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Saratoga RaceTrack Championship
The first races began in 1864 at Saratoga Race
Course. William R. Travers and John Hunter, Were the two
gentlemen behind the building of Saratoga Race Course
in 1864, they where both, Men prestige and position,
and that were very important to getting racing accepted
at the time. A meeting was conducted and decided to
build a racetrack across the street from Horse
Haven. The inaugural meeting at Saratoga was
short and sweet. The Travers Stakes was the
highlight of the meeting being
named, for one of the track's founders and its
first president. That Travers and Hunter co-owned the
first winner, a colt named
of the race named for Travers is not as unusual as it
might first seem. In the 1800s, the men who built
racetracks were often the ones who bred and owned
many of the best horses at these meetings. They built
tracks to showcase their horses more than to make money.
Due to war and restrictions on travel, in the 1943,
1944 and 1945 Saratoga meetings were conducted at
Travers was a prominent businessman in
New York City
most of his life and for many years bred and
some of the period's better horses. In later
years, he broke up his partnership with Hunter and
no longer was involved in breeding and owning horses. Travers died later on at the age of 68.
In the mid-1950s, legislators in New York joined
with racing officials in determining that
something needed to be done to maintain New York's
historic place at the zenith of Thoroughbred racing.
A breath taking view of Saratoga Race Track
was one association conducting all racing on a
non-profit basis. Thus, the Greater
Association (GNYA) was formed. It later changed
its name to the New York Racing Association (NYRA).
One by one, shareholders of the four tracks racing in
sold out to the GNYA.
Saratoga accepted $102 per share,
Jamaica accepted $325 a share,
accepted $91 per share and finally Aqueduct
accepted $183 per share on
September 7, 1955.
The GNYA was officially in business.
In 1963, Belmont Park had been razed for a new
grandstand. It reopened in 1968, but no one apparently
the need to refer to "old" Belmont or "new" Belmont.
Some Facts about Saratoga Race Track
Track: One and one eighth's Mile, oval.
Mellon Turf: One Mile, 98 feet.
Turf Course: Seven Furlongs, 304 feet.
Distance from last turn to finish line: 1,144 feet.
POST TIME: 1 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, Memorial Day, and Friday,
June 4; 3 p.m. Fridays, and noon on Belmont Stakes Day, Saturday, June 09.
ADMISSIONS: General Admission, $5; Clubhouse Admission, $8.
Children 12 and under are admitted free accompanied by adult. Gates
open at 9 a.m.; 8:30 a.m. on Belmont Stakes Day, Saturday, June 11.
PARKING: General Parking, Free everyday; Preferred parking, $7-$15; Valet
Parking, $32-$50; on Belmont Stakes Day, Saturday, June 11, general
parking is $10, preferred parking is $15 and there is no valet
parking that day.
SUNSET FRIDAYS: Every Friday during the Spring/Summer Meet,
with the exception of Friday, June 11th, first race post is 3 p.m. Free Grandstand Admission and $8 Clubhouse Admission from 11a.m. - 1 p.m. and, following that, regular admission prices apply.
RESERVED SEATS: Reserved Seats are $20.00 in the Clubhouse
and Grandstand on weekends and holidays Special Pricing applies for
June 11 & 5 - Call (844) 697-2849 for more information.
Dress code: Suits or Sport Coats required for box seats. Absolutely no shorts or jeans, For the
Garden Terrace Restaurant, gentlemen are asked to wear
collared shirts, and women are asked to wear dresses, skirts for slacks outfits. Absolutely no short or
jeans, for the Clubhouse, proper attire is required at
Management’s discretion. No abbreviated wear. No tank tops.
HORSE RACING GAMBLING TIPS
only on horses you feel have a good chance of winning.
you don't like a horse, don't bet on it.
preference to winners. Choose a horse that has
betting on a horse that has just moved up in class.
for value odds as much as likely winners. If you
keep looking for them, you will learn to spot them fairly
for a horse that has a fair chance of winning and
is not overly backed. This is usually a good value bet
in the long run. On odds of say, 10:1, you need
to win once in ten attempts to break even. Anything more
is net profit. Horses backed heavily by touting
services and computer handicappers may win more often,
but are usually poor value bets.
the track is slow or heavy, give preference to
fast starters. Slow, muddy and heavy track conditions
usually favor the horse that takes an early lead.
straight bet is simple, manageable and not too
difficult to win. Play it but always weigh up the odds.
Avoid favorites and long shots (outsiders) too. Be selective
- don't bet on anything or everything.
betting straight, consider betting to win and show,
or each-way, if the odds are relatively high.
More Saratoga Horse Track
Type of wagering or bets that can be placed at
Saratoga Race Track
| Example - WPS = Win, Place, Show
You are betting that your horse comes in first
You are betting that your horse will come in 2nd.
If the horse comes in 1st you still win your
You are betting that your horse comes in 3rd.
You will still win your bet if your horse comes in 1st,
2nd or 3rd
| EX = Exacta, first two horses finishers
in correct order
| TRI = Trifecta, first three horses finishers
in correct order
| DD = Daily Double, winners of two consecutive
| PICK 3 = Winners of three consecutive races
| PICK 6 = Winners of six consecutive races
SUPER = Superfecta, first four finishers
in correct order
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