Saratoga Race Course opens horse racing season Thursday; Mariano Rivera to show up Friday

Saratoga Race Course opens horse racing season Thursday; Mariano Rivera to show up Friday

The 40-day thoroughbred meet at Saratoga Race Course starts Thursday, featured by the $150,000 Schuylerville for 2-year-old fillies.

Opening weekend highlights six stakes, including the first Grade 1 of the season on Saturday, the 81st running of the $500,000 Diana for turf fillies and mares. The 150th running of the Travers Stakes is Aug. 24, and the Spa additionally will debut its Turf Triple Series.

Features of the first end of the week incorporate an appearance Friday by previous New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera, who will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on July 21.

New this year is the three-story 1863 Club. The 36,000-square-foot building, with a walkway over the paddock, cost $30 million.

This year the track is open for two additional weeks through Labor Day. Mondays and Tuesdays will be dark.

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