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Friday, August 10

Tale of the Cat
The $100,000 Tale of the Cat for sprinters is the feature in the afternoon.

Saratoga Challenge
Friday marks the first in a pair of live money challenges which will occur as two separate one-day contests. The Saratoga Challenge on Friday will guarantee a first-place payout of $15,000, as well as awarding entries to the 2019 Belmont Stakes Challenge to the top finishers and the 2019 National Handicapping Championship to the top three finishers. The challenge will consist of wagering exclusively on Saratoga races through the following pools only: Win, Place, Show, Exacta, Trifecta, Quinella and Daily Double. Friday is a $1,000 minimum buy-in. For more information about the Saratoga Challenges, visit NYRA.com/Challenge. 

Taste NY: Craft Beer
This weekly event offers guests a selection of New York craft beers available for sampling in partnership with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. Fans will be able to sample five craft beers for $5 at the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion from noon to 5 p.m. 

Paint & Sip
Guests will be able to enjoy a beverage while they craft their own masterpiece on the grounds of Saratoga Race Course. The Paint & Sip event includes admission to the Whitney Suite, art supplies, snacks and a race day program. Those interested can purchase tickets by calling the NYRA Box Office at 844-NYRA-TIX.

The Last Race Showcase at The Stretch 
NYRA invites fans who are in attendance to experience The Stretch for free from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Stretch is Saratoga’s exclusive new hospitality area located in the Grandstand at the Top of the Stretch. There will be food and drink specials and live DJ entertainment. Fans can enjoy the new amenities at The Stretch, including a private bar, concessions, hi-def video screens and televisions, and dramatic views of the Stretch run. 

Community Outreach Booth
The Community Outreach Booth will host Dyer Phelps, the oldest African American ministry in Saratoga Springs, dating back to its establishment in 1862 by Miss Dyer Phelps.

 

Saturday, August 11

Fourstardave, Adirondack and Fasig-Tipton Lure
The headlining Grade 1, $500,000 Fourstardave will be accompanied by the Grade 2, $200,000 Adirondack. The card will also include the $100,000 Fasig-Tipton Lure rescheduled from Whitney Day.

NYRA Bets Seminar
Join host Pete Fornatale with Hall of Fame jockey Angel Cordero, Jr. and handicappers Jake Ballis and Jonathon Kinchen for a special seminar at the NYRA Bets Simulcast Center, located on the second floor of the Grandstand near The Stretch. The seminar begins at 11 a.m. 

Fourstardave Challenge
Saturday marks the second in a pair of live money challenges which will occur as two separate one-day contests. The Fourstardave Challenge on Saturday will guarantee a first-place payout of $25,000, as well as awarding the same entries as on Friday. The challenge will consist of wagering exclusively on Saratoga races through the following pools only: Win, Place, Show, Exacta, Trifecta, Quinella and Daily Double. Friday is a $2,000 minimum buy-in. For more information about the Saratoga Challenges, visit NYRA.com/Challenge. 

Saratoga Challenge
Friday marks the first in a pair of live money challenges which will occur as two separate one-day contests. The Saratoga Challenge on Friday will guarantee a first-place payout of $15,000, as well as awarding entries to the 2019 Belmont Stakes Challenge to the top finishers and the 2019 National Handicapping Championship to the top three finishers. The challenge will consist of wagering exclusively on Saratoga races through the following pools only: Win, Place, Show, Exacta, Trifecta, Quinella and Daily Double. Friday is a $1,000 minimum buy-in. For more information about the Saratoga Challenges, visit NYRA.com/Challenge. 

Fashion Saturdays
Designed to showcase the tradition of style in thoroughbred racing, Fashion Saturdays will feature women’s and men’s apparel and accessories from local retailers, as well as a selection of home décor, spa care and jewelry items at the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Woodford Reserve and Jeff Brisbin at the Jim Dandy Bar
Guests are invited to the Jim Dandy Bar to sample Woodford Reserve Saratoga Personal Selection, crafted exclusively for racing fans at the Spa, from 2 to 4 p.m. 

Ketel One Saturdays at The Post
The fun will continue each Saturday of the season with the Ketel One Saturdays at The Post. Fans are invited to sample the new Ketel One Botanicals from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The Last Race Showcase at The Stretch
The Stretch is Saratoga’s exclusive new hospitality area located in the Grandstand at the Top of the Stretch. There will be food and drink specials and live DJ entertainment. Fans can enjoy the new amenities at The Stretch, including a private bar, concessions, hi-def video screens and televisions, and dramatic views of the Stretch run. 

Community Outreach Booth
The Community Outreach Booth will host TAKE THE LEAD, which was launched by the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association to find homes for retired racehorses. TAKE THE LEAD partners with established aftercare programs to provide rehabilitation and retraining placements for thoroughbreds retiring from competition on the New York circuit.

 

Sunday, August 12

Saratoga Special and Fasig-Tipton Waya
Sunday will feature the Grade 2, $200,000 Saratoga Special, presented by Miller Lite, and the Grade 3, $200,000 Fasig-Tipton Waya rescheduled from Whitney Day.

SaraYoga
Racing fans will be able to enjoy the tranquility of SaraYoga, a one-hour yoga session, which also includes brunch, a complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary, admission and gratuity. The yoga session will begin at 8 a.m. and yoga mat rentals will be available. Those interested can purchase tickets by calling the NYRA Box Office at 844-NYRA-TIX.

Low Roller Challenge
Sunday 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.

Taste NY: Food and Artisans
Each Sunday of the season will welcome guests to a lively on-track market of numerous food and artisan vendors featuring products made exclusively in New York State. The market will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion.

Community Outreach Booth
The Community Outreach Booth will host The Joseph Ahmed Foundation, which aims to promote treatment and cure of Ewing’s Sarcoma and other sarcomas by funding research, promoting the development of treatments, developing awareness, and providing support for patients and their loved ones. 

 

Monday, August 13

Saratoga Dew (NYB)
The day’s feature is the $100,000 Saratoga Dew for New York-bred fillies and mares. 

Berkshire Bank Family Mondays
Monday will be highlighted by Berkshire Bank Family Mondays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion. Free Jockey Autograph Books are available for children while supplies last. All kid-friendly games and activities, including the opportunity to pet a retired thoroughbred, are free of charge, with the exception of one designated activity which carries a suggested donation to benefit a local school or PTA. This week’s beneficiary is Stevens Elementary School in Ballston Lake. Berkshire Bank Family Mondays takes place just across from the Berkshire Bank Family Zone, an interactive play area featuring games, attractions, an Adirondack-style chair and Berkshire Bank charging station. The Berkshire Bank Family Zone is open every day of racing during the Saratoga season.

Low Roller Challenge
Monday will include the continuation of 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.

Community Outreach Booth
The Community Outreach Booth will host Friends of Moreau Lake, which partners with New York State Parks to enhance the experience for every visitor with education, events, and stewardship.

 

Tuesday, August 14

DARK DAY, NO RACES.

 

Wednesday, August 15

Bolton Landing
This day’s feature is the $100,000 Bolton Landing for two-year-old Fillies.

NYRA Bets Late Pick 5
The multi-race wager covers the last five races of every card of live racing at Saratoga. It features a minimum single-ticket payout of $150,000 daily and $300,000 on Saturdays to NYRA Bets customers nationwide online and on-track in New York. The offer is only available to NYRA Bets customers. 

NYRA Bets Promotions
New customers who sign up for NYRA Bets using the promo code “SPA” will receive a $200 new member bonus. Visit NYRABets.com for details. Play the Trifecta in a selected stakes every day at Saratoga to earn a 10 percent bonus. Look for the stakes schedule on NYRABets.com.

Adirondacks Day
Saratoga Race Course will highlight the majestic Adirondacks region, including the home of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics, Lake Placid. The day-long event at the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion will feature activities, exhibits and entertainment which showcase the great attractions of the Adirondacks in upstate New York.

Community Outreach Booth
The Community Outreach Booth will host Center for Disability Services, which is upstate New York’s largest providers of services and programs for individuals who have disabilities.

 

Thursday, August 16

Union Avenue
This day’s feature is the $100,000 Union Ave. for Fillies and Mares three and up.

Taste NY: Cider, Wine & Spirits
Taste NY: Cider, Wine & Spirits offers guests a selection of spirits available for sampling in partnership with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. Fans will be able to sample five varietals for $5 at the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion from noon to 5 p.m. 

Aperol Thursdays at The Post
Each Thursday, guests have the opportunity to sample Aperol Spritz cocktails at The Post Bar from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Community Outreach Booth
The Community Outreach Booth will host K9s for Warriors, an organization dedicated to providing service canines to warriors suffering from PTSD, traumatic brain injury, and/or military sexual trauma as a result of military service post-9/11.

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