If you’re anywhere near the Spa this weekend, better get your racing fix one last time. Labor Day weekend sees the 143rd meet at Saratoga Race Course drawing to a close.
Saratoga will host four days of fun at the historic race track beginning Friday with Party at the Spa. After the last race runs, fans can gather at The Post for live music, great food and all-around fun.
What has become known as “Super Saturday” will feature the Grade 1 $250,000 Forego Stakes and the Grade 1 $750,000 Woodward Stakes. Added to the card will be the Grade 1 $300,000 Personal Ensign that was rescheduled. The Woodward is drawing attention this year as four-year-old filly Havre de Grace is the current favorite as she runs against seven males for the first time in her career. Havre de Grace has earned more than $1.5 million in her 12 race career and is in the running for Horse of the Year honors.
After a day with the horses, fans can enjoy more great music at the opening of the Final Stretch Music Festival. The festival is a two-day event featuring great live music at various downtown locations.
Sunday and Monday are highlighted by the Times Union Labor Day BBQ and the Family Fun Fest. Fans can get their fill of summer food and the kids are sure to have a blast with the multitude of activities at the Fun Fest. The Final Stretch Music Festival continues to pump out great tunes on Sunday evening.
Monday also features the 107th running of the $250,000 Three Chimneys Hopeful. The race has become the closing race of the year at the Spa and also includes an automatic berth into the Breeder’s Cup at Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby. J.C.’s Pride and Currency Swap are two horses to watch in the traditional closing race for promising two-year olds.
Following the meet at Saratoga, don’t forget to contact DerbyDeals.com to get your Breeders Cup Tickets or Kentucky Derby Tickets to see some of the Saratoga 2011 meet stars in action once again at Churchill Downs this fall or next spring.