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Saratoga Race Course 2019: Scenes From Opening Day At Saratoga’s Historic Racetrack

On July 11, Saratoga's historic racetrack opened up its gates for the summer. Here's what it looked like inside.

The railbirds have returned! Saratoga Race Course was officially open for business yesterday. (Billy Francis LeRoux)
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On Wednesday evening, if you happened to have been on Broadway in Saratoga Springs at, say, 10:30pm, you would’ve noticed a marked change in the energy in town. Whereas, the previous evening, it had been a bit calmer, not so on Wednesday evening. The city was abustle with all manner of well-dressed individuals strolling hither and yon, Caroline Street filled to the brim with revelers and that “calm before the storm” atmosphere everywhere. That’s because Saratoga Race Course was set to officially open the following morning.

If you were lucky enough to have been there on Opening Day, you would’ve been privy to the grand spectacle that has made this historic racetrack a one-of-a-kind experience for fans the world over for centuries. On the races front, the Opening Day card was highlighted by the Grade 3, $150,000 Schuylerville Stakes and Grade 3, $100,000 Quick Call Stakes. But, of course, besides all the races and horseplaying, there’s all that wonderful people-watching to do. saratoga living‘s staff photographer Billy Francis LeRoux was onsite for Opening Day and snapped a number of shots for us. Take a look by clicking on the above gallery.

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Will Levith

Will Levith is Editorial Director at Saratoga Living and Capital Region Living magazine. He's a native Saratogian and graduate of Saratoga Springs High School. His work has been published by Esquire, Playboy, Condé Nast Traveler, Men's Health, RealClearLife and many others. He lives in Troy with his wife, Laura, and dog, Esopus.

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