Saratoga Springs, NY Don't-Miss Attraction: Horse Racing
The Saratoga Springs Race Track parted the gates for horse racing to speed into the United States.
The world-famous race track planted roots in 1863, making it the oldest organized sporting venue of any type in the country. Soon after it opened, Saratoga Race Track inaugurated the Travers Stakes, the oldest Thoroughbred race in the nation, and it is still held each August.
Rich in history, the track still thrills audiences, giving Sports Illustrated reason to name the track one of Top 10 Sports Venues in the World. The Saratoga Race Track operates each summer for 40 days, from July to Labor Day. Attendees bet on Thoroughbred and Steeplechase races, such as the Whitney Handicap and Alabama Stakes.
The race track also hosts festivals and events like the Travers Festival to raise spirits for the Travers Stakes, a fun-filled hat contest, and the Hats Off to Saratoga Music Festival. When you’re not enjoying the races or festivals, you can see where the magic happens on the backstretch or treat yourself to breakfast as you watch the workouts.
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