The giveaways at Saratoga Race Course have become a welcome tradition over the years for racegoers and collectors alike, with many of the freebie items (free with paid admission, that is) making for great gifts and serving as a way to showcase one’s love for the famous racetrack when not at the track.

After much anticipation, the New York Racing Association has announced its four giveaway days and the free items up for grabs this year:

spa16-hatSunday, July 24 (Coaching Club Americans Oaks day during opening weekend) – Saratoga baseball cap, presented by Saratoga Casino Hotel

Monday, August 1 (Coronation Cup stakes day) – Saratoga duffel bag, presented by Foxwoods Resort & Casino

Monday, August 15 (Birdstone Stakes day) – Saratoga beach towel

Sunday, September 4 (Prioress Stakes day during closing weekend) – Saratoga long sleeve pullover, presented by Coca Cola

Every giveaway must be redeemed on-track using a voucher coupon received at the gate with every paid admission. Season pass and season ticket holders are guaranteed an item for the first time this year, but pass holders must redeem their vouchers by 3pm. Not a bad deal for those who can’t get to the turnstiles right away!

NYRA reminds its fans that you can get your season passes online or in person at any one of 200 Stewart’s Shops throughout the Adirondacks region.

Looks like my racing hat collection is going to grow by one (at least one!) this summer, as NYRA continues to place its giveaway days on Sundays and Mondays during the meet. Are you planning on picking up one or more of these giveaways?