150 Years of Educated Horse Sense

In recognition of Saratoga 150 – a public celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Saratoga Race Course, and the annual SUNY Cup race, Empire State College will host “150 Years of Educated Horse Sense.”

10 a.m. to noon
Monday, Aug. 26
2 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs

The event will be held on the front lawn. In case of rain, activities will move inside to room 126.

  • Join us for some good old-fashioned horse sense.
  • Learn the history of the track and the neighborhood surrounding it.
  • Get hints on how to handicap and a quick guide to placing bets

horse in the mist on racing trackPresenters

John Weber '09

Empire State College alumnus John Weber '09, a graduate of the Northeast Center with a degree in Cultural Studies, will talk about the history of Saratoga Race Course.

As a backstretch tour guide for 13 years, he is not only well informed on the subject matter, but also highly tuned in to the horse and betting culture.

Sharon Smith

Sharon B. Smith is a former news reporter and anchor who moved into sports and horse racing journalism at ESPN. She also worked on racing broadcasts for several years on NBC Sports.

Since leaving broadcasting, she has written half a dozen books, including works on racing, horse care and training. Smith will be sharing her vast knowledge of horses and racing.

The college will provide light refreshments from one of Saratoga’s fine new restaurants — Parkside Eatery.

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What a great start to your day at the track — a little knowledge that will help you hedge your bets.