Week 5 of the historic Saratoga Race Course's 2017 summer meet wraps up this weekend. Highlighted by the Alabama Stakes, NYRA premium giveaway, Taste NY, Berkshire Family Monday and more, fans of all ages will find something to enjoy alongside world-class thoroughbred racing.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 18
Skidmore: The day's feature race is the $100,000 Skidmore for 2-year-olds on the turf.
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 Department of Agriculture and Markets. Fans will be able to sample five craft beers for $5 at the Berkshire Bank Saratoga Pavilion from noon to 5 p.m.
Community Outreach Booth: The Community Outreach Booth will host the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, which aims to preserve the history and foster understanding of thoroughbred racing in America. The museum provides public access to equine art, artifacts, memorabilia, film, video, books, and historical archives.
Woodford Reserve Fridays at The Post: Racing fans are invited to continue their day at Saratoga with Woodford Reserve Fridays at The Post, the lively bar and entertainment spot located adjacent to the paddock. Each Friday of the meet will feature a DJ and dancing, cocktail samplings and trivia at The Post following the day's final race.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 19
Alabama: The day's feature race is for the nation's top 3-year-old fillies - the Grade 1, $600,000 Alabama at the classic distance of a mile and a quarter. The day's card also features the Grade 2, $300,000 Lake Placid, also for 3-year-old fillies, on the turf.
Lustgarten Foundation Day: Saratoga will honor the legacy of trainer Dominic Galluscio with a day to benefit The Lustgarten Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance scientific and medical research related to pancreatic cancer. The day will feature an autograph session with various Saratoga trainers from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. near the paddock mutuel bay. Autographs will be available for a suggested $10 donation, which will benefit The Lustgarten Foundation.
Taste NY: Food, Artisans & Craft Beer: Saturday will feature Taste NY: Food, Artisans and craft beer, a lively on-track market where guests can sample and shop New York food and crafts, and now enjoy craft beer tastings from select New York breweries (five samples for $5) in the Berkshire Bank Saratoga Pavilion from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The events will be complemented by handicapping tutorials and racing tips from the Bets Squad, as well as the opportunity to learn more about NYRA Bets and the all-new mobile app for Saratoga, NYRA XP.
Ketel One Party at The Post: The fun will continue each Saturday of the season with the Ketel One Party at The Post. Saturday evenings at Saratoga will feature music from a DJ following the day's final race, cocktail samplings and giveaways.
Community Outreach Booth: The Community Outreach Booth will host The Lustgarten Foundation, which aims to advance the scientific and medical research of the diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of pancreatic cancer by increasing funding and support of research, enhancing the dialogue among members of the medical and scientific communities, and increasing public awareness of pancreatic cancer.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 20
Summer Colony: The day's feature race is the $100,000 Summer Colony for fillies and mares.
Taste NY: Food and Artisans: The Sunday edition of the market will welcome guests to sample and shop New York food and crafts the Berkshire Bank Saratoga Pavilion from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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.
Community Outreach Booth: The Community Outreach Booth will host Girls Inc. of the Greater Capital Region, which provides a variety of programs specifically-designed for young women, and serves over 200 girls through afterschool programs in Albany and Schenectady.
MONDAY, AUGUST 21
Evan Shipman (NYB): The day's feature is for New York-bred 3-year-olds and up for a purse of $100,000.
Saratoga Cooler Bag Giveaway: Racing fans will take home the third giveaway of the 2017 meet, a red and black Saratoga cooler bag. All giveaways are free with paid admission, while supplies last. Season pass and season ticket plan holders are guaranteed a Saratoga premium giveaway item on the day of the giveaway contingent on the following: Season pass or season ticket plan holders must be in attendance at Saratoga Race Course, enter through the designated season ticket and pass holder lines and redeem the giveaway by 3 p.m. Redemptions will begin when gates open to the general public.
Berkshire Bank Family Mondays: Monday will be highlighted by Berkshire Bank Family Mondays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Berkshire Bank Saratoga Pavilion. 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. The beneficiary of the fifth Monday of the season is Chango Elementary School of Ballston Lake.
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 the Wilton Bicentennial Committee, which is planning a series of special events designed to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Town of Wilton throughout 2018.
For more information, go online to www.nyra.com.