The Tattlers Travers Viewing Party Guide

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This year, Travers is HUGE with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah entering the race, and the day is sold out and open only to ticket holders. That doesn’t mean you can’t take part in #Pharoahtoga Phever though, we’ve got the lowdown on where to watch the race off-track this year. Downtown is going to be INSANE.

The Barrelhouse Tapping a keg of Dogfish Head Brewery’s “Midas Touch”, a beer brewed with ingredients dating back to The Pyramids and unveiling our “Pharoahtoga”Sandwich(A Triple Crown of Beef, Turkey, and Ham on Sourdough topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, guacamole, bacon and smoked gouda on three slices on fresh sourdough).  3 hours of open bar and BBQ Dinner for $50 in advance or $55 day of event, air conditioned bar or out on the patio, on flat screen televisions. Use our complimentary WiFi to place your bets on your gaming accounts. American Pharoah merchandise will be available for purchase!

The Crown Grill Bar TV’s to watch the race, a special 3-course menu for $18.64 from 4-6 PM, $5 cocktails: The Saratoga Mule (Tito’s Vodka, Bermuda Ginger Beer and Fresh Pressed Lime Juice) and The Triple Crown (Prosecco, Aperol, Blood Orange Liqueur and Fresh Pressed OJ from Saratoga Juice Bar), seafood and steak specials, reservations recommended, no cover.

Dango’s Large screen TV’s throughout the Patio and Inside, doors open at 11 AM. reservations recommended, no cover, Audiostars performing live after the race.

Gaffney’s Restaurant TV’s throughout the restaurant to watch the races, drink specials

Harvey’s Irish Pub and Restaurant Many TV’s throughout the restaurant to watch the races, drink specials and 11th Hour bar specials from 11 PM-12 AM, The Wallies live, 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM, reservations recommended.

The Ice House Many large screen TV’s with new surround sound, appetizer and beer specials, live music after the race, no cover until 8pm ($10).

The Parting Glass Doors open at 10am, serving traditional Irish Breakfast, Back patio cook out at 6 PM. Watch the Races all day on one of the large flat screen TV’s, no reservations necessary. Irish American Pharoah special drink – Tito’s potato vodka, midori and lemonade.

Restaurant at 62 Beekman  3 42” LCD TV’s and large outdoor patio, party starts at 11:45am and specials throughout the 13 races, Brunch will be served from 10am – 3pm and dinner service last seating is at 9:30pm. Reservations strongly recommended. Specials are for bar area only, 2 for 1 Drinks at the bar including top shelf, drafts and wine, $5 tappas, Silent Auction for $50 gift card & a $25 gift card for best Travers Hat or Fastener by popular vote *must be present to claim prize.

Saratoga Casino and Raceway
Vapor: Watch the action on their massive 16-foot screen and wager right in Vapor! Plus enjoy $3 Blue Moons and $4 Ketel One Citreon cocktails. Doors open at 4pm. FREE Admission! *Must be 21 or older to attend events in Vapor.

Fortunes: Catch all the Travers action and wager right from your table! Feast on our delicious $32. 95 Travers Day Buffet. Doors open at noon. Call (518) 581-5790 to make your reservations today! Fortunes will open for their regular dinner offerings following the last race of the day.

Mezzanine: Just want to make a bet? Visit our mezzanine, open at 9 AM on Travers Day.

The Lodge: Open for cocktails and wagering at 5pm. Watch and wager on The Travers Stakes in this historic Saratoga venue. The Lodge is owned and operated by Saratoga Casino and Raceway. They are open for cocktails at 5pm Thursdays through Sundays during the Saratoga summer meet and are currently booking year round private events and weddings. For more information contact Colleen Carlson at (518) 581-5750.

Saratoga National Golf Club Several large screen TV’s for easy viewing, seats 250 ppl. Prime Steak & Seafood Buffet at the Blue Stone Tent Pad, Reservations Available between 7pm – 10pm, Reservations Required – Call 518-306-2330.

The Stadium Cafe 25 TV’s on all your favorite sports, offering our Signature Ribs and Chicken Breast doused in our award winning BBQ sauce with a side of macaroni salad. Also offering Sweet Tea cocktail, made with Twisted Tea draught & peach vodka. Reservations recommended, no cover.

Wheatfields Saratoga 4 flat screen to view the race on NBC, party starts at 3:00 PM with complimentary appetizers and pizza buffet, Travers drink and draft beer specials, Hat Contest, Superfecta ticket giveaways. Prizes include American Pharoah winning tickets, Stella Artois Chalis, gift certificates, and more!

BWP To celebrate the Travers BWP will have $15 Buckets of Bud & Bud Light, $5 Cheese & Pepperoni Pizzas, $3 Heineken, FREE Superfecta tickets (you could be a huge winner!) Happy Hour from 3-6:pm and Live Music at 7:
It’ll be a party! Go Pharoah Go!

Big News from The Crown Grill

11885250_791422194304142_6069859218756218184_nHuge news. The Saratoga Juice Bar has taken off, and to focus their energy, owners Christel and Colin are selling The Crown Grill restaurant, and they we want Saratoga and Capital Region non-profits to benefit by giving away 10k!

Most real estate and business transactions benefit only the parties directly involved. This will be different. They want local charities and our community to benefit, too, because the community has been so good to them. They ask absolutely nothing of the charitable organizations except to spread the word and they will donate $10,000 from the proceeds of the sale to a local charitable organization chosen by the buyer of The Crown Grill. They’re calling this The Crown 10K.

Stay in the loop at and their facebook page here. Can’t wait to find out who the lucky recipient is, way to go Christel and Colin!

National Velvet TONIGHT {Free} 8/24

national-velvet-movie-poster-1944-1020427506In celebration of both the Spa City’s Centennial and The New York State Recreation and Park Society’s 75th Silver Anniversary, NYSRPS is hosting the first of its kind outdoor horse movie series Monday evenings in August, with the last one taking place tonight at Saratoga Spa State Park near the Victoria Pool with National Velvet August 24th. All movies begin at dark and are free of charge to the public.

Saratoga Stories: Magic And Loss A Night of Stories, Music and Words at the Caffe Lena 8/18

Saratoga-Stories-the-concert-displaySaratoga Stories: Magic And Loss A Night of Stories, Music and Words at the Caffe Lena (47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs) is on Tuesday, August 18th starting at 7pm.

Based on the release of the book “Saratoga Stories: Magic And Loss” by journalist Thomas Dimopoulos, this event will feature a collaborative night of stories and music woven together to tell some of Saratoga’s best, as well as some of its least-known gems, brought to the live stage for this one-time event during this summer’s celebration of the Centennial Anniversary of the city of Saratoga Springs.

Artists scheduled to perform include: songwriter Michael Jerling, poet Paul Pines, longtime Caffe Lena photographer and soundman Joe Deuel, Pete Donnelly of The Figgs and of NRBQ, songwriters Bob Warren, and Jeff Brisbin, ZBS Foundation co-founder Tom Lopez, multiple Grammy Award winning record producer and sound engineer Joel Moss, Bob Carlton and Brian Akey of the band Dryer, and writer Thomas Dimopoulos.

Cost: General $10, Member $8, Child/Student $5

Saratoga Horse Movie Series {FREE}

seabiscuit_ver2_xlgHave you heard about the Saratoga Horse Movie Series? In celebration of both the Spa City’s Centennial and The New York State Recreation and Park Society’s 75th Silver Anniversary, NYSRPS is hosting the first of its kind outdoor horse movie series Monday evenings in August.

This Monday (August 17th) come watch Seabiscuit at Congress Park, all movies begin at dark and are free of charge to the public. Mark your calendars for August 24th at the Victoria Pool at Saratoga Spa State Park with a showing of National Velvet.

ReRun’s Annual Saratoga Fundraiser Event – An Evening for the Equines TUES 8/18


This Tuesday head to the Upstate Equine Medical Center for An Evening for the Equines, a fundraising event for ReRun Thoroughbred Adoption. Food, Wine Tastings by Oliva Vineyards, Vendors, Music by Children at Play & Silent Auction Items, plus Moneighs for Rerun on display and available for purchase.

Come out and meet ReRun’s available horses and some of the horses who have been adopted through the program. Click here for more info. Please contact Amanda at 518-441-5959 or for additional information and sponsorship opportunities.

The 3rd Annnual Sizzling Hot Pink Saratoga Hat Luncheon

Photos courtesy of Adam Coglianese

The Saratoga Race Course was awash in brilliant pink last week as ESCADA and the New York Racing Association (NYRA) hosted the third annual “Sizzling Hot Pink Saratoga Hat Luncheon” to benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) on Thursday. The event honored Barbara Banke, breast cancer survivor, founder of Jackson Family Wines, and long-time owner and philanthropist in the equestrian community. {click thumbnails to view full size}

250 luncheon guests were invited to shop for a cause at the ESCADA pop-up boutique, featuring clothing and accessories from the brand’s current collections, and 20% of the day’s sales were donated to the BCRF. As one of the world’s leading luxury womenswear brands, ESCADA is all about modern elegance, cool glamour, and femininity. The brand, founded in 1978 by Margaretha and Wolfgang Ley, is characterized by color, print, and the love for detail and is always a favorite amongst Saratogians.

Spotted in the well heeled and rose hued crowd were Colleen Carlson, Trina Lucas, Mary Gavin, Jennie Leahy Kim, Barbara Ferraro, Tina Mastrianni Morris, Michele Funiciello, Mylea Aldrich, Julie Johnson and Sylvia Heiner. Michele Riggi and Margie Rotchford were in a dead heat for who had the most glorious and decadent hat for the afternoon, and hats of all shapes and sizes, but mostly pink, were spotted on luncheon guests at every table.

Photos courtesy of Adam Coglianese

Photos courtesy of Adam Coglianese

Always a poignant event for guests, breast cancer is something that touches everyone’s lives with a woman in the US being diagnosed with breast cancer every two minutes. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to achieving prevention and a cure for breast cancer, provides critical funding for cancer research worldwide to fuel advances in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, metastasis and survivorship. Since their founding in 1993 by Evelyn H. Lauder, BCRF has raised more than half a billion dollars for lifesaving research.

The luncheon’s program was hosted by Tom Durkin, who served as the announcer for the New York Racing Association from 1990 until his retirement in 2014, and featured guest speaker Larry Norton, MD, leading the discussion “Breast Cancer: How We Are Winning the Race.” Currently the Medical Director of the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Dr. Norton has served as Scientific Director of BCRF since its inception in 1993.