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Saratoga Horse Racing: Fast Facts, Glossary & Stakes Races

Editor's Note (2/19/21): The New York Racing Association (NYRA) has announced that the 2021 summer meet at Saratoga Race Course will take place from July 15 through September 6. The information below reflects 2020, but we will update it with 2021 details as soon as they are released by NYRA and New York State.

Horse racing is one of the most popular attractions in Saratoga Springs! From the harness track to the thoroughbred race course, there are tons of opportunities to catch a race. Below, you'll find a number of features that will prove helpful, whether you're heading to the races for the first time or are a seasoned veteran of the track.

Race Course & Harness Track:

saratoga race course entrance sign
Get quick details about the summer meet at Saratoga, including the season dates and other information.
starting gate at saratoga race course
See a schedule of stakes races and dark days for the summer meet at Saratoga.
infield at saratoga race course
Steeplechase races, where horses have to traverse obstacles, take place on select days during the meet.
two horses racing in the travers stakes
Travers Day, featuring the running of the Travers Stakes, is the most popular day of a typical summer meet.
horses racing at saratoga
Find out which horses came out on top in today's stakes races at Saratoga.
historic photo of saratoga race course
Thoroughbred racing in Saratoga dates back to 1863; learn more about the fascinating history.
American Pharoah warming up at Saratoga
Saratoga is known as the "Graveyard of Champions". Learn more about the four historic upsets that earned the race course its nickname. 
harness racing
The harness track at Saratoga Casino Hotel features live racing from February - December each year.

General Horse Racing Information:

horse at the starting gate at saratoga
There's lots to know about horse racing, including different types of horses and races.
horse heading to starting gate
Look up unfamiliar racing terms in our extensive glossary, and expand your knowledge of the sport!
betting infographic
New to betting? Check out our helpful infographic for a basic overview that'll come in handy.
learn to bet booth
Guest writer John Pricci of shares his betting primer.
horses racing at saratoga
Check out Horse Racing 224 by John Furgele for his honest opinion about the races and relevant issues.