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Saratoga Race Course 2013 Fact Sheet

By NYRA Press Office | 06/24/2013 04:47 PM ET

WHAT: 150th anniversary season at Saratoga Race Course

WHEN: 40 days. Friday, July 19 through Monday, September 2, Labor Day. No racing on Tuesdays.

WHERE: Saratoga Race Course, Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

FIRST RACE POST TIME: 1 p.m. Eastern. On Travers Day, Saturday, August 24, first race post is 11:35 a.m. For Twilight Racing, Friday August 30, first race post time is 2:30 p.m. On Labor Day, Monday, September 2, first post is 12:30 p.m.

ADMISSION: General admission is $3; Clubhouse admission is $5. Children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. on weekdays and 10:30 a.m. on weekends. On Travers Day, Saturday, August 24, gates open at 7 a.m. Travers Day admission is $5 general admission; $10 for Clubhouse. Reserved seating is sold separately.

PARKING: Trackside parking is $10 and general parking is free. Handicapped parking is available at the Clubhouse and Grandstand entrances.  Trackside parking opens at 6:45 a.m. for breakfast on all days except Travers Day, August 24, when the gates open at 7 a.m. NO BREAKFAST PARKING REFUNDS ON TRAVERS DAY, Saturday, August 24. There is also Oklahoma Preferred Parking for $5 on the corner of East Avenue and Union Avenue (not trackside).

A free shuttle to Saratoga Race Course is also available at the Saratoga Casino and Raceway, where parking is free. The shuttle departs from the bus entrance (south entrance) of Saratoga Casino and Raceway and drops fans off at the Clubhouse entrance to Saratoga Race Course on Wright Street. Shuttle service is available every race day, with the exception of Mondays, starting 30 minutes prior to first race post time. The shuttle makes at least two round trips per hour and continues throughout the day until 30 minutes after the final race. 

COOLERS: Coolers are permitted at Saratoga Race Course on the trackside apron, Top of the Stretch and the backyard area only. No coolers will be allowed anywhere inside the building. ALL GLASS CONTAINERS ARE PROHIBITED. All coolers and any carry-in items are subject to inspection by NYRA Security.
RESERVED SEATS: A limited number of Grandstand seats are on sale each morning of a race day at the Reserved Seat Sales Office at Union Avenue Gate at 9 a.m. (7 a.m. on Travers Day, Saturday, August 24). Closed Tuesdays. There is a limit of four (4) seats per person. Cash, American Express, Visa and MasterCard are accepted. Clubhouse seats Monday, Wednesday and Thursday are $11 per seat; on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, they are $16 per seat. Grandstand seats are $7 per seat on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; $9 per seat on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On Travers Day, Saturday, August 24, Clubhouse seats are $26 and Grandstand seats are $19. After Opening Day phone orders are accepted until 4:30 p.m. each racing day. No telephone orders are accepted for “Day Of” or “Sun Seats.” For more information on reserved seats, call 1-800-814-7846.

DINING: NYRA has simplified its restaurant reservation system with a toll free dining reservations number (888) 516-NYRA. Dining options include: the Turf Terrace Dining Room, Club Terrace, and The Lower Porch.

SPECIAL EVENTS: For up-to-date special event information from now through Labor Day, visit here.

GROUP ACCOMMODATIONS: Special rates on dining packages for groups of 20 or more. Dining packages consist of admission, official track program, and buffet lunch (tax and gratuity included) at The Rail Pavilion, Carousel Restaurant and all-new Paddock Tent for 2013. For information on groups and availability, call 1-888-285-5961.

GET PAID TO PLAY WITH NYRA REWARDS: NYRA Rewards is the convenient way to wager whether you’re on-track or at home.  Members not only receive some of racing’s highest cash rebates but can also watch live streaming coverage of racing from around the country at NYRArewards.com. NYRA Rewards returns up to four times more to New York horsemen and breeders than wagering through other ADWs.  Sign-up instantly online at NYRArewards.com or on-track at a NYRA Rewards booth and start getting paid to play!   

GUARANTEED WAGERS: NYRA is offering a $500,000 Guaranteed Late Pick 4 presented by NYRA Rewards on Saturdays during the 2013 Saratoga meet. On Travers Day, Saturday, August 24, there will be a $1 Million Guaranteed All Graded Stakes Pick 4.

TALKING HORSES: Returning this summer, the popular longstanding daily show will continue to broadcast live from Saratoga Race Course. The show runs from 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. every racing day and is broadcast live. Scratches and changes have been moved to 11:40 a.m. to allow the live program to be broadcast uninterrupted on all on-track monitors. The show is also broadcast live daily here.

TOM DURKIN’S THIRD RACE CALL FOR CHARITY, SPONSORED BY DAILY RACING FORM: Fans will get a chance to sit with track announcer Tom Durkin as he calls the day’s third race, and at the same time, get a spectacular view of Saratoga Race Course. Tickets are $100 with proceeds going to the health programs administered by the Backstretch Employee Service Team (B.E.S.T). Participants will also receive an embroidered baseball cap, courtesy of DRF, a Daily Racing Form program and a souvenir photograph on the roof with Durkin. Limited to six fans daily July 19 to September 2; Travers Day not available. For reservations, call 516 488-3434 or 518-587-3720 beginning July 19.

ATTIRE: Box Seats: Gentlemen – suits or sports jackets required. Ties not required. Ladies – dresses, skirts or slack outfits. No jeans, shorts, or abbreviated wear permitted. Clubhouse: No short shorts, cutoffs, or abbreviated wear permitted. No tank tops. Proper attire at management’s discretion. Grandstand: Shoes and shirts are required at all times.

BREAKFAST AT SARATOGA: Breakfast at Saratoga, a long-standing tradition, offers the customary breakfast buffet. Breakfast is served on The Porch of the Clubhouse, overlooking the morning workouts of the thoroughbreds on the main track each racing day from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Breakfast admission is free (except for Travers Day, Saturday, August 24, when a $10 Clubhouse admission fee is required). Breakfast buffet is $17.00 per person, plus tax and gratuity; $9.00 per child (ages 3-12). Trackside parking is $10. Race fans who wish to attend the afternoon’s races are charged admission upon re-entering the track. For more information, call Customer Service at (718) 641-4700. 

PREMIUM GIVEAWAYS: All giveaways are free with each paid admission, while supplies last. Click here to view.

Giveaway                                                                     Giveaway Date
Saratoga Short-Sleeve T-shirt                                &nbs​p;     Sunday, July 28
Saratoga Fourstardave Bobblehead                             Sunday, August 11
Saratoga Race Course Replica Model                          Sunday, August 18
Saratoga Beer Stein                                                      Sunday, September 1

NOTE: Saratoga will again offer “spinner-free” service – a dedicated turnstile at the East Avenue admission gate specifically designed for patrons who wish to avoid the potentially lengthy lines on giveaway days. No coupons will be issued in this express lane, which will be reserved for fans seeking expedited admission to the grandstand.



MAIN TRACK: 1 1/8-mile oval with seven-furlong chute; 4 percent banking on the turns; distance from final turn to the finish line is 1,144 feet.

TURF COURSES: The Mellon (Outer) Turf Course is a one-mile (plus 98 feet) oval; 4 percent banking on the turns; distance from final turn to the finish line is 1,144 feet; The Inner Turf Course is a seven-furlong (plus 304 feet) oval; 4 percent banking on the turns; distance from final turn to finish is 1,164 feet.

OKLAHOMA TRAINING TRACK: One-mile oval with a quarter-mile chute; 2 percent banking on the turns; distance from final turn to the finish line is 990 feet.

OKLAHOMA TURF COURSE: Seven-furlong oval; 2 percent banking on the turns; distance from final turn to the finish line is 1,024 feet.

OKLAHOMA STEEPLECHASE COURSE: Six-furlong oval, five fences.

CLARE COURT TRAINING TRACK: Half-mile oval; 1.5 percent banking on the turns.



From New York Metropolitan Area: New York Thruway (I-90) to Exit 24 at Albany; then the Adirondack Northway (I-87) to Exit 14.

From Western New York: New York Thruway (I-90) to Exit 28 at Fultonville; to Johnstown and Route 29E to Saratoga Springs; or Exit 27 to Amsterdam, Route 30 N to Route 67 E to Ballston Spa and Route 50 to Saratoga Springs.

From Upstate and Canada: Northway (I-87) to Exit 14.

From Massachusetts and Connecticut: Massachusetts Turnpike to New York Thruway (I-90) then Adirondack Northway (I-87) to Exit 14.

From Vermont and New Hampshire: Route 40 to Schuylerville and Route 29 to Saratoga Springs.

By Train: For a list of departure cities, prices and reservations, call 1-800-USA-RAIL.


SWITCHBOARD: Until July 14 (718) 641-4700; From July 19 – September 2 (518) 584-6200.

ON-LINE: nyra, nyragroupsales