Upcoming Events at Saratoga
The Saratoga Race Track, located under three hours’ drive from central New York, has a rich history dating back to 1863. Each year racing enthusiasts flock here to enjoy a lively schedule of world-class horse racing. With top race track results each year, Saratoga’s track record is impressive with past results having produced some of the largest payouts in horse race betting history, including a $377,883 payout in 2010.
Saratoga Calendar 2017
This year’s summer racing series will run from 21st July–3rd September 2017. Travers Stakes, Whitney Stakes and Woodward are three highlights of the Saratoga race schedule.
The renowned highlight of the summer racing season at Saratoga, Travers Stakes is often referred to as The Mid-Summer Derby. Travers Stakes is the third-ranked race for American horses at three years of age, behind the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes. Dating back to 1864, the race was named in honour of William Travers, the president of the old Saratoga Racing Association.
The 2016 winner of Travers Stakes was Arrogate (Juddmonte Farms, Inc.), with a time of 1:59.36. This year, Travers Stakes will take place on 26th August 2017, with the stake of $1,250,000 drawing crowds from across the United States.
Another highlight of the races, the Whitney Stakes, sometimes referred to as the Whitney Handicap, is named after the Whitney family, a prominent family in thoroughbred horse racing.
First run in 1928, the Whitney Stakes was originally 1 ¼ miles but from 1955 it was shortened to the current distance of 1 ⅛ miles. In 2016, Frosted (Godolphin Racing LLC) won the Whitney in a time of 1:47.77. Whitney will take place on 5th August 2017 with an impressive stake of $1,200,000 on offer.
Woodward is one of the premier races for older thoroughbred horses in the United States, with a race division of three years and over. The race was named in memory of the prominent racehorse owner, William Woodward, who was chairman of the Jockey Club from 1930 to 1950.
Taking place in September, Woodward is the final Grade 1 race of the 2017 calendar. One of America’s most prestigious races, Woodward has been won by many horses who have been named as the American Horse of the Year. In 2009 at age three, Rachel Alexandra became the first female to win Woodward. Last year, Shaman Ghost (Stronach Stables) won the race in a time of 1:48.92. Woodward will take place on 2nd September 2017 with a stake of $750,000 up for grabs.
You can view the official Saratoga race schedule below:
Saratoga Race Schedule: July
Saratoga Calendar: August
Saratoga Calendar: September
Entertainment and Dining at Saratoga
Situated in the famous city of Saratoga Springs, a visit to Saratoga is not just for racing aficionados, providing fun for all the family. Other nearby attractions include Saratoga Spa State Park, Saranac Lake, the National Museum of Racing and the Children’s Museum.
Family Mondays are held each week from 11am–4pm in the Berkshire Bank Saratoga Pavilion, offering family-friendly activities and games including the chance to pet a retired thoroughbred horse. Giveaway days are another draw, where fans can pick up premium Saratoga merchandise, such as branded baseball caps and cooler bags to take home. The 2017 giveaway dates are 23rd July, 7th and 21st August and 3rd September.
For food and refreshments, a selection of dining options including the Turf Terrace Dining Room, Club Terrace, The Easy Goer and The Lower Porch serve a variety of food in formal or relaxed surroundings. If you’re visiting on a Thursday, Tequila & Taco Thursdays is sure to get you fired up, with specials on margaritas and tacos and live flamenco performances following the day’s final race.
Sundays during the summer season will feature Taste NY: Food & Artisans, a tempting on-track food market with artisan vendors featuring products made exclusively in New York State. The market will be held each Sunday from 10.30am–5pm in the Berkshire Bank Saratoga Pavilion. Taste NY Craft Beers and Taste NY: Cider, Wine & Spirits tasting events will also be held throughout the season. For those looking to celebrate their winnings, Saturday nights will play host to the Ketel One Party at The Post, featuring DJs, cocktail sampling and giveaways.