SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) - Final plans for the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the start of thoroughbred racing in Saratoga Springs have been released.
Leaders of the Saratoga 150 Committee held a news conference Thursday at Saratoga Race Course to discuss details of some of the major events that will highlight the five-month celebration.
Nearly 200 events are planned through September to mark the anniversary.
Things get started May 24 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center with "Family Night at the Spa," featuring entertainment and an old-fashioned picnic contest, with $1,000 awarded to the winner.
The first thoroughbred races were held in Saratoga on Aug. 3, 1863, a month after the three-day Battle of Gettysburg ended.
The annual racing season at Saratoga Race Course starts July 19 and runs through Labor Day, Sept. 2.