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Hot and horsey in Sarasota

Courtesy Sarasota Springs CVB

August is hot and horsey in Saratoga Springs, during 40 days of thoroughbred horse racing at Saratoga Race Course.

During the race meet, groups can have a breakfast buffet as they watch the horses work out at the nation’s oldest racetrack, take a walking tour of the barns or cheer their favorites over lunch in the Clubhouse Turf Terrace.

Year round, groups can learn more about thoroughbred racing at the National Museum of Racing. Across the street from the racetrack, it welcomes dinners and receptions; guests can watch film footage of historic races, hop on a ride simulator to understand how it feels to be a jockey and see sparkling silver trophies awarded to champion racehorses.

Fans of auto racing will enjoy the Saratoga Automobile Museum, housed in a building in Saratoga Spa State Park that was originally a mineral water bottling plant.

Some 30 cars are displayed in three galleries; dinners can be arranged amid such classics as Charles Lindbergh’s 1928 Franklin Airman.

For a hands-on sport, there’s golf at Saratoga National Golf Club, called one of the top 100 public golf courses by Golf Digest.

The clubhouse is well equipped for events, with a ballroom, a fine-dining restaurant, a veranda and a patio. “Prime, our two-story restaurant, can serve a buffet on a veranda or host a cocktail reception on the grand ballroom balcony,” said Lauren Holmes, director of sales. “A group can even have fireworks on the lake for an evening event.”