Track dating

On August 3, 1863, casino operator and future congressman John Morrissey organized the first thoroughbred race card on the track previously used for harness racing (and now the location of the Oklahoma Training Track).Among those instrumental to the creation of the Saratoga Race Course were John Hunter (later the first chairman of The Jockey Club), William R. The Saratoga meet originally lasted only four days.

The course was closed in 1896 due to increasing competition among thoroughbred tracks, making the meet at Saratoga not viable that season.Since 1864, the track has been the site of the Travers Stakes, the oldest major thoroughbred horse race in the United States.Like the Kentucky Derby, the Travers Stakes is contested on dirt and is open only to three-year-olds.This forces me to stop and soak things in before moving on to the next shiny thing.Here’s the exact template I use – complete with budget built in and all: J’s Financial Snapshot.

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