With the 2014 racing season just eight days away, the New York Racing Association is gearing up for an open house at Saratoga Race Course on Sunday and encouraging fans to pick up their season passes there.
More than 3,200 passes have been sold already — more than double the number sold throughout 2013, bolstered in part by their being available at 151 Stewart’s Shops throughout the Capital Region. Now NYRA is hoping an online activation process will ready many of the passes for fans to pick up at the track’s 34th annual open house.
Fans are being encouraged to digitally upload a photo of themselves at NYRA’s website and then schedule a day to pick up their personalized passes. Representatives from NYRA will also be on hand during the open house to process passes for those who don’t upload a photo in advance.
Season passes are non-transferable and can be activated only with a personalized photo.
Passes will also be processed at the box office on Union Avenue during normal business hours Monday through Thursday.
Starting on opening day — July 18 — fans can get their passes activated between 8 and 10 a.m. or 4 and 6 p.m. on any day except Tuesday.
Season grandstand and clubhouse passes are still on sale for $30 and $50, respectively.
The track will open its gates Sunday for a morning and afternoon of events, including carnival games, live music and tours. Admission and parking are free for the event, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The feature event of this year’s open house will be a return of the Newman E. Wait Jr. trials on the historic Oklahoma Track located across Union Avenue from the grandstand.
Racing expert Michael Veitch will lead a discussion about the trials and the history of the meet at Saratoga. More than a dozen horses from the Islip Horsemen’s Association Long Island Drill Team will also demonstrate a number of skills on the main track.