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Track season is finally here - enjoy a hat contest, craft beer and food samples, a Bets Lounge, a Bets Squad, new amenities, giveaways, and of course the exciting racing, all happening this weekend at the Saratoga Race Track.

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For the eighth year, some of the country's top standardbred horses will converge on Saratoga Casino Hotel to compete in the Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Free for All (FFA) Pace. What puts this year's pace apart from previous years, though, is just how much talent there is in the field.

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With the 2016 summer racing meet at Saratoga Race Course just two days away, thoroughbred fans are preparing to make the yearly pilgrimage to Spa City. To help connect the historic racetrack with downtown Saratoga Springs and all those who enjoy one or both of these destinations, At The Post Live returns to the air waves for a fifth season starting tomorrow!

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The Kentucky Derby and The Preakness Stakes are in the past; it's time to look ahead toward Opening Day at Saratoga Race Course. To prepare for the upcoming 2016 Saratoga meet, NYRA will begin selling season admission passes at local Stewart's Shops on May 30!

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Editor's Note (5/24/2016): This article has been updated to reflect the results of Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal's awards ceremony.

Many Saratoga race fans still recall the highlights of the thrilling 2015 horse race reason. American Pharaoh's loss at the Travers Stakes here in Saratoga shocked many of us, but the horse's success earlier in the season captivated viewers. Unsurprisingly, the Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal picked the 2015 Belmont Stakes, where American Pharaoh achieved Triple Crown status, as a Sports Event of the Year finalist.

During its awards ceremony on May 18, Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal announced that the 2015 Belmont Stakes won Sports Event of the Year!

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Photo Courtesy of NYRA

It dates back to 1872 and is continuously referred to as "the most exciting two minutes in sports" - the Kentucky Derby!  

With plenty of parties and happenings on and leading up to Derby Day in Saratoga, you'll be ready to kick off the racing season in style.

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Attention, racing fans! If you're looking to take advantage of the convenience of a reserved table at Saratoga Race Course during the 2016 summer meet - including on the ever-popular Travers Day - mark your calendars for next Tuesday, May 10.

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We're less than three months away from opening day at Saratoga Race Course! If you haven't already purchased a season or weekly ticket plan or a season pass, mark your calendars because daily reserved seats go on sale next week.

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Full-season ticket plans and season admission passes went on sale this week for Saratoga Race Course, and yesterday, we were notified that initial sales have been brisk! With your purchase, you reap the benefits of an expanded Perks program with exclusive offers. These include the guarantee of a premium Saratoga giveaway and special discounts at more than 20 retail, restaurant and professional services locations in downtown Saratoga Springs.

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Editor's Note: This article was updated on 3/31/16 to include a link to details on the 2016 Season Perks program.

Have you been anxiously waiting for the start of the 2016 summer meet at Saratoga? You may still have four months until opening day, but if you're planning on purchasing reserved seats for the full racing season, you only have two more weeks until you can reserve your tickets!

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