World-class thoroughbred racing at Historic Saratoga Race Course, founded 1864. General information and Dress Code

2017  Race Meet: 40 days. Friday, July 21 through Monday, September 4, Labor Day. No racing on Tuesdays.  The Grade 1, $1.25 million Whitney on Saturday, August 5. Saratoga Race Course’s showcase event, the $1 million Travers Stakes, will be run for the 146th time on Saturday, August 27 with a special first post time of 11:35am.

More 2017 Dates: Jim Dandy: July 29, Whitney Day: August 5, Alabama Stakes: August 19, Travers Day: August 26

Admission: Grandstand admission is $5; Clubhouse admission is $8. Children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. on weekdays and 10:30 a.m. on weekends. On Travers Day, Saturday, August 26, gates open at 7 a.m. Travers Day admission is $10 for Grandstand; $20 for Clubhouse. Admission is included with all reserved seats purchased in advance.

Daily Clubhouse and Grandstand Reserved Seats: Daily individual reserved seats in the Clubhouse and Grandstand, which include admission, may be purchased in advance online through A limited number of reserved seats for the current day is available for purchase beginning at 9 a.m. at the Reserved Seat Box Office, located at Gate A on Union Avenue. (7 a.m. on Travers Day, Saturday, August 27). There is a limit of four seats per person. Cash, American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted. All tickets purchased in advance of race day include the cost of admission.

Saratoga Virtual Venue: Fans may take advantage of the all-new Saratoga Virtual Venue seating map to digitally preview their seat location and sightlines, as well as table locations in the Fourstardave Sports Bar and reserved picnic area, before purchasing tickets.

Reserved Picnic Area: The reserved picnic area is comprised of approximately 100 picnic tables, which each seat up to six guests, located adjacent to the paddock and offering premier viewing of horses being saddled before a race. Reserved picnic tables will be available for $30 on weekdays – a savings of $10 in comparison to 2015 pricing – and $60 on weekends. Table reservation fee does not include admission. Personal coolers are allowed in the reserved picnic area; coolers may contain plastic bottles or cans and are subject to search by NYRA security. Additional chairs, tents and umbrellas are prohibited. For a full list of prohibited items, visit The reserved picnic area opens at 11 a.m. on weekdays and 10:30 a.m. on weekends. All ticket holders must exchange a ticket for a wristband upon entry. Reserved seating options in the picnic area are available for paid reservation through or by calling the NYRA Box Office at 844-NYRA-TIX.

Breakfast at Saratoga: Breakfast at Saratoga is a long-standing tradition. Breakfast is served on The Porch of the Clubhouse, overlooking the morning workouts of the thoroughbreds on the main track each racing day from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Breakfast admission is free (except for Travers Day, Saturday, August 26, when a $20 Clubhouse admission fee is required). Trackside parking is refunded for those guests exiting the track by 10 a.m. The cost of the buffet breakfast is $17.95 per person.

Dining Reservations: Dining reservations at the Turf Terrace, Club Terrace and the Porch are available by phone at (888) 516-6972. Reservations are limited, based on availability, and are non-transferable. Seating charge payment is required upon reservation; seating charges are final and non-refundable. For more information on dining at Saratoga Race Course, visit