SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced that the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales will return to Saratoga Race Course this summer beginning Wednesday, August 10, with special appearances planned for several days through Sunday, August 14.
It’s been approximately 15 years since a team of Clydesdales toured the grounds of Saratoga Race Course and their much-anticipated return visit is sure to be among the highlights of the summer.
“Like Saratoga Race Course, the Budweiser Clydesdales are part of the fabric of American history,” said Don Scott, NYRA Vice President of Marketing. “The Clydesdales resonate with all those who have had the fortune to witness them in person or on television and it’s a privilege to be able to welcome them back to Saratoga this summer.”
The Clydesdales’ lineage dates back more than three centuries when the breed was first developed for farm work in the region of Clydesdale, Scotland. The horses were first introduced to the American public by Anheuser-Busch, the parent company of Budweiser, on April 7, 1933, to commemorate the repeal of Prohibition. Nearly 90 years later, the celebrity horses are staples of fairs, festivals and sporting events. Most notably, the Clydesdales have marched in two Presidential inauguration parades.
“We are honored to have the opportunity to bring the Budweiser Clydesdales back to Saratoga this year,” said Jeff Vukelic, Saratoga Eagle Sales & Service CEO and President. “We can’t wait to celebrate the summer and the 2022 meet at Saratoga Race Course with these American icons — and, of course, America’s favorite beer.”
Additional scheduling details for the Budweiser Clydesdales at Saratoga Race Course will be announced in the coming weeks.
Highlighted by the 153rd renewal of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers on August 27 and the Grade 1, $1 million Whitney on August 6, the 2022 summer meet at historic Saratoga Race Course will open on Thursday, July 14, and continue through Monday, September 5.
Following the four-day opening weekend, racing will be conducted five days a week, Wednesdays through Sundays, apart from the final week, when the meet will conclude on Labor Day.
For more information about Saratoga Race Course visit NYRA.com/Saratoga.