Situated in Saratoga Springs, New York, the race track at Saratoga has the distinction of being the oldest organized sporting venue of any type, anywhere in the States.
The venue has a capacity of over 50,000 and plays host to 40 racing days spanning mid-July right through Labor Day and they are all available to watch at TVG.
There are lots of ways to choose your bet at Saratoga; you can read the race program to find out just how strong the form of each runner is, what sort of conditions they prefer, their workout times and if you’re nearby you can even watch the horses practice at the Oklahoma Training Track.
The beauty of betting in the modern day however is that we can do it right from home. Here at TVG we will give you all the help you need in choosing your bet. If you can’t make it to Saratoga to get that feeling of walking up to the teller to collect your cash in person, you can bet online right here with us!
Saratoga boasts three different tracks at its facility, one dirt track and two turf courses. Although popular in Britain, Ireland and France, steeplechase races are a rare sight in the States but they are hosted at Saratoga on the inner turf course. Here are more details of what this great facility offers.
1 1/8-mile oval dirt track featuring a seven-furlong chute. The distance from the final turn to the wire is 1,144 feet.
The Mellon Turf Course
This is the outer turf course and is named for the Mellon family, prominent thoroughbred owners and breeders. The track is a one-mile oval featuring the same distance from the turn to the wire as the main dirt track.
Inner Turf Track
The inner turf course is naturally a little shorter at 7/8 of a mile, making it a little tighter but featuring a slightly longer run from the final turn to the line at 1,164 feet.
Oklahoma Training Track
Right across Union Avenue from the main venue is the Oklahoma Training Track, a one-mile dirt oval with a two-furlong chute.
Oklahoma Turf Course
To the inside of the main training track is the turf training track, a seven-furlong course. The Oklahoma training facility is used for workouts and such, and the public can now view these via the Whitney Viewing Stand, a small feature placed around a furlong-and-a-half from the line.
Clare Court Training Track
Another area used for workouts; this is a small, half-mile dirt oval.
267 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs, New York, 12866.
Saratoga Springs can trace its racing history back as far as 1847 when standardbred racing took place in the area, and by the time 1863 rolled around John Morrissey, a casino operator and would-be congressman, got together the first thoroughbred meet.
This meet took place on what is now the Oklahoma Training Track, right across the road from the current Saratoga Race Course venue which was opened one year after the first meet.
Since that time back in 1864, Saratoga Race Course has been in use almost every year. The only exceptions to this have come in 1896, when the venue was closed due to tough competition, and during 1911-12 when anti-gambling laws means a halt to all thoroughbred racing was called in New York state.
Two more years of barren action occurred from 1943 to 1945 when, during World War II, travelling restrictions were in place meaning no racing could be allowed and Saratoga’s major races were moved across to Belmont Park.
Just prior to that in 1940, Saratoga’s first pari-mutuel betting machines had been installed and this led to a steady period of growth notwithstanding the halt during the war, so in the 1960’s administrators had to extend the grandstand which doubled the track’s capacity.
More recently Saratoga has gained a reputation as the “graveyard of champions” given that several very high-profile horses have lost here. In 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat was overhauled by Onion in the Whitney Handicap while 2015 hero and 1/5 shot American Pharoah was beaten in the Travers Stakes by Keen Ice.
Saratoga sping’s summer meet is packed full of Graded races, but it’s the Grade 1 Race that is historically Saratoga’s big race we are especially interested in and there is no shortage here!
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Travers Day:Saturday, August 24, 2019
Closing Day:Monday, September 2, 2019
Gates Open At:
11:00 am every day except Travers Day
7:00 am on Travers Day (August 24)
CLOSED on Mondays & Tuesdays
First Race Post Time:
1:00 pm every racing day with the following exceptions:
12:50 pm on Steeplechase days
11:35 am on Travers Day (Saturday, August 24)
12:30 pm on Saturday, August 31; Sunday, September 1; Monday, September 2
Diana Stakes: 1 1/8 miles, turf, 3yo+ fillies & mares,
Coaching Club American Oaks: 1 1/8 miles, dirt, 3yo fillies, $300,000
Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap: 6 furlongs, dirt, 3yo+, $350,000
Whitney Handicap: 1 1/8 miles, dirt, 3yo+, $1,000,000
Longines Test: 7 furlongs, dirt, 3yo fillies, $500,000
Fourstardave Handicap: 1 mile, turf, 3yo+, $500,000
Alabama Stakes: 1¼ miles, dirt, 3yo fillies, $600,000
Travers Stakes: 1¼ miles, dirt, 3yo, $1,250,000
Sword Dancer: 1½ miles, turf, 4yo+, $850,000
Personal Ensign Stakes: 1 1/8 miles, dirt, 3yo+ fillies & mares, $700,000
Forego Handicap: 7 furlongs, dirt, 3yo+, $600,000
Ballerina Handicap: 7 furlongs, dirt, 3yo+ fillies & mares, $500,000
H. Allen Jerkens Memorial Stakes: 7 furlongs, dirt, 3yo, $500,000
Woodward Stakes: 1 1/8 miles, dirt, 3yo+, $750,000
Spinaway Stakes: 7 furlongs, 2yo fillies, $350,000
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