How to Have a Race Named After You at the Saratoga Racetrack
by Kathleen Lisson
I have mentioned my mother a few times on this blog. She died of breast cancer when I was 19 and her passion for volunteering in the community has left me a beautiful legacy and some pretty big shoes to fill. Also, her favorite perfume was Shalimar and she really knew how to WEAR a string of pearls.
When I won a Day at Saratoga auction at the Old Friends at Cabin Creek fundraiser, I knew who the race should honor.
Hat: Christine A. Moore
Necklace: Present from my husband's parents, bought in India
Pin: Saratoga 150 Pin
Earrings: 24 ct. t.w. Emerald w/ Diamonds in 14kt Gold Ross-Simons
Purse: Charming Charlie
What it Is Like in the Winner's Circle at Saratoga Racecourse
I was escorted from our seats at the NYRA box to the Winner's Circle by NYRA employee Dave Smith, a wonderful gentleman with plenty of inside information and funny stories from his decades of service at Saratoga.
The Winner's Circle area is paved, so wearing heels was no problem.
I saw and heard the famous bell that notes when it is 17 minutes to Post and met Sam the Bugler and heard him play the Call to Post.
When I saw the horses walking by on their way to the post, I started feeling reflective and thinking about my Mom. Soon the race started and I savored the moment when the quiet of the track exploded into a cacophony of hundreds of fans behind me shouting to their horses. I had the vantage point of seeing a dozen seagulls casually standing on the track and then scattering in flight as the thunder of hooves approached.
After the race is over, the Winner's Circle fills - first with backstretch workers heading to their horses and then with the proud owner and friends and best of all the winning horse, shining with sweat and mud. The jockey dismounts and heads with his saddle to the scale to weigh himself.
Dave introduced me to Osvaldo Rojas, the winning horse's owner, who was really touched I named the race after my mother. I got to take a photo with the entire winning team!
The full replay of the race is here, with the footage of the Winner's Circle at the very end: http://www.nyra.com/belmont/videos/race-replay/STD/2013/20130808/7/pan/
How to Buy a Box At Saratoga Racecourse
According to the NYRA website, "Prices range from $190-$250 per box, depending on location in relation to finish line. Box seats are held daily for horsemen with horses running that day and VIP guests. Any remaining boxes can be bought by the public on the day of by calling 518-584-6200, ext 4431. Very limited availability. Not available to the public Fridays and Saturdays."
How to Name a Race at Saratoga Racecourse
The technical name is Race Entitlement. I 'won' the right to name a race at Saratoga at a charity auction, but businesses and individuals can also pay for the privilege. Contact NYRA directly - information is here: http://www.nyra.com/saratoga/sponsorships/
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