To many, Saratoga is still “The August Place to Be,” and the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) has several upcoming Saratoga events where racing fans and horse enthusiasts “must be” during the summer racing season.

TRF will host its first “Summer BBQ at the Barn” fundraiser on Tuesday, August 20, at The Saratoga Winery, 462 Rt. 29, Saratoga Springs, NY, from 6-9 pm. Tickets are $30 for adults; $15 for youth 8-12; and children 8 and under are admitted free. This event is casual, and guests are encouraged to dress in their best boots and jeans! Popular local musician Jeff Walton will provide live entertainment at the BBQ, and there will be a silent auction, raffle, and much more. Of course, BBQ means food and the feast will feature house-smoked, bone-in chicken; smoked pulled pork with assorted sauces; salted baby red potatoes; garden salad with balsamic dressing; and a selection of pies from Mourningkill Farm Bake Shop. Tickets may be purchased in advance at

TRF will continue its popular Saratoga Summer Farm “Open Barn” programs on Monday, Aug. 12 and Monday, Aug. 26 from 5-8 pm. Open Barns are free to the public. The theme for the August 12 open barn is “Family Thoroughbred Discovery Day” featuring child-friendly educational activities. Guests are encouraged to meet and mingle with retired racehorses and enjoy some time on the farm. The last open barn will be held on August 26; “End of the Season Thank You” gathering. The TRF Saratoga Summer Farm is located at Bloomfield Farm, 20 Bloomfield Road (intersection of Bloomfield Road and Daniels Road) in Saratoga Springs, NY.

On Saturday, August 31, TRF will host the 10th Annual “Run for the Horses 5K” at the Orenda Pavilion in Saratoga Spa State Park. The 5K Run/Walk is a family- and pet-friendly event with a canine division, a Kids Fun Run, and former racehorses that greet visitors and walk the course. Walkers are especially encouraged to join in the festivities and enjoy a lovely walk through the park accompanied by the retired racehorses. The 5K course is certified, and all proceeds will benefit rescued and retired Thoroughbred racehorses. Check-in at 7:00 am. The Kids Fun Run starts at 8:00 am, and the 5K Race at 8:30 am. There will be refreshments, and prizes in all race divisions. There is also a canine division with prizes for dogs finishing in the top 3 spots. Pre-race registration for the event is $25. Race day registration is $30.

Pre-registration is encouraged: