Saratoga Race Course opened in 1863 in Saratoga Springs, New York. It is known as ‘The Spa’ or the ‘Graveyard of Champions’ and is a popular summer destination for horse racing fans the world over.
Saratoga Graded Stakes
Saratoga’s stakes schedule is a robust calendar of stakes races, featuring the Travers Stakes. As the oldest major thoroughbred horse race in America, it has been nicknamed the Midsummer Derby, and pits the greatest three-year-old horses against each other. The Hopeful stakes for two year olds and the Whitney Handicap are also prominent races that attract top class horses. Overall, the 40 day meet will have racing Wednesdays through Sundays and will feature 76 stakes worth $20.85 million from opening day on Thursday, July 11 through Labor Day, September 2.
Saratoga Track Facts
Saratoga’s main track is a dirt oval of 1 ⅛ miles. The turf course is one mile, and they also have a 7 furlong inner turf course. A popular feature of Saratoga is the Oklahoma training track, which was originally a harness racing track before hosting the inaugural Saratoga thoroughbred meet. The track that is used today opened the next year in 1864.
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