Track season is here in Saratoga! After a successfully conducted Belmont Stakes Racing Festival in June, Saratoga is ready and prepared for it's regular racing season.

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Thursday 7/11 Opening Day

Gates open at 11am with post time at 1:10pm. The schedule features the Schuylerville Stakes Race with a $175,000 purse.

- Celebrate Saratoga hosted by Downtown Business Association at the Spa City Motor Lodge from 7pm - 10pm. The event welcomes all to downtown to celebrate the beginning of track season showcasing downtown retailers, restaurants, and more. Enjoy kettle corn and live music by Soul Session, beverages from Bars Without Boundaries and visit Kramer and Kreme Puff, the Therapeutic Horses of Saratoga minis in front of Crafters Gallery.

- See the New York City Ballet at Saratoga Performing Arts Center. NYC Ballet will be performing at SPAC from Tuesday, July 9 through Saturday, July 13!

- Experience Upbeat on the Roof concert series as it starts its 23rd season at the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College. The Tang Teaching Museum teamed up with The Orchard Project to present showtunes from works-in-progress.

- Put your mind at ease with Summer Yoga Sessions hosted by Complexions Spa at 5:30pm in Congress Park. Take a moment to relax outside yoga guided by experts.

- Learn the rich history of Saratoga through the Grand, Gilded and Glorious: A Saratoga Stroll walking tour. The tour is offered from 10:30pm to 12pm Tuesday through Saturday starting at the Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center.

 

Friday 7/12

Gates open at 11am with post time at 1:10pm. The schedule features the Coronation Cup Stakes Race with a $150,000 purse and the Wilton Stakes Races with a $135,000 purse.

- Book your Saratoga Breakfast and Breeding Farm Tour at Saratoga Race Course! Tours will be offered Wednesday-Saturday, plus select Sundays, throughout the meet. Each ticket includes a buffet breakfast during morning training at Saratoga, a round-trip trolley ride from the track to the designated farm, a guided walking tour of the farm, and same-day admission to Saratoga Race Course. Learn more here.

- Listen to the Lost Radio Rounders for free at The Cock' N Bull Restaurant from 6pm to 9pm.

 

Saturday 7/13

Gates open at 11am with post time at 12:35pm. The schedule features three stakes races, the Diana, Kelso, and Sanford with purses of $500,000 and $175,000.

- Get your running shoes ready for Silk & Satins 5K! This race will take place Saturday, July 13 outside Fasig Tipton, 415 East Avenue, Saratoga Springs, from 6:15am to 7:59am. You can still register now

- Celebrate Family Day in Congress Park from noon to 4pm. A free event with games, crafts, face painting, snacks, and live music.

- Rock out to the late 70s and early 80s at Boat House Row: a Yacht Rock Experience from 7:30pm to 10:30pm at Universal Preservation Hall.

 

Sunday 7/14

Gates open at 11am with post time at 1:10pm. The schedule features the Quick Call Presented by Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation stakes race with a purse of $175,000. 

- Family Sundays at the track feature free family-friendly activities, games, attractions, and educational activities.

- Enjoy music outside during the Summer Concert Series in Congress Park with a performance from Fenimore Blues. The concert starts at 7pm at the War Memorial in Congress Park.

 

Parking

map with streets and parking lots

map: NYRA

Saratoga Race Course offers a variety of parking options for those looking to drive. Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so arrive early! Signs at the entrance will indicate when a lot is full; there will also be signs to park at the Oklahoma free parking area.

Local properties around the track will offer paid parking. Usually the closer the property is to the track, the higher the price of parking for the day. If you don't want to worry about parking, many racing fans take Uber and Lyft rides. Regardless of if you're getting dropped off or parking, traffic surrounding the track is heavy, so expect to wait a little while before getting inside the gates.

 

2024 Events and Giveaways

Tumbler Giveaway - July 19

Union College Hockey Championship Anniversary - July 19

First Responders Day - July 25

PDJF Day - July 27

Baseball Jersey Giveaway - August 2

Whitney Day - August 3

Adirondack Day - August 14

Stewart's Shops day at the Races - August 14

Thoroughbred Aftercare Day - August 15

Tucker Hat Giveaway - August 16

Lustgarten Day - August 17

Military Appreciation Day presented by Rivers Casino - August 22

Fan Appreciation Week - August 28

Windbreak Giveaway - September 1

Learn more about each event and giveaway at nyra.com.