Saratoga Race Course | Most Historic Racetrack in the United States

Saratoga Racecourse – Saratoga Springs, New York is the home to Saratoga Racecourse, the most historic racetrack in the United States. I live in Schenectady, which is about a half-hour south of Saratoga. 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. They now have sunday giveaways which always draw tens of thousands of racing fans. Socialite Mary Lou 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 events has been the annual Saratoga Pet Parade for Dogs Only.

Great Jockeys Perform At Saratoga Race Course

Over the years, the greatest jockeys, trainers, and thoroughbreds have performed at Saratoga. In 1930, Triple Crown winner Gallant Fox was beaten by a 110-1 shot Jim Dandy in the Travers Stakes; On Auguist 16, 1954, Native Dancer finished his 22-race career with a victory in the Oneonta Handicap, a non-betting exhibition race that he won by nine lengths while carrying 137 pounds; On August 20, 1966, Buckpasser, ridden by Braulio Baeza, became racing’s first 3 year-old millionaire after winning the Travers Stakes

Secretariat Won Sanford Stakes in 1972

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 2 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.

Some Saratoga Racetrack History

Baeza, Ycaza, and Cordero

Braulio Baeza, Manny Ycaza of the early 1960s and Angel Corder Jr. (later on ) were my favorite jockeys at Saratoga Racecourse. Baeza for the distance races and Ycaza in the sprints.

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