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The gates of Saratoga Race Course swing open Thursday, heralding the 155th year of racing at the historic track. This summer’s 40-day meet runs through Sept. 4, and features 71 stakes worth nearly $21 million in total purses.
For the first time, there is a single-tiered admission policy to the track’s clubhouse and grandstand. Under the plan announced by the New York Racing Association (NYRA) in March, admission will cost track patrons $7 a day when purchased at least 24 hours in advance, while admission on the day of races is $10.
Clubhouse admission had been $10 and grandstand admission, $7, since 2019. Admission does not include reserved seating.
Racing is held Wednesdays through Sundays, except for the opening and final weeks.
The 154th running of the Travers Stakes, the most prestigious race at the Spa, will take place Aug. 26. The Whitney is scheduled for Aug. 5.
The first post of race days is 1:10 p.m., with the exception of Whitney and Travers days and throughout closing weekend.
Gates open for live racing at 11 a.m., and 7 a.m. on Travers Day, which has an 11:40 a.m. first post. Travers Day general admission will be $25 in advance; $30 on race day.
There are multiple but limited parking options:
The track plans four giveaways this season that are free with paid admission while supplies last.
The giveaways are:
Post time for the closing weekend is 12:40 p.m.

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