SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – NYRA is hosting Latino-American Day at the Saratoga Race Course, a first of its kind.
This event is the first installment in the inaugural International Heritage Series, which is a weekly celebration of heritage during the 2014 track season.
Throughout the day on Wednesday, festivities will feature Latino music, dance, entertainment, crafts, and food from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will be held in the Saratoga Pavilion inside the Reserved Seats Box Office entrance.
The celebration also continued on the track. Luis Grandison announced the second race Wednesday.
The Panama native joined NYRA in April and will call each and every race from Saratoga in Spanish. This makes NYRA the first racing operator in the country to have an announcer calling exclusively in Spanish.
“I think it is a very good thing that NYRA is doing because when you say, like, in my country Panama and all the countries, the listen to simulcasting. They listen to it in English. And I’d like to say now all these Latino countries, they have the opportunity to listen to it in Spanish, too,” Grandison said.
Races from Saratoga featuring Grandison’s calls will be broadcast online and even reach television partners in South and Central America.