Breakfast at the track is a great option for when you want to get a feel of a day at the races but don't want to brave the crowds with little kids. When we do breakfast at the track, we usually get there early (around 7:30, that's also when the first tram leaves, see below) and bring our own breakfast because the kids are too excited to sit down and eat.
There are two options for having breakfast at the track. First, you can bring your own breakfast and hang out at the rail to watch the horses warm up, or you can sit and have the breakfast that is served on The Porch of the Clubhouse. Admission is free with breakfast pricing $18.50 for adults and $10.25 for kids 12 and under.
Mini Tip: keep in mind that admission must be paid to re-enter the track once live racing has begun. Also, if you pay for parking at the race course it will be refunded if you leave before 10am.
Don't miss out on the free walking tour of the famous and historic stable area (weather permitting) while you're there. The first tram that takes you to the stable area leaves the main Clubhouse entrance at 7:30am with additional trams leaving approximately every 15 minutes. The last tour departs at around 9:00am (The Tour is available every race day except Travers Day and Labor Day). The tour is roughly 45 minutes from start to finish, and the last tour (and the most popular/busy tour time) leaves at approximately 9:00am or when the last tram is full to capacity.
Mini Tip: There are no reservations for the tours, and trams tend to fill up way before departure, so get there early.