n 2012 RACING CALENDAR
JULY S M T W T
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S M T W T
9 10 11
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
29 30 31
26 27 28 29 30 31
SEPTEMBER S M T W T
9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 30
The Tradition Continues
POST TIMES ■ 12:50pm ■ 11:35am ■ 12:30pm ■ 1:00pm ■ 2:30pm
Belmont Park Saratoga Saratoga Saratoga Saratoga
24 25 26 27 28 29
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).
July 20 – Labor Day (Sept. 3) 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
Since opening its gates in 1863, Saratoga Race Course has welcomed champion thoroughbreds, renowned trainers, celebrated jockeys and famed horsemen onto its tracks and into the hearts of millions of racing fans – making it one of the nation’s most beloved destinations. Its character, elegance and charm have been impeccably preserved for almost a century and a half, and its beauty and tranquility have transcended generations. A truly unique summer oasis nestled in the foothills of the Adirondacks, the Spa will today and always be affectionately known as “the summer place to be.”
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.
The 2012 summer meet at Saratoga begins on Friday, July 20 and concludes on Labor Day - Monday, September 3. Racing six days a week (Tuesdays are dark) gets underway at 1 p.m. except on Party at the Spa days (Friday, July 27 and Friday, August 31) when first post time is 2:30 p.m.; Travers Day (Saturday, August 25) when first post is 11:35 a.m.; and on Closing Day (Monday, September 3) when first post time is 12:30 p.m.
n The Travers Saratoga Race Course’s showcase event, the $1 million Travers Stakes, will be run for the 143rd time on Saturday, August 25, with a special first post time of 11:35 a.m. Affectionately known as 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 summer racing season. 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 wartime 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.
On Travers Day, Saturday, August 25, 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. On Party at the Spa days (Friday, July 27 and Friday, August 31), gates open at noon. Show your Dunkin’ Donuts rechargeable card on Mondays and receive $2 off grandstand admission.
n Reserved Seats Each July 1, a combined grandstand seat and grandstand admission package is available at www.ticketmaster.com (excludes Travers Day). Patrons can purchase grandstand seats 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. Reserved seat pricing is as follows: CLUBHOUSE Mon, Wed, Thurs: Fri, Sat, Sun: GRANDSTAND Mon, Wed, Thurs: Fri, Sat, Sun: TRAVERS DAY (August 25) Clubhouse: Grandstand:
$11 per seat $16 per seat $7 per seat $9 per seat $26 per seat $19 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
Special thanks to nationally acclaimed artist Celeste Susany for providing the cover art.
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 7/20 7/20 7/21 7/22 7/23 7/25 7/26 7/27 7/28 7/28 7/29 7/30 8/1 8/2 8/3 8/3 8/4 8/4 8/4 8/5 8/6 8/8 8/9 8/10 8/11 8/12 8/12 8/13 8/15 8/16 8/17 8/18 8/18 8/19 8/20 8/22 8/23 8/24 8/25 8/25 8/25 8/25 8/26 8/27 8/29 8/30 8/31 9/1 9/1 9/1 9/2 9/2 9/3 9/3
Race Grade Schuylerville III James Marvin III TVG Coaching Club American Oaks I Sanford II Evan Shipman (NYB) Lake George II Quick Call Curlin Diana I Jim Dandy II Amsterdam II Shakespeare Caress John Morrissey (NYB) A. P. Smithwick Mem. (S’Chase) II Honorable Miss (Hdcp.) II John’s Call Presented by Sportech Whitney Invitational (Hdcp.) I Prioress I De La Rose Alfred G. Vanderbilt (Hdcp.) I Waya New York Stallion Series Cab Calloway Division New York Stallion Series Statue Of Liberty Division National Museum of Racing Hall Of Fame II Fourstardave (Hdcp.) II Adirondack II Saratoga Special II Coronation Cup Troy West Point (NYB) presented by Trustco Bank Yaddo (NYB) Alabama I Sword Dancer Inv. I Woodford Reserve Lake Placid II Union Avenue (NYB) Albany (NYB) New York Turf Writers Cup (Hdcp.)(Steeplechase) I Ballerina I Travers I Foxwoods King’s Bishop I Test I Ballston Spa presented by Jose Cuervo II Personal Ensign I Saratoga Dew (NYB) P. G. Johnson With Anticipation II Riskaverse Forego I The Woodward I Bernard Baruch II Spinaway I Saranac III Three Chimneys Hopeful II Glens Falls III
Purse 150,000 100,000 300,000 200,000 100,000 200,000 100,000 100,000 600,000 600,000 200,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 200,000 100,000 750,000 300,000 100,000 400,000 100,000
Age F2YO 3&UP F3YO 2YO 3&UP F3YO 3YO 3YO F&M 3&UP 3YO 3YO F&M 3&UP 3&UP 4&UP F&M 3&UP 3&UP 3&UP F3YO F&M 3&UP 3&UP F&M 3&UP
Distance 6 Furlongs 7 Furlongs 1 1/8 6 Furlongs 1 1/8 1 1/16 (Turf) 5 1/2 (Turf) 1 1/8 1 1/8 (Turf) 1 1/8 61/2 Furlongs 5 1/2 (Turf) 6 1/2 Furlongs 2 1/16 (Turf) 6 Furlongs 1 5/8 (Turf) 1 1/8 6 Furlongs 1 Mile (Turf) 6 Furlongs 1 1/2 (Turf)
1 Mile (Turf)
1 Mile (Turf)
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3YO 3&UP F2YO 2YO F3YO 3&UP
1 1/16 (Turf) 1 Mile (Turf) 6 1/2 Furlongs 6 1/2 Furlongs 5 1/2 (Turf) 5 1/2 (Turf)
150,000 150,000 600,000 600,000 200,000 100,000 150,000
3&UP F&M 3&UP F3YO 3&UP F3YO F&M 3&UP 3YO
1 1/16 (Turf) 1 1/16 (Turf) 1 1/4 1 1/2 (Turf) 1 1/8 (Turf) 6 Furlongs 1 1/8
150,000 500,000 1,000,000 500,000 500,000
4&UP F&M 3&UP 3YO 3YO F3YO
2 3/8 (Turf) 7 Furlongs 1 1/4 7 Furlongs 7 Furlongs
250,000 600,000 100,000 100,000 200,000 100,000 500,000 750,000 250,000 300,000 150,000 300,000 150,000
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1 1/16 (Turf) 1 1/8 1 1/8 1 1/16 (Turf) 1 1/16 (Turf) 1 Mile (Turf) 7 Furlongs 1 1/8 1 1/16 (Turf) 7 Furlongs 1 1/8 (Turf) 7 Furlongs 1 3/8 (Turf)
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n Special Events 32nd ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, July 15, FREE! 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saratoga’s signature summer preview party, Open House returns to Saratoga Race Course with a free sneak-peek into the popular summer meet just five days prior to the start of the 144th racing season. Saratoga’s Open House is fun for the whole family, with a full day of games, activities, live music, food, pony rides, behind-the-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 20. 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 20 – Sunday, July 22. This three-day festival celebrates opening weekend at Saratoga Race Course and includes a weekend of world-class racing, family fun, live music downtown and at the track, and millinery mayhem to mark the start of the racing season. FAMILY FUN FRIDAYS: Starting Friday, July 20. Fridays are for families! Kids can enjoy a day at the races with family-friendly games and activities in the backyard each Friday of the summer meet. 21st ANNUAL HAT CONTEST: Sunday, July 22. The “crowning” achievement of opening 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. COLLEGE DAY: Friday, July 27. Saratoga Race Course races to the top of the class as college students vie for their shot to win a $1,000 scholarship after each race, plus other great prizes and activities! PARTY AT THE SPA, presented by Coors Light: Friday, July 27. First post time is 2:30 p.m. as racing fans celebrate the first of two Party at the Spa presented by Coors Light events – stay after the races as the festivities continue at The Post with great music and food. Saratoga Baseball Cap Giveaway: Sunday, July 29. Visitors can pick up a FREE Saratoga Baseball Cap, with paid admission, while supplies last. MID-SUMMER ST. PATRICK’S DAY: Thursday, August 2. Celebrate the luck o’ the Irish as Saratoga hosts mid-summer St. Patrick’s Day. Enjoy Irish food and drink while taking in Irish music and dance, including traditional Irish step dancers. Also, show your Irish spirit and decorate your backyard picnic area in green and gold to win prizes! FASIG-TIPTON FESTIVAL OF RACING: Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5. The Fasig-Tipton Festival of Racing celebrates the rich history of Fasig-Tipton in Saratoga and the upcoming Select Yearling Sales. GALLOPING GRAPES: A NY WINE EVENT: Sunday, August 5. Sip and sample your way through the backyard with some of New York’s best wines at the Spa. Raise a glass of your favorite red or white to benefit the Times Union Hope Fund.
Saratoga PICNIC MAT Giveaway: Sunday, August 12. Perfect for picnicking in the backyard, pick up a FREE Saratoga Picnic Mat, with paid admission, while supplies last. FABULOUS FILLIES DAY: Friday, August 17. A day for all fabulous fillies – the track takes a pink hue in an effort to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. 17TH ANNUAL TRAVERS FESTIVAL: Saturday, August 18 - Sunday, August 26. The Travers Festival celebrates the 143rd running of the $1 million Travers Stakes! Visitors can enjoy nine days of special events, kicking off with the Alabama Stakes for the nation’s top three-year-old fillies. Saratoga PILSNER GLASS Giveaway: Sunday, August 19. “Cheers” for this commemorative giveaway – a boxed Saratoga pilsner glass – FREE with paid admission, while supplies last. STEWART’S SHOPS ICE CREAM EATING CONTEST: Wednesday, August 22. 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. AMERICAN RED CROSS BATTLE OF THE BREWS: Friday, August 24. Visitors 21 and older get the chance to taste a variety of brews and vote on their favorites. Proceeds ($30 to participate) benefit the Adirondack-Saratoga chapter of the Red Cross. TRAVERS EVE DOWNTOWN PARTY: Friday, August 24. Bring the family to celebrate in downtown Saratoga Springs on the eve of the $1 million Travers Stakes – meet your favorite jockeys, dance to live music, enjoy family entertainment and pick up a special track-themed giveaway at local businesses. THE TRAVERS STAKES: Saturday, August 25. It is Saratoga’s most anticipated race – the 143rd 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 Foxwoods King’s Bishop, the Grade 1 Test, and the Grade 2 Ballston Spa. VETERANS DAY: Wednesday, August 29. Join us as we honor veterans and active military with FREE grandstand admission, with proper identification. PARTY AT THE SPA, presented by Coors Light: Friday, August 31. First post time is 2:30 p.m., as Saratoga kicks off closing weekend with the final Party at the Spa, presented by Coors Light. Stay after the races for live music and great food! FINAL STRETCH FESTIVAL: Saturday, September 1 – Monday, September 3. The three-day festival marks the culmination of the Saratoga racing season with live music downtown, as well as the Family Fun Fest and Labor Day BBQ to mark the final days of the 40-day meet. Saratoga FLEECE BLANKET Giveaway: Sunday, September 2. Keep warm this fall with the final giveaway of the summer meet – the Saratoga Fleece Blanket, FREE with paid admission, while supplies last. FAMILY FUN FEST/LABOR DAY BBQ: Sunday, September 2 - Monday, September 3. Families can enjoy an afternoon of kid-friendly activities in the backyard at the Family Fun Fest, which benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region. Also on Sunday and Monday, visitors can say goodbye to another season with a traditional Labor Day BBQ. The specially priced family BBQ includes Clubhouse admission, official track program, BBQ lunch and tax. To order, call (888) 516-NYRA. Information/schedule current at time of printing; subject to change without notice. For up-to-date special event information from now through Labor Day, visit www.nyra.com/saratogaevents.
Schedule current at time of printing – subject to change without notice.
July 21 Hats Off to Saratoga Festival
Hats Off to Saratoga Festival Family Fun Friday Schuylerville (GIII) $150,000 • F2YO • 6 Furlongs James Marvin (GIII) $100,000 • 3&UP • 7 Furlongs
TVG Coaching Club American Oaks (GI) $300,000 • F3YO • 1 1/8 Mile
July 28 Diana (GI) $600,000 • F&M 3&UP • 1 1/8 Mile (Turf)
Quick Call $100,000 • 3YO • 5 1/2 (Turf)
College Day Family Fun Friday Party at the Spa presented by Coors Light Post Time 2:30 p.m. Curlin $100,000 • 3YO • 1 1/8 Mile
Mid-Summer St. Patrick’s Day
Family Fun Friday
Fasig-Tipton Festival of Racing
Sanford (GII) $200,000 • 2YO • 6 Furlongs
Evan Shipman (NYB) $100,000 • 3&UP • 1 1/8 Mile
July 22 Hats Off to Saratoga Festival 21st Annual Hat Contest
Lake George (GII) $200,000 • F3YO • 1 1/16 Mile (Turf)
Saratoga Baseball Cap Giveaway*
Saratoga Race Course OPEN HOUSE FREE, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
SARATOGA OPENING DAY
Jim Dandy (GII) $600,000 • 3YO • 1 1/8 Mile
Amsterdam (GII) $200,000 • 3YO • 6 1/2 Furlongs
Shakespeare Caress • $100,000 F&M 3&UP • 5 1/2 (Turf)
Whitney Invitational [Hdcp] (GI) $750,000 • 3&UP • 1 1/8 Mile
Alfred G. Vanderbilt [Hdcp] (GI) $400,000 • 3&UP • 6 Furlongs
Waya • $100,000 F&M 3&UP • 1 1/2 Mile (Turf)
Fasig-Tipton Festival of Racing Galloping Grapes: A NY Wine Event
A.P. Smithwick Mem. [S’Chase] (GII) $100,000 • 4&UP • 2 1/16 Mile (Turf)
John’s Call presented by Sportech $100,000 • 3&UP • 1 5/8 Mile (Turf)
De La Rose $100,000 • F&M 3&UP • 1 Mile (Turf)
Cab Calloway Division $100,000 • 3YO • 1 Mile (Turf) New York Stallion Series
Statue of Liberty Division $100,000 • F3YO • 1 Mile (Turf) New York Stallion Series
Adirondack (GII) $200,000 • F2YO • 6 1/2 Furlongs Coronation Cup $100,000 • F3YO • 5 1/2 (Turf)
Prioress (GI) $300,000 • F3YO • 6 Furlongs
John Morrissey (NYB) • $100,000 3&UP • 6 1/2 Furlongs
Saratoga Picnic Mat Giveaway*
Saratoga Special (GII) $200,000 • 2YO • 6 1/2 Furlongs
Honorable Miss [Hdcp] (GII) $200,000 • F&M 3&UP • 6 Furlongs
Troy • $100,000 3&UP • 5 1/2 (Turf)
West Point presented by Trustco Bank (NYB) • $150,000 3&UP • 1 1/16 Mile (Turf)
Family Fun Friday National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame (GII) $200,000 • 3YO • 1 1/16 Mile (Turf)
Fourstardave [Hdcp] (GII) $500,000 • 3&UP • 1 Mile (Turf)
Fabulous Fillies Day
Travers Festival Begins
Family Fun Friday
Alabama (GI) • $600,000 F3YO • 1 1/4 Mile
Yaddo (NYB) • $150,000 F&M 3&UP • 1 1/16 Mile (Turf)
Sword Dancer (GI) • $600,000 3&UP • 1 1/2 Mile (Turf)
Ice Cream Eating Contest
American Red Cross Battle of the Brews
Travers (GI) $1,000,000 • 3YO • 1 1/4 Mile
Family Fun Friday
Foxwoods King’s Bishop (GI) $500,000 • 3YO • 7 Furlongs
Woodford Reserve Lake Placid (GII) $200,000 • F3YO • 1 1/8 Mile (Turf)
Union Avenue (NYB) $100,000 • F&M 3&UP • 6 Furlongs
Saratoga Pilsner Glass Giveaway*
August 19 Travers Festival
Albany (NYB) $150,000 • 3YO • 1 1/8 Mile
NY Turf Writers Cup [Hdcp] [S’Chase] (GI) $150,000 • 4&UP • 2 3/8 Mile (Turf)
Travers Eve Downtown Party
Test (GI) $500,000 • F3YO • 7 Furlongs
Ballerina (GI) $500,000 • F&M 3&UP • 7 Furlongs
Ballston Spa presented by Jose Cuervo (GII) $250,000 • F&M 3&UP • 1 1/16 Mile (Turf)
Party at the Spa presented by Coors Light Post Time 2:30 p.m.
Final Stretch Festival
Final Stretch Festival Family Fun Fest Saratoga Fleece Blanket Giveaway* Labor Day BBQ
Final Stretch Festival Family Fun Fest Labor Day BBQ
Spinaway (GI) $300,000 • F2YO • 7 Furlongs
Three Chimneys Hopeful (GII) $300,000 • 2YO • 7 Furlongs
Saranac (GIII) $150,000 • 3YO • 1 1/8 Mile (Turf)
Glens Falls (GIII) • $150,000 F&M 3&UP • 1 3/8 Mile (Turf)
*With paid admission, while supplies last.
Saratoga Dew (NYB) $100,000 • F&M 3&UP • 1 1/8 Mile
Personal Ensign Invitational (GI) $600,000 • F&M 3&UP • 1 1/8 Mile
Family Fun Friday
The Woodward (GI) $750,000 • 3&UP • 1 1/8 Mile Forego (GI) $500,000 • 3&UP • 7 Furlongs
P.G. Johnson $100,000 • F2YO • 1 1/16 Mile (Turf)
With Anticipation (GII) $200,000 • 2YO • 1 1/16 Mile (Turf)
Riskaverse $100,000 • F3YO • 1 Mile (Turf)
Bernard Baruch (GII) $250,000 • 3&UP • 1 1/16 Mile (Turf)
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, 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, the Carousel is offering a new pre-fixe lunch menu that includes admission, program, selection of soup and salad or sandwich. Guests may also partake in the customary Carousel buffet, if preferred. 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.
LUXURY SUITES: Experience the ultimate level of comfort and privacy in Saratogaâ€™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 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.
THE POST: Located next to the paddock, The Post is home to Shake Shack, featuring burgers, hot dogs, fries and shakes; El Verano, serving tacos and salsas; and The Post Bar, offering a collection of innovative and classic cocktails, beer and wine. No reservations required.
BEST BET: $8.50 per person and includes Grandstand admission, a program, hot dog and soda. For reservations and additional information, call (800) 8147846.
n Breakfast at Saratoga
BIG RED SPRING: Private tent rental. $300 for the day and is located in the backyard area near the Springs. Food service available. For reservations and additional information, call (800) 814-7846.
Breakfast at Saratoga, a long-standing tradition, will now offer two dining options: an a la carte breakfast menu or the customary breakfast buffet. 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 a.m. The last tour departs around 9 a.m. 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 afternoonâ€™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.
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. FESTIVAL TENT: $24 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: $7 to $9 per person depending on the day of the event. For reservations and additional information, call (800) 814-7846. TOP OF THE STRETCH: With a spectacular view of the race, the Top of the Stretch is the ideal setting for a casual gathering. It features charcoal barbeque pits and umbrella-top tables, and can handle groups of 50 to 250 people. For reservations and additional information, call (888) 285-5961.
n Talking Horses
n Stay Connected with NYRA
Returning this summer, the popular longstanding daily show will continue to broadcast live from Saratoga Race Course. The show runs from 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. every racing day. 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. The show is also broadcast live daily at www.nyra.com.
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July 20 - September 3 If fans can’t make it to Saratoga Race Course, they can head to Belmont Park and Aqueduct Racetrack to catch all the thoroughbred racing excitement broadcast Wednesday through Monday. Parking and admission are free and official track prices are given on all payoffs. For directions, call 516-488-6000. Also visit www.nyra.com or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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n Saratoga on MSG+, NBC
& NBC Sports Network
MSG+ Schedule: Date Race July 28 Diana and Jim Dandy August 4 Whitney and Prioress
Time Network 5 – 6pm ET MSG+ 5 – 6pm ET MSG+
NBC & NBC Sports Network Schedule: Date Race August 11 Fourstardave Handicap August 12 Adirondack and Saratoga Special August 18 Alabama and Sword Dancer Invitational August 25 Travers, Foxwoods King’s Bishop, Test, Ballston Spa Sept. 1 Woodward, Forego, Bernard Baruch Handicap
Time 6-7pm ET
Network NBC Sports Network
NBC Sports Network
NBC Sports Network
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 20 – September 3 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 NYRA Store; 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.
Published on Jul 5, 2012
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