150th anniversary of racing in Saratoga Springs to be celebrated

Thursday, May 10, 2012
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— Plans to mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of thoroughbred racing in Saratoga Springs are getting out of the gate.

Members of the Saratoga 150 Committee are holding a news conference this morning at Saratoga Race Course to announce plans for next year’s five-month-long celebration.

Organizers say a friends group, website and forums for collecting old Saratoga images and memorabilia are being set up ahead of the May 2013 start of the 150th anniversary celebration.

The first thoroughbred races were held in Saratoga Springs in the summer of 1863. The next year, the races were moved across the street to their current location. The historic track is considered the oldest sporting venue in the United States.

This year’s Saratoga racing season runs from July 20 through Labor Day.

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