Some Fact and History about Saratoga Race track

The first races began in 1864 at Saratoga Race Course. William R. Travers and John Hunter, Were the two gentlemen behind the building of Saratoga Race Course in 1864, they where both,  Men prestige and position, and that were very important to getting racing accepted at the time.  A meeting was conducted and decided to build a racetrack across the street from Horse Haven. The inaugural meeting at Saratoga was short and sweet. The Travers Stakes was the highlight of the meeting being named, for one of the track's founders and its first president. That Travers and Hunter co-owned the first winner, a colt named Kentucky, of the race named for Travers is not as unusual as it might first seem. In the 1800s, the men who built racetracks were often the ones who bred and owned many of the best horses at these meetings. They built tracks to showcase their horses more than to make money.

 Due to war and restrictions on travel, in the 1943, 1944 and 1945 Saratoga meetings were conducted at Belmont Park.

Travers was a prominent businessman in New York City most of his life and for many years bred and owned some of the period's better horses. In later years, he broke up his partnership with Hunter and no longer was involved in breeding and owning horses. Travers died later on at the age of 68.

In the mid-1950s, legislators in New York joined with racing officials in determining that something needed to be done to maintain New York's historic place at the zenith of Thoroughbred racing.

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 Their answer was one association conducting all racing on a non-profit basis. Thus, the Greater New York Association (GNYA) was formed. It later changed its name to the New York Racing Association (NYRA).

 One by one, shareholders of the four tracks racing in New York sold out to the GNYA. Saratoga accepted $102 per share, Jamaica accepted $325 a share, Belmont accepted $91 per share and finally Aqueduct accepted $183 per share on September 7, 1955. The GNYA was officially in business.

 In 1963, Belmont Park had been razed for a new grandstand. It reopened in 1968, but no one apparently saw the need to refer to "old" Belmont or "new" Belmont.

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some Facts about Belmont Race track

 Main Track: One and one eighth's Mile, oval.

 Mellon Turf: One Mile, 98 feet.

 Turf Course: Seven Furlongs, 304 feet.

 Distance from last turn to finish line: 1,144 feet.

Belmont Park Racing Dates
Spring/Summer Meet: May - July
Fall Championship Meet: September - October

 POST TIME: 1 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, Memorial Day, and Friday, June 11; 3 p.m. Fridays, except Friday June 10; and noon on Belmont Stakes Day, Saturday, June 11.

 ADMISSIONS: General Admission, $10; Clubhouse Admission, $15. Children 12 and under are admitted free Accompanied by adult. Gates open at 11 a.m.; 8:30 a.m. on Belmont Stakes Day, Saturday, June 5.

 PARKING: General Parking $15; Preferred parking $15; Valet Parking, $25; on Belmont Stakes Day, Saturday, June 11, general parking is $15, preferred parking is $25 and there is no valet parking that day.

 SUNSET FRIDAYS: Every Friday during the Spring/Summer Meet, with the exception of Friday, June 11th, first race post is 3 p.m. Free Grandstand Admission and $20 Clubhouse Admission from 11a.m. - 1 p.m. and, following that, regular admission prices apply.

 RESERVED SEATS: Reserved Seats are $25.00 in the Clubhouse and Grandstand on weekends and holidays Special Pricing applies for Fri. and Sat., June 10 & 11 - Call (516) 488-600 for more information.

 Dress code: Suits or Sport Coats required for box seats. Absolutely no shorts or jeans, For the Garden Terrace Restaurant, gentlemen are asked to wear collared shirts, and women are asked to wear dresses, skirts for slacks outfits. Absolutely no short or jeans, For the Clubhouse, proper attire is required at Managementís discretion. No abbreviated wear. No tank tops.


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