The 2019 Saratoga meet begins on Thursday, July 11 and runs through Monday, September 2. The event schedule will feature a number of new happenings alongside returning traditions and perennial favorites. Gates open at 11 a.m. each day, including weekends, with the exception of Travers Day, Saturday, August 24.
Lustgarten Foundation Day
Sunday, August 18
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 day will feature an autograph session at the Jockey Silks Porch from 11:30-12:30 with Saratoga trainers to benefit the Lustgarten Foundation. The first 200 fans at the autograph signing who donate to the Lustgarten Foundation will receive a limited edition poster of Diversify winning the 2018 Whitney (G1) and 2019 Saratoga camo hat!
New York Sports Day
Wednesday, August 21
Fans will have the opportunity to learn about the many teams and leagues with a home field advantage in the Capital Region during New York Sports Day at Saratoga. Participating teams and colleges include the Adirondack Thunder; RPI Athletics; Siena Basketball; Tri-City ValleyCats; and University at Albany Great Danes. The Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion will feature displays, ticket giveaways and activities from local sports teams from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saratoga Beach Towel Giveaway presented by Upstate Ford Dealers
Wednesday, August 21
The season's third premium giveaway - a Saratoga beach towel, presented by Upstate Ford Dealers - will kick off the countdown to the 150th running of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers. The circular beach towel is a colorful rendering of a thoroughbred and jockey charging down the main track with the iconic Saratoga grandstand in the background.
Stewart's Ice Cream Eating Contest
Wednesday, August 21
Come to Saratoga Race Course to compete in the ultimate in chilly contests at the annual Stewart's Ice Cream Eating Contest. Contestants will be divided into three age groups - kids, teens and adults - as they battle to see who can eat a pint of ice cream the fastest. The competition will take place in the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion.
New York Showcase Day
Friday, August 23
Travers weekend will kick off with New York Showcase Day, featuring six stakes races exclusively for New York-breds, including the $150,000 West Point Stakes presented by Trustco, $250,000 Albany for 3-year-olds and the $200,000 Funny Cide for budding New York-bred stars.
Saturday, August 24
The 150th running of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers will be the centerpiece of a supercharged Travers Day. Joining the Mid-Summer Derby for 3-year-olds will be five other Grade 1 stakes: the $850,000 Sword Dancer Invitational at 1 ½ miles on the turf, the $500,000 Ketel One Ballerina for filly and mare sprinters, the $600,000 Forego at seven furlongs, the $500,000 H. Allen Jerkens Memorial presented by Runhappy for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs, and the $700,000 Personal Ensign presented by Lia Infiniti for fillies and mares going 1 1/8 miles. Rounding out the blockbuster card is the Grade 2, $400,000 Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa for turf fillies and mares.
Fans are invited to enjoy a brunch buffet and bottomless mimosas and bloody mary's in The Rail at the 1863 Club, the first-floor hospitality area of the all-new 1863 Club. Tickets are available by calling the NYRA Box Office at (844) NYRA-TIX.
Italian & Irish American Day
Wednesday, August 28
The day-long celebration of Italian and Irish heritage will feature traditional music, dance, food, entertainment and games at the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saratoga Zip-Up Hoodie Sweatshirt presented by Lia Infiniti
Sunday, September 1
Fans will celebrate closing weekend of the 2019 Saratoga meet with the final giveaway of the season - a Saratoga sweatshirt, presented by Lia Infiniti. The gray hooded, zip-up sweatshirt is adorned with the red Saratoga logo.
Monday, September 2
The 2019 meet will come to a close with the traditional final feature race, the 115th running of the Grade 1, $350,000 Runhappy Hopeful for 2-year-olds, which affords racing fans a preview of potential standouts in next year's Triple Crown series and Travers.
Taste NY: Wine & Spirits
Come sample varietals of wine and spirits from the best of the best New York State wineries and distilleries. Enjoy live music while sipping on select spirits every Thursday from noon to 5 p.m. in the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion. Five samples are just $5! Guests must be 21 years or older to participate.
Low Roller Challenge
Every Thursday and Sunday
Thursday’s and Sunday’s will include the Low Roller Challenge which allows aspiring handicappers the opportunity to experience the thrill of tournament play for $40, with $30 going towards live bankroll and $10 to the prize pool. Registration begins at 11 a.m. near the Fourstardave Sports Bar and the challenge ends after the final post.
Taste NY: Craft Beer & Cider
Come sample varietals of craft beers and ciders from the best of the best New York State breweries and cideries. Enjoy live music while sipping on select spirits every Thursday from noon to 5 p.m. in the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion. Five samples are just $5! Guests must be 21 years or older to participate.
Showcasing the tradition of style in thoroughbred racing, Fashion Saturdays will feature women's and men's fashion apparel from local retailers such as The Pink Paddock, Miss Scarlett Boutique and The National, as well as a selection of home décor and jewelry items. Guests can stop by the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Berkshire Bank Family Sundays
Guests may visit the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. for a wide variety of family-friendly activities, games, attractions and educational activities each Sunday of the All games and activities are free.
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