saratoga-race-course.jpgSaratoga Springs, NY - The legendary Saratoga Springs Thoroughbred race meet at historic Saratoga Race Course kicks off on Wednesday, July 29 and runs through Labor Day.  The 141st Saratoga summer meet has six weeks packed full of the best thoroughbred racing in the country and features live racing every day except Tuesdays.  The much anticipated and longest running stakes race in the country, the Grade 1, $1 million, 140th Shadwell Travers Stakes will take place Saturday, August 29th.  Post time is 1:00 p.m. daily, except Travers Day, which features an 11:35 a.m. start, and two "Party at the Park" events on July 31st and September 4th that have a 2:30 p.m. post time. Alongside some of the best horse racing in the world, the Saratoga meet offers family fun and festivals: Hats Off to Saratoga Festival, Friday, July 31 - Sunday, August 2nd:  Twilight racing followed by food, drink and live music at "Party in the Park" (July 31); live music and entertainment in Downtown Saratoga Springs (July 31 & Aug 1); The Diana and The Jim Dandy Stakes (Aug 1); the annual hat contest, The Go For Wand and The Fourstardave Handicap (Aug 2) Inaugural Fasig-Tipton Festival of Racing, Saturday, August 8th and Sunday, August 9th:  Jockey and trainer challenge (Aug 8 & 9); The Whitney and The Test Stakes (Aug 8); a celebrity race call by Chef Bobby Flay and The Alfred G. Vanderbilt Stakes (Aug 9); contests and seminars Travers Festival, Saturday, August 22nd - Sunday, August 30th:  The Alabama Stakes (Aug 22); Stewart's Ice Cream Eating Contest (Aug 26); American Red Cross Battle of the Brews (Aug 28); Mid-Summers Derby Shadwell Travers Stakes, Grade 1 NetJets King's Bishop and Ballerina (Aug 29); backstretch tours, art exhibits and more Final Stretch, Friday, September 4th - Monday, September 7th:  Twilight racing and "Party in the Park" (Sept 4); Final Stretch Music Festival (Sept 5 & 6) highlighted by a Downtown live music and The Woodward Stakes (Sept 5); "Family Fun Fest" (Sept 6 & 7) with carnival games, pony rides, children's entertainment and Labor Day BBQ Other fan-oriented special events that will add to the heart-pounding racing action, include Giveaway Days (Aug 2, 16 & 23, Sept 6), Mid-Summer St. Patrick's Day (Aug 5), NFL Day (Aug 10), Racing Hall of Fame Day (Aug 14), Women's Day (Aug 19), Proud to be an American Day (Sept 2) and College Day (Sept 4).  For further details, visit www.nyra.com or call 518-584-6200. Visitors have a number of great horse racing vacation packages to choose from to make their Saratoga trip memorable, such as the Summer Racing and the Ultimate Horse Racing Experience packages.  Overnight accommodations, select meals, track admission, race programs and backstretch tours are some of the amenities included in these special deals.  For more information on visiting Saratoga and package details, go online to www.saratoga.org or call 1-800-526-8970. 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 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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