Saratoga Race Track

From mid July through Labor day, Saratoga is the place to be for horse racing! Saratoga Race Track in Saratoga Springs New York, is one of the most famous horse racing venues in the world. It is one of three tracks along with Belmont Park and Aqueduct, which the New York Racing Association operates. Opened on August 3, 1863, Saratoga Race Track is America’s oldest sporting venue of any kind. To learn more about racing events at the Saratoga Race Track, visit

Saratoga Race Track Hotel

Enjoy all the exciting action at the Saratoga Race Track from the Merrill Magee Inn. We are just 30 minutes away, a scenic drive directly up I87. As a guest of our Warrensburg NY hotel inn, you’ll enjoy peaceful accommodations and a host of amenities to ensure your comfort, as well as free parking and property wide free WIFI. The Merrill Magee is a relaxing quiet home to return to after a busy crowded day at the track!

Saratoga Race Track – Famous Upsets

Saratoga Race Track is known by the nickname “The Graveyard of Favorites” for its rich history of playing host to some of the racing world’s most spectacular upsets. In the history of racing, the legendary Man o’ War was served his one defeat in a 21-start career at Saratoga. In the 1930 Travers Stakes, front runner Gallant Fox suffered an unbelievable defeat by Jim Dandy, a 100-1 long-shot. To learn more about the fascinating history of horse racing at the Saratoga Race Track, visit

Saratoga Race Track Tradition

The regal sport of horse racing is rich in tradition, and the Saratoga Race Track is no exception. Notably, a canoe that glides along a lake in the middle of the track is newly painted each year in the colors of the winner of the Travers Stakes. Another familiar tradition that takes place before each race is the hand ringing of a bell, precisely 17 minutes before the start of the race. To learn more about Saratoga Race Track and its traditions, visit

Famous Races

Saratoga Race Course is home to many of the racing world’s most highly anticipated stakes. Here are a few of the famous races run at the Saratoga Race Course:

Grade I Stakes

  • Alabama Stakes
  • Diana Handicap
  • Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap
  • King’s Bishop Stakes
  • Hopeful Stakes
  • Whitney Handicap Test Stakes

Grade II Stakes

  • Adirondack Breeders’ Cup Stakes
  • Bernard Baruch Handicap
  • Lake George Stakes
  • Jim Dandy Stakes
  • Lake Placid Handicap
  • Saratoga Special Stakes
  • National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Handicap
  • Honorable Miss Handicap

Grade III Stakes

  • Saranac Stakes
  • Victory Ride Stakes
  • With Anticipation Stakes
  • Schuylerville Stakes

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