This summer the fast-paced 40-day schedule is set to begin Friday, July 24th through Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2015 at the historic Saratoga Race Course, with racing conducted six days a week, Wednesday through Monday. World-class thoroughbred racing action in America’s oldest sporting venue, will boast seventeen Grade 1 stakes races, as well as Breeders’ Cup Challenge races, multiple graded stakes races, family festivals and events. The Saratoga meet is anchored by the Grade 1 Whitney on Saturday, August 8th and the 146th edition of the Grade 1 Travers Stakes on Saturday, August 29th. The race meet opens with the Hats Off To Saratoga Festival, July 24th – 25th, and culminates with the Final Stretch Festival, September 5th-6th. Both festivals will have live music downtown on Saturday and Sunday nights after a day at the races.
Various events and festivities throughout the meet make the Saratoga Season fun for all ages. There will be seven family days each Monday during the season, featuring a wide variety of family-friendly games, attractions and educational activities. Also returning to Saratoga Race Course is the highly popular Taste NY series which will feature an array of New York ciders, wines and spirits for sampling every Thursday of the meet; New York craft beer on Fridays; and New York foods and artisan crafts every Sunday of the Saratoga season.
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2015 Saratoga Race Course Meet General Information:
40 days, July 24-September 7
Weekdays – 11:00 a.m.
Weekends- 10:30 a.m.
Travers Day – 7:00 a.m.
1 p.m. daily (Dark Tuesdays)
11:45 a.m. on Travers Day, Saturday, August 29
12:30 p.m. on Whitney Day, Saturday, September 5 through Labor Day (Sept. 7)
Notable Stakes Races:
Jim Dandy, August 1
Whitney, August 8
Alabama, August 22
Travers, August 29
Woodward, September 5
Hopeful, September 7
Special Event Highlights:
OPENING DAY AT SARATOGA: Friday, July 24
HATS OFF TO SARATOGA: Friday, July 24 - Saturday, July 25
TASTE NY: CRAFT BEER: Beginning Friday, July 24
FASHION SATURDAYS: Beginning Saturday, July 25
24TH ANNUAL HAT CONTEST: Sunday, July 26
TASTE NY: FOOD & ARTISANS: Beginning Sunday, July 26
BASEBALL CAP GIVEAWAY: Sunday, July 26
BERKSHIRE BANK FAMILY MONDAYS: Beginning Monday, July 27
7TH ANNUAL COLLEGE DAY, PRESENTED BY TOYOTA: Wednesday, July 29
TASTE NY: CIDER, WINE & SPIRITS: Beginning Thursday, July 30
PERMANENTLY DISABLED JOCKEYS' FUND AWARENESS DAY: Saturday, August 1
COOLER BAG GIVEAWAY: Monday, August 3
SARATOGA CENTENNIAL DAY: Wednesday, August 5
FASIG-TIPTON FESTIVAL OF RACING: Saturday, August 8
JOCKEY LEGENDS DAY: Sunday, August 9
IRISH-AMERICAN DAY: Wednesday, August 12
FABULOUS FILLIES DAY: Thursday, August 13
ITALIAN-AMERICAN DAY: Wednesday, August 19
UMBRELLA GIVEAWAY: Wednesday, August 19
STEWART'S SHOPS DAY AND ICE CREAM EATING CONTEST: Wednesday, August 26
THE TRAVERS CELEBRATION: Thursday, August 27
SARATOGA RED JACKET CEREMONY: Friday, August 28
TRAVERS DAY: Saturday, August 29
THE FINAL COUNTDOWN: Monday, August 31 - Monday, September 7
MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY: Wednesday, September 2
FINAL STRETCH FESTIVAL: Saturday, September 5 - Sunday, September 6
LONG SLEEVE T-SHIRT GIVEAWAY: Sunday, September 6