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This Week on Saratoga Horse Racing

Art Collector headlines a field of three other graded stakes winners in Thursday’s $135,000 Alydar, a nine-furlong test for older horses. The Alydar honors Calumet Farm’s Hall of Fame thoroughbred who finished second to Affirmed in all three legs of the 1978 Triple Crown.  If you are at the track, there is more than just Saratoga horse racing this week, including:

Jockeys vs. Horsemen Hoops Game

The 13th annual jockeys vs. horsemen charity basketball game, which benefits the programs of the New York Race Track Chaplaincy, will be played at 6:30 p.m. at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center. Fans will be able to participate in raffles and one lucky fan will leave with a custom, autographed bobblehead of champion jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. Admission is free.

Saratoga backsideTaste NY Pavilion

The Taste NY Pavilion, located inside Gate A at the Top of the Stretch, features New York craft beer, cider, wine and spirits products, including offerings from: Bolton Landing Brewing Company, Brooklyn Brewery, Common Roots Brewing Company, Druthers Brewing Co., Frog Alley Brewing Co., Northway Brewing Company, Paradox Brewery, Nine Pin Cider Works, Brotherhood Winery and Old Tavern Farm Winery, and spirits from Cooperstown Distillery, Great Jones and Pick Six Vodka. It is open from noon until 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and from noon until 4 p.m. on Sundays.

Community Outreach Booth

NYRA will host the Race Track Chaplaincy of New York, which serves the unique community of backstretch workers and their families based at Saratoga Race Course, Belmont Park and Aqueduct Racetrack through extensive programs and services that minister to their needs.

Purdy’s Summer Concert Stage

The Purdy’s Summer Concert Stage will host live music from The Lustre Kings.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 5

National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame and Troy Stakes

Multiple graded-stakes winner Wit will make his turf debut in Friday’s Grade 2, $200,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame, a one-mile inner turf test for sophomores. Wit captured the Sanford Stakes last year at Saratoga. Top turf sprinter Golden Pal will attempt a stakes victory at Saratoga Race Course for the third straight year in the Grade 3, $300,000 Troy for 4-year-olds and upward sprinting 5 1/2 furlongs over the Mellon turf.

Prior to the start of racing on Friday, eight new members will be enshrined in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. The ceremony will get underway at 10:30 a.m. at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion and is free to attend.

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