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Find Saratoga Springs Horse Events


Saratoga Springs history revolves around horses. As early as 1847 when a meet was held on a dirt track adjacent to Union Avenue called “Horse Haven,” horses, racing and wagering have been a winning combination in Saratoga Springs.

Horse Haven, a dirt track, was built on East Avenue near the intersection of Union Avenue. During this time, many spectators chose to view the races from their elegant open carriages. A day at the races was as much about seeing as it was "Being Seen".

Saratoga Springs has a horse crossing sign located on Union Avenue to stop traffic as the horses are guided from one side to the other of Union Avenue (Route 9P) for Horse Shows or during the Saratoga Race Course six week meet.

Horses are part of what makes Saratoga Springs the place to be! Horse Shows open up in April and again in the Fall three blocks from Union Gables Inn. Experieince the excitement of the Horse Sales at Fastig-Tipton in August and October, two blocks from Union Gables Inn. Saratoga Polo is a classic weekly event every Summer at the Polo fields located one mile from Union Gables near the Saratoga Hospital.  

Saratoga Race Course

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Saratoga Race Course

267 Union Avenue, Main entrance is one and a half blocks from Union Gables

Saratoga Springs is home to the oldest thoroughbred racetrack in America. For just six weeks each summer, guests at our Saratoga Springs bed and breakfast enjoy Saratoga Race Course, host to the most elite horses in the world.

Admission to the racetrack (which does not include a seat) is $8.00 for Clubhouse admittance and $5.00 for General Admission.

Gates open at 11:00am on weekdays and 10:30am on weekends. First race post time is 1:00pm with Travers Day post time being 12:30pm.

Race Track Schedule & Post Times
Gates open at 11:00 AM weekdays; 10:30 AM weekends; CLOSED on Tuesdays
First race post time: 1:00 PM daily
Admission tickets are sold at the gate upon entry into the track.

Friday, July 22, Opening Day
Saturday, August 27, Travers Day, Gates open at 7:00 AM; Post time at 11:45 AM
Monday, September 5, Closing Day
General Admission: $5 (Children 12 and under are free with adult)

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Watch Horses Early Morning Workout (close to Union Gables)

Only two blocks from the Union Gables Inn, the horses are worked out during a daily exercise routine in the early mornings. Be sure to take along the Union Gables coffee to-go-cup for a beautiful Saratoga morning walk to the track, one and a half blocks away. The horses arrive to exercise daily one month before the opening day of track (July 22nd is opening day). Each morning of the summer racing meet, you can enjoy an a la carte breakfast menu at Saratoga Race Course from 7:00 to 9:30 am and watch the horses. This gives you the unique opportunity to dine trackside while you watch the horses work out. Breakfast is served on The Porch of the Clubhouse. Seating is first-come, first-served, but if you have a party of 20 or more, contact the Dining office at 1-888-285-5961.The Track is cleared after the breakfast program, and you will need to pay Race Course admission upon re-entry for the afternoon races.

Tram tours make breakfast at Saratoga Race Course even more enjoyable. After your meal, go for a free 45-minute tram and walking tour of the track's historic Backstretch area, watching the Paddock Show and Starting Gate Demonstration.

Six tours depart every 15 minutes starting at 7:30am with the last tour departing at 9:00am. The trams leaves from the main Clubhouse entrance. Tours get increasingly popular as the morning progresses, and no reservations are allowed. 

For information and reservations please contact NYRA Dining at 888-516-NYRA (6972), or by emailing

Saratoga Polo

Saratoga Polo Fields

2 Bloomfield Rd Greenfield Center, New York

(2 miles from Union Gables)

July 12 - September 1, Fridays and Sundays at 5:30pm (Gates Open at 4pm)
Saratoga Polo Association Games
Saratoga Polo Field, Bloomfield Road, Saratoga Springs, NY (2.7 miles from Union Gables)
Since 1898 the city has hosted a polo club, the old Persian game of horses, mallets, and daring riders. The season usually lasts from July to Labor Day, don't miss out. For spectators in the clubhouse, there is a dress code. Women should appear in cocktail dresses or summery skirts, possibly with the traditional billowy hats which block the sun, and colorful espadrilles or otherwise comfy but tasteful footwear. Men are required to dress in business casual wear with a sporty edge, or if they so choose, in a formal suit and tie.

Daily Ticket Admission:
Clubhouse Lawn & Bleacher: $20 per person / Free kids 12 & Under
Reserved Clubhouse: $30 per person / $15 kids 12 & Under
Premium Reserved Clubhouse: $40 / $15 kids 12 & Under
Unreserved Tailgate Space: $30
Unreserved Centerfield Tailgate Space: $50

Saratoga Horse Shows

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Skidmore College Horse Show is Sponsored by Union Gables

(four blocks from Union Gables)

Two weeks every June.
Skidmore College Saratoga Classic Horse Show
The shows, inaugurated in 1927 and brought back to life in 1998, are a highlight of the early summer season in Saratoga Springs. This top-level historic competition attracts many of the country's best horses and riders, and benefits scholarships to Skidmore College students.

Union Gables is proud to sponsor of the Skidmore Horse show each year.

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The Saratoga Horse Show

56th Consecutive year of shows.

Saratoga Springs Horse Show is Sponsored by Union Gables

Saratoga Springs Horse Show is an easy walk or drive from Union Gables Inn on Union Avenue.  Yaddo Show Grounds, Union Avenue (less than one mile from Union Gables Inn)
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Show Dates:

May 4 - 8; May 11 - 15; May 18 - 20

Union Gables proudly sponsors this Event every year. 

Admission to the Saratoga Springs Horse Show is $4.00 for adults. (children under 12 are free). Tickets can be purchased at the entrance gate. Admission fee includes parking.

Inside the Show Rings:
The Saratoga Springs Horse Show is the first outdoor USEF Premier (AA) Rating and USEF Jumper 4 Rating Show in the Northeast! Our Show Features Hunters, Jumpers, and Equitation classes held in three rings. The show has a long history, operating continuously since 1960. 

Outside the Show Rings:
Breakfast, lunch and snacks are available daily starting at 6 am. Exhibitors please join us for coffee and doughnuts each morning at 6:30 am.

Inquire about Union Gables' Rider discounts for weekly rentals.