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Saratoga Casino Hotel

Saratoga Casino Hotel is a horse-racing track in Saratoga Springs, NY, United States. It opened in 1941, at Jefferson St.

History of Saratoga Casino Hotel

1941 – The track, originally dubbed Saratoga Raceway, was opened in 1941 as a facility for American harness racing and was the third racetrack to have pari-mutuel wagering. On June 26, 1941, the 1st day of racing at Saratoga Raceway occurred.

1946 – The original two-tier Clubhouse was completed.

1974 – Equine Hydrotherapeutic facility (a pool for horses) constructed in the stable area

1987 – Upstate Harness Racing, Inc. took over Saratoga Raceway with Joe Gerrity, Jr. as President and Chairman.

1980’s to 1990’s – The track was notorious in the early 1980s for being where Niatross collapsed and fell on the inner rail on the stretch run home, dealing him his first-ever career loss. Niatross (1977–1999) was an American champion standardbred racehorse many believe was the greatest harness horse ever. But the advent of off-track betting and the economy led towards sour times for racing at the Raceway. Not giving up, the management changed the name of Saratoga Raceway to Saratoga Equine Sports Center in the 1990s to reflect the plans to bring more horse-related activities to the facility. However, it did not give the result they desired, and the track management had to import races from other tracks across New York State to offer to fill up a nine-race card.

2001 – The change for Saratoga Raceway came in 2001 when government officials in New York State approved a bill allowing VLTs to be installed at racetracks across the state. The track management was then applied to install the VLTs.

2002 – In early 2002, Saratoga County officials approved the installation of the terminals at Saratoga Raceway.

2003 – Construction began, transforming the racing facility into a modern-day gaming floor.

2004 – Saratoga Gaming and Raceway’s newly constructed casino, the first at a NY harness track, opens with 1,300 video gaming machines on January 28, 2004. To align their new facility, the Saratoga Equine Sports Center changed its name to Saratoga Gaming and Raceway.

2006 – A hotel was constructed on the north end of the property where a training track once existed.

2007 – A 45,000 sq ft expansion started, including Vapor and the Garden Buffet.

2011 – The facility changed names again to Saratoga Casino and Raceway, reflecting the plans to introduce electronic table games and increase the diversity of gaming options at the racino. The New York Sire Stakes Night of Champions returned to the racino for a third time on October 1, 2011.

2012 to 2018 – In May 2012, the track’s parent company, Saratoga Harness Racing, agreed to buy Fitzgeralds Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado, for $28 million. The sale closed in January 2013, with plans to spend $40 million on expansion and rename the property to Saratoga Casino Black Hawk. Moreover, the company acquired a minority stake in Ellis Park Race Course in Kentucky in 2012 and then fully owned the track in 2018.

2013 – The management made the biggest race of the year, “the Joe Gerrity Jr. Pacing Series,” into a single “Free For All” pace worth $275,000.

2015 – Construction of a brand-new hotel began on the facility’s north side, where a training track once resided.

2016 – The 117-room luxury hotel opened in July 2016, causing the management to change the name to the current name of Saratoga Casino Hotel.

2019 – Starting in February of 2019, Saratoga Casino began an $8 Million upgrade to include new features and amenities such as an Outdoor Gaming Terrace, a Sports Bar, and a VIP Lounge.

Origin of the Racetrack

According to the history books, the Saratoga harness racing legend was born when two horses named Lady Suffolk (aka The Old Gray Mare) and Moscow were set against each other in a staged race in Saratoga Springs.

During the height of racing, thousands of fans would visit to cheer on the horses. The track would offer grand-circuit racing, attracting some of the biggest racing names to the half-mile facility that day.

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