Saratoga events on the horizon

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Check out these Saratoga racing events this week.

Sports journalist Mike Kane and National Museum of Racing historian, Allan Carter will give a presentation based on their new book, “150 Years of Racing in Saratoga” at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the H. Dutcher Community Room of the Saratoga Springs Public Library. A book signing will follow the presentation. Books will be available for sale.

National Museum of Racing Calendar

Tuesday, July 30: “Hall of Fame Legends: D. Wayne Lukas.” Hall of Fame  trainer D. Wayne Lukas, winner of a record 14 Triple Crown races and a record 19 Breeders’ Cup races, discusses his career in racing with program host Jeff Carle of the Capital OTB television network. 11 a.m. to noon, Hall of Fame Gallery. Free with a paid museum admission.

Tuesday, July 30: “An Evening with Michael Veitch.” Author Michael Veitch discusses his new book “Summit of Champions: Thoroughbred Racing in Saratoga Springs 1901-1955.” Book signing to follow discussion. 7 p.m., Hall of Fame Gallery.

Book Signings at the museum

Wednesday, July 31: “Lilly” by Catherine Livingston. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.,

Thursday, Aug. 1: “Flying Change: A Year of Racing and Family and Steeplechasing” by Patrick Smithwick. 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Friday, Aug. 1 and Saturday, Aug. 2: Book signing: “Battleship: A Daring Heiress, a Teenage Jockey, and America’s Horse” by Dorothy Ours. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

TOBA hosts clinics

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association  will conduct a Pedigree and Conformation Clinic  Monday, Aug. 5 and a Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar on Thursday, Aug. 8 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. 

The Pedigree and Conformation Clinic will featureconformation presentations and live evaluations as well as pedigree discussions that will include nicking, linebreeding, outcrossing and inbreeding. Clinic speakers include Cormac Breathnach of Adena Springs Farm,’s Tim Leith,  trainer Gary Contessa, Dr. Charles Kidder of Griggs and Kidder, Kerry Cauthen of Four Star Sales, bloodstock agent Frank Brothers and Suzanne Smallwood of Equix.  The clinic will begin at 8 a.m. at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion. The registration fee for the clinic is $125 for TOBA members and $175 for non-members and includes all support materials, breakfast and lunch.

The Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar will feature discussions on industry business issues, options for acquiring horses including partnerships, auctions and claiming as well as a discussion about veterinary topics. Speakers include Jeff Cannizzo of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders Association, attorney Bob Heleringer, Leonard Green, CPA, Bryan Sullivan of Let’s Go Stables, Mike McMahon of McMahon and Hill Bloodstock, NYRA’s Eric Friedman,  trainer Jimmy Toner, John Phillips of Darby Dan Farm, Stephanie Brennan of Final Furlong Horse Retirement, Dr. Scott Hay, DVM and Bob Feld of Bongo Racing Stable. The seminar will begin at 8 a.m. at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion. The registration fee for the Ownership Seminar is $75 for TOBA members and $100 for non-members and includes all support materials, breakfast, lunch and admission to the track. 

NYRA schedules owner seminar

Trainers Gary Contessa and Linda Rice will be among the industry speakers participating in NYRA’s next New Owners Luncheon at Saratoga Race Course Sunday, August 18.

Co-hosted by former champion jockey and NYRA television analyst Richard Migliore and former Daily News handicapper Ernie Munick, the program was initiated in 2011 and provides a comprehensive introduction and overview of thoroughbred ownership to those interested in buying a racehorse.

The event will begin at 8 a.m. with breakfast on the porch, followed by presentations and Q&A session with Contessa and Rice, along with owner Roddy Valente, the racing partnerships of Sackatoga Stable and West Point Thoroughbreds, equine accountant Andre Moglia, and state steward Stephen Lewandowski.

Also included in the $100 registration fee is lunch in the luxury suites, a backstretch tour, a visit to the paddock to see the horses being saddled before a race, a winner’s circle presentation, an official program, and a gift bag. Registration details for the “New Owners Luncheon” are available at