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What's Happening: Week 5 at Saratoga Race Course

By Eric Wing; Mark Bardack | 08/14/2013 11:07 AM ET


WHAT:           Week #5 of Saratoga Race Course

WHEN:           Tuesday, August 13 – Monday, August 19, 2013

WHERE:        Saratoga Race Course & various locations in Saratoga Springs



  • Saratoga at 150 Presentation: Saratoga historian Paul Roberts will review the history and architecture of several race courses around the world and assess Saratoga’s place in worldwide racing after 150 years during a presentation at the National Museum of Racing at 7 p.m. The lecture is sponsored by The New York Racing Association, Inc. and presented by the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation and the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased in advance at www.saratogapreservation.org or at the door on the evening of the event. All proceeds benefit the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation and the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.


  • Fabulous Fillies Day: The New York Racing Association, Inc. will celebrate women and their contributions to the thoroughbred industry while raising funds to support The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) during Fabulous Fillies Day at Saratoga Race Course. All fans who wear pink receive free grandstand admission. As many as 2,000 Fabulous Fillies bags, courtesy of French Mountain Commons and Log Jam Outlet Centers in Lake George, NY, will be distributed to women and girls in the backyard. Women will also be invited to attend a Fabulous Fillies Fashion Show in the event tent located inside the Reserved Seats Box Office entrance beginning at 1:30 p.m. The fashion show will feature clothing and accessories from Brooks Brothers, Tommy Hilfiger, Wilson, Banana Republic, Nine West, Merrell, Kenneth Cole, Gap, J. Crew, Guess and Chico’s. Women will also be treated to tarot card readings and henna tattoos at the event tent with proceeds to benefit BCRF.  Additionally, pink wristbands will be distributed to fans inside the gates with a donation to BCRF.  
  • Sizzling Hot Pink Saratoga Hat Luncheon presented by Escada: The centerpiece of Fabulous Fillies Day will be the Sizzling Hot Pink Saratoga Hat Luncheon presented by Escada at 11:30 a.m. in the At the Rail Pavilion. This year’s luncheon is in honor of Marylou Whitney, a long-time owner, breeder and philanthropist in Saratoga Springs. The luncheon will feature guest speaker Larry Norton, MD, leading the discussion Breast Cancer: How We Are Winning the Race. General tickets are $150 per person. All proceeds from ticket sales benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Tickets may be purchased by contacting Joanne K. Adams by phone at 518-584-6200 or via email at jadams@nyrainc.com.


  • Newborn Screening Exhibit: The New York State Department of Health will display an exhibit on the importance of newborn screening at Saratoga Race Course. Provided by the Association of Public Health Laboratories, the national exhibit reveals the scientific discoveries that enable mass, rapid and accurate testing of newborns. The exhibit will be on display at the event tent on Wednesday and outside the Jockey Silks Room on Thursday before returning to the event tent again on Friday.


  • Breakfast with the Jockeys: Fans are invited to share a special morning with their favorite jockeys during breakfast on the Clubhouse porch at Saratoga Race Course between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. Several members of the Saratoga jockey colony will be available to greet fans, take photos and sign autographs during the Times Union Jockey Breakfast.
  • Dunkin’ Donuts Thursdays: Each Thursday of the 2013 meet, all racing fans who present a Dunkin’ Donuts card or show the Dunkin’ Donuts app on their mobile phone at the admission gates will receive a $2 discount on grandstand admission.



  • Family Friday: Friday marks the meet’s fourth Family Friday – an attraction that will stretch the length of the 2013 season. The family festivals are held each Friday from noon to 4 p.m. in the event tent, located inside the entrance to the Reserved Seats Office near the Carousel. Family Fridays feature a variety of free, family-friendly activities, including a bounce inflatable and the Tiny Tots Tea Room arts and crafts table. Kids and families will enjoy the Mad Science interactive exhibit with putty, slime, dry ice, and other hands-on activities.
  • Coca-Cola Best Bet: Fridays feature the Coca-Cola Best Bet: adult grandstand admission, a Post Parade program, a hot dog and Coca-Cola for $5. The Coca-Cola Best Bet offer is found on Coca-Cola displays at participating retailers throughout the Capital Region. The voucher can be redeemed at the Reserved Seats Office on Union Avenue on any Friday during the season.



  • The Alabama and Sword Dancer: Alabama Day at Saratoga Race Course features the Grade 1 Alabama for 3-year-old fillies and the Grade 1 Sword Dancer Invitational for 3-year-olds and up on the turf. The races will be shown live on NBC Sports Network from 5 to 6 p.m.
  • $2 Bettors’ Ball: Presented by the Saratoga 150 Committee, the $2 Bettors’ Ball will feature a night of celebration for racing fans, including music from many eras, food, dancing and more at the Saratoga City Center. Attire is festive. Free admission with a Saratoga 150 medallion and $10 for admission without a medallion. Must be 21 years of age and older to attend.



  • Saratoga 150 Baseball Cap Giveaway: Racing fans will take home a black baseball cap featuring the Saratoga 150 logo on the front as the third giveaway of the anniversary meet. Free with paid admission, while supplies last.
  • Travers 1864 Restaurant Week: Approximately 40 restaurants and eateries throughout the greater Capital Region will offer special pricing and menus in celebration of the crowned jewel of the Spa racing season during the fourth annual Travers 1864 Restaurant Week. From Sunday, August 18 through Thursday, August 22, diners have the opportunity to indulge in a three-course meal at participating restaurants for the prix-fixe cost of $18.64, the year of the inaugural running of the Travers, the oldest major stakes race in the country for 3-year-olds. For a complete list of participating restaurants and to view the prix-fixe menus, please visit here.


  • Taste NY at Saratoga Race Course: An all-new attraction for the 2013 meet, Taste NY at Saratoga Race Course is held each Sunday of the racing season from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Located at the event tent inside the entrance to the Reserved Seats Box Office near the Carousel, the lively market features numerous vendors and artisans offering products made exclusively in New York State.
  • The Woodford Reserve Lake Placid: The day’s feature race is the Grade 2 Woodford Reserve Lake Placid for 3-year-old fillies on the turf.



  • Saratoga Trading Card Set: Fans will have the opportunity to get the third set of “History of the Game” Saratoga Trading Cards – the new collectible item for the 2013 meet. The trading card set honors a number of the most memorable thoroughbreds, trainers, jockeys and races to have been associated with Saratoga Race Course over the past 150 years. The commemorative Saratoga trading cards will be distributed in packs of 10 over the course of four days throughout the meet for a total of 40 collectible cards. A limited run of 10,000 complete sets will be produced for the 2013 meet.


    • BALL Watch Giveaway: Beginning Monday, racing fans will have the opportunity to win a BALL Watch timepiece worth approximately $10,000. The watch is courtesy of BALL Watch USA and Northeastern Fine Jewelry, the official timepiece and jeweler of Saratoga Race Course. Entries will be accepted at ballwatchusa.sweptin.com/giveaway through August 31. The winner will be selected via random drawing. BALL Watch USA and Northeastern Fine Jewelry will serve as the presenting sponsors of the Union Avenue (NYB) Stakes on Monday, August 19.