Horse Racing in Saratoga Springs NY

Saratoga Springs is home to the oldest thoroughbred racetrack in America. For just eight weeks each summer, guests at our Saratoga Springs hotel enjoy the Saratoga Race Course, host to the most elite horses in the world.

2024 Racing Dates: July 11 – September 2

The New York Race Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced the stake schedule for the 2024 Season of Saratoga Race Course. It will feature 71 stakes worth $20.8 million in total purses.

This season includes 19 Grade 1s and highlights the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers on August 24, and on August 3, the Grade 1, $1 million Whitney.

Horse racing


Admission to the Horse Racing

Season Passes

Season passes are currently available for the 40-day 2024 season of horse racing. Please note that these are admission fees only (seating is not included). Within nine visits you will have paid for your ticket!

  • Early Bird Price $75
    Season Passes are on sale April 5.  More info here

Daily General Admission Pricing

Advance purchase (24 hrs) $7
Day of Purchase $10


Gates open at 11 am each day and at 7 am on Runhappy Travers Day on August 26. We recommend arriving early to reserve your seat and picnic table. Tradition reigns with simply throwing down a newspaper to reserve your seat or a tablecloth to reserve a picnic table.

Live races occur daily except for Mondays and Tuesdays. Keep up to date with the daily schedule. The first race post time is 1 pm.

Fashion at the RacesSeating Options at the Track

There are a variety of seating options available to enjoy a day of racing.

Box Seats and Clubhouse Dining Room

In the clubhouse dining rooms and box seats, dress in your summer best. Ladies in summer hats are a long-standing Saratoga tradition. Gentlemen, a suit or sports jacket is your proper attire.

General Seating

If you prefer something a little more informal, purchase a reserved seat in the clubhouse or the grandstand. The Pick Six Picnic Paddock is another option with over 100 tables for those with paid reservations. Each table seats six and provides viewing access to TVs and the paddock. These go fast, so get there early.

Reserved Seating

Reserved seats are available by special arrangement. Advance sales of seats are reserved through mail order only. This is done by a lottery in October of the preceding year. Visit NYRA Reserved Seating Options for details. If you are a last-minute planner, limited seat cancellations are available on-site the morning of each racing day at the general admission window on Union Avenue. If you’re willing to wait in line, desired seating is usually available.

People Watching at the Saratoga Race CourseRace Track Dining Offers All Day Seating

  • The Turf Terrace is located in the clubhouse overlooking the main track and offers a great view of each race. This four-tiered restaurant is the most sought-after option.
  • The 1863 Club is located at the end of the Clubhouse on ground level. This three-story, climate-controlled facility will include various seating and dining options, along with the kind of modern amenities our guests have come to expect from a state-of-the-art sports facility. Watch the races from the rail and feel the pounding hooves as the horses round the clubhouse turn.
  • Additional hospitality areas for groups include the Easy Goer, Tailgate at the Turn, the Festival Tent, and more. Check for additional food and drink tips at the Race Course.
  • Reservations are required for all of these restaurants. For reservations or additional information, call (888) 516-6972.

Saratoga Gaming and Horse Racing

Saratoga Gaming and Raceway offers live harness racing along with video gaming and live entertainment.

The trotters race evenings from February through November with a post time of 6:45 pm. For more information, call (518) 584-2110.


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A Memorable Getaway

Our beautifully restored hotel offers a private and comfortable stay for your horse racing getaway. With action-packed days at the races, Saratoga Arms provides warm hospitality and luxury amenities to make your next Saratoga Springs getaway a time to remember! Check now for availability.