Saratoga Race Course’s long-held dress code may go slightly more casual this summer.
New York Racing Association officials are considering relaxing the dress code in some areas of the track, although they haven’t yet decided where or how much to lower the bar.
“Obviously, it’s the way the world is headed — a more casual style,” said NYRA spokesman John Lee. “I think we’ll definitely be announcing dress code changes at some areas of the track.”
Lee expects the rewrite to be announced at a June 23 season preview for the press.
While the culture has drifted toward more casual dress, elegant attire is still expected at the racetrack if you’re having a meal in the clubhouse, where being dressed to the nines is a tradition on race day.
Lee thinks the dress code is most likely to be relaxed in some of the restaurants.
“It’ll involve some of the areas where people might have dinner,” he said. “It’s kind of a new direction.”
He said NYRA receives few complaints about the existing dress code, other than from people who were turned away from areas because they weren’t clothed appropriately.
Currently, the Turf Terrace dining room on the clubhouse’s third and fourth floors has the strictest dress code at the track, with suits or sport coats required for men and dresses, skirts or pantsuits for women. No jeans or shorts are allowed.
The Club Terrace, The Porch, the Carousel Restaurant and the luxury suites have a slightly more open-ended dress code, leaving proper attire up to management’s discretion but allowing no short shorts or cutoffs, or tank tops for men.
Diners in the At the Rail Pavilion are expected to dress in neat casual attire, with no jeans or shorts permitted. Collared shirts are required for men.
Men also are prohibited from wearing tank tops anywhere in the clubhouse, and shorts are prohibited in the paddock, where men also are required to wear collared shirts.