Saratoga Race Course

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The Saratoga Race Course is the oldest race track in America and was named one of Sports Illustrated’s 10 best sporting venues in the United States.

The track is operated by the New York Racing Association, the host of the best racing in America each summer from mid-July through Labor Day.

Saratoga’s 2016 racing season begins on Friday, July 22 and runs for 40 days, through Monday, September 5. Dark Tuesdays. Post times: 1 p.m. daily except for Twilight Friday. Hats Off Festival is July 22-24. Travers Day is August 27.

Post time at the track is 1pm Wednesday-Monday* but your day around the track can begin much earlier. Breakfast is served each racing day from 7:30am-9:00am and visitors can take tours of the backstretch and watch the equine stars of today and tomorrow work out on the track.

General admission to the track is $3 and Clubhouse admission is $5. Children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Travers Day admission is $5 and Clubhouse admission is $10 on that day.A limited number of grandstand seats go on sale each race day morning at the Union Avenue gate at 9am.

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The track traces its roots to 1863 during the middle of the Civil War, when local entrepeneur John Morrissey opened the first thoroughbred track (dubbed Horse Haven)in Saratoga Springs where it remains to this day. The four day meet proved to be a great success and the following year the Saratoga Racecourse began operations across the street from Morrissey’s original site. The Travers is the oldest stakes race in America and it has been a highlight of each racing season since 1864 when a horse named Kentucky won the first edition of the race.

African American jockeys were predominant in thoroughbred horse racing from the time of the Civil War up until about 1900. Isaac Murphy, perhaps the most successful jockey of all time, having won more than one third of all the races he entered, was among the first inductees into the Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1955.

Sportswriter Red Smith once gave these directions from New York City to the Saratoga Race Course; “Drive north 175 miles, turn left on Union Avenue and go back
100 years in time”.

The Saratoga Race Course has witnessed the greatest horses of all time run into the history books. It remains timeless, historic and the crown jewel of Saratoga Springs.

*post time on Travers Day is 11:35am
post time on Labor Day is 12:30pm

267 Union Avenue
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866