The New York Racing Association, Inc. and Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce launched a new charitable campaign designed to raise funds for Saratoga Springs-area non-profit organizations that have been impacted by the coronavirus global health pandemic. Administered by the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce and held in partnership with the Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund, NYRA Cares offers the opportunity to win a variety of Saratoga Race Course hospitality experiences, memorabilia and collectible items while supporting local non-profit organizations. All items have been donated by NYRA. Proceeds will benefit the Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund, which serves as a source of philanthropic support for local charities.
Tickets, which are $10 and provide one entry for the corresponding item, may be purchased at www.NYRACares.org. There is no limit on the number of tickets a fan can purchase per item. Tickets may be purchased until 11:59 p.m. Sept. 3 and winners will be selected by the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce Sept. 4.
Featured items include watching a live race call from the Saratoga announcer's booth; passes to the Saratoga paddock; and a named race with the opportunity to watch from the winner's circle and present the trophy to the winning connections. A variety of hospitality options are also available for the 2021 Saratoga meet, including a table for four in the Turf Terrace and reserved picnic table for six on Travers Day; a table for four in the 1863 Club on Whitney Day; a Clubhouse box on Opening Day; four premium reserved seats in The Stretch on Opening Day; and a pair of grandstand reserved season tickets, among the many highlights. Collectible items include an autographed Post Parade program (July 23, 2020) from jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr., when he notched five wins; and an autographed Post Parade from New York Yankees Hall of Fame pitcher Mariano Rivera (July 12, 2019), when he visited Saratoga one week prior to his induction to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. The selection also features collector's images, including 2015 Triple Crown champion American Pharoah; 2016 Travers winner Arrogate; and 2004 Travers winner Birdstone. Images are courtesy of official track photographer Coglianese Photography.