Saratoga, the Summer Place To Be, will soon be highlighted by world-class thoroughbred racing at the Historic Saratoga Race Course, as the 2016 summer meet kicks-off later this month. The New York Racing Association, Inc. recently announced a 40-day lineup of entertainment and special events for the 2016 summer season at Saratoga Race Course.
The event schedule for the annual summer meet will feature a number of new happenings alongside returning traditions and perennial favorites. Event activities will take place in the Saratoga Pavilion, which for the first time this season will be presented by Time Warner Cable News.
The highlight of the 2016 special events schedule is the all-new NYRA Bets Lounge, which will welcome both new and experienced horseplayers alike to explore the ins and outs of racing and wagering each Saturday of the season at the Saratoga Pavilion.
Guests to the NYRA Bets Lounge will have the opportunity to receive personal tutorials on the fundamentals and strategies of wagering from professional handicappers. Various jockeys, trainers and other racing figures will visit the lounge to greet fans and answer questions about the sport. Guests will also enjoy a champagne bar and clothing boutique, amongst other features. Opening weekend of the 2016 season, July 22-24, is presented by NYRA Bets.
The upcoming season will also feature the New York Heritage and Tourism series.The series of events on Wednesdays will include traditional celebrations to recognize the contributions of New York's military service members, as well as those of Irish- and Italian-American heritage. The New York Racing Association will utilize the popularity of Saratoga Race Course as a platform to showcase additional tourism destinations and attractions across New York State. The series will launch on Wednesday, July 27 with a lineup of attractions from the City of Saratoga Springs which will include members of the Downtown Business Association who are participating in the newly expanded Saratoga Season Perks program.
2016 Saratoga Race Course Events & Happenings:
OPENING DAY AT SARATOGA: Friday, July 22
TASTE NY: CRAFT BEER: Every Friday beginning Friday, July 22
HATS OFF TO SARATOGA: Friday, July 22 - Saturday, July 23
FOURSTARDAVE SPORTS BAR: Daily from July 22 - September 5
WOODFORD RESERVE FRIDAYS AT THE POST: Every Friday beginning Friday, July 22
NYRA BETS LOUNGE: Every Saturday beginning Saturday, July 23
KETEL ONE PARTY AT THE POST: Every Saturday beginning Saturday, July 23
25TH ANNUAL HAT CONTEST PRESENTED BY HATSATIONAL BY DEI: Sunday, July 24
TASTE NY: FOOD & ARTISANS: Every Sunday beginning Sunday, July 24
BERKSHIRE BANK FAMILY MONDAYS: Every Monday beginning Monday, July 25
NEW YORK HERITAGE AND TOURISM: SARATOGA SPRINGS Wednesday, July 27
TASTE NY: CIDER, WINE & SPIRITS: Every Thursday beginning Thursday, July 28
COLLEGE & ALUMNI DAY: Friday, July 29
PERMANENTLY DISABLED JOCKEYS' FUND AWARENESS DAY: Saturday, July 30
NEW YORK HERITAGE AND TOURISM: MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY Wednesday, August 3
WHITNEY DAY AND THE FASIG-TIPTON FESTIVAL OF RACING: Saturday, August 6
NEW YORK HERITAGE AND TOURISM: IRISH-AMERICAN DAY Wednesday, August 10
FABULOUS FILLIES DAY: Thursday, August 11
JOCKEY LEGENDS DAY: Saturday, August 13
NEW YORK HERITAGE AND TOURISM: ITALIAN-AMERICAN DAY Wednesday, August 17
LUSTGARTEN FOUNDATION DAY: Saturday, August 20
NEW YORK HERITAGE AND TOURISM: LAKE PLACID/ADIRONDACKS Wednesday, August 24
STEWART'S ICE CREAM EATING CONTEST: Wednesday, August 24
SARATOGA RED JACKET CEREMONY: Friday, August 26
TRAVERS DAY: Saturday, August 27
SEASON PERKS FAN APPRECIATION WEEK: Monday, August 29 -Monday, September 5
NEW YORK HERITAGE AND TOURISM: BREW CENTRAL NY Wednesday, August 31
FINAL STRETCH FESTIVAL: Saturday, September 3 - Sunday, September 4
CLOSING DAY: Monday, September 5
The 2016 summer meet at Saratoga Race Course begins on Friday, July 22 and concludes on Labor Day, Monday, September 5. To purchase season and weekly ticket plans, visit www.nyra.com/saratoga. For daily seats, visit Ticketmaster.com. For more information about Saratoga Race Course, call (518) 584-6200 or visit www.nyra.com/saratoga.