Saratoga Race Course the Most Historic Track in the United States

August 10, 2013 – Thoroughbred racing is in full swing at Sartoga Race Course, the most historic track in the United States. The start of thoroughbred racing at the track, often referred to as the “Graveyard of Favorites,” goes back more than 130 years.  In its second year of horse racing, the track drew 10,000 people for the first four-day  meet.  Today, millions of avid racing fans visit the track during the meets, and on certain days, like Travers Stakes day, over 60,000 people jam the facility.  Socialite Marylou Whitney, daughter of C.V. “Sonny” Whitney, has been coming to Saratoga in August for many years, and one of the track’s most popular summer events has been the annual Saratoga Pet Parade for dogs only.  Over the years, the greatest jockeys, trainers, and thoroughbreds have performed at Saratoga.  In 1930, Triple Crown winer Gallant Fox was beaten by a 110-1 shot named Jim Dandy in the Travers Stakes;  On August 66, 1954, Native Dancer finished his 22-race career with a victory in the Oneonta Handicap, a non-betting exhibition race that he won by 9 lengths while carrying 137 pounds;  On August 20, 1966, Buckpasser, ridden by Braulio Baeza, became racing’s first three year-old millionaire after winning the Travers Stakes;  On August 16, 1972, Secretariat won his first stakes race, the Sanford Stakes;  On August 26, 1972, Secretariat won the Hopeful Stakes by five lengths;  On August 23, 1974, Ruffian won the Spinaway Stakes by 13 lengths, ending her two year-old season 5 for 5; On August 17, 1977, Steve Cauthen rode Affirmed for the first time and won the Sanford Stakes, and on August 19, 1978, in the last of their 10-race rivalry, Alydar beat Affirmed for the first time in the Travers Stakes when his rival was disqualified from first place.

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