Friday, August 31, 2012
NYRA President and COO, Ellen McClain, made a $5000 donation to the relief efforts and invited our fans to contribute as well. We will not forget the friends and neighbors in the local areas who are still rebuiding following the aftermath of the storms.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Luke's Legacy Scholarship Fund joined us in the Community Outreach Booth on August 29 and presented a trophy in recognition of Luke Romano, a young fan who lost his life following a battle with Leukemia. NYRA was proud to welcome Luke's family and friends to Saratoga Race Course. Jockeys Ramon Dominquez and John Velasquez joined winning jockey Cornelio Velasquez for the trophy presentation following the race 4.
Monday, August 27, 2012
NYRA and NYTHA were proud to recognize the 125 backstretch volunteers who give their time and energy every summer to assist the workers on the backstretch. The volunteers were recognized for their efforts on Monday, August 27 and presented with programs and lunch vouchers to enjoy a Day at the Races.
Saturday, August 18, 2012
NYRA was proud to welcome the National Museum of Dance to Saratoga Race Course. Michele Riggi, President of the National Museum of Dance, presented the trophy for their race and she was joined by dancers from the School of the Arts.
Friday, August 17, 2012
There was a PINK OUT at Saratoga Race Course on Friday, August 17th to celebrate women and the glamour that they bring to the track each year! NYRA is proud to partner with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation ("BCRF") and we are delighted to announce that close to $100,000 was raised on the day.
NYRA was proud to honor an extraordinary woman in the sport of Thoroughbred racing, Virginia Kraft Payson.
All fans dressed in pink received free admission and one lucky lady won a diamond necklace thanks to NYRA sponsor, Northeastern Fine Jewelers.
The Sizzling Hot Pink Saratoga Hat Luncheon was place to be this season and we were honored to have J. Dirk Iglehart, MD, BCRF top researcher, as our guest speaker. BCRF President Myra Biblowit attended the luncheon and ESPN's Jeannine Edwards was the emcee.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
The Secretariat Foundation joined us at Saratoga Race Course on August 11th and 12th to mark the 40th Anniversary of Secretariat's win in the Sanford and the Hopeful. Hall of Fame jockey, Ron Turcotte, signed autographs for fans on both days to benefit the Secretariat Foundation.
The mission of the Secretariat Foundation is to raise funds and awareness for Thoroughbred retirement programs as well as the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.