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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 Kentucky, 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 Belmont Park.

Travers was a prominent businessman in New York City most of his life and for many years bred and owned 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

Their answer was one association conducting all racing on a non-profit basis. Thus, the Greater New York 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 New York sold out to the GNYA. Saratoga accepted $102 per share, Jamaica accepted $325 a share, Belmont 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 saw the need to refer to "old" Belmont or "new" Belmont.

Some Facts about Saratoga Race Track

 Main 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.


  • Bet only on horses you feel have a good chance of winning.

  • If you don't like a horse, don't bet on it.

  • Give preference to winners. Choose a horse that has won before.

  • Avoid betting on a horse that has just moved up in class.

  • Look for value odds as much as likely winners. If you keep looking for them, you will learn to spot them fairly quickly.

  • Look 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.

  • When 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.

  • A 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.

  • When betting straight, consider betting to win and show, or each-way, if the odds are relatively high.

More Saratoga Horse Track Gambling Tips...

Type of wagering or bets that can be placed at Saratoga Race Track

Example - WPS = Win, Place, Show
(WIN) You are betting that your horse comes in first
(Place) You are betting that your horse will come in 2nd. If the horse comes in 1st you still win your wager.
(Show) 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 races
PICK 3 = Winners of three consecutive races
PICK 6 = Winners of six consecutive races

SUPER = Superfecta, first four finishers in correct order

Triple Crown Race Dates & Event Locations

Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 144 Kentucky Derby - Churchill Downs

May 18, 2019 - Preakness Stakes - Pimlico Racetrack

June 08, 2019 - Belmont Stakes - Belmont Park

November 1-2, 2019 - Breeders Cup - Santa Anita Park


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