The Saratoga Race Course is the oldest racetrack and sporting venue today. It was Built in August 1863 to bring more tourist and thoroughbred's to Saratoga to boost the economy and give the two men who built the racetrack a place to train their thoroughbreds.
Race Course was decided upon two wealthy men who wanted somewhere to race there
thoroughbreds on August 3, 1863 (exactly one month after the Battle of
Ghettysburg). The current facility where it stands today was built in 1864. John
Hunter and William Travers created the track which now stands as the training
facility (Oklahoma Training Track) on the north side of the track. It is not
only the oldest racetrack in the United States but the oldest sporting venue of
any kind. The Saratoga Race Course holds the oldest major thoroughbred’s race
in America it was once called “The Travers” which now is called “The midsummer
Derby” and the winner receives $1 million dollars.
goes back to the 14th century when the Aboriginals lived and visited
there. The healing waters was he attraction then and remain to be the main
attraction today. The village grew in to a town and then to the City Of
Saratoga where many wealthy Americans lived and it became a tourist and gambling
American War Between the States (the Civil War) was little distraction to those
who sought refuge from the heat of cities like New York and Boston-the city
rocked on, and prospered” (Saratoga Racetrack.com,
track moved to is location today it was originally 4 days long compared to the
six week season we have today. Only the
best of the best thoroughbred’s race here because the course itself id the best
of the best. Saratoga inherited the
nickname “The Graveyard of Champions” after two Triple Crown Victors lost one
top a horse with 100-1 odds.