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T-shirts and more for Saratoga's Gerrity Memorial

06:50 AM 15 Aug 2014 NZST
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SARATOGA SPRINGS, New York (August 14, 2014) - Saratoga Casino and Raceway is set to welcome some of the country's finest standardbred individual performers during the running of the sixth annual Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Free for All (FFA) Pace on Saturday, August 16. The first post time is scheduled for 7:05pm that evening.

This year's Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace features a balanced, high quality field of eight elite horses competing for $260,000. Notable entries in this year's pace include Ron Burke's Foiled Again, who has amassed over $6 million in lifetime wins; and Clear Vision, who currently shares the world record for aged pacers on ½ mile tracks. The career wins of all the horses in Saturday's pace total over $12 million. The $260,000 Memorial Pace is set for the 9th race of the evening's card.

"We are very excited to have such a highly competitive field to go to post in this year's edition of our premier race," said Peter Iovino, Race Secretary at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. "Along with the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year old colt pacers and a few quality open handicap races, it should make for a great night of excitement."

Guests in attendance will receive a coupon for a free commemorative 2014 'Gerrity Night' t-shirt with the purchase of a $2 race program, while supplies last. Saratoga Springs Equine Officer, Jupiter, will be on hand for photos with guests from 6:30-8:30pm, along with his partner Officer Glenn Barrett. The duo is featured in the recent book, Standardbred Old Friends, which highlights Jupiter's brief career as a trotter at Saratoga Raceway before joining the Saratoga Police Department in 2003.

The Memorial was created in 2009 as a pacing series honoring the memory of Joe Gerrity, Jr. and his many contributions. A highly respected leader, inspiration and an icon for Saratoga Raceway and the horse racing industry, he was a breeder of horses in Loudonville, a licensed harness driver and became Chairman of the Board of Saratoga Harness Racing, Inc. (now Saratoga Casino and Raceway) on April 1, 1987. Mr. Gerrity later oversaw the expansion of the facility and the installation of video gaming machines, funding the project in part himself. He also served as a Director for the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State for 20 years, and also acted as Treasurer for much of that time. Mr. Gerrity passed away in October of 2005.
From Saratoga Raceway & Casino
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