travers-festival-2009.jpgSaratoga Springs, NY - The 14th Annual Travers Festival features nine days of events and activities leading up to the Shadwell Travers Stakes, otherwise known as America's "Mid-Summer Derby", on August 29th.  The Travers Festival runs from Saturday, August 22nd through Sunday, August 30th. Alongside the live action of thoroughbred racing every day except Tuesday, the Saratoga Springs area and Saratoga Race Course will have numerous festivities during the festival.  Some featured events include the Philadelphia Orchestra and The Alabama Stakes (8/22); a Long-sleeve t-shirt giveaway at the track (8/23); A Bruce Springsteen Concert at The Saratoga Performing Arts Center (8/25); Stewart's Shops Ice Cream Eating contest (8/26); Ronald McDonald House Charities Fashion Show and Travers Celebration (8/27); Battle of the Brews and Travers Wine Tasting (8/28); The Travers and The Ballerina Stakes (8/29); The Personal Ensign Stakes (8/30); plus entertainment, backstretch tours, concerts, golf tournaments, art exhibits and more.  For a complete list of events, visit http://www.saratoga.org/visitors/travers-festival.asp. The highlight of the week culminates with the 140th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Shadwell Travers Stakes on Saturday, August 29.   The Travers is known to attract the top 3-year-olds in the world and this year's race is looking to be a memorable event, potentially featuring the 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird and 2009 Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird.  The possible appearance of the history-making filly and 2009 Kentucky Oaks, Mother Goose, Preakness Stakes and Haskell Invitational winner Rachel Alexandra, would put an unforgettable mark on the Saratoga meet.  She has already prevailed over the aforementioned colts.  Saratoga Race Course has a post time of 1:00 p.m. daily, with an early start on Travers Day of 11:35 a.m.  The 141st Saratoga meet continues through Labor Day.  For more information on racing, go online to http://www.nyra.com/ or call 518-584-6200. For more information on Saratoga, including lodging, restaurants and things to do, visit http://www.saratoga.org/. About Saratoga, New York Saratoga's attractions and spectacular scenery have made it a premier Northeast destination for centuries.  Located approximately three hours from New York, Montreal and Boston, Saratoga features world-class horse racing, the performing arts, gaming, polo, award-winning golf courses, museums - including three National museums, a National Battlefield, Victorian architecture, great shopping, plentiful outdoor activities and so much more. Visitor information is available online at http://www.saratoga.org/ or by calling 1-800-526-8970.  The Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce is the official Tourism Promotion Agency of Saratoga County, New York. 

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Contact: Greg Dixon Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce 518-584-3255 gdixon@saratoga.org http://www.saratoga.org/