Nearly 200 events are planned from May through September to mark the anniversary. 1 of the first is the Saratoga Springs Horse Show on Wednesday. A big celebration party will be held at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on May 24.
Thoroughbred racing began in Saratoga in 1863, at the height of the Civil War. A new Civil War exhibit, "Empire for Union," opens this week at the New York State Military Museum in the city.
Aug. 3 is the official 150th anniversary of the first thoroughbred race in Saratoga. The $750,000 Whitney Handicap for horses 3 years old and up will be held that Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.
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