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Saratoga’s Grand Summer #2 - 2009
by Dick Healy

Opening day at Saratoga’s famous Race Course saw a crowd of 25,444 turnout to greet the Spa City’s 141st racing season. It was a 40-percent increase over last year’s opening day, defying those pundits that predicted a slow start to the season.

Many fans stayed in town following the races to visit their favorite restaurant or to take a stroll down Saratoga’s Broadway where shops were open and people watching was at its best.

This week we attended the two-night annual Fasig-Tipton select yearling sales over on East Avenue. With millions spent on upgrading the horse auction site this past spring, visitors, horse owners and leading trainers were greeted to an expanded walking ring, new food facilities and enhanced PA system and viewing areas. On August 15-16 Fasig-Tipton will hold New York Bred Yearlings sales.

This Friday, August 14, the National Museum of Racing’s 54th Annual Induction Ceremony will take place, starting at 10:30 a. m. in the Humphrey S. Finney Sales Pavilion.

New this season is te Daily Racing Form’s live audience format that take place at the Carousel Restaurant at the Race Course from 11:45 a. m. to 12:30 p. m. every racing day. They don’t race on Tuesdays.

Many visitors come to Saratoga for the entire meet, which this year runs from July 29 through Labor Day weekend. Some patrons purchase season passes which can be obtained at the Grandstand Customer Service Center. For the 36-day meet you can buy a clubhouse pass for $75 that is also good on Travers Day

If you’re traveling with little tots, get down to Congress Park in center town to the Marcus Charles Illions Carousel where the kids can ride on 28 horses. The Carousel is in the shadow of the famous Canfield Casino inside the park which, if you have time, is worth a visit too.

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