Saratoga Race Course Schedule 2013

Use this events calendar to plan your trip to the Saratoga Race Course! Schedule your Saratoga vacation on the week of the ever-popular Travers Festival or plan a daytrip to the track during the festive Hats Off To Saratoga Festival. No matter when you come, enjoy the thrill of cheering on your equine favorites as they race to the finish at the historic Saratoga Race Track!

The 2013 Saratoga Race Meeting begins on July 19th, 2013 with an Opening Day Celebration and concludes on September 2nd, 2013. Saratoga Race Course is full of excitement and special events all season long, so get in on the action!

Pre-Season Events

Sun, July 14, 2013 Annual Open House Games, activities, live music, food, pony rides, behind-the-scenes tours, mascot races. Proceeds from the day's event benefit dozens of local non-profits.

Week 1

Fri, July 19, 2013 Opening Day The races begin at the Saratoga Race Course in late July each year. The gates open at 11:00 am and first race post time is 1:00 pm.
Fri, July 19, 2013 Family Friday Each day-long event will include face painting, arts and crafts from Tiny Tots Tea Room and bounce inflatables.
July 19-21, 2013 Hats Off to Saratoga

On Friday and Satuday take part in a downtown Broadway music festival and celebrate the opening of the racing season.

Sun, July 21st, 2013 22nd Annual Hat Contest

Contestants have a chance to win hundreds of dollars in prizes in this year's contest! For more about the contest, call 518-383-6183.

Sun, July 21st, 2013 Uniquely New York Marketplace

The Uniquely New York Marketplace is a lively, on-track market of 13 vendors and artisans featuring products made exclusively in New York State.

Week 2

Thu, July 25, 2013 College Day College students will have a shot at winning a $1,000 scholarship after each race of the day. All students will receive free grandstand admission with a college ID.
Thu, July 25, 2013 Times Union Jockey Breakfast Meet your favorite jockeys while watching the morning workouts during a trackside breakfast on the Clubhouse porch.
Fri, July 26th, 2013 Family Friday Each day-long event will include face painting, arts and crafts from Tiny Tots Tea Room and bounce inflatables.
Sun, July 28, 2013 GIVEAWAY DAY Saratoga Short Sleeve T-Shirt Giveaway. While supplies last.
Sun, July 28th, 2013 Uniquely New York Marketplace

The Uniquely New York Marketplace is a lively, on-track market of 13 vendors and artisans featuring products made exclusively in New York State.

Week 3

Fri, August 2nd, 2013 Family Friday Each day-long event will include face painting, arts and crafts from Tiny Tots Tea Room and bounce inflatables.
August 3-4, 2013 Fasig-Tipton Festival of Racing This two day festival at the Track will feature a jockey/trainer challenge, "Best Turned-Out Horse" contest, "Best Turned-Out 'Filly'" contest and more! 
Sat, August 3, 2013 150th Anniversary Join us for the track’s official anniversary party on Whitney Day.  The Cake Boss will provide a specially-designed birthday cake. Get your picture taken with our special Victorian-themed photo booth. 
Sun, August 4th, 2013 Equine Retirement Day Saratoga will pay homage to the only New York-bred to win the Kentucky Derby, including a meet and greet in the paddock with Funny Cide.
Sun, August 4th, 2013 Uniquely New York Marketplace

The Uniquely New York Marketplace is a lively, on-track market of 13 vendors and artisans featuring products made exclusively in New York State.

Week 4

Thu, August 8, 2013 International Day International Day will celebrate a variety of cultures with special entertainment, performances, music and activities as well as food and drink for track patrons.
Fri, August 9th, 2013 Family Friday Each day-long event will include face painting, arts and crafts from Tiny Tots Tea Room and bounce inflatables.
Sun, August 11, 2013 GIVEAWAY DAY Fourstardave Bobblehead Giveaway. While supplies last.
Sun, August 11th, 2013 Uniquely New York Marketplace

The Uniquely New York Marketplace is a lively, on-track market of 13 vendors and artisans featuring products made exclusively in New York State.

Week 5

Wed, August 14th, 2013 Fabulous Fillies Day All ladies at Saratoga Race Track can enjoy a day of fashion, style and glamour! Head to the backyard of the Track for the Lifestyle Expo and explore displays of fashion, health care, personal improvement and leisure benefitting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. 
Thu, August 15th, 2013 Times Union Jockey Breakfast Meet your favorite jockeys while watching the morning workouts during a trackside breakfast on the Clubhouse porch.
Fri, August 16th, 2013 Family Friday Each day-long event will include face painting, arts and crafts from Tiny Tots Tea Room and bounce inflatables.
August 17-Aug 25, 2013 Travers Festival Week Celebration surrounding Saratoga's mid-summer derby, The Travers Stakes, with numerous events planned at a variety of locations throughout Saratoga Springs.
August 18-Aug 22, 2013 Travers 1864 Restaurant Week The Travers 1864 Restaurant Week offers three-course meals at a great price, in honor of the year of the first Travers.
Sun, August 18, 2013 GIVEAWAY DAY Saratoga Race Course Replica Model Giveaway. While supplies last.
Sun, August 18th, 2013 Uniquely New York Marketplace

The Uniquely New York Marketplace is a lively, on-track market of 13 vendors and artisans featuring products made exclusively in New York State.

Week 6

Wed, Aug 21, 2013 Ice Cream Eating Contest Kids, teens and adults can participate! Register for the Ice Cream Eating Contest at 1 p.m. at the Jockey Silks Room and see how much ice cream you can handle! Winners receive gift certificates for Stewart's Ice Cream. {Contestants are divided into 3 age groups}
Thu, August 22nd, 2013 Travers Celebration The Travers Celebration, the only evening affair at the Saratoga Race Course, will return to celebrate the 144th Mid-Summer Derby.
Fri, August 23rd, 2013 Battle of the Brews A “pint” sized competition will bring big brewers to the backyard on the eve of the 142nd running of the Travers Stakes as Saratoga Race Course hosts the 13th annual “Battle of the Brews.” 
Fri, August 23rd, 2013 Family Friday Each day-long event will include face painting, arts and crafts from Tiny Tots Tea Room and bounce inflatables.
Sat, Aug 24th, 2013 Travers Stakes

Saratoga's most anticipated event! Running of the $1 Million Travers, 1 1/4 mile run of 3 year olds. First post time is 11:35am; gates open at 7am; The Travers Day undercard will include Grade 1 Foxwood's Kings Bishop, the Grade 1 Test and the Grade 2 Ballston Spa.

 

Sun, August 25th, 2013

Uniquely New YorkMarketplace

The Uniquely New York Marketplace is a lively, on-track market of 13 vendors and artisans featuring products made exclusively in New York State.

Week 7

Wed, Aug 28th, 2013 Veterans Day The Spa pays tribute to those who have served our country with a special pre-racing ceremony. All veterans and active military receive complimentary admission with military with ID
Fri, August 30th, 2013 Family Friday Each day-long event will include face painting, arts and crafts from Tiny Tots Tea Room and bounce inflatables.
Fri, August 30th, 2013 Closing Ceremonies The Spa will reflect upon the 150th anniversary season with a special presentation designed to pay homage to the race course’s past while looking ahead to the future.
Sun, September 1, 2013 GIVEAWAY DAY Saratoga Beer Stein Giveaway. While supplies last.
Sun, September 1st, 2013 Uniquely New York Marketplace

The Uniquely New York Marketplace is a lively, on-track market of 13 vendors and artisans featuring products made exclusively in New York State.

 

Sept 1 - 2, 2013 Family Fun Fest Carnival games, face painting, caricatures, spin art, inflatables, pony rides, rockwalls, and more entertainment will take over the backyard of the track! Activities will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities.