Saratoga Race Course Schedule

In Ian Fleming’s Diamonds Are Forever, James Bond and Felix Leiter venture to Saratoga Springs, New York. This has always interested me because I’m from Upstate New York, and Saratoga happened to be not far from where I lived.

In connection with Bond, I thought I’d post the Saratoga Race Course schedule, as horse racing is the main spectacle in Saratoga Springs. Obviously, Ian Fleming found it interesting enough to mention, too.

If you’re ever heading to Upstate New York during the summer, Saratoga is certainly the place to visit. If you’re not into horse racing, there’s plenty of night life, shopping, and outdoor activities to enjoy.

  • August 19th: Women’s Day – An expo for the ladies at the Track! Women will have an opportunity to learn about health, fashion and other women’s issues at many booths set up in the backyard area.
  • August 22nd – 30th: The Travers Festival – A week long festival of equine-oriented events as well as many fun family events and community competitions. The highlight of the festival is the $1 million Shadwell Travers Stakes on the 29th. For specific details on this year’s events, pick up a brochure at the Track or call 1-800-526-8970.August 26th: Stewart’s Ice Cream Eating Contest – Three age groups can participate – kids, teens and adults – to see how much ice cream they can handle! Winners receive gift certificates for free Stewart’s Shops ice cream.

    August 28th: Battle Of The Brews – Beer tasting contest ($25 to participate) for those 21 and older to vote on their favorites. Event benefits the Adirondack-Saratoga chapter of the American Red Cross.

  • August 29th: Travers Day – Also nicknamed the Midsummer Derby, the Travers Stakes is the oldest major thoroughbred race in the nation, and the most highly anticipated event of the Saratoga meet.September 2nd: Proud To Be An American Day – Saratoga Race Course honors veterans and active military with FREE grandstand admission (proper identification required), compliments of Saratoga County.

    September 4th: Party At The Park / College Day – Formerly known as Sunset Racing days, there are 2 Party At The Park days during the 2009 Saratoga meet where racing starts and ends later in the day than usual. Gates open at 12 noon, and first post time is 2:30 pm. There will be live music on stage in the backyard of the track. On this second Party At The Park event, college students will have a shot at winning a $1000 scholarship after each race of the day.

  • September 4th – September 7th: Final Stretch Weekend – On Friday visit the track for Party At The Park. A downtown music festival will take place on Satuday and Sunday. The Annual Family Fun fest will take place on Sunday and Monday. There will be a Labor Day BBQ on Monday.
  • September 7th: Closing Day – The meet concludes with a traditonal Labor Day barbeque on Monday. To order, call 88-285-5961.

For more information, visit Saratoga.com.

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