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New York Showcase Day

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Runhappy Travers weekend will kick off with New York Showcase Day, featuring six stakes for state-breds worth a combined $1.15 million. The lucrative card is headlined by the $250,000 Albany, a nine-furlong test for sophomores.

The day will also feature:

Tiz the Law Commemorative Poster Autograph Signing: Fans will have the opportunity to celebrate New York-bred Tiz the Law, last year’s Belmont Stakes and Runhappy Travers winner, during a special autograph session with owner Jack Knowlton of Sackatoga Stables; trainer Barclay Tagg; and jockey Manny Franco. The trio will offer autographed editions of a commemorative Tiz the Law poster at the Jockey Silks Room Porch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with a recommended donation to the Backstretch Employee Service Team and the New York Race Track Chaplaincy. Tiz the Law posters are free throughout the day at NYRA Bets Squad kiosks and Guest Services locations, while supplies last.

New York Craft Beer and Spirits Specials: New York Showcase Day will highlight beverages produced and distilled in the Empire State. Fans will enjoy New York craft beer, available in a 20-ounce commemorative Jockey Boot, for $10. The craft beer specials will be available at the Fourstardave Sports Bar and nearby Druthers Brewing Company Gazebo, as well as the Saranac Brewery portable bar on the second floor of the grandstand. New York-based spirits producer Cooperstown Distillery will offer complimentary samples of its Fenimore Gin Cucumber Cooler from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Jim Dandy Bar, presented by Cooperstown Distillery. The Fenimore Gin Cucumber Cooler will be the featured drink of the afternoon available at all dining areas, including The Porch, Club Terrace and Turf Terrace.

LifeWorks Community Action Food Drive: NYRA will host its annual food drive to benefit LifeWorks Community Action. Fans who donate at least three non-perishable items at the Community Outreach Booth will receive one free grandstand admission ticket for Wednesday, September 1 or Thursday, September 2. The collection will take place at the Community Outreach Booth from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

CDPHP Celebrates NYRA Hometown Heroes: NYRA will welcome the honorees of its Hometown Hero program, presented by CDPHP, to the winner’s circle for a named race in their honor. The NYRA Hometown Hero program, presented by CDPHP, recognizes local essential workers for their service and dedication to the community during the pandemic. 

Cutwater Spirits Tasting: Fans will be invited to enjoy complimentary samples of ready-to-drink cocktails from Cutwater Spirits at The Cutwater Stretch from 1 to 3 p.m. Must be at least 21 years old; while supplies last. 

Volcan Tequila Summer Music Stage: The Volcan Tequila Summer Music Stage will host live music from Sensemaya. 

Piazza Italia: The Piazza Italia, located in the Saratoga Events Pavilion, near Gate A, will host live music featuring Nick Collucio from noon to 4 p.m. Fans may enjoy authentic Italian food and beverages at the Piazza Italia every day of the Saratoga meet, including paninis with Italian meats and cheeses, Fratelli Beretta cold cuts, Monti Trentini cheeses, Italian Bindi Gelato, Tiramisu and Peroni Beer. 


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