Saratoga Race Course: The Graveyard of Champions
Is a popular champion racing at Saratoga? You may be better off betting the long odds.
Horse racing is no stranger to upsets, but Saratoga has a peculiar reputation as the "Graveyard of Champions".
Four historic upsets have contributed to Saratoga's reputation as the course where champions go to lose. Even as recently as , Triple Crown winner American Pharoah raced at Saratoga and lost.
But does Saratoga truly deserve its reputation, or did the best horse win?
Pictured: Keen Ice upsetting American Pharoah at the Saratoga Race Course in
4 Historic Upsets at the Saratoga Race Course
Man o' War in
Man o' War, one of the greatest racehorses of all time, won 20 out of 21 races in his career. The one race he lost was at Saratoga.
A colt fittingly named Upset beat Man o' War In the Sanford Memorial Stakes at the Saratoga Race Course. Man o' War was never a Triple Crown winner because his owner decided not to enter him in the Derby, but the astounding thoroughbred won the Preakness and Belmont Stakes, even setting a world record.
Man o' War retired to stud in and - fun fact - was the grandsire of Seabiscuit.
Gallant Fox in
Ever wondered why we have the Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga? Well, the race is named for the horse that upset Gallant Fox in and earned Saratoga its nickname as the "Graveyard of Champions".
The second Triple Crown winner in history, Gallant Fox was expected to easily take the Travers Stakes in Jim Dandy, a outsider, defeated Gallant Fox and rival Whichone by three lengths. The muddy track was blamed for Gallant Fox's poor performance, and Gallant Fox went on to win the Lawrence Realization Stakes at Belmont in September.
Just a few weeks after winning the Triple Crown, Secretariat lost the Whitney Stakes to a little-known horse named Onion at the Saratoga Race Course. To call this a stunning defeat would be to put it mildly, but perhaps the crowd of adoring fans should not have been so surprised: just under two weeks before the Whitney Stakes, Onion had set a new track record for furlongs at Saratoga.
American Pharoah in
After American Pharoah won the Triple Crown in , rumors flew about whether or not the three-year-old would race at Saratoga. At the Travers Stakes on August 29, , American Pharoah did race in front of a record crowd, finishing a close second to Keen Ice and cementing Saratoga's reputation as the "Graveyard of Champions".
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Saratoga Race Course Information
Saratoga Race Course is a horse-racing track in Saratoga Springs, New York, United States. It opened on August 3, , and is the oldest organized sporting venue of any kind in the United States. It is typically open for racing from late July through early September.
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NYRA Recaps Record Meet at Saratoga
NYRAs Reorganization Board of Directors heard a comprehensive report at the most recent meeting in Manhattan. The board recapped the record Saratoga meet and outlined the strong financial performance and results. Get the scoop:
CEO and President, Christopher Kay, outlined the final results for the th meet at the Saratoga Race Course, which came to a close on Monday, September 7th.
In , NYRA averaged $16,, in race handle on the Saratoga product, becoming the first non-Breeders Cup race meet in America to average more than $16 million in daily race handle on its own product. Saratoga is the only North American race meet which runs six days a week, making this achievement even more incredible.
Focusing on the overall experience enjoyed by horseplayers, fans and their families at the Spa, Kay stated that capital improvements and facility enhancements at Saratoga Race Course since have supported corresponding boosts in interest, attendance and handle for the season. These additions and upgrades included:
- The Saratoga Walk of Fame, an open-air pavilion honoring owners, trainers and jockeys who have left an indelible mark on thoroughbred racing at the Spa.
- The Tom Durkin Replay Center, offering fans the opportunity to view and hear 24 classic calls by the legendary race caller, who retired in following a year career as the voice of New York racing.
- A revitalized Lower Carousel and new Fourstardave Sports Bar featuring five dozen tables available for daily reservation, an extensive craft beer selection and 40 flat-screen televisions. A total of 2, tables were reserved in the Fourstardave Sports Bar throughout the meet, demonstrating the popularity and appeal of the new hospitality offering.
- A new, reserved picnic table section, providing families and fans added convenience throughout the meet. A total of 2, picnic tables were reserved this summer.
- The installation of three new, high-definition video boards in the vast Saratoga backyard, providing horseplayers, families and fans with a crystal-clear platform to enjoy the on-track action.
Were already looking forward to breaking more records at the Summer Meet at the Saratoga Race Course!
A Look Back: Racing Season Broke Records, Made History
This past racing season was definitely one for the books. From a Triple Crown winner joining us on Travers Day to breaking wagering records, the summer meet at Saratoga Race Course was undoubtedly a tremendous success.
Take a look at some of the highlights from this past season!
The track also reached a record $19 million in stakes purses, including a blockbuster Travers Day that featured Triple Crown champion, American Pharoah, six Grade 1 races and a Grade 2 for a total of seven graded stakes worth around $ million.
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Saratoga Race Track : Events
We are entering the home stretch with opening day for the historic Saratoga Race Course just around on the bend. Named one of the “Top 10 Sports Venues of the 20th century” by Sports Illustrated, be sure to book your favorite room now before it’s gone!
Don’t miss the thrills, fashion, and friendly race day banter on our porch that makes this such a special experience. Below you will find more information on this year’s special events, race dates, and important changes to dining reservations.
Special Racing Dates
- Opening Day Celebration July 24th ~ Live music, meet the horses & jockeys, and more!
- The Whitney August 8th
- The Alabama August 22th
- The Travers August 29th
- The Sword Dancer August 29th
- The Woodward September 5th
- The Fasig Tipton Sale August 10th & 11th
- The New York bred Yearling Sale August 15th & 16th
- Final Stretch Music Festival Weekend- September 5th & 6th
- Closing Day September 7th
See the official & complete Saratoga Stakes Race Schedule.
Art, Culture, and Horses
The Performing Arts continue to flourish in the Spa city, and there are several special performances during racing season you will not want to miss:
- The Freihofer Jazz Festival June 27 & 28,
- The New York City Ballet July ,
- Brad Paisley Concert July 26,
- Opera Saratoga July ,
- The Philadelphia Orchestra August ,
See the full calendar of upcoming events in Saratoga Springs.
Saratoga Race Track Dining
Make your reservations early and enjoy a unique trackside dining experience!
The Turf Terrace ~ Our favorite!
Located on the 3rd and 4th floor of the Clubhouse, enjoy an excellent view of the track and finish line and formal open-air setting.
The Club Terrace
Overlooking the backyard & paddock, enjoy a casual open-air seating and menu and big screen TV’s to view the live racing action.
Perfect for being close to the action with casual open air seating just a few feet from the outside rail.
Call to make your reservation.
*New policies for mean tables are on a first serve basis, so we highly recommend making your reservation as soon as possible.
We look forward to welcoming to you to our downtown Saratoga Springs, NY hotel for a fun and exciting season!
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