NYRA Press Release
By Pat McKenna, Mark Bardack
The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will welcome a dozen of the sport’s top jockeys back to Saratoga Race Course for the sixth annual Jockey Legends Day, presented by Fasig-Tipton, on Sunday, August 4.
Top riders scheduled to attend include Angel Cordero, Jr., Robbie Davis, Ramon Dominguez, David Erb, Earlie Fires, Sandy Hawley, Richard Migliore, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Nick Santagata, Jose Santos, Gary Stevens and Jorge Velasquez. The riders will be honored with a special video tribute and ceremony in the winner’s circle following races four, five and six.
The legendary jockeys will also participate in a special autograph session from noon to 1 p.m. at the Jockey Silks Room Porch. Autographs will be available with a suggested donation to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys’ Fund.
Jockey Legends Day is part of the Fasig-Tipton Festival of Racing, which celebrates the rich partnership between NYRA and Fasig-Tipton as a prelude to Fasig-Tipton’s annual Saratoga sales at the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion.
Sunday’s racing card will be highlighted by the continuation of the Turf Triple Series and the Spa debut of the $1 million Saratoga Derby, the second leg of the Turf Trinity. The Saratoga Derby will be the centerpiece of a special one-hour Saratoga Live broadcast on FS1 beginning at 5 p.m. The day’s card will also feature the Grade 2, $200,000 Adirondack and Grade 3, $200,000 Fasig-Tipton Waya. The racing action will get underway on FS2 beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Additionally, Sunday will include the Low Roller Challenge Handicapping Contest, which allows aspiring handicappers the opportunity to experience the thrill of tournament play for $40, with $30 going towards live bankroll and $10 to the prize pool. Registration begins at 11 a.m. near the Fourstardave Sports Bar with early entrants receiving a special NYRA Bets promotional item.
Fans on Sunday will also enjoy Berkshire Bank Family Adventure Sundays, the popular weekly event featuring a wide variety of free family-friendly activities, games, attractions and educational activities from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion. The theme for this week’s event is “Sports Camp,” featuring Olympic-style games including jousting, basketball, soccer and relays.
The 2019 summer meet at Saratoga Race Course runs through Labor Day, Monday, September 2. Racing at Saratoga is conducted five days a week, Wednesdays through Sundays. Closing week will run Wednesday, August 28 through Labor Day, Monday, September 2.
For more information about Saratoga Race Course, visit NYRA.com.