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“Track Closed Yet Wanted to See”

Saratoga Race Course
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Owner description: This famed 350-acre racetrack features thoroughbred horseracing during its six-week season from late July through early September. Though one of the sport's premier events, the races often take second place to people-watching.
New England
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170 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Track Closed Yet Wanted to See”
Reviewed January 19, 2014

The actual race track was closed because it is winter, yet I was able to go outside and watch horsed in 2-wheeled buggies trotting around the track. I expected the Grandstand to look more "Grand." It has a bland-look to it. I guess I have the Kentucky Derby-like stadium on my mind. It was worth seeing. Historic

Visited January 2014
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Albany, New York
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20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“The "August" place to be!!!”
Reviewed January 11, 2014

Oldest racetrack in the US. Travers Stakes is the oldest continuous sporting event in the US. Great atmosphere. Not tobe missed!!

Visited August 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Fun, Fun, Fun”
Reviewed December 20, 2013

I love track season in Saratoga. It's a great place to spend a few hours with the family. They make it very family friendly. Lots of food and fun things to do.

Visited August 2013
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West Hartford, CT
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28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Behind the scene tour of stables at Saratoga Track”
Reviewed December 13, 2013

There aren't any signs and no one seemed to know what we were talking about when my mother asked around about the free behind the scenes tour of the stables, but eventually we learned of the starting point right outside the main entrance at 7:00 a.m. A small trolley with about five cars pulls up and you trundle along to the stables where you can watch men and women washing the horses--world class athletes--down with water, soap, sponges and a special squeegee. The owner of several of the horses rode by and trainers and other people scrambled to talk with him or take direction. A large, sturdy tent village houses most of the support staff and the horses themselves spend as much as 23 hours a day in their stalls--a number that astounded and concerned me, but that's one reason why I liked the tour. They weren't hiding anything. The small demonstration on how they train the horses to learn how to handle the starting gate was fantastic--what an art! Nothing in my experience at the track beat watching the horses exercising in a light fog and then seeing the stables in all of their unvarnished glory. I have no interest in general in racing or horses and yet I loved this tour.

Visited September 2013
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Hopewell Junction, New York
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119 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Best track in the east”
Reviewed December 12, 2013

Fun, fun, fun. It gets crowded on weekends so the best time to visit is during the week. Parking is free across the street from the track and just a short walk away. Best racing tip? Don't bet too much!

Visited August 2013
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