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General Information

2014 Saratoga Race Course Meet

40 days, July 18-September 1
Dark Tuesdays
Post times: 1 p.m. daily except:
12:25 p.m. 1st post every Wednesday and Thursday
11:35 a.m. on Travers Day, Saturday, August 23
12:30 p.m. on Monday, September 1 – Labor Day

For information prior to the meet please phone (718) 641-4700 or (516) 488-6000.
For information during the 2014 Saratoga meet (July 18 to Sept. 1), please call (518) 584-6200.

Saratoga Race Course is a 350-acre racetrack in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The 2014 meeting will be 40 days long from Friday, July 18 to Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1. Saratoga is the home of the 145th Running of the Travers Stakes on Aug. 23, 2014.

Saratoga Race Course
267 Union Avenue
Saratoga Springs NY 12866

Main Course: 1 1/8 Miles
Turf Course: 1 Miles
Steeplechase/Inner Turf Course: 7/8 Mile
Attendance Capacity: 50,000
Trackside Dining: 2,200
Total Seating Capacity: 18,000, including picnic tables and benches.

Whitney Viewing Stand
Unveiled on August 1, 2013, the Whitney Viewing Stand offers the public tremendous access to the historic Oklahoma training track.

Throughout the race meet, fans are welcome to watch horses train from 7am-11am. A Guest Services representative will be on hand to answer questions. You can learn more about the Whitney Stand and its significance here


Sales

Reserved Seats
The 2014 Saratoga meet is quickly approaching and our team at the New York Racing Association is unveiling plans to offer unparalleled experiences for our guests, old and new. Take advantage of the enhanced guest experience by entering the Saratoga Reserved Seats Drawing. Access the form here: Reserved Seats Lottery

If you're looking to plan an outing for a group of twenty or more, please use the Group Sales form, available here: Reserved Seating and Admission for Groups


Season Pass
For 2014, the New York Racing Association has redesigned its Season Pass offerings. Both the Saratoga and Belmont/Saratoga passes offer considerable value to our guests, and are well worth purchasing.

The NYRA Season Passes now include a photo of the guest. Season passes will not be mailed and must be picked up at the track. For Saratoga, we will begin processing season passes at the Open House on Sunday, July 13. We will also process them from 9:30AM-4:30PM from 7/14 through 7/17 at the Box Office on Union Avenue. Once racing begins on the 18th, passes will only be processed from 8AM-10AM, and from 4PM-6PM at the Box Office on Union Avenue.

***UPDATE***

  • Saratoga Clubhouse season passes are no longer being sold as of Monday, July 21st
  • The last day to purchase Saratoga Grandstand Season passes will be August 1st
  • Season passes are no longer being sold on NYRA.com and must be purchased through Stewart’s Shops and the Saratoga Box Office***

** Season Passes are non-transferable. Season pass holders are entitled to one admission per day, including Giveaway days and Travers Day, and will be able to receive one giveaway per Giveaway day while supplies last **


Admission

Grandstand admission is $5
Clubhouse admission is $8
Patrons entering via the grandstand can pay the $3 exchange to enter the clubhouse area.

 

Travers Day Admission

Grandstand admission is $10
Clubhouse admission is $15



Parking

General parking at Saratoga Race Course is FREE.
Preferred parking available for $7 ($10 on Travers Day), while trackside parking is $12 ($15 on Travers Day).





Traditions/Courtesies/Rules

  • ** On Travers Day Saturday, August 23rd No Coolers will be allowed in the clubhouse or on the apron larger than 12-by-18 inches.** Coolers are permitted in the backyard, apron and Top of the Stretch areas only. Coolers are not permitted anywhere inside the building. No glass is permitted to be brought onto the premises. Coolers may contain plastic bottles or cans and are subject to search by NYRA Security personnel.

  • Pop-Up tents and umbrellas are restricted to the backyard area only. They are prohibited on the apron, and by the Paddock. However, if a Pop-Up Tent or Umbrella in the backyard is blocking another patron’s view of a TV monitor, tote board, etc., then the obstruction must be removed.
  • It is a long-time race track tradition that you can “reserve” a bench seat with a newspaper or program. We ask that you respect this tradition, but please be aware that our Security Personnel will not intercede in any debate regarding this matter.
  • Backyard Picnic Tables – another tradition is that anyone coming to the track early (after 7:00 a.m.) can reserve a picnic table by putting their articles on that table (1 table per person). You must then exit the track when the morning breakfast patrons leave, and pay to re-enter at the time the gates open for racing.
  • After the official opening of the first floor Carousel (11:00 a.m. weekdays, 10:30 a.m. weekends;  7:00 a.m. Travers Day), patrons may “reserve” seating by placing their property on the table.  “Reserved” tables not claimed by post time of the 1st race are subject to release.    
  • There is NO SMOKING permitted anywhere inside the building, including the reserved seats, box area, and all dining areas.
  • Wheelchair Access Areas – there are specially marked areas for wheelchairs only behind Reserved Seat Sections J (in the Clubhouse) and M (in the Grandstand).
  • Resale of tickets – Tickets may not be resold or offered for resale at a premium in excess of the amount allowed by any Federal, State or local law or regulation; the NYS legislature prohibits any resale of tickets within 1,000 feet of our property line.

Track Services

Binocular Rentals
Located on the first floor, Clubhouse and Grandstand.

ATM Machines
For your convenience, ATM machines are at the following locations:
First floor Grandstand at the end mutuel window, closest to the finish line
First floor Grandstand near First Aid
First floor Grandstand adjacent to Saratoga Silks
Picnic area, outside the Guest Services Office
Picnic area, Mutuel Bay adjacent to the Reserved Seat Box Office
Second floor Clubhouse behind Reserved Seat Section C

First Aid
Located on the first floor, Grandstand, behind the Carousel Mini Theatre.

Lost and Found
Located in the Security Office, first floor, Mezzanine, west end.

Race Replay Centers
Located in the First Floor Clubhouse and the Carousel Mini Theatre.


Click here for more information on Guest Services at Saratoga Race Course.


Saratoga Broadcasting

NYRA and MSG+ are pleased to present 30 minutes of racing-related programming seven days a week.  

On race days, Saratoga Insider will highlight the top races and news from the day with hosts Jason Blewitt and Richard Migliore.  Viewers can also look forward to previews of the next day’s card as well as upcoming stakes and interviews with key players in the industry.  Handicapper Andy Serling and paddock analyst Maggie Wolfendale will be regular contributors to this program, which encourages fan interaction through its Twitter segment.

The National Racing Report will air on dark days and features recaps and in-depth analysis from hosts Jason Blewitt, Richard Migliore and Andy Serling regarding the nation’s top stakes races from the previous weekend.

All times Eastern. Click here to view the schedule. (subject to change)
 


Addresses

Saratoga Race Course
267 Union Avenue
Saratoga Springs NY 12866

NYRA
PO Box 90
Jamaica NY 11417


Dress Code

Attention Fans: Please take note of Saratoga's new and more fan-friendly dress code.

  • Paddock Saddling Area & Winner's Circle
    No shorts or abbreviated wear permitted.
    Gentlemen – collared shirts required.
  • Box Seat Area
    No shorts or jeans permitted.
    Gentlemen – suits or sports jackets required.
  • Turf Terrace
    Neat Casual Attire
    No jeans, shorts or abbreviated wear permitted.
    Gentlemen – collared shirts required.
    Management reserves the right to use its discretion to determine Neat Casual Attire.
  • At the Rail Pavilion, The Porch, Club Terrace & Carousel Restaurant
    Gentlemen – No Tank Tops
    No short-shorts, cut-offs or abbreviated wear permitted.
    Proper attire at management’s discretion.
  • Luxury Suites
    No abbreviated wear permitted.
    Gentlemen - No tank tops
    Proper attire at management’s discretion.
  • Clubhouse
    No short shorts, cut-offs or abbreviated wear permitted. No tank tops.
    Proper attire at management’s discretion
  • Grandstand
    Shirts and shoes required.

People 12 years and over must abide by the dress code.


Coolers

** On Travers Day Saturday, August 23rd No Coolers will be allowed in the clubhouse or on the apron larger than 12-by-18 inches.** Coolers are permitted on the trackside apron, the Top of the Stretch and backyard picnic area. Coolers are not permitted anywhere inside the building. ALL GLASS CONTAINERS ARE PROHIBITED. Coolers may contain plastic bottles or cans and subject to search by NYRA security.


Cashing Mutuel Tickets by Mail

Winning pari-mutuel tickets from all races conducted at Aqueduct, Belmont, Saratoga or any simulcast track NYRA offers wagering on must be presented for payment on or before March 31 of the following year and can be cashed during any race day at the current live racing NYRA meet. You cannot cash winning NYRA mutuel tickets at any OTB.
 
Winning NYRA mutuel tickets may also be sent by certified or registered mail to the address listed below and must be received by NYRA no later than March 31 of the following year. In accordance with NYSRWB rules, NYRA must be in possession of these tickets no later than March 31 of the following year in order to be eligible for payment. Therefore, tickets mailed with an earlier postmark but received by NYRA after March 31st will not be processed. Please allow sufficient time to make certain that NYRA is in receipt of your ticket(s) before this deadline.

New York Racing Association
ATTN: Mutuel Dept.
PO Box 90
Jamaica NY 11417

The physical address for NYRA is the following:
Aqueduct Racetrack
110-00 Rockaway Blvd.
Jamaica NY 11420

It is advised that you keep copies for your records.

For winnings that exceed 300-1 odds - more than $600 - the Internal Revenue Service requires that a W2-G Tax Form is completed. This form requires two proofs of identity: 1, Copy of Drivers License or State issued photo ID; and 2, Copy of Social Security Card or a card that establishes your identity and includes your social security number. All winnings subject to reporting and/or withholding as described in IRS form W2G will be administered in accordance with applicable IRS code.


Rule for Uncashed Tickets

Effective January 1, 2009, pari-mutuel tickets not cashed within 10 days of purchase that have a value of $300 or more must be redeemed at IRS-designated mutuel windows. The patron needs to provide a name, home address, date of birth and social security number. This requirement is part of a new rule that was opposed by The New York Racing Association, but still implemented by the New York State Racing & Wagering Board. Please note that unless the payout on the ticket is 300-1 or higher and in excess of $600, the patron’s information will not be reported to the IRS. The same requirements apply for tickets cashed by mail that meet these parameters.


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