Become a Saratoga know-it-all

saratoga racecourse entrance

There might be one or two things to say about this place.

By Mike Hare

From the Editors: With the return of track season in Saratoga, we figured we'd drop some conversational currency about the Spa City on you. Impress your friends over drinks at the Adelphi! Fill that awkward silence with out-of-town guests! Be a know-it-all! We'll feature a new fact/tidbit/historical note each day about Saratoga from now until September. Here's the first...

Quick, what's the oldest sporting venue in the United States?

The Saratoga Racecourse.

Back in August of 1864, boxer-turned-politician John Morrissey and a handful of investors gambled that the war-weary public would pay to watch thoroughbreds compete. Their hunch paid off.

Thoroughbreds have raced at Saratoga nearly every summer since the Civil War, and the track's world-wide popularity is so great that a few years ago Sports Illustrated listed it as the tenth best sports venue in the world. But Saratoga Racecourse could pull ahead, because Sports Illustrated's winner, Yankee Stadium, will soon be disqualified.

Mike Hare is the author of Saratoga Lives and a Spa City tour guide.

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

Thinking about Capital Region commuter rail

The topic of bringing rail transit to the Capital District is one that comes up regularly every few years. Certainly, there are a good number... (more)

Freedom Park 2016 concert series lineup

The schedule for this summer's series of free concerts at Freedom Park in Scotia is out. And, as usual, it's big -- really big --... (more)

House Hunters Saratoga

Noted: The popular HGTV show House Hunters -- "the most unstoppable juggernaut on TV" -- is shooting (and eating ice cream) in Saratoga Springs this... (more)

Buffalo wings from 20 North Broadway Tavern

"Can we try Buffalo wings sometime?" Finally. My youngest child is now a true Upstater. A kindergartener in public school, it was only a matter... (more)

Two local brewery anniversary parties this week

One of the interesting aspects of the local food scene in recent years has been the opening of a handful of new craft breweries/distilleries/cideries. And... (more)

Recent Comments

This is awesome. Projects like this, the mural on the side of the Spectrum, and Living Walls make Albany more beautiful and more interesting, hope they keep coming.

Thinking about Capital Region commuter rail

...has 1 comment, most recently from BS

In the park for Go Skateboarding Day

...has 7 comments, most recently from Scott Ceremuga

Buffalo wings from 20 North Broadway Tavern

...has 3 comments, most recently from Mike Lieman

16-7

...has 4 comments, most recently from Howz

Ben & Jerry's open again in Lark Street neighborhood

...has 4 comments, most recently from jpea