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Find out why this beautiful and historic site, located across the street from Saratoga Race Course, is a favorite base for leading trainers such as Todd Pletcher and Nick Zito. The National Racing Museum and Hall of Fame’s behind the scenes tour, offered in cooperation with the New York Racing Association, is a walking tour covering approximately 1 mile and lasts for 1.5 hours.
In 2013, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Saratoga Race Meet, a new landmark designed to reinstate public access to the Oklahoma Training Track as well as to celebrate the legacy of one of Saratoga’s most philanthropic families, was dedicated. The Whitney Viewing Stand, overlooking the Oklahoma Training Track, offers the public the opportunity to view the morning workouts at Oklahoma for the first time in more than a decade with an unprecedented vantage point to experience the training ritual. The viewing stand is named in honor of one of thoroughbred racing’s most prominent families and dedicated patrons, the Whitneys. It was formally opened to the public on Saturday, August 3, 2013, which marked the 150th anniversary of the four-day race meet in 1863 near the site of the Oklahoma Training Track. It then meet moved across the street to the main track one year later, in 1864.
Oklahoma Tours are by reservation on Saturday only June through October. During the 40-day race meet, tours are offered by reservation Monday and Wednesday-Sunday, except on Hall Of Fame Induction Day and Travers weekend. The tour begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. and leaves from the Museum parking lot. Reservations are required and space is limited. All reservations must be received by 4:00 p.m. Thursday for the weekend. The cost is $10 for non-members and $5 for members. This price includes admission to the Museum after the tour. Sturdy walking shoes are suggested and for insurance reasons, tour participants must be at least 10 years old, with no children in backpacks or strollers.
For more information and reservations, call (518) 584-0400, ext. 120, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go online to www.racingmuseum.org.