Once again, the historic 148th meet at Saratoga Race Course will feature the $1.25 Million Whitney and the $1.25 Million Travers – the two biggest race days of the 40-day summer meet.
On Saturday, August 6th, the prestigious $1.25 Million Whitney will pair with the Grade 1, $500,000 Test for three-year-old fillies and the Grade 3, $200,000 Fasig-Tipton Waya for turf fillies and mares going 1 1/2 miles.
There will also be 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.
The Whitney is one of North America’s premier races for older horses, and is expected to be one of the biggest days at the track. Past winners have included well-known names such as Discovery, War Admiral, and the great Kelso.
On Saturday, August 27th, will be the 147th running of the $1.25 Million Travers for three-year-olds with five other Grade 1 stakes – the $1 million Longines Sword Dancer Invitational at 1 1/2 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. The Grade 2 will be the $400,000 Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa for turf fillies and mares.
Travers Day is considered to be Saratoga’s biggest – you definitely don’t want to miss this one! The Travers Stakes dates back to 1864, with the entire city typically getting ready for the big day with a week-long festival of racing events, parties, music, and other special events.
Prep for the Travers, the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy, will be held on Saturday, July 30th, with 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 on Friday, August 26th, will highlight the New York Breeders’ Showcase Day, with the $250,000 Albany for three-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 on Friday, July 22nd, will kick off the season with a pair of graded stakes – the Grade 2, $150,000 Schuylerville for two-year-old fillies and the Grade 3, $200,000 Lake George for three-year-old turf fillies.
Season pass holders who need to receive their pass in the mail must upload their digital photo by Friday, July 1st.
If you do miss the deadline, you may be required to pick up your pass in person at the Saratoga Race Course Box Office on Union Avenue starting on Saturday, July 16th.
The Saratoga Season Perks program offers discounts and savings at many local shops, restaurants, and entertainment attractions.
“Our season ticket and season pass holder guests will receive 10 percent savings at select on-track locations and also year-round at their favorite restaurants, shops, and leisure pursuits,” President and Chief Experience Officer Lynn LaRocca said in a statement.