Bet Saratoga 2017 Summer Meet Schedule

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Edited NYRA Press Release | OTB Writer

OffTrackBetting.com - The 2017 meet at historic Saratoga Race Course will again be highlighted by the Grade 1, $1.2 million Whitney Handicap and the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers Stakes, the centerpieces of two of the biggest days in North American racing.

Live thoroughbred racing will return to Saratoga Race Course on Friday, July 21 for its 40-day summer meet. The 2017 meet includes 69 stakes worth a record $18.775 million in purses, and will run from Friday, July 21, through Labor Day, Monday, September 4. After opening weekend, racing will be conducted six days a week, Wednesdays through Mondays.

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The opening weekend features several graded stakes races showcasing some of the best fillies and mares in the country. Opening Day gets underway with gates opening at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 21 and first post time at 1 p.m. The Grade 3, $150,000 Schuylerville Stakes for 2-year-old fillies and the Grade 3, $150,000 Lake George Stakes for 3-year-old turf fillies headline the day.

On Saturday, the focal point is the 80th running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Diana Stakes for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on the turf. The Grade 3, $150,000 Sanford, a six-furlong race for 2-year-olds, will also be run on Saturday. Sunday's Grade 1, $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks for 3-year-old fillies caps the star-studded weekend.

The 90th running of the Grade 1, $1.2 million Whitney highlights an amazing day of racing on Saturday, August 5. The 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds and up attracts some of the best older horses in the country. The day also includes the Grade 1, $500,000 Longines Test Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, as well as three other stakes.

Featuring six Grade 1 stakes races and one Grade 2 race, Travers Day on August 26 is one of the most exciting days of racing in North America. The 148th running of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers caps the star-studded day. The "Mid-Summer Derby" annually features some of the best 3-year-olds in the world running 1 1/4 miles, and this year Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming, Preakness winner Cloud Computing and Belmont Stakes champion Tapwrit are all probable competitors.

Also on Travers Day, there are four Breeder's Cup "Win and You're In" races: the Grade 1, $1 million Sword Dancer Invitational for 3-year-olds and up on the turf at 1 1/16 miles offering an all-fees-paid berth into the Longines Breeder's Cup Turf; the Grade 1, $700,000 Personal Ensign for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles for a spot in the Longines Distaff; Grade 1, $500,000 Ketel One Ballerina over seven furlongs for fillies and mares for the Filly & Mare Sprint; and the Grade 1, $600,000 Forego Stakes at seven furlongs for an entry into the Las Vegas Dirt Mile.

The day also features the Grade 1, $500,000 H. Allen Jerkens Memorial, formerly known as the King's Bishop, a seven-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds, and the Grade 2, $400,000 Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa for fillies and mares over 1 1/16 miles on the turf.

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In 2016, trainer Chad Brown set a Saratoga meet record with 40 wins in securing his first leading trainer title at Saratoga. The previous record of 38 wins was held by 12-time top Saratoga trainer Todd Pletcher, who finished second in 2016's rankings with 31 wins. The two will likely compete for top honors in the 2017 meet.

The competition for top jockey could once again be a duel of brothers. Jose Ortiz took honors in 2016 with 65 wins, eight more than his brother, 2015 Saratoga leader Irad Ortiz, Jr. with 57 wins. Top riders Joel Rosario and Hall of Famer John Velazquez and 2017 Hall of Fame inductee Javier Castellano are also likely to contend for the title.


Saratoga 2017 Stakes Schedule

The 2017 meet at historic Saratoga Race Course includes 69 stakes worth $18.775 million in purses.

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

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OTB Schedule - Sunday, Aug 20

Race Tracks Time (EST)
Ajax Downs 12:54 PM
Albuquerque 3:32 PM
Australia A 10:00 PM
Australia B 11:15 PM
Australia C 11:35 PM
Batavia Downs 1:19 PM
Belterra Park 1:23 PM
Century Downs 3:13 PM
Clonmel (IG) 2:30 PM
Curragh (IRE) 8:40 AM
Del Mar 5:01 PM
Ellis Park 1:52 PM
Emerald Downs 5:02 PM
Flagler Eve 7:03 PM
Georgian Downs 6:03 PM
Greyville (SAF) 6:11 AM
Gulfstream Tropical 12:51 PM
Harrahs Philly (Chester) 12:43 PM
Hawthorne (H) 8:16 PM
Hippodrome 3R 2:31 PM
Iowa Greyhound Park Mat 2:00 PM
Jacksonville Mat 1:33 PM
Laurel Park 1:13 PM
Los Alamitos (QH) 10:05 PM
Monmouth Park 12:51 PM
Mountaineer Park 7:01 PM
Mullingar (IG) 10:18 AM
New York Double 2:08 PM
Palm Beach Mat 1:02 PM
Pocono Downs 7:36 PM
Pontefract (UK) 9:16 AM
Prairie Meadows (TB) 2:01 PM
Presque Isle 5:27 PM
Red Mile 7:06 PM
Rideau Carleton 6:32 PM
Ruidoso Downs 3:02 PM
Running Aces 7:05 PM
Santa Rosa 4:16 PM
Saratoga TB 1:00 PM
Scarborough Downs 1:35 PM
Southland Twilight 5:10 PM
Southwell (UK) 9:00 AM
Tioga Downs 1:05 PM
Tramore (IRE) 8:51 AM
Tri-State Twi 5:05 PM
Wheeling Downs Eve 5:55 PM
Wheeling Downs Mat 1:01 PM
Woodbine (TB) 1:01 PM
Yonkers Raceway 12:34 PM

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