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Here's what is happening Friday in Saratoga

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Here's what is happening Friday in Saratoga

Happenings on and off the track.

• Today’s stakes race at the Saratoga Race Course is the 6th running of the $100,000 Curlin. It was named for the first thoroughbred to earn $10 million in winnings. After setting this record at 4 years old, Curlin promptly retired. Post time is 1 p.m.

• It's the race course's 6th annual College Day, which means any college student who registers on-site gets a $5 voucher towards concessions or merchandise. A Toyota drawstring bag and a bag of Saratoga Chips go to the first 1,000 college students to finish that registration paperwork. All day, scholarships, 2014 grandstand season passes and assorted other prizes will be doled out to college students. Even graduates who wear their college gear are eligible for random prizes.

• One of the best drink deals at the race course calls itself Taste NY: Craft Beer & Cider. Pay $20 at the entrance to the Saratoga Pavilion, pick up 20 sampling cups, and browse the local selections. This weekly event lasts from noon to 4 p.m.

• The Lionel Richie: All The Hits All Night Long Tour touches down at SPAC at 7:30 tonight. Ceelo Green will perform as a special guest. Tickets range from $34 on the lawn to $190. You can still buy them online.

• If you missed James Taylor’s performance at SPAC last Saturday, you can still catch a performance by Aztec Two-Step, the folk-rock band described as “James Taylor meets Simon & Garfunkel.” This two-man band performs at 7 p.m. at downtown Saratoga’s Caffe Lena (47 Phila St #1). General admission costs $27 online and $29 at the door, though students and children pay half.

• When Harold Ford calls himself a Johnny Cash tribute artist, it means he looks like Cash, talks like Cash, and sings like Cash. Catch him at tonight’s 7:30 show at the Saratoga Arts Center (located at 320 Broadway). Purchase tickets at or at (518) 683-0913 for $15 each.

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