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

Listening to the ballgame

The Albany Muskrat shared this pic today -- it's said to be from the 1920s, of a crowd listening to a World Series game... (more)

Where New York's crime guns come from

Of the almost 53,000 guns recovered by law enforcement agencies in New York State between 2010 and 2015, 74 percent of those guns originated out... (more)

Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show: Andy Sandford

The Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show series will be at Capital Rep in Albany this Saturday, October 29, instead of its usual spot at... (more)

"That's why often we were called the 'isolation kids.'"

Over at the Albany Student Press, Stefan Lembo-Stolba looks at the strict summer orientation program for UAlbany's Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), and reports that some... (more)

TEDxAlbany 2016 speakers lineup, and tickets are now available

The lineup is out for this year's TEDxAlbany, which is December 1 at Overit in Albany. This topics for this year's talks range from social... (more)

Recent Comments

... the Helderberg neighborhood is fabulous for Trick or Treating, maybe too much so. We always see families coming from other parts of Albany by the van load - being dropped off at one end and working their way to the other. Lots of houses in friendly neighborhoods = a packed and good time. It is also rumored that a few adults dress up and roam the streets handing out adult beverages to other adults. Again, just a rumor...

Albany Capital Center construction tour

...has 2 comments, most recently from J

How to store 750,000 gallons of water, out of sight

...has 4 comments, most recently from Brendan

Botanical gardens in the region?

...has 11 comments, most recently from Justin Balancier

Can you answer these five 8th grade math questions correctly?

...has 49 comments, most recently from beeb

Upstate Artists Guild campaign

...has 1 comment, most recently from Afraid