It’s the holiday season and it’s cold outside–the perfect time of year to break out the indoor games! We’re sharing three games for lovers of Saratoga Springs racing and history, all of which are available for purchase online or in person at local Saratoga shops.
City of Saratoga Springs Monopoly Game: This limited-edition game enables you to buy your favorite Saratoga Springs properties, ranging from the race track and SPAC to Putnam Market and Pennell’s Restaurant (though you still might not be able to get a table reservation there!). Community Fund cards send players directly to jail for imbibing too much on Caroline Street while also awarding box seats at the track for Travers Day. Support the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame by purchasing this game through its gift shop.
Murder in the Canfield Casino–The Saratoga Springs Historical Detective Game: Based on the game Clue, this board game features historical Saratoga Springs figures as suspects in the murder of “Mrs. Sara Toga” in the Canfield Casino, the original location of John Morrissey’s Saratoga Club House gambling room that opened in 1870 [see our earlier post for more about this casino]. Suspects include John Morrissey, to whom we are indebted for launching racing in Saratoga in 1863–and opening the new track one year later–and Richard Canfield, who bought the Saratoga Club House in 1884 and operated the illegal casino for more than two decades. Another limited-edition game, it can be purchased from Impressions of Saratoga.
Things Everyone Should Know about Saratoga Springs Trivia Card Game: Created by the Saratoga Springs History Museum–which, by the way, is located in Canfield Casino–these trivia cards cover topics including History, Entertainment, Pop Culture and Sports, with nearly 50 cards dedicated to Saratoga racing trivia. Test your knowledge against questions such as which notorious gangster owned the 1921 Travers Stakes winner, Sporting Blood?; and, in what building was the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame originally housed when it opened in 1951? The trivia cards are also available from Impressions of Saratoga.