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Opening Friday, July 20 and concluding on Monday, September 3, the 2018 Saratoga meet continues the prestigious tradition of quality racing at the Spa. As one of racing's most prized meets and anticipated events on the calendar, the botique racing presents lucrative betting opportunities with thrilling race cards and talent.

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Saratoga Stakes Schedule 2018

Date Race Grade Purse Restrictions Surface Distance
Wednesday, July 18Oceanside Stakes $100,0003YOTurf1 Mile
Friday, July 20Osunitas Stakes $75,000F&M, 3&UPTurf1 1/16 Miles
Saturday, July 21San Diego HandicapGr. II$200,0003&UPDirt1 1/16 Miles
Sunday, July 21San Clemente HandicapGr. II$200,000F3YOTurf1 Mile
Sunday, July 22Eddie Read StakesGr. II$250,0003&UPTurf1 1/8 Miles
Sunday, July 22Wickerr Stakes $75,0003&UPTurf1 Mile
Wednesday, July 25Cougar II HandicapGr. III$100,0003&UPDirt1 1/2 Miles
Friday, July 27Real Good Deal Stakes $150,0003YODirt7 Furlongs
Saturday, July 28Bing Crosby StakesGr. I$300,0003&UPDirt6 Furlongs
Saturday, July 28California Dreamin’ Stakes $150,0003&UPTurf1 1/16 Miles
Sunday, July 29Clement L. Hirsch StakesGr. I$300,000F&M, 3&UPDirt1 1/16 Miles
Sunday, July 29Fleet Treat Stakes $150,000F3YODirt7 Furlongs
Wednesday, Aug 1CTBA Stakes $100,000F2YODirt5 1/2 Furlongs
Friday, Aug 3Daisycutter Handicap $75,000F&M, 3&UPTurf5 Furlongs
Saturday, Aug 4Yellow Ribbon HandicapGr. II$200,000F&M, 3&UPTurf1 1/16 Miles
Saturday, Aug 4Graduation Stakes $100,0002YODirt5 1/2 Furlongs
Sunday, Aug 5Sorrento StakesGr. II$200,000F2YODirt6 1/2 Furlongs
Sun. Aug 5La Jolla HandicapGr. III$150,0003YOTurf1 1/16 Miles
Friday, Aug 10Solana Beach Stakes $150,000F&M, 3&UPTurf1 1/16 Miles
Saturday, Aug 11Best Pal StakesGr. II$200,0002YODirt6 1/2 Furlongs
Sunday, Aug 12Rancho Bernardo HandicapGr. III$100,000F&M, 3&UPDirt6 1/2 Furlongs
Wednesday, Aug 15CTT and TOC Handicap $75,000F&M, 3&UPTurf1 3/8 Miles
Friday, Aug 17Green Flash Handicap $75,0003&UPTurf5 Furlongs
Saturday, Aug 18Pacific ClassicGr. I$1,000,0003&UPDirt1 1/4 Miles
Saturday, Aug 18Del Mar OaksGr. I$300,000F3YOTurf1 1/8 Miles
Saturday, Aug 18Del Mar HandicapGr. II$250,0003&UPTurf1 3/8 Miles
Sunday, Aug 19Del Mar MileGr. II$200,0003&UPTurf1 Mile
Wednesday, Aug 22Harry F. Brubaker Stakes $75,0003&UPDirt1 Mile
Friday, Aug 24Tranquility Lake Stakes $75,000F&M, 3&UPDirt1 Mile
Saturday, Aug 25Pat O’Brien StakesGr. II$200,0003&UPDirt7 Furlongs
Saturday, Aug 25Shared Belief Stakes $100,0003YODirt1 Mile
Sunday, Aug 26Torrey Pines StakesGr. III$100,000F3YODirt1 Mile
Wednesday, Aug 29Generous Portion Stakes $100,000F2YODirt6 Furlongs
Friday, Aug 31I’m Smokin Stakes $100,0002YODirt6 Furlongs
Saturday, Sept 1Del Mar DebutanteGr. I$300,000F2YODirt7 Furlongs
Saturday, Sept 1John C. Mabee StakesGr. II$200,000F&M, 3&UPTurf1 1/8 Miles
Sunday, Sept 2Del Mar DerbyGr. II$250,0003YOTurf1 1/8 Miles
Sunday, Sept 2Del Mar Juvenile Turf $100,0002YOTurf1 Mile
Monday, Sept 3Del Mar FuturityGr. I$300,0002YODirt7 Furlongs
Monday, Sept 3Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf $100,000F2YOTurf1 Mile
Monday, Sept 3C.E.R.F. Stakes $75,000F&M, 3&UPDirt6 Furlongs

Saratoga Graded Stakes Schedule Overview

by Alastair Bull, originally published in 2017

It’s one of the great social events in New York State, and one of the great spots for fans of the horse. Most of all, Saratoga is home to some of the best racing, and betting, in the world – even if it’s got the deserved reputation as the “Graveyard of Champions” following defeats to outstanding gallopers like Man o’War, Secretariat, and American Pharoah.

Saratoga hosts 35 graded stakes races during its summer meet, including 16 Grade I races – 13 on the dirt track and three on turf.

The richest race at the carnival is the $1.25 million Travers Stakes, 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 last year with a recordbreaking victory.

The Jim Dandy Stakes (G2) is an important lead-up, and is set to be the summer starting point for many top 3-yearolds, including Preakness winner Cloud Computing.

Three-year-old dirt track fillies get two chances at Grade I honors at Saratoga – the Coaching Club American Oaks, and the Alabama Stakes Outstanding filly Songbird won both last year.

The best older horses aiming toward the Breeders’ Cup Classic have some rich targets at Saratoga, most notably the $1.2 million Whitney (G1) and the $750,000 Woodward Stakes (G1). Top races for the older females heading toward the Breeders’ Cup Distaff include the Personal Ensign (G1).

Saratoga also provides great opportunities for dirt sprinters, most notably the Alfred G. Vanderbilt (G1) July 29 and the Forego Stakes (G1). Three-year-old sprinters have one of their most notable targets of the year, the H. Allen Jerkens Memorial Stakes (G1) (formerly the King’s Bishop Stakes), while there are Grade I races for 3-year-old sprinting fillies (the Test Stakes), and fillies and mares of all ages (the Ballerina).

Watch also for the earliest Grade I tests for juveniles in the eastern states, the Spinaway Stakes for fillies and the Hopeful Stakes.

Saratoga also features three Grade I turf races. The richest of these is the $1 million Sword Dancer Handicap, over a mile and a half. It usually attracts one of the best turf fields of the season, and in the past two years was won by the outstanding Flintshire. Some of the best turf fillies and mares in the land contest the Diana Stakes (G1), and turf milers are catered for in the Fourstardave Handicap (G1).

With so much quality racing, there’s no shortage of great wagering opportunities. It will be a great meeting.

Saratoga Synonymous With 2-Year-Old Racing

by James Scully, originally published in 2017

Connections point their promising youngsters, whether regallybred or conceived on a modest budget, toward the boutique meet in upstate New York and future standouts emerge every year from Saratoga’s excellent 2-year-old program. Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming and Belmont Stakes hero Tapwrit are recent examples of major race winners who competed as juveniles at Saratoga.

Along with an abundance of maiden special weight events, Saratoga offers three graded events for each gender on dirt along with state-bred and turf stakes during the six-week session.

Let’s look at some notable 2-year-old trainers often pointing toward Saratoga:

Todd Pletcher

A 12-time leading trainer at Saratoga, Todd Pletcher had a sixyear run snapped by Chad Brown in 2016. With Brown’s forte being turf racing (he led Pletcher by a 26-8 margin last year), Pletcher needs to significantly outpace his rival in 2-year-old races in order to wrest back the crown. His advantage was 15-5 last year and Pletcher will be looking to add to his juvenile win total in 2017 with an arsenal of more than 50 horses, including many who haven’t started yet. Here are some with experience to watch for...

Steve Asmussen

The leading trainer at the spring/summer Churchill Downs meet 2017, Steve Asmussen wins plenty of 2-year-old races. Hall of Famer has conditioned numerous champions and captured 2-of-3 legs of the Triple Crown, with the Kentucky Derby being one of the few omissions on his resume. He has finished second twice, including Lookin at Lee this year, and we have the chance to see some of his early candidates for the 2018 Run for the Roses as Asmussen figures to be well-represented in both juvenile divisions at the Spa.

Mark Casse

Wesley Ward

Dale Romans

Kenny McPeek

Christophe Clement

Using All-Ways Data From BRIS To Handicap Saratoga

by Ed DeRosa, originally published in 2017

As a multi-race player, finding winners is the most important output of my handicapping process, and there’s no meeting where finding winners is at a premium more than Saratoga Race Course.

i.e. everyone wants to be right at Saratoga.

Unfortunately, being right can come at a price because Saratoga is one meeting where popular angles get hammered because the more casual players are only familiar with popular angles (like Speed Ratings, Prime Power, etc.).’s proprietary data in Ultimate Past Performances can help you find winners.

Going back to the 2007 season, which covers 3,907 races in my ALLWAYS database, there have been 411 races with a horse with an edge of at least 10 in prime power, and 169 of those horses have won for a gaudy win percentage of 38.93%, but the ROI is just an OK -6% (beats the takeout, but hardly profitable, and really unlikely to be profitable because these horses are typically short priced. A best last-out Speed Rating by more than 10 points fares a little better in that the ROI is only -3% despite a fewer percentage of winners with 141 winners from 393 horses for a 35.88% strike rate.

However, when combining the two angles (a horse ranked on top of both Prime Power and last-out Speed by at least 10 points in each category), you get 73 winners from 162 horses for a win percentage of 45% and an ROI of a super impressive +16%.

Unfortunately, this angle only shows up about 1-2 times/ week at Saratoga, but it’s practically money in the bank when using Ultimate Past Performances.

Here is how often the top-ranked horse in each of these stat categories won their respective races in 2016 at Saratoga Race Course:

CategoryDirt SprintDirt RouteTurf SprintAll Races
Prime Power27371627

Saratoga Race Meet Statistics and Information for Handicapping

Saratoga At A Glance From the Full 2017 Meet


Daily Double135.52
Pick 31,974.09
Pick 6103,135.47
Pick 464,684.16
Pick 527,680.31
Place Pick All5,764.83
Super High Five24,667.39

TRACK BIAS MEET (11/01 – 11/26)

Distance# Race% WireBest StyleBest Posts
1 MileDirt1644%EOutside
1 1/8mDirt20%E/PMiddle
Turf Sprint1331%PMiddle
Turf Routes5110%PRail

TRACK BIAS WEEK (11/20 – 11/26)

Distance# Race% WireBest StyleBest Posts
1 MileDirt367%EInside
1 1/8mDirt10%E/PMiddle
Turf Sprint10%PMiddle
Turf Routes1520%ERail/Ins


HOT TRAINERSStartsWinsPlaceShowAvg. OddsWinning Favorites‘16-’17 Win %
Miyadi Steven93008.56117%
Brown Chad C.42103.98125%
Kruljac J. Eric52014.6215%
HOT JOCKEYSStartsWinsPlaceShowAvg. OddsWinning Favorites‘16-’17 Win %
Smith Mike E.103124.44020%
COLD TRAINERSStartsWinsPlaceShowAvg. OddsBeaten Favorites‘16-’17 Win %
Glatt Mark1002110.35117%
COLD JOCKEYSStartsWinsPlaceShowAvg. OddsBeaten Favorites‘16-’17 Win %
Desormeaux Kent J.190517.35419%
Stevens Gary L.1102114.5314%

Saratoga Top Jockeys and Top Trainers of the Past 3 Years, as of 2017

1. Jose Ortiz 296 65 35 35 22% $4,687,298
2. Irad Ortiz Jr. 314 57 515018%$5,192,978
3. Javier Castellano 261 51503620%$5,352,617
4. John Velazquez 212 44242321%$4,325,363
5. Joel Rosario 19230183016%$3,604,530
6. Luis Saez 234 28314012%$2,394,020
7. Manuel Franco 261 2229258%$1,803,295
8. Jose Lezcano 121 20161517%$1,468,959
9. Ricardo Santana Jr. 192 1420217%$1,215,489
10. Junior Alvarado 1621229177%$1,630,086
1. Chad Brown 164 40 35 2324%$4,889,285
2. Todd Pletcher 149 3120 23 21% $3,039,098
3. Kiaran McLaughlin 64 1312720%$2,251,175
4. Rudy Rodriguez 85 12 9914%$823,227
5. Mike Maker 65 11 8517%$630,289
6. Steve Asmussen 77 10 13 913%$1,026,983
7. Mark Casse 54 10 11 919%$1,021,438
8. George Weaver 74 10 11 1414%$824,852
9. David Jacobson 49 10 8 920%$596,799
10. Linda Rice 49 10 10 720%$593,030
1. Irad Ortiz Jr. 284 57 394620%$4,576,929
2. Javier Castellano 296 54 454218%$6,868,409
3. John Velazquez 239 45 392419%$4,992,917
4. Jose Ortiz260 38 433515%$3,452,628
5. Luis Saez 238 35 272715%$2,822,630
6. Joel Rosario 185 28 302115%$2,703,698
7. Junior Alvarado 188 23 232412%$2,114,482
8. Eric Cancel 178 18 201510%$1,227,934
9. Jose Lezcano 160 16 172110%$1,795,877
10. Kendrick Carmouche 160 16 141510%$1,260,314
1. Todd Pletcher 173 34 29 2420%$4,605,360
2. Chad Brown 142 31 21 2322%$2,655,834
3. Bill Mott 92 16 19 1717%$1,742,692
4. Christophe Clement 60 15 10 625%$1,407,358
5. Rudy Rodriguez 8115 15 1019%$1,031,365
6. Kiaran McLaughlin 54 13 9 824%$1,740,966
7. George Weaver 68 12 13 618%$800,113
8. Jeremiah Englehart 44 11 5 425%$605,436
9. David Jacobson 74 9 9 1812%$621,966
10. Shug McGaughey 408 7 320%$1,435,673
1. Javier Castellano 246 58 43 35 24%$5,292,324
2. Irad Ortiz Jr. 260 53 44 34 20%$4,531,676
3. John Velazquez 217 3839 25 18%$4,295,593
4. Joel Rosario 20033 27 31 17%$3,411,211
5. Jose Ortiz 215 31 25 27 14%$2,596,798
6. Rajiv Maragh 162 21 23 24 13%$2,821,011
7. Junior Alvarado 138 18 27 15 13%$2,359,329
8. Cornelio Velasquez 123 18 14 14 15%$1,619,507
9. Jose Lezcano 144 17 17 21 12%$1,645,304
10. Rosie Napravnik 103 17 10 17 17%$1,352,573
1. Todd Pletcher 131 28 25 1621%$2,971.99
2. Chad Brown 98 23 15 1423%$1,905,604
3. Bill Mott 81 13 13 1016%$1,748,326
4. Mike Maker 59 12 9 720%$706,740
5. Graham Motion 68 11 9 816%$1,378,541
6. Rudy Rodriguez 74 11 9 1415%$848,165
7. George Weaver 54 11 6 920%$674,349
8. Bruce Levine 43 10 6 523%$536,238
9. James Jerkens 28 95 232%$1,828,126
10. Kiaran McLaughlin 46 9 8 420%$988,177

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Saratoga Stakes Schedule 2017

Friday, Jul 21Lake GeorgeIII$150,000F3YOTurf1  1/16
Friday, Jul 21SchuylervilleIII$150,000F2YODirt6 Furlongs
Saturday, Jul 22DianaI$500,000F&M 3&UPTurf1 1/8
Saturday, Jul 22SanfordIII$150,0002YODirt6 Furlongs
Sunday, Jul 23Coaching Club American OaksI$300,000F3YODirt1 1/8
Monday, Jul 24Caress $200,000F&M 4&UPTurf5 1/2
Wednesday, Jul 26Honorable Miss HandicapII$200,000F&M 3&UPDirt6 Furlongs
Thursday, Jul 27A. P. Smithwick Memorial (Steeplechase)I$150,0004&UPTurf2  1/16
Thursday, Jul 27John Morrissey (NYB)$100,0003&UPDirt6 1/2 Furlongs
Friday, Jul 28Curlin $100,0003YODirt1 1/8
Saturday, Jul 29Alfred G. Vanderbilt HandicapI$350,0003&UPDirt6 Furlongs
Saturday, Jul 29AmsterdamII$200,0003YODirt6 1/2 Furlongs
Saturday, Jul 29Bowling GreenII$250,0004&UPTurf1 3/8
Saturday, Jul 29Jim DandyII$600,0003YODirt1 1/8
Sunday, Jul 30Shuvee HandicapIII$200,000F&M 3&UPDirt1 1/8
Monday, Jul 31Coronation Cup $100,000F3YOTurf5 1/2
Wednesday, Aug 02Shine Again$100,000F&M 3&UPDirt7 Furlongs
Thursday, Aug 03Birdstone $100,0003&UPDirt1 3/4
Friday, Aug 04National Museum of Racing Hall Of FameII$200,0003YOTurf1  1/16
Saturday, Aug 05Fasig-Tipton De La Rose $100,000F&M 4&UPTurf1 Mile
Saturday, Aug 05Fasig-Tipton Lure $100,0004&UPTurf1  1/16
Saturday, Aug 05Fasig-Tipton WayaIII$200,000F&M 3&UPTurf1 1/2
Saturday, Aug 05The Longines TestI$500,000F3YODirt7 Furlongs
Saturday, Aug 05WhitneyI$1,200,0003&UPDirt1 1/8
Sunday, Aug 06Alydar $100,0004&UPDirt1 1/8
Sunday, Aug 06Troy Handicap $250,0003&UPTurf5 1/2
Monday, Aug 07NYSS Cab Calloway Division $100,0003YOTurf1 Mile
Wednesday, Aug 09Quick Call $100,0003YOTurf5 1/2
Thursday, Aug 10NYSS Statue of Liberty Division $100,000F3YOTurf1 Mile
Friday, Aug 11Tale of the Cat $100,0003&UPDirt6 Furlongs
Saturday, Aug 12AdirondackII$200,000F2YODirt6 1/2 Furlongs
Saturday, Aug 12Fourstardave HandicapI$500,0003&UPTurf1 Mile
Sunday, Aug 13Saratoga Special presented by Coors LightII$200,0002YODirt6 1/2 Furlongs
Monday, Aug 14Saratoga Dew (NYB) $100,000F&M 3&UPDirt1 1/8
Wednesday, Aug 16Bolton Landing $100,000F2YOTurf5 1/2
Thursday, Aug 17Union Avenue (NYB) $100,000F&M 3&UPDirt6 1/2 Furlongs
Friday, Aug 18Skidmore $100,0002YOTurf5 1/2
Saturday, Aug 19AlabamaI$600,000F3YODirt1 1/4
Saturday, Aug 19Lake PlacidII$300,000F3YOTurf1 1/8
Sunday, Aug 20Summer Colony $100,000F&M 3&UPDirt1 1/8
Monday, Aug 21Evan Shipman (NYB) $100,0003&UPDirt1 1/8
Wednesday, Aug 23John’s Call $100,0003&UPTurf1 5/8
Thursday, Aug 24New York Turf Writers CupI$150,0004&UPTurf2 3/8
Thursday, Aug 24Riskaverse $100,000F3YOTurf1 Mile
Friday, Aug 25Albany (NYB) $250,0003YODirt1 1/8
Friday, Aug 25Fleet Indian (NYB) $200,000F3YODirt1 1/8
Friday, Aug 25Funny Cide (NYB) $200,0002YODirt6 1/2 Furlongs
Friday, Aug 25Seeking the Ante (NYB) $200,000F2YODirt6 1/2 Furlongs
Friday, Aug 25West Point presented by Trustco Bank $150,0003&UPTurf1  1/16
Friday, Aug 25Yaddo (NYB) $150,000F&M 3&UPTurf1  1/16
Saturday, Aug 26ForegoI$600,0003&UPDirt7 Furlongs
Saturday, Aug 26H. Allen Jerkens MemorialI$500,0003YODirt7 Furlongs
Saturday, Aug 26Ketel One BallerinaI$500,000F&M 3&UPDirt7 Furlongs
Saturday, Aug 26Personal EnsignI$700,000F&M 3&UPDirt1 1/8
Saturday, Aug 26Sword DancerI$1,000,0003&UPTurf1 1/2
Saturday, Aug 26TraversI$1,250,0003YODirt1 1/4
Saturday, Aug 26Woodford Reserve Ballston SpaII$400,000F&M 3&UPTurf1  1/16
Sunday, Aug 27Smart N Fancy $100,000F&M 3&UPTurf5 1/2 Furlongs
Monday, Aug 28Better Talk Now $100,0003YOTurf1 Mile
Wednesday, Aug 30With AnticipationIII$150,0002YOTurf1  1/16
Thursday, Aug 31P. G. Johnson $100,000F2YOTurf1  1/16
Friday, Sep 01Lucky Coin $100,0004&UPTurf5 1/2 Furlongs
Saturday, Sep 02Glens FallsIII$200,000F&M 3&UPTurf1 3/8
Saturday, Sep 02SaranacIII$300,0003YOTurf1 1/8
Saturday, Sep 02SpinawayI$350,000F2YODirt7 Furlongs
Saturday, Sep 02WoodwardI$750,0003&UPDirt1 1/8
Sunday, Sep 03PrioressII$250,000F3YODirt6 Furlongs
Monday, Sep 04Bernard Baruch HandicapII$250,0003&UPTurf1  1/16
Monday, Sep 04HopefulI$350,0002YODirt7 Furlongs

Saratoga At A Glance From the Full 2016 Meet

Avg. Winning Odds: 5.29 - 1, Favorite Win%: 36%, Favorite Itm%: 68%

Daily Double97.61
Pick 3732.28
Pick 629,930.50
Pick 46,629.95
Pick 578,018.14
Grand Slam153.62

TRACK BIAS MEET(07/22 - 09/05)

Distance# Race% WireBest StyleBest Posts
1 1/8mDirt5326%E/PRail/Ins
Turf Sprint5828%EOutside
InTf Routes8421%E/PRail/Ins
Turf Routes395%SRail/Ins

TRACK BIAS WEEK(08/30 - 09/05)

Distance# Race% WireBest StyleBest Posts
1 1/8mDirt60%E/PRail/Ins
Turf Sprint729%EOutside
InTf Routes1631%E/PInside
Turf Routes1118%E/PInside

Who's HOT, Who's NOT

HOT TRAINERSStartsWinsPlaceShowAvg. OddsWinning Favorites'15 - '16 Win%
McGaughey III Claude R.104017.09119%
Bond H. James730010.83214%
Arriaga Antonio22006.0309%
Baffert Bob42105.91124%
Fout Paul Douglas42009.98013%
Barbara Robert62016.52013%
HOT JOCKEYSStartsWinsPlaceShowAvg. OddsWinning Favorites'15 - '16 Win%
Ortiz Jose L.4916726.21320%
COLD TRAINERSStartsWinsPlaceShowAvg. OddsBeaten Favorites'15 - '16 Win%
Contessa Gary C.2701215.77110%
COLD JOCKEYSStartsWinsPlaceShowAvg. OddsBeaten Favorites'15 - '16 Win%
Cancel Eric2002025.77010%
Bravo Joe1401211.61115%
Torres Jomar1300132.7805%