Live Racing Resumes at Saratoga Casino Hotel

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY (Tuesday, September 13, 2016) – Following a one week break, live racing will resume at Saratoga Casino Hotel this week, beginning on Thursday, September 15. Racing will continue to be held 4 days a week through the end of the 2016 season, which is set to conclude on December 18. Thursdays will feature a 4:00pm post, Friday and Saturday racing will begin at 6:45pm and Sundays will kick off with a matinee post at 12:15pm.

The second half of the 2016 racing season will also feature 8 New York Sire Stakes Consolation Finals, which will offer a combined $200,000 in purses. Other highlights include The Jim Derue Memorial Trotting Series and Gary Kamal Memorial Pacing Series, both kicking off their first legs on October 10.

“We look forward to an exciting second half of our 2016 season,” said John Matarazzo, Director of Racing Operations at Saratoga Casino Hotel. “We’ve already seen some tremendous moments thus far, and we wish all of our horsemen the best of luck as we look to cap out the year on a high note.”

Returning for fans will be weekly ‘World’s Finest’ handicapping contests via SaratogaBets, Saratoga Casino Hotel’s interactive wagering platform. SaratogaBets members will be able to participate in online handicapping contests featuring races from Saratoga Harness, Batavia Downs and Yonkers Raceway. The next contest is set for September 24 and will feature a $750 top prize. To join SaratogaBets for free, fans are encouraged to visit

Also set to coincide with the return of live harness racing is the re-opening of Fortunes Restaurant. Overlooking the harness track, Fortunes Restaurant offers guests the ability to watch and wager on all the races while dining. Fortunes is open for a dinner buffet on Fridays and Saturdays beginning at 5pm, and a Sunday Brunch Buffet starting at 11am.

For more information on the return of live harness racing, visit  

Saratoga Casino Hotel, located on Crescent Avenue in Saratoga Springs, NY, features over 1,700 slots, electronic table games, Vapor, two full-service restaurants with buffets, a casual dining restaurant, three full-service bars, deli and a variety of guest services including valet parking and coat check. The all-new 117-room luxury hotel featuring Morton’s® The Steakhouse is now open. Reservations are available now at Operating hours for the gaming facility are 9 a.m. to 5 a.m. every day. Simulcast races can be viewed seven days a week and live harness racing runs March through mid-December. For a full racing schedule and additional information, please visit or call 800-727-2990. Must be 18 years of age or older to play video gaming machines or wager on horses.  Please play responsibly.


Media Contacts:

Tom Engle

Media Specialist

(518) 581-5730


Win photos can be purchased race nights at the photographer's booth in the lower clubhouse, or by calling 518-681-9351.

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