Opening Day at Saratoga Race Course is just two weeks away, and many of us can’t wait to watch the first races and experience the 2019 season. As part of the Opening Weekend festivities, the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has announced that American Idol star and Capital Region native Madison VanDenburg will perform at the racetrack.
NYRA has a lot in store for racing fans during Opening Weekend at Saratoga, including a special Season Passholder Giveaway on Thursday, July 11, Mariano Rivera Day on Friday, July 12, a Saratoga Picnic Cooler Giveaway Day on Sunday, July 14, and now, a performance by Madison VanDenburg on Saturday, July 13.
A rising senior at Shaker High School, Madison recently competed on the popular singing competition television series American Idol and reached the final three. During her time on the show, some of her most memorable performances were “Shallow” by Lady Gaga and “Breakaway” by Kelly Clarkson.
On Saturday during Opening Weekend at Saratoga, Madison will perform live on the Don Julio Stage (adjacent to guest services) after the day’s first race at approximately 1:10pm. She will perform a few more times on stage throughout the afternoon.
In a press release, NYRA Senior Vice President and Chief Experience Officer Lynn LaRocca said, “We encourage fans to join us for what is sure to be a memorable performance from this popular young star.”
The racetrack’s gates will open at 11:00am, and tickets are available for purchase at the gate or in advance on Ticketmaster.