Watch American Pharoah’s historic finish at the Belmont Stakes to win the Triple Crown!
Then come be part of history and watch the top equine athletes compete this year at the historic Saratoga Race Course – Named one of the “Top 10 Sports Venues of the 20th century” by Sports Illustrated.
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3 Day Saratoga Racing Season Itinerary
Saratoga Springs is full of wonderful things to do and see during the Saratoga Racing Season. Being native Saratogians, we have designed a three day adventure that showcases the Saratoga Experience. The 2015 Saratoga Summer Stakes kick off Friday, July 24th, and runs through Labor Day, Monday, September 7th.
- Check in at Saratoga Arms
- Enjoy drinks and a small plate on the grand Saratoga Porch of Saratoga Arms . The perfect people watching perch in Saratoga Springs.
- Take in a world class Polo Match (Every Friday and Sunday evening) while enjoying dinner fieldside.
- Or take in concert or classical performance at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center
- End the evening with a walk down Broadway and listen to many varieties of live music and dancing
- Wake up early, grab a cup and coffee and a muffin from our guest pantry and watch the morning horse workouts in the clubhouse boxes at the Saratoga Race Course
- Head back before 10am to Saratoga Arms for breakfast
- Put on your best summer hat or sear sucker suit and take in a day’s racing at the Saratoga Race Course (Post time at 1pm- every Wednesday-Monday)
- Have a drink on the Saratoga Arms porch to celebrate your day’s winnings
- Dinner at one of many fabulous restaurants within walking distance of Saratoga Arms
- Begin your day with another breakfast at Saratoga Arms
- Choose your day based on what Saratoga Springs is known for worldwide
- Health- Take a mineral bath at the historic Roosevelt Baths or travel 30 minutes north and take a boat tour of Lake George
- History– Tour the Saratoga Battlefield and Saratoga Historic Park-Turning Point of the Revolutionary War. Tour the Canfield Casino Museum within Congress Park
- Horses-Experience another day at the Saratoga Race Course. Either dress up for Clubhouse admission or wear shorts and stake out a picnic table in the Paddock area for the day.
- Return to Saratoga for a nap then dinner at one of the best restaurants in Saratoga Springs, NY
Day 4/Check-out Day
- Enjoy the final morning in the Saratoga Arms dining room for breakfast
- Tour the many shops along Broadway, our main street, before heading home
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*Itinerary is not a package, but designed to inspire your trip.
Health. History. Horses. It is those three words that greet all who enter Saratoga Springs, and it is those three words (coincidentally and conveniently all starting with the letter “H”) that capture the spirit of this great town. Of course, special emphasis will be placed on the third “H” (Horses), since this summer marks the sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) of racing at the Saratoga Race Course.
To celebrate, there are numerous events planned from May through September. One in particular that is worth noting is the equestrian film festival slated for June 11-‐13. Presented by Skidmore College and The Saratoga Film Forum, this special presentation will be held at Skidmore’s Arthur Zankel Music Center. Typically used for musical performances, this beautifully designed and acoustically-‐tuned venue will be no less fitting for these screenings.
First, Tuesday, June 11 at 7:30 pm will have a screening of Seabiscuit. Set during the Great Depression, this film tells the true story of the horse that reached unexpected greatness in the racing world, and became a symbol of hope to many Americans. Nominated in 2003 for seven Academy awards (including Best Picture), Seabiscuit stars Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, and Elizabeth Banks.
Following on Wednesday, June 12 at 7:30 pm will be a screening of Secretariat. Chronicling the life of the first thoroughbred race horse to win The Triple Crown in 25 years (as of 1973), this film depicts the struggle that Secretariat’s owner (Penny Chenery) faced from the foreign and male-‐dominated world of horse racing in order to foster a champion. Produced by Walt Disney Pictures, Secretariat stars Diane Lane and John Malkovich.
Last but not least will be a screening of Saratoga on Thursday, June 13 at 7:30 pm. Originally released in 1937 when Seabiscuit was actually racing, this romantic comedy film stars Clark Gable (who went on to star in Gone with the Wind) as bookie Duke Bradley, who acquires the deed to a stud farm in lieu of the gambling debts of Frank Clayton. He soon meets Frank’s daughter Carol Clayton (Jean Harlow), and develops an eye for her despite her recent engagement to another man. Despite Harlow’s sudden death of kidney failure during the making of Saratoga, it went on to be MGM’s biggest moneymaker of 1937.
Both Seabiscuit and Saratoga had portions filmed in Saratoga Springs. Following the June 13 screening, there will be a talk by Saratoga Film Forum local historians and history teachers, Dave Patterson and Charlie Kuenzel, about the role of Saratoga and the track in classic American films.
Admission is FREE with a Saratoga 150 Lapel Medallion or a Saratoga ARTSFEST pass, otherwise general admission can be purchased for $5. For more information about this event and many others taking place throughout the summer please visit Saratoga 150.
The New York Times, Joe Drape, has confirmed that super filly and Preakness winner, Rachel Alexandra, will race against the boys again the the Woodward Stakes here in Saratoga on Saturday, September 5th. Saratoga Arms does have limited availability left for that weekend (Labor Day) and would welcome anyone who would like to continue to watch history. Run like a girl Rachel!!!