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Here Are Saratoga Race Course’s Annual Free Ticket, Giveaway Days

Make sure to get in line early on these days, because the freebies will be flying, while supplies last.

At this year's Saratoga Race Course meet, there will be two free giveaway days. (Billy Francis LeRoux)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Yes, Saratoga Race Course fans, the New York Racing Association (NYRA) has announced its annual track giveaway days, along with a number of other post-pandemic bonuses. Check out all the freebies you can get below:

Prove You’re Vaxxed, Get a Free Pass – Thursday, July 15 (Opening Day)
As everyone knows by now, Saratoga Race Course will be opening at 100 percent capacity this July 15, following the State’s reopening. Besides there being a free live musical performance from Saratoga Springs-based Soul Session—a.k.a. Garland Nelson—all fans that can prove they’ve been fully vaccinated, via the New York State Excelsior Pass, will receive a free Grandstand general admission pass.

Health Care Heroes and First Responders Day: Friday, July 16
All health care workers and first responders will receive free Grandstand admission with proper ID. The afternoon will also include a special trackside performance by the New York State Police Pipes and Drums.

Fashion Contest (and Free Rosé While Supplies Last): Saturday, July 17
Racing fans will be invited to take part in a brand-new track fashion contest with categories for Best Hat, Best Dressed Woman and Best Dressed Man. The event will take place from 1–3pm at the Whispering Angel Rosé display near the Travers Bar. All fans 21 years of age and older will enjoy complimentary samples of Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel Rosé, while supplies last.

Berkshire Bank Family Sundays: Every Sunday Beginning on July 18
Berkshire Bank Family Sundays will feature a variety of free family-friendly activities, including games, attractions and educational activities at the Berkshire Bank Family Zone.

Military Appreciation Day: Thursday, July 22 
All veterans and active-duty military will receive free Grandstand admission with military ID.

Saratoga Cooler Bag Giveaway: Sunday, August 15 (FREE GIVEAWAY DAY!)
The first free giveaway of the Saratoga season is a cooler bag. It’s free with paid admission and while supplies last (this, of course, is true of all track giveaways).

Saratoga Fleece Hoodie Giveaway: Sunday, September 5 (FREE GIVEAWAY DAY!)
There’s nothing like staying warm on a chilly autumn day in a free fleece you picked up at Saratoga Race Course!

Will Levith

Will Levith is Editorial Director at Saratoga Living and Capital Region Living magazine. He's a native Saratogian and graduate of Saratoga Springs High School. His work has been published by Esquire, Playboy, Condé Nast Traveler, Men's Health, RealClearLife and many others. He lives in Troy with his wife, Laura, and dog, Esopus.

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