Saratoga Racing Fixation
The smell of sizzling hot dogs permeates the thick, summer air as thousands of people pile in for a thrilling day at the races. The trumpet’s sound echoes through the stadium, dramatically signaling the start of each horse race as fans swarm to the gate, shouting over each other and cheering their picks to victory.
The Saratoga Racetrack lies in the heart of Saratoga Springs, NY and is home to dashing horses, cheering crowds and, of course, plenty of gaming. From low-dollar bets to high-dollar bets, stakes of all amounts are commonplace on any given day at the races. The track draws in not only the local crowd, but racing enthusiasts from all over the nation who flock to Saratoga to witness these exciting races. On average, the track sees about 30,000 visitors each day and over one million annually.
Opened August 2, 1864 by John Hunter and William R. Travers, the Saratoga Racetrack is the oldest thoroughbred racetrack in America. Hunter and Travers were joint owners of Kentucky, the first thoroughbred to take the stakes at Saratoga. Originally the races lasted a mere four days but lengthened with passing years to four weeks. The 1990’s added an additional week of racing, and today the racing season lasts for a full six weeks.
Travers Stakes, the biggest racing derby in the Saratoga season, has existed since the first year the track was in operation, making it the oldest major thoroughbred race in America. Travers Weekend draws upwards of 65,000 fans each year to witness these exciting horse races in Saratoga Springs. The Whitney Stakes draws in the second largest crowd of the season, and giveaway days (when the track offers free t-shirts, blankets, mugs, etc.) spike attendance as well.
Every day of the week except Tuesday, racing fans gather in the stadium and at the front gates to get an open view of the thoroughbreds sprinting around the racetrack. Other track-goers prefer to camp out on the lawn with blankets and chairs and watch the races on one of the big screens. Visitors are allowed to bring food and drink, even alcohol, to the track. Between races, horses can be spotted trotting around the paddocks for visitors to admire them up close.
Racing season begins in late July and lasts through the first week in September. Labor Day marks the end of the racing season at the Saratoga Racetrack.
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