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Tom Durkin is retiring after a 24 year long career as Saratoga County's favorite race track announcer. Durkin thrills horse racing fans with his exciting and unique style. The last race he calls will be held on August 31, 2014.

As the World Cup reaches the knockout stages, we have included a selection of bars, pubs and restaurants dedicated to watching the World Cup. Come down and watch the games over food and drinks and cheer your team to victory.

It is more important than ever to get behind your team this year! The US Men's National Team faces Blegium in the knockout stages July 1st, 4pm

Stewart's Shops and NYRA partnered to offer a great deal - season passes to the Saratoga Race Course! Passes will be sold at 150+ Capital Region Stewart's stores at incredible prices!

Beginning Thursday, April 30th, 2014, the two week Saratoga Springs Horse Show will celebrate its 55th consecutive show. Since 1960, the show has been the first outdoor USEF Premier (AA) Rating and USEF Jumper 4 Rating show in the Northeast. Last year, nearly 500 horses and riders of all ages arrived in Saratoga Springs to compete in this prestigious event.

This past weekend, Saratoga played host to Winter Olympics hopefuls as some of the top speedskaters in the country competed in the American Cup Short Track Speedskating Championship at the Saratoga Winter Club on Weibel Ave.


The event was held in preparation for the US Speedskating Olympic Trials, which will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah around the holidays. The best of the best will then move on to Team USA to compete for those prized medals in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games!

This year, however, the Olympic speedskater who holds the unofficial title of "most medaled U.S. athlete at the Winter Games" has announced he will not be competing.

The Saratoga 150 Viewing Stand Replica, built recently by Legacy Timber Frames and designed by Saratoga architect Phinney Design Group, restores and reinvigorates the Victorian aspect and history of the Oklahoma Track. It'll enthrall and excite anyone who appreciates the history or the horses!

Kevin Brockley of Gansevoort, New York, was the first chosen for the direct $15,000 wager as part of the Saratoga 150 celebration!

A free shuttle to the Saratoga Race Course is now available at the Saratoga Casino and Raceway!

Saratoga hat day is a time-honored tradition at the Racetrack. In fact, hats have been a longstanding tradition in Saratoga for several decades! This past weekend was the Hats Off To Saratoga Festival with the weekend concluding with the annual Saratoga Hat Contest on Sunday at the Racetrack.

The annual Saratoga Hat Contest is always such fun, seeing the creativity of Saratoga fans, young and old, sporting their most surprisingly outrageous and over-the-top hats. We roamed the track talking with and taking pictures of some of the most notable hats we saw to share with you. Be warned -- some hats are a bit wacky! Check out the variety and inventiveness of the vibrant community at work in the bizarre hats and outfits!

Even the New York Times can't believe Saratoga's celebrating it's 150th Birthday! A sweeping article combines history with personal anecdote, and remarks the area as a whole in addition to the racetrack. The article mentions some of Saratoga's most exciting features to give readers a taste of the town. 

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