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The Meaning Behind Health, History & Horses in Saratoga

Have you heard of the Saratoga Springs slogan, "Health, History & Horses"? It embodies everything Saratoga! Below, we dive into the meaning of each word of the slogan.

mineral spring, cannon in historical park, and horses racing at saratoga


The "health" component of Saratoga Springs refers to the 21 public mineral springs that offer naturally carbonated, mineral-rich waters famed for their health benefits, that include:

  • Detoxification of the skin
  • Relief for joint and muscle pain
  • Improvement of blood circulation
  • Increased oxygen supply
  • Alleviation of symptoms of anxiety and depression
closeup of saratoga mineral spring
Photo credit: Alan Nudi

By the mid-1800s, tourism in the area centering around the healthful springs led to the growth of the Spa City. 

In addition to the mineral springs, there are also two locations for mineral baths, the Roosevelt Baths at the Gideon Putnam Resort, and at the Crystal Spa.

reenactor plays a flute at saratoga national historical park
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The rich history of Saratoga Springs dates back to the 1700s when the area was inhabited by Mohawk and Iroquois tribes, who regarded the area for the healthful mineral springs. European settlers began to take interest in the region as well. 

The Battle of Saratoga in 1777 was a significant turning point in the American Revolutionary War, and helped put Saratoga on the map.

gambling exhibit at saratoga national museum/canfield casino

By the 1800s Saratoga was growing as a spa and resort destination, becoming officially incorporated in 1819. Luxurious hotels were built, drawing in affluent visitors excited to spend their money gambling at the Canfield Casino and Saratoga Race Course.

The Saratoga Race Course was established in 1863, and that's where the "horses" part of the equation comes in!

Learn more about Saratoga history >>

starting gate at saratoga race course


"And They're Off!" The Saratoga Race Course epitomizes the birth of the Saratoga culture. Every summer since 1863, the race track has been the focal point for exciting thoroughbred racing. The popular Travers Stakes is the oldest 3-year-old stakes race in the US.

saratoga race course picnic area

The Saratoga Race Course continued to flourish over the decades, with a new surge in popularity happening in the 1950s and 1960s, and it continues to be the hub of summer activity in Saratoga.

The race track welcomed the Belmont Stakes for the first time in 2024, and will again in 2025, due to ongoing construction at Belmont Park. Even today, the Saratoga Race Course continues to make history!

Find out more about the Belmont Stakes >>

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