Saratoga Race Track is a 350 acre-horse racing track in Saratoga Springs,
New York. Saratoga is the oldest continuously operating race track in America
is acknowledged as one of New York’s most important tracks.
A testament to its lofty status has been its yearly hosting of several prestigious
stakes races. Among these are the New York Stallion Series, the Travers Stakes,
the Ballerina, the Saratoga Breeders Cup, the Ballston Spa Breeders Cup, the
Amsterdam, the Whitney Handicap, and the Diana Handicap.
Saratoga Race Track Facts
Saratoga Race Track
Saratoga Springs, New York
The first thoroughbred race in America was held in Saratoga Springs in 1847,
while the first national thoroughbred race took place during a four-day experimental
meet at Saratoga race track, which opened on August 3, 1863.
The meet was the result of the efforts of John Morrisey, a State Senator,
gambler and successful prize fighter in his day. Morrisey, John Hunter (later
the first Chairman of the Jockey Club), William Travers (owner of the horse
that won the first Travers stakes), and Leonard Jerome (the founder of the
old Jerome race track in the Bronx) presided over the inaugural meet. It turned
out to be a big success, and they decided to expand it the next year. The meet
was moved across the street to its present location in order to accommodate
the large crowds and enlarge the track.
Saratoga race track flourished in the succeeding years. Saratoga race track
even earned the moniker "Graveyard of the Favorites" as legendary
horses Man O' War, Gallant Fox and Secretariat were defeated by largely unheralded
opponents when they participated in major meets at the track.
Big races have been held at the track since its establishment more than a
century ago, a testament to Saratoga’s grand stature and staying power
in the industry.