What’s Happening Week #2 at Saratoga Race Course
By John Durso, Jr; Mark Bardack | 07/22/2014 02:57 PM ET
WHAT: Week #2 of Saratoga Race Course
WHEN: Wednesday, July 23 – Monday, July 28
WHERE: Saratoga Race Course andvarious locations in Saratoga Springs
WEDNESDAY, JULY 23
International Heritage Series Latino-American Day: The New York Racing Association, Inc. will host Latino-American Day at Saratoga Race Course. The event is the first installment of the inaugural International Heritage Series, a weekly celebration of global culture and heritage during the 2014 summer meet. The day-long festive event will feature Latino music, dance, entertainment, crafts and food from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Saratoga Pavilion. The afternoon will feature a Spanish call of the second race (1 p.m. post time), named in honor of the International Heritage Series, by Spanish language race announcer Luis Grandison. Musical and dance performances from Mambo Dragons, Saratoga Savoy, Gilda Vullo and DJ Enrique Loco Lopez will take place in the Saratoga Pavilion and near the Saratoga bandstand and gazebo throughout the afternoon.
THURSDAY, JULY 24
Taste NY: Wine & Cheese:Thursday marks the debut of a new weekly attraction for the 2014 meet – Taste NY: Wine & Cheese. The event will allow track patrons the opportunity to sample varietals of wine from numerous New York State wineries. The tasting will be held from noon to 4 p.m. in the Saratoga Pavilion.
FRIDAY, JULY 25
College Day, presented by Toyota: Saratoga Race Course will welcome college students to the sixth annual College Day. The New York Racing Association will offer college students enrolled in the upcoming academic year the chance to win one of numerous $1,000 scholarships, 2014 Saratoga grandstand season passes and other prizes offered throughout the day. Students may register in the backyard near the Big Red Spring beginning at 11 a.m. All college students who register will receive a $5 voucher.
The New York Racing Association will also pay tribute to the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Champions from Union College with a race named in their honor. Union Head Coach Rick Bennett will present the trophy to the winner of the day’s race.
Northeastern Fine Jewelry will offer racing fans the opportunity to win a picnic lunch for 20 people at Saratoga Race Course by posting a Twitter selfie photo taken at Saratoga Race Course on College Day. Contest participants must follow @NEFJewelry on Twitter and tag the Northeastern Fine Jewelry handle in the tweet.
Taste NY: Craft Beer & Cider: Friday marks the second installment of a new weekly attraction for the 2014 meet – Taste NY: Craft Beer & Cider. The event will allow track patrons the opportunity to sample numerous craft beers produced exclusively by a dozen New York State breweries. The tasting will be held from noon to 4 p.m. in the Saratoga Pavilion. This week’s lead breweries are Adirondack Brewery of Lake George and Brown’s Brewing Co. of Troy.
SATURDAY, JULY 26
A Dandy Day:A pair of graded stakes headline one of the most highly anticipated Saturdays on the Saratoga calendar. Racing fans may get a glimpse of the field for the Travers in the running of the Grade 2 Jim Dandy for 3-year-olds. The afternoon also features the Grade 2 Amsterdam for 3-year-old sprinters.
Permanently Disabled Jockeys' Fund (PDJF) Day Across America: The New York Racing Association's historic Saratoga Race Course will unite with racetracks across the country on Saturday with autograph signings, photo opportunities and the first jockey foot race in 20 years at the Spa as part of the first Permanently Disabled Jockeys' Fund (PDJF) Day Across America.
Every jockey riding at Saratoga on Saturday will be available during a one-hour autograph session outside the silks room beginning at 11:30 a.m. For a $5 donation to the PDJF, fans can receive autographs from Hall of Famers and rising stars alike, including John Velazquez, Edgar Prado, Javier Castellano, Rosie Napravnik, Rajiv Maragh, Jose and Irad Ortiz, Jr., Julien Leparoux, Taylor Rice and Joel Rosario.
Later in the day, a field of 13 jockeys will break from the starting gate and compete in a one-half furlong foot race on the main track. For a $5 donation, guests will be able to "bet" on their choice and be entered for a chance to win a VIP Day at the Races for two on Travers Day, August 23 along with other prizes. Filiberto Leon won the last jockey foot race at Saratoga in a photo finish over Velazquez in 1995.
Post position for the jockey race will be drawn on Wednesday, July 23.
Lord & Taylor Fashion Saturdays: This new weekly event is designed to highlight the tradition of style and glamour in thoroughbred racing with a Lord & Taylor pop-up shop at the Saratoga Pavilion each Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Track patrons will be invited to dress their best for the chance to be crowned Most Fashionable at Saratoga. Two winners every week will each receive a $250 Lord & Taylor gift card and have the opportunity to present a trophy in the winner’s circle.
SUNDAY, JULY 27
Shuvee Handicap: The day’s race card will feature the Grade 3 Shuvee Handicap for older fillies and mares.
Pilsner Glass Set Giveaway: Racing fans will raise a toast to Saratoga’s second giveaway of the 2014 meet: a set of Saratoga Race Course pilsner glasses, free with paid admission, while supplies last. Guests will be able to redeem up to three vouchers at Saratoga Race Course’s giveaway redemption areas, including the one they receive with paid admission and the two additional vouchers they are able to purchase at the multiple admissions line beneath the grandstand.
Taste NY: Food and Artisans: Returning for the 2014 summer meet, Taste NY: Food & Artisans is a lively on-track market of up to 19 food and artisan vendors featuring products made exclusively in New York State. The market will be held each Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Saratoga Pavilion.
MONDAY, JULY 28
HRTV Honorable Miss Handicap: Theday’s feature race is the Grade 2 Honorable Miss Handicap for older filly and mare sprinters.
Berkshire Bank Family Mondays: Monday will be highlighted by Berkshire Bank Family Mondays – a weekly attraction held every Monday from noon to 4 p.m. inside the Saratoga Pavilion. The weekly event features a variety of free family-friendly activities for all ages, including face painting, arts and crafts, mascot appearances and bounce inflatables. This week’s featured activity will invite families to get a glimpse at what life was like for children at the end of the 19thcentury with a mobile version of the “Days Gone By” exhibit from the Scotia-Glenville Children’s Museum. The exhibit will feature various toys, game, appliances and horse-related items from the 19thcentury.