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The New York Racing Association Accepting Reservations for Limited Number of Picnic Tables on Travers Day

By Eric Wing; Mark Bardack | 08/09/2013 06:30 PM ET

Fifty tables to be made available for advanced reserved seating via online registration; all proceeds from purchase of tables to benefit the Backstretch Education Fund

Racing fans will once again have the opportunity to reserve a picnic table in the backyard at Saratoga Race Course for the 144th running of the Travers.

The New York Racing Association, Inc. announced today that 10 percent of the picnic tables located in the backyard of Saratoga Race Course will be set aside for reserved seating on Travers Day, Saturday, August 24. The initiative, which will benefit the Backstretch Education Fund, was first introduced for Travers Day 2010.

Beginning today, patrons will have the opportunity to register for the right to purchase a reserved picnic table on Travers Day here.

Fifty registrants will be randomly selected from all eligible entries for the option to purchase one of the designated picnic tables. The tables will be located in a reserved section in the backyard adjacent to the Paddock and Big Red Spring.

If selected, registrants will be able to reserve a picnic table for $100 each. Tables are limited to a maximum of six people.

All proceeds will benefit the Backstretch Education Fund, which provides educational opportunities to backstretch workers. Under the umbrella of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, the fund offers programs related to vocational training, groom development, English as a second language and literacy.

Registration closes on Tuesday, August 13 at 5 p.m. Contest winners will be randomly chosen and will be notified of their selection via email.

The selected individuals will have until Friday, August 16 at 5 p.m. to exercise the right to purchase a reserved picnic table on Travers Day. Table price does not include the cost of general admission. Tables cannot be transferred or resold.

Purchasers can claim their table on Travers Day from 7 a.m. until noon at the Reserved Seating Office, Gate A, on Union Avenue.

No pop-up tents or additional chairs or tables will be permitted in the reserved area.

The Grade 1, $1 million Travers was first run in 1864 and today is the oldest major stakes race in the country for 3-year-olds.

Gates open at 7 a.m. on Travers Day with a special first post time of 11:35 a.m.

For more information about how to reserve a table on Travers Day and a complete set of rules and regulations, please visit here.