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Images: 2021 Saratoga Race Course meet concludes (24 photos)

Patrons watch the horses enter the paddock for the 5th race at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Monday, September 6, 2021.
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Patrons watch the horses enter the paddock for the 5th race at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Monday, September 6, 2021.

The 2021 Saratoga Race Course meet closed Monday, with Luis Saez winning the jockey title. Mechanicville native Chad Brown won his fourth Spa training title. Gunite shook off a little bit of a slow start and won the Hopeful by 5 3/4 lengths on closing day of the 153rd Saratoga Race Course season.

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The all-sources handle total was a record-setting $815,508,063. Average daily all-sources handle was $20,387,702, bolstered by $51,381,515 on Travers Day alone, of which $9,406,526 was bet on-track. Total paid admission in 2021 was 1,046,478 for a daily average of 26,162. Not counting 2020, when fans weren’t allowed at the track because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the total paid admission has exceeded 1 million for six straight seasons. (Photos by Erica Miller/The Daily Gazette)

Gunite’s trainer Steve Asmussen celebrates with his son Eric after winning the Grade I Hopeful Stakes.

Gunite, ridden by Ricardo Santana, Jr., trained by Steve Asmussen, wins the Grade I Hopeful Stakes.

Gunite, ridden by Ricardo Santana, Jr., trained by Steve Asmussen, after winning the Grade I Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

Gunite’s trainer Steve Asmussen, with his son Eric, chats with jockey Ricardo Santana, Jr., after winning the Grade I Hopeful Stakes.

Fran and Frank Casa, of Rochester, watch the 7th race.

Luke Havranek, of Yonkers, son Levon, 8 (center), and cousin Lincoln Walsh, 8 of Burlington VT, watch the 7th race.

Gunite, ridden by Ricardo Santana, Jr., trained by Steve Asmussen, wins the Grade I Hopeful Stakes.

Susan Smith, of Stephentown, watches the 7th race from the Tuft Terrace.

Luis Saez atop Ocean Air, trained by Christophe Clement, wins the 6th race, winning him the lead jockey title.


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Patrons watch the 5th race from the clubhouse at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Monday, September 6, 2021.

Luis Saez atop Ocean Air, trained by Christophe Clement, wins the 6th race, winning him the lead jockey title at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Monday, September 6, 2021.

Patrons watch the horses enter the paddock for the 5th race.

Luis Saez.

Grandstand turn during the 4th race at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Monday, September 6, 2021.

Patrons watch the 5th race from the clubhouse rail at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Monday, September 6, 2021.

Patrons watch the 5th race from the clubhouse rail at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Monday, September 6, 2021.

Patrons watch the 5th race.

Fans on the apron after the 4th race at Saratoga Race Course.

Patrons watch the 5th race from the clubhouse at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Monday, September 6, 2021.

Patrons watch the horses in the paddock.

Patrons after the 5th race at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Monday, September 6, 2021.

Patrons in the paddock for the 5th race at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Monday, September 6, 2021.

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Patrons watch the horses in the paddock.

Patrons watch the horses enter the paddock at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Monday, September 6, 2021.

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