81st Season at Saratoga Harness Gets Underway February 5

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY (February 3, 2022) – Live harness racing returns to Saratoga Casino Hotel for its 81st season on Saturday, February 5th. The Winter/Spring schedule will feature Saturday, Sunday and Monday racing. First race post time will be 5pm on Saturdays, and 12 noon on Sundays and Mondays.

The summer live racing schedule will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings with a post time of 6:45pm. For a complete live racing schedule go to www.saratogacasino.com.

Opening weekend promotions on Saturday, February 5 and Sunday, February 6 include chances to win $25 free bets (Races 2-10) plus a grand prize winner of dinner for two at Morton’s The Steakhouse each day (Race 10).  Entry forms are located in the live racing program.

Saturday, February 5 will also feature an exclusive SaratogaBets offer. SaratogaBets members can spin the prize wheel in the Mezzanine between races 2 and 10 to win up to a $100 deposit to their SaratogaBets account. SaratogaBets members will also earn an additional 10% on their winning Saratoga Harness wagers while playing on property through the SaratogaBets mobile app or any self-service betting terminal all year long. Interested horseplayers can log on to www.saratogabets.com to sign up for a free account.

“We’re very excited to start our 81st season of live harness racing here at the historic spa oval,” said Director of Racing, John Matarazzo. “We want to thank our loyal fans for all their support and our horsemen for all their hard work during challenging times due to the pandemic. We’re looking forward to a great 2022 with 150 exciting live racing programs.”

“This year, horsemen will be competing for over $15 million in purses, averaging $100K in purses per program, so we’re expecting some great racing,” said Race Secretary, Peter Iovino. “We’ve also increased the purse of our signature race, The Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace, to $250,000. We’re confident this race will attract a field of top pacers.”

New York State Sire Stakes action also returns in 2022 with two- and three-year-old trotters and pacers competing for over $1.5 million in purses.

Photo Caption: Jim Devaux was the top driver at Saratoga Harness in 2021 with 237 wins.

Photo Credit: Melissa Simser-Iovino


About Saratoga Casino Hotel: Saratoga Casino Hotel, located on Crescent Avenue in Saratoga Springs, NY, features slot machines, electronic table games, a luxury hotel, Vapor, Morton’s® The Steakhouse, two full-service restaurants, a casual dining restaurant, three full-service bars, deli and a variety of guest services. Simulcast wagering is available and live harness racing runs February through mid-December. For more information, please visit www.saratogacasino.com 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:

Amy Brannigan

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(518) 581-5721



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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