furlongs
Waya presented by Signature Stallions • $75,000 F&M 4&UP • 1 1/2 Mile (Turf)
August 16 Saratoga Special (GII) $150,000 • 2YO • 6 1/2 Furlongs
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Amsterdam (GII) $150,000 • 3YO • 6 1/2 Furlongs
Honorable Miss [Hdcp] (GII) $150,000 • F&M 3&UP • 6 Furlongs
Adirondack (GII) $150,000 • F2YO • 6 1/2 Furlongs
Hats Off to Saratoga Festival
Hats Off to Saratoga Festival
Schuylerville (GIII) $100,000 • F2YO • 6 Furlongs
Betfair TVG Coaching Club American Oaks (GI) $250,000 • F3YO • 1 1/8 Mile
Quick Call $75,000 • 3YO • 1 Mile (Turf)
Party at the Spa • Post Time 2:30 pm
July 31 Fasig-Tipton Festival of Racing Diana (GI) $500,000 • F&M 3&UP • 1 1/8 Mile (Turf) Jim Dandy (GII) $500,000 • 3YO • 1 1/8 Mile William B. Fasig Stakes
Saratoga Wine Festival
Baseball Cap Giveaway Alfred G. Vanderbilt [Hdcp] (GI) $250,000 • 3&UP • 6 Furlongs
Lake George (GII) $150,000 • F3YO • 1 1/16 Mile (Turf)
Fourstardave [Hdcp] (GII) $150,000 • 3&UP • 1 1/16 Mile (Turf)
Ruffian Hdcp. (GI) $250,000 • F&M 3&UP • 1 1/8 Mile
Humphrey S. Finney Stakes
Mid-Summer St. Patrick’s Day Short Sleeve T-Shirt Giveaway
Fasig-Tipton Festival of Racing
Curlin $75,000 • 3YO • 1 1/8 Mile
SARATOGA OPENING DAY
Hats Off to Saratoga Festival 19th Annual Hat Contest
Saratoga Race Course OPEN HOUSE FREE, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Whitney [Hdcp] (GI) $750,000 • 3&UP • 1 1/8 Mile
John Morrissey (NYB) • $75,000 3&UP • 6 1/2 Furlongs De La Rose • $75,000 F&M 4&UP • 1 Mile (Turf)
A.P. Smithwick Mem. [S’Chase] (GII) $75,000 • 4&UP • 2 1/16 Mile (Turf)
John’s Call • $75,000 4&UP • 1 5/8 Mile (Turf)
Test (GI) $250,000 • F3YO • 7 Furlongs
Friday the 13th / Halloween
Cab Calloway Division $100,000 • 3YO • 1 1/16 Mile (Turf) New York Stallion Series
Statue of Liberty Division $100,000 • F3YO • 1 1/16 Mile (Turf) New York Stallion Series
National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame (GII) $150,000 • 3YO • 1 1/8 Mile (Turf)
Fabulous Fillies Day
Travers Festival Begins
Yaddo (NYB) • $100,000 F&M 3&UP • 1 1/8 Mile (Turf)
Betfair TVG Alabama (GI) • $500,000 F3YO • 1 1/4 Mile
Troy • $75,000 4&UP • 5 1/2 Furlongs (Turf)
West Point (NYB) • $100,000 3&UP • 1 1/8 Mile (Turf)
Sword Dancer Inv. (GI) $500,000 • 3&UP • 1 1/2 Mile (Turf)
Ice Cream Eating Contest
Feast of San Gennaro Travers Celebration Evening Gala
American Red Cross Battle of the Brews
Personal Ensign (GI) $300,000 • F&M 3&UP • 1 1/4 Mile
Saratoga Dew (NYB) $75,000 • F&M 3&UP • 1 1/8 Mile
Final Stretch Festival Family Fun Fest Labor Day BBQ Long Sleeve T-Shirt Giveaway
Final Stretch Festival Family Fun Fest Labor Day BBQ
Spinaway (GI) $250,000 • F2YO • 7 Furlongs
Three Chimneys Hopeful (GI) $250,000 • 2YO • 7 Furlongs
Saranac (GIII) $100,000 • 3YO • 1 3/16 Mile (Turf)
Glens Falls (GIII) • $100,000 F&M 3&UP • 1 3/8 Mile (Turf)
August 30 Saratoga County Day
August 29 Travers Festival
Union Avenue (NYB) $75,000 • F&M 3&UP • 6 Furlongs
Woodford Reserve Lake Placid (GII) $150,000 • F3YO • 1 1/8 Mile (Turf)
Travers (GI) $1,000,000 • 3YO • 1 1/4 Mile King’s Bishop (GI) $250,000 • 3YO • 7 Furlongs
Saratoga Umbrella Giveaway
August 22 Travers Festival
Ballerina (GI) $250,000 • F&M 3&UP • 7 Furlongs Ballston Spa (GII) $200,000 • F&M 3&UP • 1 1/16 Mile (Turf) Bernard Baruch [Hdcp] (GII) $200,000 • 3&UP • 1 1/8 Mile (Turf)
Victory Ride (GIII) $100,000 • F3YO • 6 Furlongs
Albany (NYB) $100,000 • 3YO • 1 1/8 Mile
NY Turf Writers Cup [Hdcp] [Steeple] (GI) $100,000 • 4&UP • 2 3/8 Mile (Turf)
Party at the Spa • Post Time 2:30 pm
Final Stretch Festival The Woodward (GI) $750,000 • 3&UP • 1 1/8 Mile
P.G. Johnson $75,000 • F2YO • 1 1/16 Mile (Turf)
Riskaverse $75,000 • F3YO • 1 Mile (Turf)
With Anticipation (GIII) $100,000 • 2YO • 1 1/16 Mile (Turf)
Forego (GI) $250,000 • 3&UP • 7 Furlongs
n Dining at Saratoga Race Course
n Saratoga Race Course Group Sales Packages
NYRA has simplified the restaurant reservation system with the creation of a new toll free dining reservations phone number, (888) 516-NYRA, that guests can call to make reservations at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, and, of course beautiful Saratoga Race Course.
Saratoga Race Course offers special rates on dining packages for groups of 20 or more.
THE TURF TERRACE DINING ROOM: Located on the third and fourth floor of the Clubhouse, the multi-level trackside dining area offers a great view of all the racing action with closed-circuit television monitors. For reservations, pricing and dress code information, call (888) 516-NYRA. THE CLUB TERRACE: Located behind the box seat area on the second floor of the Clubhouse, this eatery offers a popular selection of appetizers, salads and sandwiches. TV monitors are available for viewing of the races. For reservations, pricing and dress code information, call (888) 516-NYRA. AT THE RAIL PAVILION: The At The Rail Pavilion is an upscale, enclosed, newly air conditioned dining facility located trackside on the Clubhouse turn. It offers an elaborate buffet each race day. For reservations, pricing and dress code information, call (888) 285-5961. THE CAROUSEL RESTAURANT: Located on the second floor of the Clubhouse, it offers a buffet in a relaxed atmosphere. Closed circuit television monitors are available for viewing the races. For reservations, pricing and dress code information, call (888) 285-5961. THE PORCH: The Porch is located on the track level of the Clubhouse just a few feet from the outside rail of the racetrack. It offers an a la carte menu in a casual open-air setting. For reservations, pricing and dress code information, call (888) 516-NYRA.
n Breakfast at Saratoga Breakfast at Saratoga is a long-standing tradition. Each racing day from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., a breakfast is served on The Porch of the Clubhouse, overlooking the morning workouts of the thoroughbreds on the main track. Breakfast admission: Free (except for Travers Day when a $10 Clubhouse admission fee is required.) Breakfast buffet: $14.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity; children 3-12 years $7.95. Parking: $10 trackside parking. Morning visitors can also take a free walking tour of the Backstretch Area, which provides a behind-the-scenes look at racing with a Paddock Show and Starting Gate Demonstration. These tours are not available on Travers Day or Closing Day. The first tram departs for the stable area from the main Clubhouse entrance at 7:30 am. The last tour departs at around 9 am. No reservations are accepted. Trams are filled on a first come first serve basis. *Tour is roughly 45 minutes in length from start to finish. With the exception of Travers Day, the Race Course is cleared at the conclusion of the Breakfast at Saratoga program. Those who elect to attend the afternoon’s races are charged admission upon reentering the track. Patrons who leave before 10 a.m. receive a full parking refund ($10 trackside). There will be no parking refunds issued on Travers Day.
LUXURY SUITES: Experience the ultimate level of comfort and privacy in Saratoga’s Luxury Suites. These climate controlled units offer up close views of the racing action and are ideal for corporate or social entertaining. Private betting windows, monitors, restrooms, dining/bar options and a rooftop observation deck add to the luxury of these facilities. Discounted prices are available on Sundays. For reservations, pricing and dress code information, call (888) 285-5961. AT THE RAIL PAVILION: Situated in the Clubhouse, the newly enclosed and air conditioned At the Rail Pavilion offers a trackside view of all the live racing action. Included in the price is clubhouse admission, an elaborate buffet, bar service and conveniently located betting facilities and restrooms. For reservations, pricing and dress code information, call (888) 285-5961. BEST BET: $8.50 per person and includes Grandstand admission, a program, hot dog and soda. For reservations and additional information, call (800) 8147846. BIG RED SPRING: Private tent rental. $300 for the day and is located in the backyard area near the Springs. For reservations and additional information, call (800) 814-7846. THE CAROUSEL: The Carousel is located on the second floor of the Clubhouse and overlooks the picturesque picnic area of Saratoga Race Course. The Carousel features a buffet, and is equipped with televisions and betting windows. For reservations, pricing and dress code information, call (888) 2855961. CLUBHOUSE FAST TRACK: $6.50 per person and includes Clubhouse admission and program. For reservations and additional information, call (800) 814-7846. CURLIN CAFÉ: Offering unparalleled amenities for price events, the Curlin Cafe is available on a daily basis for groups of 24 at the discounted price of $4,500, including clubhouse admission, programs, parking, food, and nonalcoholic beverages. The Curlin Cafe is located in the clubhouse with an unmatched view of the finish line and winner’s circle. The air-conditioned area features butler service and a private bar, and features upscale cuisine and ultra premium bar selections. Daily reservations are available for $200 per person and are subject to availability. For reservations, pricing and dress code information, call (888) 285-5961. FESTIVAL TENT: $20 per table rental; each table seats six people, and there are 40 tables in the tent. Located in the backyard picnic area. For reservations and additional information, call (800) 814-7846. GRANDSTAND RESERVED SEATS: $6 to $11 per person depending on the day of the event. For reservations and additional information, call (800) 814-7846.
n U.K. Racing at Saratoga in Bunbury’s Pub:
n Simulcasts at Belmont
Spend your mornings watching and wagering on the top thoroughbreds from some of the UK’s premiere race courses – including York, Chester, and Sandown. Enjoy light refreshments, tea, coffee, as well as wines and brews in the relaxed atmosphere of Bunbury’s Pub tent – the home of UK Racing in Saratoga. There is no cover or admission charge for seating in Bunbury’s for the UK Racing portion of the day. First post time most days 8:45 a.m.
July 23 - September 6
n Talking Horses, presented by
Returning this summer, the popular longstanding daily show will be conducted in a live audience format from the Carousel Restaurant at Saratoga Race Course. The show runs from 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. every racing day, and is broadcast live. Scratches and changes have been moved to 11:40 a.m. to allow the live program to be broadcast uninterrupted on all on-track monitors.
n Saturdays at Saratoga on MSG Plus MSG Plus will telecast six “Saturdays at Saratoga,” going live for championship caliber stakes, including the Jim Dandy, Whitney Handicap, Alabama and Woodward.
5 – 6pm $500,000 Diana (Grade 1) and $500,000 Jim Dandy (Grade II)
5 – 6pm $750,000 Whitney (Grade I) and $250,000 Test (Grade I)
5 – 6pm $500,000 Sword Dancer (Grade I)
5 – 6pm $500,000 Betfair TVG Alabama Stakes (Grade I)
5 – 6pm $1,000,000 Travers Stakes (Grade I)
September 4 5 – 6pm $750,000 Woodward Stakes (Grade I) and $250,000 Forego (Grade 1)
If fans can’t make it to Saratoga Race Course, they can head to Belmont Park to catch all the thoroughbred racing excitement broadcast Wednesday through Monday. Spend a relaxing afternoon at Belmont’s backyard and picnic area. Parking and admission are free and official track prices are given on all payoffs. For directions, call 516-4886000. Also visit www.nyra.com or email at email@example.com.
n Stay Connected with NYRA ON THE WEB Don’t forget to become a fan of NYRA on Facebook, and you can follow everything that NYRA is doing by following Twitter at www.twitter.com/nyranews.
ON THE LEAD On the Lead is NYRA’s official monthly electronic newsletter, which keeps subscribers tuned in to all of the ongoing excitement at Saratoga Race Course, as well as at Aqueduct and Belmont Park. Visit www.nyra.com to sign up.
GO TO WWW.NYRA.COM The website features an online store and expanded racing coverage. Visit the site for a wealth of up-to-the-minute information on live odds, race results, exotic probables and a fantasy horseracing game called Saratoga SHOWdown. Live audio is available.
n Saratoga Race Course Policies
n See You in Saratoga!
Coolers are permitted in the backyard, apron, and Top of the Stretch areas only. Coolers are not allowed anywhere else in the building. No glass is permitted to be brought onto the premises. Coolers are subject to search by NYRA security personnel.
TO GET THERE
Pop-up tents and umbrellas are restricted to the backyard area only. They are prohibited on the apron, and by the Paddock. However, if a tent or umbrella in the backyard is blocking another patron’s view of a TV monitor or tote board, the obstruction must then be removed. There is NO SMOKING permitted anywhere inside the building, including the reserved seats, box area, and all dining areas. There are specially marked areas for wheelchairs only behind Reserved Seat Sections J (in the Clubhouse) and M (in the Grandstand).
Saratoga Race Course is located in Upstate New York off Exit 14 of I-87, the Adirondack Northway. It is within a three-hour drive of New York City, Boston and Montreal, and is serviced by the Albany Airport and Amtrak stations in AlbanyRensselaer and Saratoga Springs.
For information call 718-641-4700 From July 23 – September 6 call 518-584-6200 www.nyra.com
For Visitor Package Information Call Saratoga County at 1-800-526-8970. www.saratoga.org
WHAT TO WEAR
DIRECTIONS TO SARATOGA RACE COURSE
Box Seat Area: Gentlemen – suits or sports jackets required. Ties not required. Ladies – dresses, skirts or slack outfits. No jeans, shorts or abbreviated wear permitted.
“From New York City you drive north for about 175 miles, turn left on Union Avenue and go back 100 years”.
Clubhouse: No short shorts, cut-offs or abbreviated wear permitted. No tank tops. Proper attire at management’s discretion.
Grandstand: Shirts and shoes required. TRACK SERVICES Binocular Rentals: Located on the first floor, in the Clubhouse and the Grandstand.
ATMs: Located on the first floor Grandstand at the end mutuel window; on the first floor Grandstand near First Aid; on the first floor Grandstand adjacent to the Pony Tales Book Shop; in the Paddock area, outside the Customer Service Center; on the second floor Clubhouse, behind Reserved Seat Section C. First Aid: Located on the first floor Grandstand, behind the Carousel Mini Theatre.
Lost and Found: Located in the Security Office, first floor Mezzanine, west end.
- Legendary Sportswriter Red Smith FROM NEW YORK METROPOLITAN AREA New York Thruway (I-87) to Exit 24 at Albany, then the Northway (I-87) to Exit 14. The track can also be reached by an alternate route, leaving the Northway at Exit 13N – US Route 9.
FROM WESTERN NEW YORK New York Thruway (I-90) to Exit 28 at Fultonville, to Johnstown and Route 29E to Saratoga Springs, or Exit 27 to Amsterdam, Route 30N to Route 67E to Ballston Spa and Route 50 to Saratoga Springs.
FROM UPSTATE AND CANADA Northway (I-87) to Exit 14 - Saratoga Springs.
FROM MASSACHUSETTS AND CONNECTICUT Mass Turnpike to NY Thruway (I-90), north to Exit 24 (Albany), then Northway (I-87) to Exit 14.
FROM VERMONT AND NEW HAMPSHIRE Route 40 to Schuylerville and Route 29 to Saratoga Springs.