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Saratoga Race Meet and Racetrack
Saratoga’s significance for handicappers
Saratoga is the highlight of the summer racing calendar on the East Coast. Beginning in late July, the 40-day meet runs through Labor Day and serves as challenging handicapping exercise with terrific betting opportunities. Along with New York-based runners, horses from all over North America, as well as international shippers, will point toward the strong racing fare.
And coupled with enormous daily handle and large fields, Saratoga often offers value for horseplayers with the right opinion.
Tools: Ultimate Past Performances from TwinSpires and Brisnet feature BRIS Class, Pace and Speed Ratings that can be a valuable tool when handicapping races. Additional data, including trainer, jockey, track bias and pedigree stats, allow further inspection into key details and Ultimate PPs also contain a predictive Prime Power Rating for every horse that’s started. Ultimate PPs are free to TwinSpires.com players when they wager on the track and day of the product purchased.
Late Pace numbers in turf routes: BRIS Late Pace Ratings are arguably most important in turf routes, with horses waiting until the latter stages to offer their best. Saratoga features two turf courses and horses with triple-digit Late Pace numbers can have an edge in two-turn events. More races were held on turf than dirt races during the 2016 meet.
Horse-for-the-course angle: Fourstardave and Quick Call aren’t remembered for their exploits at other tracks, but they’re memorialized with stakes races at Saratoga after displaying a tremendous affinity for the venue. Individual records (track, distance etc) are listed in the Ultimate PPs and it’s prudent to be aware of horses that have run well locally because they can display dramatic improvement from recent efforts elsewhere. The same applies to horses with little previous success as they can prove vulnerable if entering with good form from Belmont or another track.
Different dimensions: One-turn specialists can be exposed at Saratoga given that Belmont Park runs most its dirt routes – races at a mile, 1 1/16 miles and 1 1/8 miles — at one turn. Saratoga doesn’t offer any one-mile or 1 1/16-mile races – dirt routes are held around two turns at distances of 1 1/8 miles or longer – and handicappers can take advantage by locating horses who have run well at two-turn distances previously.
Handicapping Saratoga with Brisnet.com
North America’s most prestigious race meeting kicks off on Friday, and the best reports in the business are available at Brisnet.com.
Those planning to play the majority of the Saratoga season should check out Brisnet.com for savings plans on Ultimate PPs, Daily Selections, and ALL-Ways data files for the entire meeting.
Whether you play every day or any day, though, Brisnet.com has the information you need to cash in big at Saratoga and all your favorite tracks.
Identifying best bets is important because successful horseplayers will leverage their strongest opinions on a program instead of wagering the same amount on every race.
Developing a game plan is simple: determine your best bets on the program and attack accordingly. Best bets can be “singled” in multi-race wagers like the Pick 3 and Pick 4, where stringing together winners is of critical importance. Singling allows you to utilize more horses in other contentious races.
TwinSpires.com is the place to bet races from Saratoga and horseplayers can rely on a wealth of reports, including Daily Selections and Workout Reports from Brisnet.com, to help take the guesswork out of selections.
Saratoga Race Course Exotic Wagering
- $1 – Rolling Daily Double beginning in Race 1.
- $1 – Exacta on all races.
- $1 – Quinella on races two and four.
- $1 – Rolling Pick 3 beginning in Race 1.
- $0.50 – Pick 4 on races 2-5 and last four races.
- $0.50 – Pick 4 on races 3-6 and last four races when steeplechase is first race.
- $1 – Trifecta on every race with five or more betting interests (stakes, allowances and handicaps with five or more betting interests will offer trifecta betting).
- $1 – Superfecta on every race with 6 or more betting interests.
- $1 – Pick 5 beginning in race 1, except on Steeplechase days when it starts in race 2.
- $2 – Pick 6 on last six races.
- $1 – Grand Slam begins on the fifth (nine-race card), sixth (10-race card), and seventh (11 race card) race.
Saratoga Racing Calendar
Saratoga’s Biggest Graded Stakes Races and Purses
The historic Saratoga Race meet includes 69 stakes worth $18.775 million in purses for betting. The biggest purses and graded races include:
Diana (G1), 1 1/8 miles for fillies and mares on the turf – $500,000
Jim Dandy (G2), 1 1/8 miles for 3-year-olds – $600,000
The Longines Test (G1), 7 furlongs for 3-year-old fillies – $500,000
The Whitney (G1), 1 1/8 miles for 3-year-olds & up – $1,200,000
Fourstardave Handicap (G1), 1 mile on the turf for 3-year-olds & up – $500,000
Alabama (G1), 1 ¼ mile for 3-year-old fillies – $600,000
Forego (G1), 7 furlongs for 3-year-olds and up – $600,000
H. Allen Jerkens Memorial (G1), 7 furlongs for 3-year-olds – $500,000
Ketel One Ballerina (G1), 7 furlongs for fillies & mares 3-year-olds & up – $500,000
Personal Ensign (G1), 1 1/8 miles for fillies & mares 3-year-olds & up – $700,000
Sword Dance (G1), 1 ½ miles on turf for 3-year-olds & up – $1,000,000
Travers (G1), 1 ¼ miles for 3-year-olds – $1,250,000
Woodward (G1), 1 1/8 miles for 3-year-olds & up – $750,000
Hopeful (G1), 7 furlongs for 2-year-olds – $350,000
|Friday, Jul 20||Lake George||3||$150,000||F3YO||Turf||1 1/16||Proctor’s Ledge|
|Friday, Jul 20||Schuylerville||3||$150,000||F2YO||Dirt||6 Furlongs||Dream It Is|
|Saturday, Jul 21||Diana||1||$500,000||F&M 3&UP||Turf||1 1/8||Ladi Eli|
|Saturday, Jul 21||Sanford||3||$150,000||2YO||Dirt||6 Furlongs||Firenze Fire|
|Sunday, Jul 22||Coaching Club American Oaks||1||$300,000||F3YO||Dirt||1 1/8||Abel Tasman|
|Monday, Jul 23||Caress||$200,000||F&M 4&UP||Turf||5 1/2||Miss Ella|
|Wednesday, Jul 25||Honorable Miss Handicap||2||$200,000||F&M 3&UP||Dirt||6 Furlongs||Paulassilverlining|
|Thursday, Jul 26||A. P. Smithwick Memorial (Steeplechase)||1||$150,000||4&UP||Turf||2 1/16||Swansea Mile (IRE)|
|Thursday, Jul 26||John Morrissey (NYB)||$100,000||3&UP||Dirt||6 1/2 Furlongs||Celtic Chaos|
|Friday, Jul 27||Curlin||$100,000||3YO||Dirt||1 1/8||Outplay|
|Saturday, Jul 28||Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap||1||$350,000||3&UP||Dirt||6 Furlongs||El Deal|
|Saturday, Jul 28||Amsterdam||2||$200,000||3YO||Dirt||6 1/2 Furlongs||Coal Front|
|Saturday, Jul 28||Bowling Green||2||$250,000||4&UP||Turf||1 3/8||Hunter O’Riley|
|Saturday, Jul 28||Jim Dandy||2||$600,000||3YO||Dirt||1 1/8||Good Samaritan|
|Sunday, Jul 29||Shuvee Handicap||3||$200,000||F&M 3&UP||Dirt||1 1/8||Paid Up Subscriber|
|Monday, Jul 30||Coronation Cup||$100,000||F3YO||Turf||5 1/2||Morticia|
|Wednesday, Aug 01||Shine Again||$100,000||F&M 3&UP||Dirt||7 Furlongs||Carina Mia|
|Thursday, Aug 02||Birdstone||$100,000||3&UP||Dirt||1 3/4||Hard Study|
|Friday, Aug 03||National Museum of Racing Hall Of Fame||2||$200,000||3YO||Turf||1 1/16||Bricks and Mortar|
|Saturday, Aug 04||Fasig-Tipton De La Rose||$100,000||F&M 4&UP||Turf||1 Mile||Thundering Sky|
|Saturday, Aug 04||Fasig-Tipton Lure||$100,000||4&UP||Turf||1 1/16||Zennor|
|Saturday, Aug 04||Fasig-Tipton Waya||3||$200,000||F&M 3&UP||Turf||1 1/2||Estrenchada (ARG)|
|Saturday, Aug 04||The Longines Test||1||$500,000||F3YO||Dirt||7 Furlongs||American Gal|
|Saturday, Aug 04||Whitney||1||$1,200,000||3&UP||Dirt||1 1/8||Gun Runner|
|Sunday, Aug 05||Alydar||$100,000||4&UP||Dirt||1 1/8||Rally Cry|
|Sunday, Aug 05||Troy Handicap||$200,000||3&UP||Turf||5 1/2||Green Mask|
|Monday, Aug 06||NYSS Cab Calloway Division||$100,000||3YO||Turf||1 Mile||Race Cancelled|
|Wednesday, Aug 08||Quick Call||$100,000||3YO||Turf||5 1/2||Blind Ambition|
|Thursday, Aug 09||NYSS Statue of Liberty Division||$100,000||F3YO||Turf||1 Mile||Lover’s Key|
|Friday, Aug 10||Tale of the Cat||$100,000||3&UP||Dirt||6 Furlongs||Stallwalkin’ Dude|
|Saturday, Aug 11||Adirondack||2||$200,000||F2YO||Dirt||6 1/2 Furlongs||Pure Silver|
|Saturday, Aug 11||Fourstardave Handicap||1||$500,000||3&UP||Turf||1 Mile||World Approval|
|Sunday, Aug 12||Saratoga Special presented by Coors Light||2||$200,000||2YO||Dirt||6 1/2 Furlongs||Copper Bullet|
|Monday, Aug 13||Saratoga Dew (NYB)||$100,000||F&M 3&UP||Dirt||1 1/8||Literata|
|Wednesday, Aug 15||Bolton Landing||$100,000||F2YO||Turf||5 1/2||Mark X Press|
|Thursday, Aug 16||Union Avenue (NYB)||$100,000||F&M 3&UP||Dirt||6 1/2 Furlongs||Picco Uno|
|Friday, Aug 17||Skidmore||$100,000||2YO||Turf||5 1/2||Flameaway|
|Saturday, Aug 18||Alabama||1||$600,000||F3YO||Dirt||1 1/4||Elate|
|Saturday, Aug 18||Lake Placid||2||$300,000||F3YO||Turf||1 1/8||Proctor’s Ledge|
|Sunday, Aug 19||Summer Colony||$100,000||F&M 3&UP||Dirt||1 1/8||Verve’s Tale|
|Monday, Aug 20||Evan Shipman (NYB)||$100,000||3&UP||Dirt||1 1/8||Diversify|
|Wednesday, Aug 22||John’s Call||$100,000||3&UP||Turf||1 5/8||Infinite Wisdom|
|Thursday, Aug 23||New York Turf Writers Cup||1||$150,000||4&UP||Turf||2 3/8||Diplomat|
|Thursday, Aug 23||Riskaverse||$100,000||F3YO||Turf||1 Mile||Defiant Honor|
|Friday, Aug 24||Albany (NYB)||$250,000||3YO||Dirt||1 1/8||Twisted Tom|
|Friday, Aug 24||Fleet Indian (NYB)||$200,000||F3YO||Dirt||1 1/8||Sunset Ridge|
|Friday, Aug 24||Funny Cide (NYB)||$200,000||2YO||Dirt||6 1/2 Furlongs||Aveenu Malcainu|
|Friday, Aug 24||Seeking the Ante (NYB)||$200,000||F2YO||Dirt||6 1/2 Furlongs||Cause We Are Loyal|
|Friday, Aug 24||West Point presented by Trustco Bank||$150,000||3&UP||Turf||1 1/16||Get Jets|
|Friday, Aug 24||Yaddo (NYB)||$150,000||F&M 3&UP||Turf||1 1/16||Bar of Gold|
|Saturday, Aug 25||Forego||1||$600,000||3&UP||Dirt||7 Furlongs||Drefong|
|Saturday, Aug 25||H. Allen Jerkens Memorial||1||$500,000||3YO||Dirt||7 Furlongs||Practical Joke|
|Saturday, Aug 25||Ketel One Ballerina||1||$500,000||F&M 3&UP||Dirt||7 Furlongs||By The Moon|
|Saturday, Aug 25||Personal Ensign||1||$700,000||F&M 3&UP||Dirt||1 1/8||Forever Unbridled|
|Saturday, Aug 25||Sword Dancer||1||$1,000,000||3&UP||Turf||1 1/2||Sadler’s Joy|
|Saturday, Aug 25||Travers||1||$1,250,000||3YO||Dirt||1 1/4||West Coast|
|Saturday, Aug 25||Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa||2||$400,000||F&M 3&UP||Turf||1 1/16||Ladi Eli|
|Sunday, Aug 26||Smart N Fancy||$100,000||F&M 3&UP||Turf||5 1/2 Furlongs||Ginger|
|Monday, Aug 27||Better Talk Now||$100,000||3YO||Turf||1 Mile||Hieroglyphics|
|Wednesday, Aug 29||With Anticipation||3||$150,000||2YO||Turf||1 1/16||Catholic Boy|
|Thursday, Aug 30||P. G. Johnson||$100,000||F2YO||Turf||1 1/16||Orbolution|
|Friday, Aug 31||Lucky Coin||$100,000||4&UP||Turf||5 1/2 Furlongs||We Deer You|
|Saturday, Sep 01||Glens Falls||3||$200,000||F&M 3&UP||Turf||1 3/8||Harmonize|
|Saturday, Sep 01||Saranac||3||$300,000||3YO||Turf||1 1/8||Voodoo Song|
|Saturday, Sep 01||Spinaway||1||$350,000||F2YO||Dirt||7 Furlongs||Lady Ivanka|
|Saturday, Sep 01||Woodward||1||$750,000||3&UP||Dirt||1 1/8||Gun Runner|
|Sunday, Sep 02||Prioress||2||$250,000||F3YO||Dirt||6 Furlongs||Vertical Oak|
|Monday, Sep 03||Bernard Baruch Handicap||2||$250,000||3&UP||Turf||1 1/16||Heart to Heart|
|Monday, Sep 03||Hopeful||1||$350,000||2YO||Dirt||7 Furlongs||Sporting Chance|
Saratoga Grade I Races
Saratoga’s Biggest Graded Stakes Races Draw Future Breeders’ Cup Champions
Saratoga is home to some of the best racing, and betting, in the world. The Saratoga Race Course is also the oldest track in the U.S. Voted one of the top-10 sports venues of the 20th Century by Sports Illustrated, Saratoga is truly a historical jewel, and a race course that brings many of the best horses, jockeys and trainers to compete every summer.
During the 2018 Summer Meet at the Spa than runs from Friday, July 20 through Monday, Sept 30, Saratoga hosts 40 racing days with 69 stakes races worth nearly $19 million in purses. Of those, 36 are graded stakes races, including 18 Grade I races – 13 on the dirt track and 5 on turf.
The richest race at the carnival is the $1.25 million Travers Stakes on Aug. 25, the traditional midsummer highlight for 3-year-olds. Many top sophomores who’ve contested the Triple Crown target this Grade I race, but it’s also a race where horses that missed the Triple Crown can put themselves forward for 3-year-old championship rankings – it was the Travers in which Arrogate announced his presence in 2016 with a record-breaking victory. Many fans are hoping 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify will make his next run in the Travers, but trainer Bob Baffert has now yet announced his prized colt’s next race.
The next-richest race is the $1.2 million Whitney Stakes, which is the first ‘Win and You’re In’ Breeders’ Cup Challenge race of the Saratoga meet. The best older horses aiming toward the Breeders’ Cup Classic will race in the Whitney. The other Grade I race for older horses is the $750,000 Woodward Stakes on September 12.
August 25 is a huge day of racing at Saratoga with six Grade I races including the Travers. Four of those are ‘Win and You’re In’ Breeders’ Cup Challenge races which tend to boast hefty betting opportunities. They include:
- $700,000 Personal Ensign – (BC Distaff)
- $500,000 Ballerina – (BC Filly & Mare Sprint)
- $600,000 Forego – (BC Dirt Mile)
- $1 Million Sword Dancer – (BC Turf)
The Spinaway on Sept. 1 is also a Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series race.
The Hopeful on closing day Sept. 3 is the final Grade 1 race of the meet and showcases today’s top 2-year-olds and one’s to watch in 2019 for the Triple Crown series and Travers.
Here is the full listing of Grade 1 races at during the 2018 Saratoga Summer Meet. Last year’s winner is listed in parentheses.
Sat., July 21 – Diana, 1 1/8 miles for fillies and mares on the turf (Lady Eli)
Sun., July 22 – Coaching Club of America, 1 1/8 miles for 3-year-old fillies (Able Tasman)
Thur., July 26 – A.P. Smithwick Memorial (Steeplechase), 2 1/16 miles (Swansea Mile)
Sat., July 28 – Vanderbilt Handicap, 6 furlongs for 3-year-olds & up (El Deal)
Sat., Aug. 4 – The Longines Test, 7 furlongs for 3-year-old fillies (American Gal)
Sat., Aug. 4 – The Whitney, 1 1/8 miles for 3-year-olds & up (Gun Runner)
Sat., Aug. 11 – Fourstardave Handicap, 1 mile on the turf for 3-year-olds & up (World Approval)
Sat, Aug. 18 – Alabama, 1 ¼ mile for 3-year-old fillies (Elate)
Thur., Aug. 23 – NY Turf Writers Cup, 2 3/8 miles for 4-year-olds and up on turf (Diplomat)
Sat., Aug. 25 – Forego, 7 furlongs for 3-year-olds and up (Drefong)
Sat., Aug. 25 – H. Allen Jerkens Memorial, 7 furlongs for 3-year-olds (Practical Joke)
Sat., Aug. 25 – Ketel One Ballerina, 7 furlongs for fillies & mares 3-year-olds & up (By the Moon)
Sat., Aug. 25 – Personal Ensign, 1 1/8 miles for fillies & mares 3-year-olds & up (Forever Unbridled)
Sat., Aug. 25 – Sword Dance, 1 ½ miles on turf for 3-year-olds & up (Sadler’s Joy)
Sat., Aug. 25 – Travers, 1 ¼ miles for 3-year-olds (West Coast)
Sat., Sept. 1 – Woodward, 1 1/8 miles for 3-year-olds & up (Gun Runner)
Sat., Sept 1 – Spinaway, 7 furlongs for 2-year-old fillies (Lady Ivanka)
Mon., Sept. 3 – Hopeful, 7 furlongs for 2-year-olds (Sporting Chance)
The Saratoga Race Course Guide provides all the information you need, whether you are a first-time track goer looking for the basics, or a life-long veteran looking for what’s new this year. Let the summer racing season begin at Saratoga!
About Saratoga Race Course
Saratoga Race Course Track Facts and Information
Main Track:1 1/8-mile oval with seven-furlong chute; 4 percent banking on the turns; distance from final turn to the finish line is 1,144 feet.
WTC Mellon Turf: The Mellon (Outer) Turf Course is a one-mile (plus 98 feet) oval; 4 percent banking on the turns; distance from final turn to the finish line is 1,144 feet.
ITC Turf Course: The Inner Turf Course is a seven-furlong (plus 304 feet) oval; 4 percent banking on the turns; distance from final turn to finish is 1,164 feet.
Oklahoma Training Track: One-mile oval with a quarter-mile chute; 2 percent banking on the turns; distance from final turn to the finish line is 990 feet.
Oklahoma Turf Course: Seven-furlong oval; 2 percent banking on the turns; distance from final turn to the finish line is 1,024 feet.
Oklahoma Steeplechase course: Six-furlong oval, five fences.
Clare Court Training Track: Half-mile oval; 1.5 percent banking on the turns.
The Saratoga Race Course is located in Saratoga Springs, NY. The tracks first-ever thoroughbred meet was in August, 1863 a month after the Battle of Gettysburg. Although Saratoga Race Course is considered the third oldest race track/course in the U.S., by many accounts, it is the oldest organized sporting venue of any kind in the country.
Referred to as “The Spa” (for the nearby mineral springs), Saratoga is the gold standard and the world’s most accomplished thoroughbreds have raced on the hallowed ground.
The Travers Stakes is the oldest major thoroughbred horse race in America. Nicknamed the Midsummer Derby, the Travers brings together the greatest three-year-old horses to the race course to compete for the $1.25 million purse. The 2017 race is scheduled for Sat., Aug. 26 and Travers Day will feature 7 graded stakes races.
Saratoga is operated by the New York Racing Association (NYRA), and there are three separate tracks in the main course at Saratoga Race Course:
- a main (dirt) track, which is a 1 1/8-mile (9 furlong) oval. It has a 4 percent banking on the turns and the distance from final turn to the finish line is 1,144 feet.
- The Mellon Turf Course (outer) is a 1-mile (8-furlong) turf track, and has the same banking on the turns and distance from the final turn to the finish line as the main dirt track.
- The Inner Turf Course is a 7 furlong oval with the same banking on the turns and a distance from the final turn to the finish line of 1,164 feet.
Saratoga has a peculiar reputation as the “Graveyard of Champions.” Four historic upsets have contributed to Saratoga’s reputation as the course where champions go to lose.
1919 Man ‘o War – One of greatest race horses of all time, he won 20-of-21 races with his only loss at Saratoga.
1930 Gallant Fox – The second Triple Crown champion in history, Gallant Fox lost as heavy favorite to 100-1 long shot Jim Dandy, a race since bearing his name.
1973 Secretariat – Just a few weeks after winning the 1973 Triple Crown, Secretariat lost the Whitney Stakes to a little-known horse named Onion at the Saratoga Race Course.
2015 American Pharaoh – The Triple Crown winner won 9-of-10 career races after his initial maiden debut. That loss was in front of a record crowd in the Travers Stakes where he finished a close second to Keen Ice, cementing Saratoga’s reputation as the “Graveyard of Champions”.
The 2017 meet at historic Saratoga Race Course includes 69 stakes worth $18.775 million in purses.
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Saratoga Race Course 2017 Summer Meet Stakes Schedule
Dates: Friday, July 21 – Monday, September 4 (Labor Day)
Post Times: The 40-day Saratoga Summer Meet has post times of 1:00pm Eastern with earlier post times on Travers Day Aug. 26 and Labor Day Sept. 4.
|Friday, Jul 21||Lake George||III||$150,000||F3YO||Turf||1 1/16|
|Friday, Jul 21||Schuylerville||III||$150,000||F2YO||Dirt||6 Furlongs|
|Saturday, Jul 22||Diana||I||$500,000||F&M 3&UP||Turf||1 1/8|
|Saturday, Jul 22||Sanford||III||$150,000||2YO||Dirt||6 Furlongs|
|Sunday, Jul 23||Coaching Club American Oaks||I||$300,000||F3YO||Dirt||1 1/8|
|Monday, Jul 24||Caress||$200,000||F&M 4&UP||Turf||5 1/2|
|Wednesday, Jul 26||Honorable Miss Handicap||II||$200,000||F&M 3&UP||Dirt||6 Furlongs|
|Thursday, Jul 27||A. P. Smithwick Memorial (Steeplechase)||I||$150,000||4&UP||Turf||2 1/16|
|Thursday, Jul 27||John Morrissey (NYB)||$100,000||3&UP||Dirt||6 1/2 Furlongs|
|Friday, Jul 28||Curlin||$100,000||3YO||Dirt||1 1/8|
|Saturday, Jul 29||Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap||I||$350,000||3&UP||Dirt||6 Furlongs|
|Saturday, Jul 29||Amsterdam||II||$200,000||3YO||Dirt||6 1/2 Furlongs|
|Saturday, Jul 29||Bowling Green||II||$250,000||4&UP||Turf||1 3/8|
|Saturday, Jul 29||Jim Dandy||II||$600,000||3YO||Dirt||1 1/8|
|Sunday, Jul 30||Shuvee Handicap||III||$200,000||F&M 3&UP||Dirt||1 1/8|
|Monday, Jul 31||Coronation Cup||$100,000||F3YO||Turf||5 1/2|
|Wednesday, Aug 02||Shine Again||$100,000||F&M 3&UP||Dirt||7 Furlongs|
|Thursday, Aug 03||Birdstone||$100,000||3&UP||Dirt||1 3/4|
|Friday, Aug 04||National Museum of Racing Hall Of Fame||II||$200,000||3YO||Turf||1 1/16|
|Saturday, Aug 05||Fasig-Tipton De La Rose||$100,000||F&M 4&UP||Turf||1 Mile|
|Saturday, Aug 05||Fasig-Tipton Lure||$100,000||4&UP||Turf||1 1/16|
|Saturday, Aug 05||Fasig-Tipton Waya||III||$200,000||F&M 3&UP||Turf||1 1/2|
|Saturday, Aug 05||The Longines Test||I||$500,000||F3YO||Dirt||7 Furlongs|
|Saturday, Aug 05||Whitney||I||$1,200,000||3&UP||Dirt||1 1/8|
|Sunday, Aug 06||Alydar||$100,000||4&UP||Dirt||1 1/8|
|Sunday, Aug 06||Troy Handicap||$250,000||3&UP||Turf||5 1/2|
|Monday, Aug 07||NYSS Cab Calloway Division||$100,000||3YO||Turf||1 Mile|
|Wednesday, Aug 09||Quick Call||$100,000||3YO||Turf||5 1/2|
|Thursday, Aug 10||NYSS Statue of Liberty Division||$100,000||F3YO||Turf||1 Mile|
|Friday, Aug 11||Tale of the Cat||$100,000||3&UP||Dirt||6 Furlongs|
|Saturday, Aug 12||Adirondack||II||$200,000||F2YO||Dirt||6 1/2 Furlongs|
|Saturday, Aug 12||Fourstardave Handicap||I||$500,000||3&UP||Turf||1 Mile|
|Sunday, Aug 13||Saratoga Special presented by Coors Light||II||$200,000||2YO||Dirt||6 1/2 Furlongs|
|Monday, Aug 14||Saratoga Dew (NYB)||$100,000||F&M 3&UP||Dirt||1 1/8|
|Wednesday, Aug 16||Bolton Landing||$100,000||F2YO||Turf||5 1/2|
|Thursday, Aug 17||Union Avenue (NYB)||$100,000||F&M 3&UP||Dirt||6 1/2 Furlongs|
|Friday, Aug 18||Skidmore||$100,000||2YO||Turf||5 1/2|
|Saturday, Aug 19||Alabama||I||$600,000||F3YO||Dirt||1 1/4|
|Saturday, Aug 19||Lake Placid||II||$300,000||F3YO||Turf||1 1/8|
|Sunday, Aug 20||Summer Colony||$100,000||F&M 3&UP||Dirt||1 1/8|
|Monday, Aug 21||Evan Shipman (NYB)||$100,000||3&UP||Dirt||1 1/8|
|Wednesday, Aug 23||John’s Call||$100,000||3&UP||Turf||1 5/8|
|Thursday, Aug 24||New York Turf Writers Cup||I||$150,000||4&UP||Turf||2 3/8|
|Thursday, Aug 24||Riskaverse||$100,000||F3YO||Turf||1 Mile|
|Friday, Aug 25||Albany (NYB)||$250,000||3YO||Dirt||1 1/8|
|Friday, Aug 25||Fleet Indian (NYB)||$200,000||F3YO||Dirt||1 1/8|
|Friday, Aug 25||Funny Cide (NYB)||$200,000||2YO||Dirt||6 1/2 Furlongs|
|Friday, Aug 25||Seeking the Ante (NYB)||$200,000||F2YO||Dirt||6 1/2 Furlongs|
|Friday, Aug 25||West Point presented by Trustco Bank||$150,000||3&UP||Turf||1 1/16|
|Friday, Aug 25||Yaddo (NYB)||$150,000||F&M 3&UP||Turf||1 1/16|
|Saturday, Aug 26||Forego||I||$600,000||3&UP||Dirt||7 Furlongs|
|Saturday, Aug 26||H. Allen Jerkens Memorial||I||$500,000||3YO||Dirt||7 Furlongs|
|Saturday, Aug 26||Ketel One Ballerina||I||$500,000||F&M 3&UP||Dirt||7 Furlongs|
|Saturday, Aug 26||Personal Ensign||I||$700,000||F&M 3&UP||Dirt||1 1/8|
|Saturday, Aug 26||Sword Dancer||I||$1,000,000||3&UP||Turf||1 1/2|
|Saturday, Aug 26||Travers||I||$1,250,000||3YO||Dirt||1 1/4|
|Saturday, Aug 26||Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa||II||$400,000||F&M 3&UP||Turf||1 1/16|
|Sunday, Aug 27||Smart N Fancy||$100,000||F&M 3&UP||Turf||5 1/2 Furlongs|
|Monday, Aug 28||Better Talk Now||$100,000||3YO||Turf||1 Mile|
|Wednesday, Aug 30||With Anticipation||III||$150,000||2YO||Turf||1 1/16|
|Thursday, Aug 31||P. G. Johnson||$100,000||F2YO||Turf||1 1/16|
|Friday, Sep 01||Lucky Coin||$100,000||4&UP||Turf||5 1/2 Furlongs|
|Saturday, Sep 02||Glens Falls||III||$200,000||F&M 3&UP||Turf||1 3/8|
|Saturday, Sep 02||Saranac||III||$300,000||3YO||Turf||1 1/8|
|Saturday, Sep 02||Spinaway||I||$350,000||F2YO||Dirt||7 Furlongs|
|Saturday, Sep 02||Woodward||I||$750,000||3&UP||Dirt||1 1/8|
|Sunday, Sep 03||Prioress||II||$250,000||F3YO||Dirt||6 Furlongs|
|Monday, Sep 04||Bernard Baruch Handicap||II||$250,000||3&UP||Turf||1 1/16|
|Monday, Sep 04||Hopeful||I||$350,000||2YO||Dirt||7 Furlongs|
Saratoga Race Course 2017 Summer Wagering
The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will present a $500,000 Guaranteed Late Pick 4 every Saturday at Saratoga Race Course, a $750,000 guaranteed Pick 4 on Whitney Day August second, and a $1 Million All Graded Stakes Pick 4 on Travers Day, August 23.
Although NYRA offers daily Pick 4’s on races 2 – 5 and the final four races of the day, the $500,000 guarantee applies only to the Late Pick 4 on Saturdays at Saratoga Race Course. The Late Pick 4 is a 50 cent minimum wager in which the bettor must correctly pick the winners of the last four races on the card, usually beginning with race eight.
On Travers Day, August 23, the guarantee will rise to $1 million in conjunction with the 145th running of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers Stakes. The Travers is supported by three additional graded events: the $500,000 Grade 1 Ballerine, the $500,000 Grade 1 Ketal One King’s Bishop, and the $250,000 Grade 2 Ballston Spa. The Late Pick 4 is scheduled to begin with Race 9 on Travers Day.
2017 Saratoga Summer Stakes Schedule
The 2017 Saratoga summer meet will kick things off with an Opening Day Celebration on July 21 and it will end on September 4. The 40-day meet features 69 stakes races worth a combined record-setting $18.8 million in purses, with the highlights of the meet being the $1.2 million Whitney Stakes (G1) and the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (G1).
The summer meet at Saratoga will begin with a bang during an opening weekend slate of races that will feature five graded stakes events each worth at least $150,000 from Friday, July 21 through Sunday, July 24. They are the $150,000 Lake George Stakes (G3), the $150,000 Schuylerville Stakes (G3), the $500,000 Diana Stakes (G1), the $150,000 Sanford Stakes, and the $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks (G1).
The 90th annual running of the $1.2 million Whitney Stakes is the highlight of an August 5th card that features three graded stakes, two of which are grade one events (Whitney and The Longines Test). The Whitney Stakes reels in the top older horses in the industry and was won by Frosted last year.
Almost three weeks later will be the Travers Day card on August 25. This year it will be host to the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (G1), as well as six other grade one races, most notably the $1 million Sword Dancer Stakes (G1), and four “Win and You’re In” Breeders’ Cup races. In total, the card will be worth a combined $4.55 million in purses. Last year’s Travers Stakes turned out to be an easy victory for the Bob Baffert-trained Arrogate, who won by 12 lengths in a record-setting time of :59.36.
Storylines to watch at this year’s Saratoga summer meet include a duel for leading trainer title between Todd Pletcher and Chad Brown, and top jockey honors between brothers Irad Ortiz Jr. and Jose Ortiz. Brown won last year’s trainer title with a record 40 wins, while Pletcher has won the title 12 times before. Jose beat his brother 65-57 last year; Irad won the title in 2015.
Racing at the Saratoga summer meet will take place six days a week, from Wednesday through Monday.
Saratoga to have plenty of television coverage in 2017:
For the fourth straight year NBC will broadcast from Saratoga to present a national broadcast of the meet’s three biggest Saturdays.
Fox Sports1 will be at Saratoga for the first time and is scheduled for three broadcasts as part of the “Jockey Club Tour on FOX” series.
The schedule for the NBC Sports Group’s live coverage of the 2017 Saratoga meet is as follows (all times Eastern):
Saturday, August 5
G1 Whitney (NBC)
Saturday, August 26
G1 Travers (NBC), G1 Sword Dancer (NBC)
Saturday, September 2
G1 Woodward (NBC Sports), Spinaway (NBC Sports)
2016 Saratoga Summer Meet
A total of $18.725 million was made available over 69 stakes races during the 2016 Saratoga Summer Meet. Action began on Friday, July 22nd and ran all the way through Monday, September 5th. Located in upstate New York right in the heart of the hottest months of the year, the Saratoga Summer Meet is one of the best attractions running in the northeast.
2016 Whitney Stakes – Frosted
The momentum that Frosted generated since his return from the Dubai World Cup, where he finished 5th, has been astounding. The four-year-old crushed the Met Mile two months ago and most recently completed a score in the 2016 Whitney as a 3/5 favorite.
Comfort took second as an 8/1 third choice, while Upstart was able to catch Effinex down the stretch to take third. Effinex, Noble Bird and El Kabeir rounded out the remainder of the order.
2016 Alabama Stakes and 2016 Coaching Club American Oaks – Songbird
Jerry Hollendorfer’s superstar was untouchable in her two outings in the Saratoga Summer Meet. Songbird began as a 4-5 favorite against Carina Mia in the 2016 Coaching Club American Oaks. The two finished first and second, but Songbird proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that her standard was far superior to her rival.
One month later, Songbird was at it again in the 2016 Alabama Stakes, crushing Going For Broke, Family Tree and the rest of the competition. Those two victories raise Songbird’s record to an impeccable 10-0-0 in as many starts. She is absolutely the strongest female runner in the sport today.
2016 Travers Stakes – Arrogate
The summer battle between three-year-olds didn’t disappoint as Arrogate made his presence known with a stunning performance in the 2016 Travers Stakes. The 11/1 outside shot took the lead early on during the first turn, and never relinquished it, opening up a cavernous gap down the final lengths. This one wasn’t even close.
Arrogate was so dominant that his 1:59.36 finishing time was not only a track record, but the first effort to ever break the two-minute barrier for the 1 ¼ mile distance at Saratoga. It was an absolutely epic display.
American Freedom and Gun Runner rounded the top three.
2016 Woodward Stakes – Shaman Ghost
The Woodward Stakes was meant to be another cakewalk for the ever-improving Frosted, but it instead turned in to a catastrophic upset for the Godolphin product. Opening as a 1/2 favorite, Frosted fell to third and flubbed the stellar momentum he had built at both the Whitney and Met Mile.
Instead, it was 12/1 longshot Shaman Ghost bursting to a staggering win. It was just his second victory of the year with a Brooklyn Invitational triumph already in the bag from earlier this summer. Shaman Ghost was followed by 5/1 second choice Mubtaahij. Frosted came third folloed by Breaking Lucky, TApin Mojo and Catholic Cowboy.