The New York Racing Association will honor Capital Region frontline workers for their dedication and service to the community throughout the Covid-19 pandemic during Health Care Heroes and First Responders Day, presented by CDPHP, at Saratoga Race Course Friday.

As a way to say thanks for bravely battling on the frontline during the coronavirus pandemic, NYRA will be given first responders, doctors, nurses, and other frontline workers free admission to the grandstand on Friday, July 16th.

NYRA also announced its Hometown Hero program to honor local frontline and essential workers who went above and beyond during the pandemic. The Hometown Heros program including health care workers, first responders, grocery associates, and public service, postal, and transportation workers. Basically, everyone continues to show up at an essential job to keep their community running during the pandemic.

Each Friday of the 2021 summer meet, one Hometown Hero will be recognized for their service to the community during the Covid-19 pandemic. Then that Hometown Hero will have the opportunity to present the trophy in the winner's circle that afternoon.

Nominations for the NYRA Hometown Hero program, presented by CDPHP, may be submitted via email at through Aug. 15.

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