Saratoga Springs Horse Racing

The horses enter the final turn. Your long shot sits solidly in fourth place. As they enter the home stretch he swings to the outside, overtaking third place... then second place. It's a race to the finish! Your heart is pounding as you await the results of the photo finish. This is a day at Saratoga Race Course.

Saratoga race horses stampeding towards the finish line.Discover the thunder and thrill of horse racing, just over a mile from The Gideon Putnam at the Saratoga Race Course, home of the annual Saratoga Summer Stakes. Nicknamed "The Graveyard of Favorites," Saratoga Race Course has seen many Triple Crown winners get defeated when running there.

The Saratoga Race Course opened more than 150 years ago, and today is named one of the world's greatest sporting venues by Sports Illustrated. The past comes alive in the historic grandstand every summer, as fans experience not only the best in racing, but the unmatched ambiance and charm of historic Saratoga Springs.

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Excited fans cheer on their horse at Saratoga Race CourseGuests can easily drive or take The Gideon Putnam's free shuttle there and back (available seasonally during racing season). Saratoga's renowned slogan, "Health, History, Horses" certainly suggests that a day at the races is in order for guests of The Gideon Putnam.

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"The Gideon Putnam is an old-fashioned hotel, but newly renovated, with appropriate amenities. I slept well in a clean, firm, king-sized bed, and ate well in the attached restaurant. It is inside the lovely Saratoga Park and a convenient shuttle takes you to downtown Saratoga. I highly recommend you try the Roosevelt Baths - a unique experience!"
- Jennifer, - July, 2022