Tomorrow is the most anticipated day of the historic Saratoga Race Meet – Travers Day! The 148th running of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers, affectionately called The Mid-Summer Derby, will highlight this weekend’s activities at the Saratoga Race Course.
Grandstand admission tickets purchased in advance for the Travers are $10. Grandstand admission on Travers Day, Saturday, August 26, will be $15. An extremely limited number of clubhouse admission tickets are currently available for $25. Clubhouse upgrades will not be available on Travers Day. Paid admission will be capped at 50,000 for the safety and comfort of all guests. All reserved seats, dining and hospitality are sold out for Travers Day.
Cadets from the United States Military Academy Parachute Team will perform a prevision freefall demonstration on Travers Day. The cadets will parachute onto the outer turf course from a helicopter hovering approximately 3,500 feet over the Saratoga infield at approximately 4:25 p.m. (weather permitting). A practice jump will occur at approximately 10:15 a.m. The cadets will utilize a remote camera to showcase the jump on the Saratoga video boards.
More highlights for Travers weekend:
SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 - TRAVERS DAY
Travers Day: Saratoga's most anticipated race - the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers, presented by NYRA Bets, will return for its 148th running as the feature on a blockbuster card. The Travers field will be led by Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming, Preakness winner Cloud Computing, and Belmont Stakes winner Tapwrit, which will mark the first time since 1982 that the individual winners of all three Triple Crown races will meet in the Travers. Post time for the Travers is 5:44 p.m. This year's Travers Day will feature five other Grade 1 stakes: the $1 million Sword Dancer Invitational, $500,000 Ketel One Ballerina, $600,000 Forego, $500,000 H. Allen Jerkens Memorial and $700,000 Personal Ensign. Rounding out the card is the Grade 2, $400,000 Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa.
Gates open at 7 a.m. on Travers Day, with a special first post time of 11:35 a.m. There is no breakfast on the clubhouse porch and no backstretch tram tours. There are no clubhouse upgrades on Travers Day.
All guests are subject to enhanced screening upon entering the grounds and will not be permitted to run once inside the property for their safety. This policy will be strictly enforced. There is a strict limit of one table per person that may be reserved in the backyard. Re-selling of picnic tables is not allowed and will result in expulsion from track grounds.
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 Backstretch Employee Service Team, which aids the hard-working men and women employed to take care of the horses in the barn area. Spa Mirbeau will offer chair and hand massage services on the Jockey Silks Porch from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In lieu of service fees, all guest contributions will be donated to the Backstretch Employee Service Team.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 27
Smart N Fancy: The day's feature race is the $100,000 Smart N Fancy for 3-year-old and up fillies and mares on the turf.
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.
Ketel One Kitchen: Sample Ketel One and club soda cocktails crafted with produce and herbs near the Fourstardave Sports Bar from 1 to 5 p.m.
Community Outreach Booth: The Community Outreach Booth will host the Center for Disability Services, a not-for-profit organization that strives to help people with disabilities by supporting and empowering them to live healthy and enriched lives.
MONDAY, AUGUST 28
Better Talk Now: The day's feature is for 3-year-olds at a mile on the turf for a purse of $100,000.
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 sixth Monday of the season is Scotia-Glenville Education Foundation of the Scotia-Glenville Central School District.
The first 500 kids, ages 12 and under, to visit the Pavilion will receive a free drawstring bag filled with school supplies, courtesy of Berkshire Bank. One drawstring bag per child, who must be present to receive.
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 Troy Boys & Girls Club, which serves the community by providing a safe place for youth. The club runs a daily after-school program and a 10-week summer program, which both contribute to the club's mission of providing a positive and healthy place for children.
For more information, go online to www.nyra.com.