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|Racing Dates: July 24 - September 7
Max per Race Payout: US$ 30,000
Main track (dirt): 1 1/8 mile, oval
Length of stretch from last turn to finish line: 1,144 ft
Width of stretch: 80 ft
Turf: 7 1/2 furlongs, oval, inside main track
Width of stretch: 26 ft
Outer "Mellon" turf: 7/8 mile
Graded Races At Saratoga
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Carly Simon heard you went up to Saratoga, and your horse naturally won. She was singing about Saratoga Race Course (and possibly Mick Jagger) in Saratoga Springs, New York, an upscale track that Sports Illustrated named the world’s No. 10 sports venue of the 20th Century.
Saratoga's history actually goes a little bit further back than that. Opened in 1863, this is the oldest organized sports venue in the United States. The first running of the Travers Stakes was in 1864, making it the oldest major thoroughbred race in the country.
Today, the Travers Stakes (10 furlongs, dirt, 3-year-olds) is a Grade 1 event with a purse of $1 million, the richest on a racing calendar with over 30 graded stakes between July and September. Past winners include 1941 Triple Crown champion Whirlaway, as well as the great Man o’ War in 1920 and Native Dancer in 1953.
The Saratoga Race Course we know today is actually across the street from the original track, which was in use until 1909 and is now home to a barn area and training track. Saratoga’s current layout features a nine-furlong dirt oval, an inner turf track measuring just shy of 7.5 furlongs and an outer turf track known as the Mellon Turf Course that checks in at one mile and 98 feet. Steeplechase races are held on these turf tracks in addition to the thoroughbreds. The state-run New York Racing Association operates Saratoga, Aqueduct and Belmont Park, all of which have three tracks at their disposal.