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Whitney, Travers Anchor Historic 148th Meet at Saratoga

keen ice Travers, American Pharoah, Saratoga credit Adam Mooshian/NYRA
Adam Mooshian/NYRA

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The historic 148th meet at Saratoga Race Course will again be highlighted by the Grade 1, $1.25 million Whitney and the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers, the centerpieces of two of the biggest days in North American racing.

The 40-day meet, which includes 69 stakes worth $18.725 million in purses, will run from Friday, July 22, through Labor Day, Monday, September 5. After opening weekend, racing will be conducted six days a week, Wednesdays through Mondays.

On Saturday, August 6, the prestigious 1 1/8-mile Whitney will pair with the Grade 1, $500,000 Test for 3-year-old fillies, with the Grade 3, $200,000 Fasig-Tipton Waya for turf fillies and mares going 1 1/2 miles rounding out the graded stakes offerings on the first “must-see” card of the meet. Also on August 6 are two additional turf stakes for fillies and mares: the $100,000 Fasig-Tipton Lure at 1 1/16 miles and the $100,000 Fasig-Tipton De La Rose at a mile.

Joining the 147th running of the Mid-Summer Derby for 3-year-olds on Saturday, August 27 will be five other Grade 1 stakes: the $1 million Longines Sword Dancer Invitational at 1 ½ miles on the turf, the $500,000 Ballerina for filly and mare sprinters, the $700,000 Priority One Jets Forego at seven furlongs, the $750,000 Ketel One King’s Bishop and the $750,000 Personal Ensign for fillies and mares going 1 1/8 miles. Rounding out the blockbuster card is the Grade 2, $400,000 Woodford Reserve Ballston Sa for turf fillies and mares.

The traditional local prep for the Travers, the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy, will be held on Saturday, July 30, joined by the Grade 1, $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap, the Grade 2, $200,000 Amsterdam and the Grade 2, $250,000 Bowling Green Handicap.

Travers Eve, Friday, August 26, will again feature the popular New York Breeders’ Showcase Day, highlighted by the $250,000 Albany for 3-year-olds going 1 1/8 miles and the $150,000 West Point presented by Trustco Bank at 1 1/16 miles on the turf.

Opening Day, Friday, July 22 will kick off with a pair of graded stakes: the Grade 3, $150,000 Schuylerville for 2-year-old fillies and the Grade 3, $200,000 Lake George for 3-year-old turf fillies. Continuing the traditional juvenile dirt stakes at the Spa are the Grade 3, $150,000 Sanford on Saturday, July 23; the Grade 2, $200,000 Saratoga Special on Sunday, August 14 and the Grade 1, $350,000 Hopeful on Monday, September 5, along with their sister races: the Grade 2, $200,000 Adirondack on Saturday, August 13 and the Grade 1, $350,000 Spinaway on Saturday, September 3.

Grade 1 action commences with the $500,000 Diana for turf fillies and mares on Saturday, July 23, and the $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks for 3-year-old fillies on Sunday, July 24. Continuing the world-class offerings are the aforementioned Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap, Whitney and Test; the Grade 1, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap at a mile on the turf on Saturday, August 13; Grade 1, $600,000 Alabama on Saturday, August 20, and the Travers, Sword Dancer, Personal Ensign, Forego, Ballerina and King’s Bishop on Saturday, August 27.

Closing weekend features the Grade 1, $600,000 Woodward on Saturday, September 3, with the Grade 2, $300,000 for 3-year-old fillies taking the spotlight on Sunday, September 4.

The stakes schedule for the 148th meet at Saratoga Race Course:              

Friday
July 22
G2 Lake George $200,000 F3YO 1 1/16 (Turf)
G3 Schuylerville $150,000 F2YO 6 Furlongs (Dirt)
Saturday
July 23
G3 Sanford $150,000 2YO 6 Furlongs (Dirt)
G1 Diana $500,000 F&M 3&UP 1 1/8 (Turf)
Sunday
July 24
G1 Coaching Club American Oaks $300,000 F3YO 1 1/8 (Dirt)
Monday
July 25
Lucky Coin $100,000 4&UP 5 1/2 (Turf)
Wed.
July 27
G2 Honorable Miss H. $200,000 F&M 3&UP 6 Furlongs (Dirt)
Thursday
July 28
John Morrissey (NYB) $100,000 3&UP 6 1/2 (Dirt)
Friday
July 29
Curlin $100,000 3YO 1 1/8 (Dirt)
Saturday
July 30
G1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt H. $350,000 3&UP 6 Furlongs (Dirt)
G2 Amsterdam $200,000 3YO 6 Furlongs (Dirt)
G2 Jim Dandy $600,000 3YO 1 1/8 (Dirt)
G2 Bowling Green H. $250,000 4&UP 1 3/8 (Turf)
Sunday
July 31
G3 Shuvee H. $200,000 F&M 3&UP 1 1/8 (Dirt)
Caress $100,000 F&M 4&UP 5 1/2 (Turf)
Monday
August 1
Coronation Cup $100,000 F3YO 5 1/2 (Turf)
Wed.
August 3
Shine Again $100,000 F&M 3&UP 7 Furlongs (Dirt)
Thursday
August 4
G1 A. P. Smithwick ‘Chase $125,000 4&UP 2 1/16 (Turf)
Quick Call $100,000 3YO 5 1/2 (Turf)
Friday
August 5
G2 Hall of Fame $200,000 3YO 1 1/16 (Turf)
Saturday
August 6
Fasig-Tipton De La Rose $100,000 F&M 4&UP 1 mile (T)
Fasig-Tipton Lure $100,000 4&UP 1 1/16 (Turf)
G3 Fasig-Tipton Waya $200,000 F&M 3&UP 1 1/2 (Turf)
G1 Whitney $1,250,000 3&UP 1 1/8 (Dirt)
G1 Test $500,000 F3YO 7 Furlongs (Dirt)
Sunday
August 7
Alydar $100,000 4&UP 1 1/8 (Dirt)
Monday
August 8
NYSS Cab Calloway $100,000 3YO 1 Mile (Turf)
Wed.
August 10
Birdstone $100,000 3&UP 1 3/4 (Dirt)
Thursday
August 11
NYSS Statue of Liberty $100,000 F3YO 1 Mile (Turf)
Friday
August 12
Tale of the Cat $100,000 3&UP 6 Furlongs (Dirt)
Saturday
August 13
G1 Fourstardave H. $500,000 3&UP 1 Mile (Turf)
G2 Adirondack $200,000 F2YO 6 1/2 (Dirt)
Sunday
August 14
G2 Saratoga Special $200,000 2YO 6 1/2 (Dirt)
Monday
August 15
Saratoga Dew (NYB) $100,000 F&M 3&UP 1 1/8 (Dirt)
Wed.
August 17
Bolton Landing $100,000 F2YO 5 1/2 (Turf)
Thursday
August 18
Union Avenue (NYB) $100,000 F&M 3&UP 6 1/2 (Dirt)
Friday
August 19
Skidmore $100,000 2YO 5 1/2 (Turf)
Saturday
August 20
Troy $100,000 3&UP 5 1/2 (Turf)
G1 Alabama $600,000 F3YO 1 1/4 (Dirt)
Sunday
August 21
G2 Lake Placid $300,000 F3YO 1 1/8 (Turf)
Monday
August 22
Summer Colony $100,000 F&M 3&UP 1 1/8 (Dirt)
Wed.
August 24
John’s Call $100,000 3&UP 1 5/8 (Turf)
Thursday
August 25
G1 NY Turf Writers ‘Chase $150,000 4&UP 2 3/8 (Turf)
Riskaverse $100,000 F3YO 1 Mile (Turf)
Friday
August 26
Albany (NYB) $250,000 3YO 1 1/8 (Dirt)
Fleet Indian (NYB) $200,000 F3YO 1 1/8 (Dirt)
Funny Cide (NYB) $200,000 2YO 6 1/2 (Dirt)
Seeking the Ante (NYB) $200,000 F2YO 6 1/2 (Dirt)
Yaddo (NYB) $150,000 F&M 3&UP 1 1/16 (Turf)
West Point presented by Trustco Bank $150,000 3&UP 1 1/16 (Turf)
Saturday
August 27
G1 Longines Sword Dancer $1,000,000 3&UP 1 1/2 (Turf)
G1 Travers $1,250,000 3YO 1 1/4 (Dirt)
G1 Ballerina $500,000 F&M 3&UP 7 Furlongs (Dirt)
G2 Woodford Reserve
Ballston Spa
$400,000 F&M 3&UP 1 1/16 (Turf)
G1 Priority One Jets Forego $700,000 3&UP 7 Furlongs (Dirt)
G1 Personal Ensign $750,000 F&M 3&UP 1 1/8 (Dirt)
G1 Ketel One King’s Bishop $500,000 3YO 7 Furlongs (Dirt)
Sunday
August 28
Smart N Fancy $100,000 F&M 3&UP 5 1/2 (Turf)
Monday
August 29
Better Talk Now $100,000 3YO 1 Mile (Turf)
Wed.
August 31
G2 With Anticipation $200,000 2YO 1 1/16 (Turf)
Thursday
Sept. 1
P. G. Johnson $100,000 F2YO 1 1/16 (Turf)
Friday
Sept. 2
Evan Shipman (NYB) $100,000 3&UP 1 1/8 (Dirt)
Saturday
Sept. 3
G3 Glens Falls $200,000 F&M 3&UP 1 3/8 (Turf)
G3 Saranac $300,000 3YO 1 1/8 (Turf)
G1 Woodward $600,000 3&UP 1 1/8 (Dirt)
G1 Spinaway $350,000 F2YO 7 Furlongs (Dirt)
Sunday
Sept. 4
G2 Prioress $300,000 F3YO 6 Furlongs (Dirt)
Monday
Sept. 5
G1 Hopeful $350,000 2YO 7 Furlongs (Dirt)
G2 Bernard Baruch H. $250,000 3&UP 1 1/16 (Turf)

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