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Saratoga Race Course to Celebrate Cultures Around the Globe During Inaugural International Day

By Eric Wing; Mark Bardack

The New York Racing Association, Inc. will celebrate cultures around the world during the inaugural International Day on Thursday, August 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thefirst-time, day-long celebration of global culture and heritage will feature traditional music, dance, entertainment, crafts and food from countries and regions around the world.

Countries and regions represented include Armenia, China, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Latin America, Poland, Taiwan and Ukraine.

New York Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales will join The New York Racing Association CEO and President Chris Kay in the winner’s circle to present the trophy for the day’s feature race, aptly titled the Statue of Liberty Division, under the umbrella of the New York Stallion Stakes.

“It is an honor to have Saratoga Race Course host a day in celebration of worldwide culture and heritage. I would like to thank Secretary of State Perales for his interest and participation in this new event,” said Kay. “We look forward to celebrating cultures around the world at the Spa during the inaugural International Day.”

Secretary Perales, who heads the New York State Department of State, oversees the New York State Office for New Americans (ONA) for Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. ONA is the first statewide office whose sole focus is to assist our state's immigrants in their efforts to contribute to the economy and become a part of the family of the New York.

“The New York State Office for New Americans recognizes the contributions that New Americans from all over the world have made to the Empire State,” said Secretary Perales. “Our Office helps New Americans fully participate in our State’s civic and economic life and I am proud to help celebrate all the vibrant cultures that have played a role in making our State stronger and more diverse.”

Organizations representing each of the countries and regions participating in International Day will have items reflective of their nationality and heritage to display or sell in the event tent located inside the Reserved Seats Box Office entrance. 

Dance groups from participating cultural organizations will welcome track patrons with traditional performances outside the Clubhouse and Union Avenue entrances from 11 a.m. to noon. The performances will continue at the bandstand near Guest Services between races throughout the afternoon.

Fans will be encouraged to dress up their picnic displays in the backyard with cultural-themed décor for the chance to win a variety of prizes, including gift cards.

A number of traditional ethnic food and beverage offerings will be available at various on-track locations throughout the day.

Additionally, the track décor will feature flags from each of the participating countries located at the entrance gates and throughout the event tent.

For additional information about events at Saratoga Race Course, visit www.nyra.com/saratoga/information/events.