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Saratoga Race Course has three main "premium" restaurants where seats must be reserved and dress code policies are enforced. Some seats at these restaurants offer excellent views of the track. This year, seats at The Turf Terrace, The Club Terrace and The Porch not only cost more, but reservations must also be paid in advance.

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A new attraction at Saratoga Race Course this year gives local racing honorees a place of their own: The Saratoga Walk of Fame. The new structure houses plaques for individuals who have been influential in the advancement of Saratoga Race Course, making significant contributions to the sport of thoroughbred racing.

"The Saratoga Walk of Fame is our way of acknowledging and recognizing these individuals for their dedication to the sport with a place to publicly enshrine their accomplishments," said New York Racing Association CEO and President Chris Kay. "We hope our guests will enjoy Saratoga's newest attraction which is designed to highlight the contributions of our industry's leading pioneers and achievers for decades to come."

The Saratoga Walk of Fame is a new covered structure, located near the carousel, that features an historic design in the classic Saratoga style, right down to the iconic turrets crowning the roof.

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Even in its first year, the attraction will already have 6 plaques on display, with 2 more lined up to be added this season. This because, although the Saratoga Walk of Fame is new this year, it is the culmination of a tradition that actually began a couple years ago.

Opening Day will be here before you know it! With what's said to be the best season yet at the Saratoga Race Course, NYRA has announced two new reserved seating options for visitors! Those who have been in the habit of heading to the track early to grab a picnic table, will especially want to take note.

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While last week we told you about some exciting possible news regarding the 2015 Saratoga Race Course season, this week we are, unfortunately, the bearer of bad news.

NYRA has officially pulled the plug on the 34-year-old tradition of Open House Day that traditionally preceded Opening Day.
 
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In the best news I've heard all week: Triple Crown winner American Pharoah's owner, Ahmed Zayat stated after the Belmont Stakes that it was likely that the next start for the popular horse would be in the $1 million, Grade I Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on Sunday, August 2.

However, luckily for all of us in Saratoga, that may have changed...

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If you recall at the beginning of June, we told you about the public's mostly negative reaction to NYRA's proposed renovations to the Saratoga Race Course at a crowded public hearing. The public is worried that the track's historical charm will be sacrificed amongst making upgrades such as a luxe "At The Rail" building and the new two-story jockey headquarters.

If you have an opinion on the matter, now is the time to make your voice heard! The state has granted a two-week extension for the public to comment on NYRA's fast-moving redevelopment project of the Saratoga Race Course.

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At a crowded public hearing last week, many Saratoga residents, groups and racing enthusiasts gathered to voice their opinions on the planned developments at Saratoga Race Course, which are expected to total as much as $110 million over the course of a decade.

After brushing up on reports from various local news sources, including WNYT, News 10, Times Union and The Saratogian, it's easy to see a pattern; as one speaker so eloquently put it, "The devil is in the details."

While the speakers all had different concerns over these unprecedented developments, one prevailing theme rang clear: "Make necessary upgrades, but don't spoil what we love most about the track."

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The Saratoga Horse Expo will once again be returning for its 5th year at the Saratoga Race Course on September 12th and 13th.  This year, the Expo will offer something for every horse lover of every age and all levels of interest. Whether you ride, compete, or just love to watch the horses... there is something for you!
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Next time you're in Stewart's picking up your hand packed pint, why not grab your tickets to the Race Course, as well? That's right, as of June 1st, Stewart's will be selling season passes to the track at over 200 stores from Ulster to Warren County! 

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Interested in working at Saratoga Race Course this summer? Touch up your resume, iron your suit, and head to the Saratoga City Center on June 11-13 for NYRA's annual job fair!

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