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Thoroughbred Spring Training at Saratoga Race Course

To prepare for the annual summer meet at Saratoga Race Course, thoroughbreds begin to return to the Spa City in April for spring training. Find out more about spring training and the Oklahoma Training Track below.

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2021 Spring Training Details

Although racing season in Saratoga doesn't start until July, spring training begins in April at the Oklahoma Training Track, which is part of Saratoga Race Course and located right across the street.

For 2021, spring training will begin on Saturday, April 17, at Saratoga Race Course due to renovations at the Oklahoma Training Track. After these renovations are completed in early May, spring training will return there.

During a typical year, spectators are allowed to watch the thoroughbreds train in the morning. However, the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has not announced plans for spectators at Saratoga Race Course or the Oklahoma Training Track in 2021.

The 2021 Saratoga summer meet will run from Thursday, July 15 - Monday, September 6. See the complete 2021 Saratoga racing calendar »