Saratoga Race Course Starting Gate

2024 Belmont Stakes
at Saratoga

Get ready, Saratoga!

The legendary Belmont Stakes – the final leg of the Triple Crown – is galloping into town for the first time ever! This June, the historic Saratoga Race Course will be the center of the thoroughbred racing universe, and trust us, you won’t want to miss it.

Belmont Stakes Racing Festival

Date: June 6th-9th, 2024
Location: Saratoga Springs Race Course
Tickets: Single-day available at TicketMaster

This is just any race day!

Witness history unfold right here in Saratoga Springs as the prestigious
Belmont Stakes, the crown jewel of the Triple Crown,
makes a historic visit to the legendary Saratoga Race Course this June!

Saratoga Springs, known for its vibrant summer meet and passionate fans, will be the electrifying backdrop for the culmination of the Triple Crown dream. Imagine the thunder of hooves as these champion thoroughbreds vie for glory, the electrifying energy of the crowd, and the thrill of being part of something truly special.

Saratoga Race Course Starting Gate

A History of Horse Racing in Saragoga

Saratoga Springs boasts a rich history intertwined with the thrill of thoroughbred racing. It all started modestly, with informal horse exhibitions at county fairs as early as 1822, expanding to an informal dirt track known as “Horse Haven.”

The year 1847 marked a turning point – the construction of the Saratoga Trotting Course in anticipation of the New York State Fair. This dedicated venue paved the way for more organized racing events.

In 1863, John Morrissey organized the first thoroughbred race meet at the Trotting Course, a four-day event that captivated over 5,000 spectators. Morrissey joined forces with others to establish the Saratoga Race Course in 1864, making it the oldest active sporting venue in the country today.

That same year, the Saratoga Racing Association was formed and instituted the prestigious Travers Stakes. Named after William Travers, it is the oldest major thoroughbred race in America, pre-dating the Belmont Stakes by 3 years.

This year, the Saratoga Race Course will make history again as the host of the prestigious Belmont Stakes. Traditionally held at Belmont Park on Long Island, the final leg of the Triple Crown will relocate to Saratoga for the first time ever, further cementing the track’s status as the epicenter of summer racing in America.