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Saratoga Race Course 2017 Summer Meet

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.

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.

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.

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.
     

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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)

5-6 p.m.

Saturday, August 26

G1 Travers (NBC), G1 Sword Dancer (NBC)

4:30-6 p.m.

Saturday, September 2

G1 Woodward (NBC Sports), Spinaway (NBC Sports)

6-7 p.m.

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About Saratoga Race Course

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.

They include:

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's Biggest Graded Stakes Races and Purses

The 2017 meet at historic Saratoga Race Course includes 69 stakes worth $18.775 million in purses. The biggest purses and graded races include:

Sat., July 22 – Diana (G1), 1 1/8 miles for fillies and mares on the turf - $500,000
Sat., July 29 – Jim Dandy (G2), 1 1/8 miles for 3-year-olds - $600,000
Sat., Aug. 5 – The Longines Test (G1), 7 furlongs for 3-year-old fillies - $500,000
Sat., Aug. 5 – The Whitney (G1), 1 1/8 miles for 3-year-olds & up - $1,200,000
Sat., Aug. 12 – Fourstardave Handicap (G1), 1 mile on the turf for 3-year-olds & up - $500,000
Sat, Aug. 19 – Alabama (G1), 1 ¼ mile for 3-year-old fillies - $600,000
Sat., Aug. 26 – Forego (G1), 7 furlongs for 3-year-olds and up - $600,000
Sat., Aug. 26 – H. Allen Jerkens Memorial (G1), 7 furlongs for 3-year-olds - $500,000
Sat., Aug. 26 – Ketel One Ballerina (G1), 7 furlongs for fillies & mares 3-year-olds & up - $500,000
Sat., Aug. 26 – Personal Ensign (G1), 1 1/8 miles for fillies & mares 3-year-olds & up - $700,000
Sat., Aug. 26 – Sword Dance (G1), 1 ½ miles on turf for 3-year-olds & up - $1,000,000
Sat., Aug. 26 – Travers (G1), 1 ¼ miles for 3-year-olds - $1,250,000
Sat., Sept. 12 – Woodward (G1), 1 1/8 miles for 3-year-olds & up - $750,000
Mon., Sept. 4 – Hopeful (G1), 7 furlongs for 2-year-olds - $350,000

Saratoga Race Course 2017 Summer Meet Stakes Schedule

Date Race Grade Purse Restrictions Surface Distance
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