Everything you need to know about going to the Saratoga Race Track

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Whether you’re a track veteran or a first timer, there are a lot of rules to remember.

Here’s a little refresher to make the most of your day, starting with getting in the gate.


Clubhouse admission is $8. The grandstand is $5.

Gates open on 11 a.m. on Week days and 10:30 a.m. on Weekends.

For Travers Day, the cost goes up to $10 and $15.


Parking at the track will also cost you. $12 week days for trackside and $15 on the weekends.

The Oklahoma side is $10 and $12 respectively.

There is free parking surrounding the track, but it is available on a first come, first serve basis.

What to wear

When it comes to wardrobe, it’s all about where you are going.

  • Trackside and grandstand: Shirt and shoes are required.
  • Clubhouse: No short shorts, cut offs, or abbreviated wear of any kind.
  • Box area: Men need a jacket, no shorts or jeans are allowed.
  • Turf Terrace: Neat casual attire is allowed. No shorts or jeans are allowed.

Other tips and traditions

There’s some unwritten rules among trackgoers. A newspaper or betting book on a bench is all it takes to reserve your seat.

Early risers can snag a picnic table or plot in the backyard by placing their tents and coolers in that spot. Be aware, you do have to get back out before the gates open for the note.

As for betting, the sky is the limit, just don’t wait until right before a race begins to collect your winnings.

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