Sunday, February 18 will mark the beginning of Saratoga Raceway’s 77th season of live harness racing. Post time is scheduled for 12:15pm.
Guests in attendance for opening day on Sunday will receive a free Saratoga Harness long-sleeve shirt with the purchase of a racing program. To commemorate the 77th year of racing, a guaranteed Pick-5 pool of $7,777 will be featured on opening day. 77-cent hot dogs and PBR drafts will also be offered on February 18 and 19. As always, parking and admission are free.
“We’re very excited to welcome fans back for the 77th year of harness racing,” said John Matarazzo, Director of Racing Operations at Saratoga Casino Hotel. “A strong lineup of stakes and marquee races will allow us to continue our tradition of exciting and quality racing here at the historic Spa Oval.”
A top highlight of the upcoming racing season will undoubtedly be the tenth annual Joe Gerrity, Jr. Memorial Pace, which will feature one dash for $260,000 on July 21. Also set to attract top talent to Saratoga Raceway – 8 divisions of the New York Sire Stakes Program will be contested throughout the summer, culminating in the Excelsior Finals on September 23. Collectively, horsemen will be competing for over $15 Million in purses at Saratoga Casino Hotel in 2018.
Saratoga Harness simulcast signal will be broadcast to over 400 outlets worldwide. Additionally, continued benefits and rewards will be available throughout the 2018 racing season for users of ‘SaratogaBets’ – the casino’s online interactive wagering platform.
During the first week of racing, a 10% bonus will be added on all winning Saratoga Harness wagers placed on any self-service kiosk with a valid SaratogaBets account. Signing up for a SaratogaBets account is free and can be completed on SaratogaBets.com or in the mezzanine at Saratoga Casino Hotel.