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.
Running in Saturday’s memorial pace will be 2015 Overall Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, and 2015 defending champion, PH Supercam, among other decorated horses. The memorial pace’s purse is $260,000, with the evening’s total purse exceeding $500,000.
In addition to an exciting evening of harness racing, fans get to enjoy several other perks on Saturday. All fans who purchase a $2 race program will receive a coupon for a free commemorative 2016 “Gerrity Night” t-shirt, while supplies last. The first 500 guests in attendance (beginning at 6:30pm) will receive a free Stewart’s ice cream cone. All patrons can also take advantage of 75 cent deals on hot dogs and sodas that will be available throughout the racing card in commemoration of the 75th year of harness racing at Saratoga Casino Hotel.
“Sam The Bugler,” a celebrity figure in Saratoga, will call the horses to the evening’s first post at 7:05pm on Saturday, and will do the same for each subsequent race on that night’s card.
The Memorial Pace began eight years ago in memory of Joe Gerrity, Jr., a highly respected leader, inspiration, and icon for Saratoga Raceway and the horse racing industry who passed away in 2005.