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Weekend of Travers events

By Stephen Williams
Friday, August 23, 2013

Saratoga Springs is always bustling this time of year, but this is the weekend when activity will peak. In case you haven’t heard, there’s a big horse race Saturday.

With good weather predicted and three high-profile stakes-winners running, there’s speculation that 50,000 people could turn out for this year’s Travers Stakes — tripling the population of the city for a day.

Read a full story on expectations for the Travers HERE.

Below is a full list of activities at the track for the weekend:

SATURDAY, AUGUST 24 – TRAVERS DAY

The Travers: It’s Travers Day at Saratoga Race Course with a special first post time of 11:35 a.m. Gates open at 7 a.m. for the 144th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Travers, the oldest major stakes race for 3-year-olds in the nation. This year’s Mid-Summer Derby is poised to feature a showdown between the nation’s top 3-year-old thoroughbreds – 2013 Kentucky Derby winner Orb, Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice and Haskell winner Verrazano. As the preferred timepiece sponsor and jeweler of Saratoga Race Course, Northeastern Fine Jewelry and BALL Watch USA will present special timepieces to the winning owner, trainer and jockey of the Travers. The Travers Day undercard will include the Grade 1 Foxwoods King’s Bishop; the Grade 1 Test; and the Grade 2 Ketel One Ballston Spa. The broadcast will be shown live on NBC from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 25

Ceremony to Honor Ramon Dominguez: The New York Racing Association will name the day’s fourth race at Saratoga in honor of three-time Eclipse Award Outstanding Jockey winner Ramon Dominguez, who announced his retirement in June following injuries sustained in an accident at Aqueduct Racetrack in January 2013. A special ceremony, including a video tribute, will take place in the winner’s circle following the fourth race at approximately 2:30 p.m.

Taste NY at Saratoga Race Course: An all-new attraction for the 2013 meet, Taste NY at Saratoga Race Course is held each Sunday of the racing season from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Located at the Event Tent, the lively market features numerous vendors and artisans offering products made exclusively in New York State.

Personal Ensign Invitational: Fillies and mares compete in the Grade 1, $600,000 Personal Ensign Invitational, one of the signature stakes races on the road to the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic.

 
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