NYRA to host Fan Appreciation Week at Saratoga Race Course
by Mark Bardack; Pat McKenna
The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will thank its fans with a series of special events, giveaways and offers during the final week of the 2021 season at Saratoga Race Course.
Racing will resume Wednesday, September 1 through Labor Day, Monday, September 6 at Saratoga Race Course. Labor Day weekend will offer a total of seven graded stakes, including the Spa debut of the Grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup on Saturday, September 4. Sunday and Monday will feature a special first post time of 12:35 p.m.
Saratoga premium giveaway sale on Wednesday, September 1
Fans will have the opportunity to secure a favorite track giveaway from yesteryear during a premium giveaway sale at Saratoga Race Course on Wednesday, September 1 beginning at 11 a.m. near the Clubhouse exchange across from the News 10 Pavilion.
A selection of Saratoga giveaways from previous years as well as from earlier this summer will be available for purchase, including such memorable items as the Angel Cordero, Jr. bobblehead; 2015 Saratoga cooler bag and long sleeve tee; 2017 Saratoga wall clock, as well as a selection of Saratoga umbrellas, t-shirts, beach towels, hats and many more collectables from the past decade.
Vintage and current items will be available for $10 and less, while supplies last. Cash only accepted. All sales are final.
Special ticket offers and drink specials all week long, including buy-one, get-one reserved seats and tables; and Labor Day BBQ at The Rail at the 1863 Club
Fans will enjoy Buy One, Get One Free offers on reserved seats in The Cutwater Stretch and Grandstand, and reserved tables in the Fourstardave Sports Bar and Miller Lite Picnic Paddock all week long.
Reserved tables, including buffet and soft drinks, are also available for $85 per person throughout the week ($100 on Saturday) in The Rail at the 1863 Club, which will serve up a special Labor Day-inspired BBQ menu all week long featuring such classics as smoked brisket; pulled pork; candied sweet potatoes and cornbread. The menu on Sunday will offer brunch-style fare.
Fans will also enjoy special savings during the final week of Cutwater Spirits’ ready-to-drink cocktails and Babe Rosé Wine. The beverages will be available for only $10 at The Cutwater Stretch, Cutwater Gazebo and all on-track restaurants.
For more information, visit NYRA.com/FanWeek.
Ticket giveaways on Thursday, September 2
Pending approval by the New York State Gaming Commission, fans will have the opportunity to enter-to-win tickets to numerous Capital Region events and attractions.
Prizes include tickets to the Zac Brown Band concert at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on October 3; NYRA Bets Gift Cards valued at $50; and tickets to two of the Capital Region’s top sports teams: the Adirondack Thunder and Tri-City ValleyCats.
Entry forms will be available at all Guest Services locations beginning at 11 a.m. No purchase necessary to enter.
Saratoga welcomes 2020 Tokyo Olympic Bronze Medalist Emma White plus Happy Hour Drink Specials on Friday, September 3
NYRA will celebrate the accomplishments of 2020 Tokyo Olympic Bronze Medalist Emma White of Duanesburg, NY. White, who was part of the U.S. cycling team that captured the bronze medal during the Olympic Games in Tokyo earlier this summer, will appear in the winner’s circle for a race named in her honor during the afternoon.
Fans will enjoy numerous Happy Hour specials on Friday, including a selection of cocktails for $10. Featured drinks include the Toga Peach Tea, Washington Lemonade and Chandon Garden Spritz Cocktail. Several beers will be available for the special price of $5, including Blue Moon Light Sky, Yuengling and Brooklyn Lager.
Grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup makes Saratoga debut on Saturday, September 4
Saturday will feature the Saratoga debut of a pair of stakes previously held in the fall at Belmont Park: The Grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup at 1 1/4 miles for 3-year-olds and up, and the $600,000 Flower Bowl, an 11-furlong turf test for older fillies and mares. The day’s card will also include the Grade 2, $250,000 Prioress for sophomore fillies sprinting 6 furlongs and the Grade 3, $200,000 Saranac for sophomores going 1 1/16 miles on the turf.
Saratoga long-sleeve t-shirt hoodie giveaway and Berkshire Bank Family Sundays’ free school supplies on Sunday, September 5
The final Sunday of the season will feature a first post time of 12:35 p.m. and an 11-race card headlined by the Grade 1, $300,000 Spinaway.
Fans will enjoy the final giveaway of the season - a Saratoga long-sleeve t-shirt hoodie. The gray hooded pullover, adorned with the red Saratoga logo, will be available free with paid admission, while supplies last. Limited supplies available. NYRA strongly encourages fans to limit redemption to one item per person.
Children attending Berkshire Bank Family Sundays at the Berkshire Bank Family Zone will receive free colorable drawstring bags with back-to-school items, while supplies last, during the final edition of the popular kid-oriented weekly event. Kids will be able to color their back-to-school bags as well as enjoy a wide variety of free family-friendly activities, games, attractions and educational activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Berkshire Bank Family Zone, located inside Gate A near the Saratoga Race Course Box Office.
Families can take advantage of a Family 4-Pack, which includes four Grandstand reserved seats and vouchers for two hot dogs and one soda per person for $84. Clubhouse boxes for five people are also available for $150. Packages are available by calling the NYRA Box Office at 844-NYRA-TIX or in-person at the NYRA Box Office near Gate A.
Closing Day on Labor Day, Monday, September 6
Saratoga Race Course will open its gates for one last time as the season comes to a close on Labor Day, Monday, September 6 with a special first post time of 12:35 p.m.
The day’s card will feature the Grade 2, $200,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap, as well as the prestigious Grade 1, $300,000 Hopeful for 2-year-olds going seven furlongs to conclude the 2021 Saratoga meet.
NYRA will present more than 100 pounds of Dunkin’ coffee to the Backstretch Employee Service Team (B.E.S.T.) on Closing Day. The coffee donation is based on a pledge from Dunkin' to supply B.E.S.T. with one pound of coffee for every win by the leading owner, trainer and jockey of the 2021 Saratoga meet.
For complete details about Fan Appreciation Week at Saratoga Race Course, visit NYRA.com/FanWeek.