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Track to sell local food during August meet

For the first time, food from five local restaurants will be sold at the Saratoga Race Course during
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For the first time, food from five local restaurants will be sold at the Saratoga Race Course during the thoroughbred horse racing season that starts July 23.

New York Racing Association officials, in announcing details of its 140th season at the Desmond Hotel today, said the new “Saratoga Restaurant Row” will be located in a large tent near the clubhouse entrance. Inside the tent will be booths staffed by five Saratoga Springs eateries: Hattie’s, Brindisi’s, Panza’s, One Caroline Street/Mouzon House and Grey Gelding.

Each restaurant will offer a limited menu of specialty items at a fixed price of $4 to $7. For example, Hattie’s Restaurant on Phila Street will offer its famous fried chicken, Panza’s at Saratoga Lake will offer lobster ravioli and homemade pizza, and Brindisi’s on Broadway will offer fried calamari and grilled veal chops.

Gavin Landry, NYRA’s marketing and sales vice president, said as a “gesture to the Saratoga community, NYRA waived its profits and paid for certain infrastructure in order to accomplish this.”

NYRA officials also announced the giveaway items for the 2008 racing season that ends Labor Day, Sept. 1. For the first times in some years, there will be no bobblehead doll giveaways on the first Thursday of the meet.

However, two first-time giveaways are among the five free items that will be given to track patrons paying general admission on five Sundays during the meet. The new items include a Saratoga stadium seat on Aug. 10 and a long-sleeved T-shirt on Aug. 17. The other giveaways are a baseball cap on July 27; a T-shirt on Aug. 3, and a cooler bag on Aug. 31.

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