The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced plans for the first-ever Breakfast and Breeding Farm sightseeing package at Saratoga Racetrack. The Saratoga Cattle Farm and Breakfast Tour, presented by the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA), will be offered every Friday starting July 15 and will accommodate up to 40 people.
The All-Inclusive Fan Experience Package includes:
* Buffet breakfast at Saratoga Racetrack
* Opportunity to watch world-class Thoroughbreds during morning training
* Round-trip outdoor trolley ride from Saratoga Racetrack to Old Tavern Farm
* 90-minute guided walking tour of an active thoroughbred breeding farm
* Admission to Saratoga Racetrack
The Saratoga Breakfast and Breeding Farm package is available for $55 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis for each weekly Friday tour, starting July 15. Tickets can be purchased at NYRA.com.
“The inaugural Saratoga Breakfast and Breeding Farm package is an exciting behind-the-scenes opportunity for visitors to Saratoga to experience a different side of the sport,” said NYRA Vice President of Communications Pat McKenna. “Being able to combine morning training with a visit to a cattle farm followed by an afternoon at the races is a trifecta that fans won’t want to miss.”
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The package begins with Breakfast in Saratoga, with a breakfast buffet at the Saratoga Racetrack between 7:00 and 9:30 a.m. with the backdrop of world-class Thoroughbreds participating in morning training. You can arrive anytime for breakfast during these times.
After breakfast ends at 9:30 a.m., fans will board an open-air wagon, courtesy of CDTA, at the clubhouse entrance and embark on a 15-minute ride along scenic Saratoga Lake to Old Tavern Farm for a 90 minute experience. and an educational walking tour of one of the region’s main cattle farms. Fans will return to the Saratoga Racetrack around 11:45 a.m., well before the tee time for the race to begin around 1 p.m.
Founded in 2016 by Walt and Michelle Borisenok, Old Tavern Farm is a private thoroughbred breeding boutique in Saratoga Springs, NY Located minutes from the historic Saratoga Racetrack, Old Tavern Farm has been transformed into a state-of-the-art facility focused on breeding and selling Thoroughbreds to compete at the highest level of the sport. The name Old Tavern is derived from the 19th century tavern that once graced the property.
“We are honored to be part of this exciting new initiative in partnership with NYRA, the New York Thoroughbred Breeders and CDTA,” said Walt Borisenok, founder and owner of Old Tavern Farm. “We hope that those who take advantage of this opportunity will become lifelong fans of the sport while others can better understand how thoroughbred racing supports our local economy. And we hope that all will simply enjoy the chance to see these animals. remarkable at an early age. life stages in a working herd.”
“Visiting Saratoga Breakfast and Breeding Farm is a fantastic new addition to the Saratoga experience highlighting the importance of New York State’s livestock industry,” said Najja Thompson, Executive Director of New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. “Thanks to Old Tavern Farm, one of our state’s premier Thoroughbred farms, and our NYRA partners, visitors to Saratoga this summer will be able to see a side of the sport that would otherwise could stay behind closed doors.”
In the Capital Region alone, the Saratoga Racetrack is responsible for an economic impact of nearly $240 million and supports the employment of more than 2,000 full-time, part-time and seasonal workers, according to the ‘Saratoga County Industrial Development Agency.
Additionally, results of a joint study conducted by the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund, The New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc., and the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association reveal that the equine industry is active in each of the 62 counties. of New York State and is responsible for preserving no less than 1.3 million acres of green space.
Saratoga Breakfast and Breeding Farm Tour is presented by CDTA. In addition to transporting guests to and from Old Tavern Farm aboard a classic open-air cart, the CDTA is the presenting sponsor of Breakfast at Saratoga, which is offered daily at the Saratoga Racetrack from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (excludes Runhappy Through Day).
“We are proud to extend our partnership with NYRA to include this new offering alongside Old Tavern Farm for the 2022 racing season,” said CDTA Director of Business Development Jonathan Scherzer. “This new experience will connect fans and visitors to the historic Saratoga Racetrack and the rich history of horse racing in a new way. We look forward to welcoming everyone aboard our iconic carriage for a new Summer in Saratoga experience.”