Inaugural Racing 101 Fan Hub to launch at Saratoga Race Course

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has partnered with America’s Best Racing to bring the inaugural Racing 101 Fan Hub to the Saratoga Springs Race Course.

The fan hub will serve as an education center to teach casual racing fans about all the intricacies of thoroughbred horse racing.

“NYRA is focused on continuing to grow the next generation of horse racing fans,” NYRA President and COO Ellen McClain said in a press release. “We recognize that thoroughbred racing is a complex sport and can be intimidating to the casual fan and first-time patron.”

The Racing 101 Fan Hub tent will be open from 10:30 a.m. until the final post each day starting Aug. 4 and will be located near the festival tent in the backyard picnic area.

Patrons will receive hands-on tutorials about the fundamentals of wagering from professional handicappers from America’s Best Racing and will also be able to monitor the races via televisions inside the tent.

The personalized tutorials will include direction on the various types of wagers, explanations of track terminology and the best practices for reading a racing program.

The handicappers will also accompany track patrons to the paddock to explain which qualities to look for in a horse and will also accompany them to the pari-mutuel windows to provide guidance on properly placing a bet.

Jockeys, trainers and other racing figures will also frequent the tent to answer questions about the sport.

“We are excited to offer this opportunity for fans to further their knowledge in an effort to enhance their overall experience at Saratoga Race Course,” McClain said in a press release.

The NYRA will again host the Racing 101 Fan Hub at Saratoga Race Course on two additional signature weekends during the 2012 meet: Aug. 18 and 19 to coincide with the Grade 1 Alabama; and Aug. 25 and 26 for the 143rd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Travers.

For more information on special events at Saratoga Race Course, visit nyra.com/saratogaevents.shtml.

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