The pride and joy of Saratoga Springs for over 150 years opened its gates for yet another six weeks of racing! That’s right, the Saratoga Race Course kicked off its 2017 season last Friday, July 21, drawing tens of thousands of people seeking to experience the excitement of thoroughbred racing—and some pampering as well.

If you’ve been to the Saratoga Race Course, you’ll know there’s nothing quite like the thunder of the horses and the eruption of the crowd when they pass the grandstands, all drowned out by the slow-motion pound of your heart beating, hoping you bet on the right one!

But sometimes the Saratoga summer heat can make you straight-up tired. We’ve all been there, when no matter how hard you try to keep going, keep betting and keep playing, your adrenaline just isn’t doing its job anymore!

If this has happened to you, you’ll know it’s one of the most frustrating feelings on the planet, especially since you wait eagerly for track season all fall, winter and spring.

That’s why we decided to help you avoid it this track season, by bringing a taste of Spa Mirbeau to the track on Opening Day to help you relax and rejuvenate, so you could party all day long! You may have seen us handing out glasses of crisp cucumber water, while also providing mini chair massages courtesy of our highly-trained professional therapists to track-goers under the cool shade of the Jockey Silks Porch.

The best part of the whole experience was that the massages were FREE with a donation to a fabulous equine charity, Rerun Thoroughbred Adoption Services. Guests knew that with each massage, they were helping racehorses find safe, enjoyable homes and jobs in their retirement.

If you were unable to stop by and see us on Opening Day, don’t be disappointed! We’ll be back to the Saratoga Race Course on Travers Day. Treat yourself and feel good while doing it! You’re giving to a great cause, and we love treating you.