Travers Fever Hits Saratoga With Third Annual Travers Eve Party On Broadway
By Dan Silver; Mark Bardack | 08/20/2012 01:06 PM ET
15th annual Battle of the Brews also slated for Friday, August 24
Racing fans will converge on Saratoga Race Course and
downtown Saratoga Springs for a pair of exciting events on the eve of the 143rd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Travers.
The third annual Travers Eve party will be held on Broadway in Saratoga Springs on Friday, August 24 from 7 to 10 p.m. Presented by The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) and the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, the event features a jockey autograph session, entertainment, live music, food and family-friendly activities in celebration of the oldest major stakes race in the country for 3-year-olds.
The fun begins earlier in the day at noon when the backyard of Saratoga Race Course plays host to the area’s best breweries as adults enjoy the ultimate in beer tasting during the 15th annual Battle of the Brews.
Travers Eve party on Broadway
Fans will have their pen ready when meeting Saratoga’s world-class jockeys during a special autograph session at the Saratoga Downtowner parking lot on Broadway from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Top riders from Saratoga will meet fans and sign autographs. Fans will receive a free 2012 Jockey Autograph Book while supplies last. Donations will be accepted to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.
Visitors of all ages are invited to make their way down Broadway to various retailers to receive a free strand of Saratoga Mardi Gras beads with a medallion featuring the Travers 2012 logo. The commemorative giveaway item will be available at the following locations: Ben & Jerry’s; Celtic Treasures; Crafters Gallery; G. Willikers; Gaffney’s; Impressions; Maestro’s at the Van Dam; Olde Bryan Inn; Phila Fusion; Plum Dandy; Soave Faire; Sushi Thai; and Wheatfield’s (one item per person; while supplies last).
A number of family-friendly musicians and entertainers will stroll along Broadway throughout the evening, including Olivia Quillio, Racing City Chorus, Ron Bill’s New Orleans Stompers, Sparkles the Tall Juggler, face painter PJ Duell and balloon artists Mr. and Mrs. Bill.
Battle of the Brews at Saratoga Race Course
Patrons 21 years and older can begin their pre-Travers activities at Saratoga Race Course during the day with a chance to sample microbrews from an array of local breweries. Fans will also be able to weigh in on their favorites in categories including “people’s choice” and “judge’s choice.” Brewers will engage in the frothy throwdown in the backyard at Saratoga Race Course, just inside the Union Avenue entrance, from noon to 4 p.m.
Participating breweries include Adirondack Pub & Brewery; Anchor Brewery; Angry Orchard; Batch 19; Brooklyn Brewery; Dundee Brewing Company; Founders Brewing Co.; Harpoon Brewery; Ithaca Beer Company; Lake Placid Brewery; Long Trail Brewery; Magic Hat; Narragansett Brewing Company; Olde Saratoga Brewery; Otter Creek Brewery; Palm Brewery; Peak Organic Brewery; Sam Adams; Saranac Brewery; Sierra Nevada; Steadfast Beer Co.; Switchback; Wolaver’s Organic Brewing; Woodchuck Cider. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available.
Admission is $30 per person, which includes a souvenir tasting glass. All proceeds benefit the American Red Cross Adirondack Saratoga Chapter.
On Saturday, August 25, the gates of Saratoga Race Course will open at 7 a.m. for the 143rd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Travers as the sport’s top 3-year-olds clash in one of the most historic stakes races in North America at the classic distance of a mile and a quarter.
The Travers Day undercard will include the Grade 1 Foxwoods King’s Bishop; the Grade 1 Test; and the Grade 2 Ballston Spa presented by Jose Cuervo. First post time is 11:35 a.m.
For more information about the third annual Travers Eve party visit www.saratoga.org/visitors/travers-eve.asp.
For more information about the 15th annual Battle of the Brews visit www.nyra.com/saratogaevents.