"Named one of the world’s greatest sporting venues by Sports Illustrated, the past comes alive in the historic grandstand every summer." - New York Racing Association
Saratoga’s number one claim to fame, the Saratoga Racetrack, is the oldest operating racetrack in America. This year’s meet will start on July 21st, 2017 and run until Labor Day, with races scheduled 6 days a week (dark on Tuesdays). Racing fans flock to Saratoga from around the world to cheer on their favorite horses. Saratoga is known as “The Graveyard of Champions,” so be sure to bet on a few long shots, too!
Every August, during the race meet, some of the most expensive thoroughbreds in the world are sold at auction right here in Saratoga Springs. This year in 2017, the Saratoga Sale will take place August 7-8, and the New York Bred Yearlings Sale will follow on August 12-13. The newly remodeled Fasig-Tipton auction house is open to the public on these nights only. Many famous thoroughbreds have come through the Fasig-Tipton sales, including 2015 Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah, who sold for $300,000 in 2013.
While the races may only take place for six weeks out of the year, many thoroughbreds are here in Saratoga training for almost 7 months. From May to October, racehorses can be found exercising daily on the main track and several nearby training tracks. Here at the Brentwood, you can enjoy your morning coffee while a parade of horses walk back and forth in front of the hotel as they make their way to and from the track each morning.
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