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The Saratoga Race Course Guide

The Saratoga Racecourse has been around for a while! First opened in 1863 this course is considered the oldest thoroughbred race track in the US.

The racecourse is located in Saratoga Springs, New York. Being located in uptown New York, the course is one of the most popular in the country.

Also, one of very few to feature a dual turf course along with a dirt course. Working from in to out, the first turf track is a seven-furlong oval.

The next turf track is just over a mile oval, this is known as the 'Mellon Course' and then the dirt course is one mile and one-furlong oval.

The dirt track features an 1144ft run-in and also a starting chute. Saratoga, as well as flat racing, also hosts steeplechase racing on the turf.

Saratoga Racecourse Map

Saratoga Address: 267 Union Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, United States

Saratoga Phone Number: 518-584-6200

Saratoga Flat Racecourse Map
Saratoga Flat Racecourse Map

Best Saratoga Racing Tips

For each Saratoga meeting schedule, you will be able to find the best free Saratoga racing tips right here. Each race will be listed along with the most tipped runner in each race.

You can decide whether you want to wager on the most tipped runner or dig deeper. Clicking on 'All Tips' will take you to the event page.

As a result, you can view every runner in the race, as well as how many picks each runner has received.

Highlighted on this page are the most tipped runners for each race, as well as how many tips they have received and what percentage of the race picks they have received.

The value rating, which works on a five-star system, looks at both the percentage of tips and current odds to give you that rating.

To place a wager on a pick or multiple picks, you can use the 'Add to Betslip' option which will add them to your OLBG Betslip.

If there is currently no racing at Saratoga then head over to the main 'Horse Racing Tips' page for all of today's best picks.

Alternatively, visit our 'Best Horse Racing Tipsters' to see what they are wagering on today.

When you are ready to place your wager, the OLBG Betslip will highlight which bookmaker is offering the best odds.

Select this bookmaker and you will be sent to their website along with your betslip where you can place the wager.

Saratoga Notable Races

There are four main major races held at the Saratoga racetrack.

The Travers Stakes is a Grade 1 open to three-year-old runners and is run over one mile and two furlongs.

The race is a favourite for jockey Javier Castellano who has won it six times since 2006.

The Whitney Handicap is another Grade 1 race. This one is open to runners aged three years old or older and is run over one mile and one furlong on the dirt.

This is a good race to win as you get an automatic entry into the Breeders' Cup Classic!

Finally, both the Alabama Stakes and Woodward Stakes are also Grade 1 races.

The Alabama Stakes is run over one mile and two furlongs and is open to three-year-old fillies.

The Woodward is run over one mile and one furlong and is open to runners aged three or older.

Here is a list of other Grade 1 races held at the Saratoga racetrack:

Best Saratoga Trainers

Here are the leading trainers based on the number of wins in 2023:

TrainerRunnersWinnersWins %Earnings
Brown, Chad C1833519%$5.5m
Rice, Linda1473524%$2.6m
Pletcher, Todd A1442819%$4m
Clement, Christophe881922%$2.3m
Mott, William I1191714%$2.8m
Cox, Brad H511427%$2.1m
Maker, Michael J1131211%$1.2m
Asmussen, Steven M531121%$2m
Rodriguez, Rudy R791013%$734k
Weaver, George441023%$777k

Best Saratoga Jockeys

Here are the leading jockeys based on the number of wins in 2023:

JockeyRidesWinnersWins %Earnings
Ortiz, Jr Irad3086220%$7.9m
Ortiz, Jose L2033718%$3.7m
Franco, Manuel2453615%$3.7m
Gaffalione, Tyler1603421%$3.4m
Saez, Luis1903016%$2.8m
Prat, Flavien1872815%$4.2m
Rosario, Joel1672515%$3.6m
Lezcano, Jose1302519%$2m
Castellano, Javier1822011%$3.7m
Davis, Dylan1851910%$2.1m

With a huge combined experience of horse racing between them, this content has been created and is maintained by Darren Brett, James Banting and Andy Powell. All of the data for Saratoga Racetrack which includes the trainer and jockey statistics have been created using statistics from Equibase.

Darren Brett

Darren Brett

Tipster competition manager

Darren has worked in the horse racing industry for decades bringing to OLBG for the last 20 years a wealth of knowledge, creating much of our content on these sports. Darren also manages our Grand National Guide and is the go-to font of knowledge for the world's greatest steeplechase.
James Banting

James Banting

Tipster competition assistant

James Banting, a passionate horse racing enthusiast and aficionado, brings a wealth of experience to OLBG, having attended numerous race meetings over the years. His background working with the Jockey Club provides him with a unique insider's perspective on the industry.
Andy Powell

Andy Powell

Content editor

Andy is a seasoned professional with more than 15 years of experience in the field of horse racing. He has a thorough understanding of the sport, from analyzing complex statistical data to being part of a winning syndicate at the Cheltenham Festival. Andy is responsible for managing the horse racing trend blogs on OLBG.
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