The action never stops at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Located in historic Saratoga Springs, Saratoga Casino Hotel offers a live harness racing schedule on select dates 11 months out of the year from February-December.
Saratoga Casino Hotel is the third oldest harness track. The facility opened on June 26, 1941, offering pari-mutuel wagering on harness racing. Over the years, Saratoga Casino Hotel added daily simulcast coverage of thoroughbred and harness tracks from across the country and around the world.
SaratogaBets is Saratoga Casino Hotel’s interactive wagering platform. It features pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing via the internet and telephone. Account holders have the ability to wager via the internet by visiting SaratogaBets.com or on the telephone by calling 855-445-4414 toll free.
There’s also a casino featuring over 1,200 slot machines, video poker, keno and electronic table games. Popular titles include Wheel of Fortune, Monopoly, Quick Hits and Lock it Link. Games range from a penny to $25 and they’ve also got hundreds of progressives to choose from.
Keno and video poker players can pick from among popular keno titles like Fever, Big Catch and Dynamite Draw. Or they can try their luck on video poker games such as Double Bonus, Jacks Are Better and Deuces Wild.
Electronic Table Games are a fast and fun alternative to live table games. They’ve got all the popular casino games players know and love, including roulette, 3-card poker, craps and blackjack.
The high limit area at Saratoga Casino Hotel features 57 slots with minimum bets ranging from $5-$25. Players can try their luck at favorites like Nefertiti, Triple Double Diamond and Wheel of Fortune. Saratoga Casino Hotel also offers a VIP Lounge for high rollers with complimentary meals and drinks.
There are a half-dozen dining options on site, highlighted by Morton’s The Steakhouse. Those seeking a more casual dining atmosphere can choose the fare offered at Lucky Joe’s or the Garden Buffet.
After a day of exciting action, players can retire to the relaxing environment of the Saratoga Casino Hotel’s Four-Diamond, 117-room hotel. The facility offers guests a true Saratoga Springs experience. Inspired by the grandeur of old Saratoga, this luxury hotel features rich architecture and decadent interior decor that reflects the timeless elegance of the city’s charm. From the moment guests step inside the grand lobby entrance, they’ll feel as if they’re a part of the rich history of Saratoga Springs.
Offering the finest in amenities and a true commitment to customer service, Saratoga Casino Hotel is located in an ideal picturesque setting surrounded by a horse pasture, yet is just minutes from historic downtown Saratoga and the iconic Saratoga Race Course. It’s also mere steps away from the excitement of the casino.
Enjoy all that they have to offer, including an indoor resort pool with spa whirlpool and outdoor patio, lobby bar, café, luxury suites and more than 3,000 square feet of meeting and event space.
Saratoga Harness is licenced by the Schenectady-based New York State Gaming Commission.
Major Horse Betting Events at the Venue
Saratoga Casino Hotel’s biggest race of the year is the Joe Gerrity Jr. Pacing Series, which takes place in August. It was a four-leg series from 2009-13. At that point track officials opted to make the race a single Free For All pace with a purse of $275,000.
The race brings some of the biggest names in standardbred racing to Saratoga, and has resulted in the fastest times the track has ever witnessed. In 2014, Dancin Yankee stopped the clock in 1:48:4, setting a track record that still stands today.
Bet Types Allowed
Types of bets available at Saratoga Casino Hotel include win, place, show, across the board, exacta, trifecta and superfecta. Bets with multiple races included are daily double, pick 3, pick 4, pick 5, pick 6 and grand slam.
Horses can be boxed in exacta, trifecta and superfecta wagering, enabling a ticket to cash as a winner no matter the order of finish of the horses that are part of the box.
Horseplayers are also entitled to enter into the 2021 New York State Handicapping Championship. The entry fee is $50 for all account holders. The competition is a two-day event, with the top 10 finishers from day one earning a seat at the final table on Day 2. The grand prize award is a sum of cash and a paid entry to the NHC Championship, including the NHC seat, hotel and airfare, a $7,000 value. The $50 entry fee covers both days of competition.
Mobile Betting App
The Saratoga Bets mobile app is available for both iOS and Android devices. The app is free to download and there are one-click links to begin the download process for either app directly on the Saratoga Harness Casino Hotel web page.
The app provides free past performance data, cash back on handicapper store purchases, free deposit options, fast and easy credit card and checking account and ACH transactions and free live streaming and replays, all through its intuitive video interface.
Through the Saratoga Club loyalty program at Saratoga Casino Hotel, members receive great rewards and benefits. Plus, all members can participate in all of their promotional offers. Elite, Premier and Preferred members can earn 2x the points on their play all day. Points will count towards a player’s tier status.
Horse players can also earn daily or weekly cash rewards, based simply on their level of wagering at SaratogaBets. They pay back based on a player’s schedule with their SaratogaBets account, without any convoluted points systems or confusing wagering formulas. All new account holders are eligible to earn their choice of either daily or weekly SaratogaBets rewards, up to five percent cash back on all wagers.
There are ongoing promotional offers at Saratoga Casino Hotel that change periodically. It’s best to check the promotions link on their website to stay on top of current offers. There are also rotating promotions connected specifically to the racetrack as well.