Some of the plans for the 150th anniversary of racing have been announced and it is sure to be an amazing event. Officials have announced there will be concerts, contests, cash giveaways, free trips to Triple Crown races and more.
On Thursday people gathered at the historic Saratoga Race Course to listen to officials announce the first plans for the event that will be taking place next year. The event's honorary co-chair, Marylou Whitney and her husband John Hendrickson, were there. Both were very excited about this milestone event.
Thoroughbred racing started in Saratoga in 1863 at the Horse Haven track near the present-day Oklahoma Training Track on the north side of Union Avenue. But the next year the racing moved to the other side of the street where it has been ever since. The official 150th anniversary date is August 3, 2013.
People can support the sesquicentennial by purchasing a membership from $15 up to $150. These memberships will bring different benefits, such as apparel and admissions to different events. One lucky $150-level member will win a trip for two to all three 2013 Triple Crown races (Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes), including air fare and lodging.
Other activities will include a best-decorated business window contest, military encampments, a pops concert, horse shows, boxing at Saratoga Springs City Center and historical lectures and exhibits. It is sure to be one of the biggest events Saratoga has ever hosted.