World Famous Saratoga and More
|Afternoon and evening entertainment for friends and travelers.
Both thorough bred and harness racing are available in Upstate New York.
New York has been organizing horse races since 1665. Both thoroughbred and harness racing are available.
Operators place a strong emphasis on the care and well-being of race horses.
Horse racing has been called the Sport of Kings, and it is enjoyed worldwide. International tourist find it particularly appealing and enjoy its pageantry and excitement.
Saratoga Race Course
The Saratoga Race Course is perhaps the most famous venue Upstate.
It can hold up to 50,000 people on a single race day, and offers plenty of seating and dining options. Opened in 1863, many of the most famous horses in the world have performed here. It’s a fun way to spend a day or weekend.
Learn more about Sports in New York State.
Horse Racing Basics
Horse racing is an equestrian performance sport, typically involving two or more horses ridden by jockeys over a set distance for competition. It is one of the most ancient of all sports and its basic premise – to identify which of two or more horses is the fastest over a set course or distance – has remained unchanged since the earliest times.
Thoroughbred horse racing in the United States has its own Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, New York. The Hall of Fame honors remarkable horses, jockeys, owners, and trainers.
The traditional high point of US horse racing is the Kentucky Derby, held on the first Saturday of May at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Together, the Derby; the Preakness Stakes, held two weeks later at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland; and the Belmont Stakes, held three weeks after the Preakness at Belmont Park on Long Island, form the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing for three-year-olds. They are all held in May and the beginning of June. In recent years the Breeders’ Cup races, run at the end of the year, have challenged the Triple Crown events as determiners of the three-year-old champion. The Breeders’ Cup is normally held at a different track every year.
There are also a Triple Crown of Harness Racing for Pacers and a Triple Crown of Harness Racing for Trotters. Harness racing is a form of horse racing in which the horses race at a specific gait (a trot or a pace). They usually pull a two-wheeled cart called a sulky.