It’s finally time for Opening Weekend at Saratoga Race Course, and from July 11-14, the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has an action-packed and fun-filled lineup of races and events planned. Here’s what you can expect during your trip to the racetrack this weekend!
Place Your Bets for the Races
During Opening Weekend, there will be six stakes races, including the Grade 3, $150,000 Schuylerville for two-year-old fillies on Thursday, July 11, and the $500,000 Diana for turf fillies and mares on Saturday, July 13.
The gates will open at 11:00am on Opening Day (July 11) and each day of the 2019 meet, except for Travers Day on Saturday, August 24. Also on Opening Day, the post time for the first race is 1:00pm.
If you can’t make it to Saratoga but still want to watch the races, then you’re in luck. NYRA’s television show Saratoga Live will feature live coverage of the full Saratoga card on most racing days starting at 1:00pm. Saratoga Live airs on FS2.
Check Out the All New 1863 Club
NYRA is ready to debut Saratoga Race Course’s newest hospitality area for the 2019 season – the 1863 Club. The 1863 Club is located on the Clubhouse turn and features a variety of hospitality options and modern amenities in a 36,000-square foot, three-story, climate-controlled building.
Daily reservations are being accepted for this new hospitality area. You can make yours today by contacting the NYRA Box Office at (844) NYRA-TIX.
Enjoy Special Events & Entertainment
Each racing week at Saratoga Race Course offers an excellent lineup of special events and entertainment for guests to enjoy, and the upcoming Opening Weekend is no exception. Some of the highlights will include:
- Thursday, July 11 – Opening Day Season Passholder Giveaway
- Thursday, July 11 – Taste NY: Wine & Spirits
- Friday, July 12 – Mariano Rivera Day
- Saturday, July 13 – Performances by American Idol star Madison VanDenburg
- Sunday, July 14 – Race Course Giveaway Day – Saratoga Picnic Cooler
- Sunday, July 14 – Berkshire Bank Family Sundays
- Sunday, July 14 – 28th Annual Hat Contest
Ready to plan your trip? Get more details in our Guide to Saratoga Race Course >>