16 Jul History Of Saratoga
Its Summer and that means Saratoga is in full swing.
The “Spa” meet brings together the best 2 year olds in the country into the most historic site in racing. While handicapping the “newbies” is a challenge and great fun, one should understand the history of this great establishment.
Saratoga Springs was the site of standardbred racing as early as 1847. On August 3, 1863, casino operator and future congressman John Morrissey organized the first thoroughbred race card on the track previously used for harness racing(and now the location of the Oklahoma Training Track). The current course was opened across the street from the old standardbred track the following year.
Among those instrumental to the creation of the Saratoga Race Course were John Hunter (later the first chairman of The Jockey Club), William R. Travers, John Morrissey, and Cornelius Vanderbilt. Next month, the best three year olds will compete in the Travers once again bringing the past into the present.