Saratoga is warming up for week 2. Here’s a sneak peek!
WEDNESDAY JULY 21
Sky of Hook winning the Rick Violette on a sloppy track on July 17, 2019 (NYRA / Susie Raisher)
Rick Violette (NYB): The featured race of the day is the $ 100,000 Rick Violette, a six-stage sprint for juveniles raised in New York City, honoring the late Richard A. Violette, Jr., longtime NYRA rider and former president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association.
New York Thoroughbred Tracking Day: The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) joins the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and the New York Thoroughbred Breeders to host the first New York Thoroughbred Tracking Day. The day will honor a range of organizations involved in finding new homes and careers for retired racehorses.
Tequila Volcano summer music scene: The Volcan Tequila Summer Music Stage will host live music from The Resonators.
NYRA Paris Gift Cards: NYRA Bets Gift Cards are available for purchase at over 150 Stewart’s stores and can be used to automatically deposit funds into a NYRA Bets account to bet on Saratoga online at over hundreds of racetracks across the country .
THURSDAY JULY 22
Show Court winning thrilling AP Smithwick Memorial on July 30, 2018 (NYRA / Coglianese)
Smithwick and Stillwater (NYB): The First Year Memorial, $ 150,000 AP Smithwick
steeplechase will be accompanied on the map by the $ 100,000 Stillwater for 2-year-old fillies raised in New York at six stages.
Military Appreciation Day: Saratoga Racecourse will honor serving military personnel and veterans in recognition of their sacrifice and service to our nation. All veterans and servicemen on active duty will receive free entry to the grandstand with a military ID. NYRA will welcome local service members and veterans to the winner’s circle for two races named in their honor, including recognition from the New York State military for their service to the public during the Covid-19 pandemic .
Captain Morgan tasting: Fans will be invited to enjoy a free tasting of Captain Morgan specialty cocktails at the Ketel One Longshots bar on the first floor of the grandstand from 3pm to 5pm. Must be at least 21 years old; while stocks last.
Tequila Volcano summer music scene: The Volcan Tequila Summer Music Stage will host live music from Perennial with Peter Pashoukos.
FRIDAY JULY 23
Regal Glory was Chad Brown’s first victory in Lake George (G3) on July 19, 2019. (NYRA / Chelsea Durand)
Lake George: The main race of the day is the 3rd year, $ 150,000 Lake George for 3 year old fillies at one mile on the turf.
Tequila Volcano summer music scene: The Volcan Tequila Summer Music Stage will host live music from the Franklin Micare Band.
Place d’Italie: Piazza Italia, located in the Saratoga Events Pavilion, near Gate A, will host live music with Nick Collucio from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Fans can enjoy authentic Italian food and drink in Piazza Italia every day of Meeting Saratoga, including focaccia sandwiches with Italian meats and cheeses, Fratelli Beretta cold cuts, Monti Trentini cheeses, Italian Bindi Gelato, Tiramisu, Prosecco, Pinot Grigio, Lambrusco. and Peroni beer.
SATURDAY JULY 24
Musical note winning the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks when held at Belmont Park in 2008 on July 8th. (NYRA / Coglianese)
Club American Oaks Coach: Saturday will be marked by the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks, in which 3-year-old fillies will compete for a purse of $ 500,000 for a total of nine stages. The card of the day will also include the Grade 3, $ 200,000 Caress for fillies and mares.
Lustgarten Foundation Day: Saratoga will honor the legacy of trainer Dominic Galluscio with a day to benefit the Lustgarten Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance scientific and medical research related to pancreatic cancer. The centerpiece of the day will be a coaches autograph session from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the porch of the Jockey Silks Hall to benefit the Lustgarten Foundation.
Ford Mustang Mach-E Screen: Fans will have the opportunity to check out the new all-electric 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, which will be on display near the Clubhouse escalator throughout the afternoon, courtesy of the Upstate Ford Dealer Group.
Tanqueray and Ketel One tastings: Fans will be invited to enjoy two free tastings on the second Saturday of the season: Tanqueray gin cocktails at the Tanqueray bar on the second floor of the Clubhouse; and cocktails of the award-winning Ketel One family vodka at the Ketel One Clubhouse Bar. Both tastings will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Must be at least 21 years old; while stocks last.
Volcanic tequila tasting and summer music scene: Saratoga Racecourse will celebrate National Tequila Day with a free tasting of tequila cocktails at the Volcan Bar in the backyard near the Fourstardave Sports Bar. The Volcan Tequila Summer Music Stage will host live music from Wyld Blue.
SUNDAY JULY 25
Letruska and jockey Joel Rosario after their victory at the Shuvee 2020 on August 30. (NYRA / Janet Garaguso)
Shuvee: Sunday’s card will feature the 3rd year Shuvee, $ 200,000 for fillies and mares doing two laps on dirt.
Brunch at the Rail at Club 1863: Fans are invited to enjoy a buffet brunch while discovering The Rail at 1863 Club, the banquet space on the first floor of the 1863 Club. Tickets cost $ 85 and include the buffet, non-alcoholic drinks, and the Post Parade program. Reservations are available by calling the NYRA Box Office at 844-NYRA-TIX or online at NYRA.com/1863Club.
Berkshire Bank on Sundays with the family: The popular weekly children’s event will feature a wide variety of free activities, games, attractions and educational activities for families every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Berkshire Bank Family Zone, located in inside Gate A near the Saratoga Racecourse. Box office.
Tequila Volcano summer music scene: The Volcan Tequila Summer Music Stage will host the live music of Reflections Soul Ensemble.
All events and activities are subject to change at NYRA’s discretion.
NYRA press release
Photo: beautiful historic Saratoga Racecourse. (NYRA / Coglianese)