The 2019 Saratoga Race Course summer meet will feature 76 stakes across 40 racing days, highlighted by the 150th running of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers and the Grade 1, $1 million Whitney Stakes as the anchors of two of the biggest racing days in North America.
The summer meet, which features $20.85 million in total stakes purses, will run from Opening Day on Thursday, July 11 through Labor Day, September 2. After opening weekend, racing will be conducted five days a week, Wednesdays through Sundays.
On Saturday, August 3, the prestigious 1 1/8-mile Whitney Stakes, a Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" qualifier for the Classic, will pair with the Grade 1, $500,000 Longines Test for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs.
Whitney weekend kicks off with the second jewel of the Turf Tiara, featuring the inaugural $750,000 Saratoga Oaks on Friday, August 2. The first running of the $1 million Saratoga Derby, second leg of the Turf Trinity, will go on Sunday, August 4. Both races will be contested at 1 3/16-miles on the Saratoga green and will be carried live on FOX Sports, with the Oaks to air on FS2 and the Derby to be broadcast on FS1.
Whitney Day will also include the Grade 3, $200,000 Troy for 3-year-olds and up going 5 ½ furlongs on the turf, as well as a pair of $100,000 turf routes with the Fasig-Tipton Lure and Fasig-Tipton De La Rose.
The Runhappy Travers Stakes will have its 150th running on Saturday, August 24 as the centerpiece of a card featuring seven stakes, including six Grade 1s. The Mid-Summer Derby for 3-year-olds at 1 1/4 miles will come after three Breeders' Cup qualifiers, featuring the Grade 1, $850,000 Sword Dancer [Turf], the Grade 1, $700,000 Personal Ensign [Distaff], and the Grade 1, $500,000 Ketel One Ballerina [Filly & Mare Sprint].
Also on the docket is the Grade 1, $600,000 Forego Stakes, a seven-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and upward and the Grade 1, $500,000 H. Allen Jerkens Memorial presented by Runhappy for 3-year-olds going seven furlongs. Rounding out the blockbuster card is the Grade 2, $400,000 Ballston Spa for turf fillies and mares.
The traditional local prep for the Runhappy Travers, the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy, will be held on Saturday, July 27, and is joined by the Grade 1, $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap for older sprinters, and the Grade 2, $250,000 Bowling Green at 1 3/8 miles on the turf. Closing out Jim Dandy weekend on Sunday, July 28, is the $200,000 Amsterdam, upgraded to Grade 2 status, for 3-year-olds at 6 ½ furlongs.
Opening Day, Thursday, July 11, will commence with a pair of graded stakes: the Grade 3, $150,000 Schuylerville for 2-year-old fillies and the Grade 3, $100,000 Quick Call for 3-year-olds doing 5 ½ furlongs on the grass.
Saratoga's first Grade 1 of 2019 will feature the $500,000 Diana for turf fillies and mares on Saturday, July 13. The next Saturday, July 20, will see the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks, with a purse upgraded to $500,000 from $300,000 a year ago, take center stage.
Among the other 18 Grade 1 races at the Spa will be $150,000 A.P. Smithwick Memorial on July 25 and the $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup on Thursday, August 22 for steeplechasers; the $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap, a Breeders' Cup qualifier for the Mile, on Saturday, August 10; and the $600,000 Alabama on Saturday, August 17.
The Rockville Centre, previously run at Belmont, has moved to July 17 at Saratoga and will go as the $100,000 Rick Violette, a six-furlong sprint for New York-bred juveniles, in honor of the late Richard A. Violette, Jr., the longtime NYRA horseman and former president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association.
Violette enjoyed tremendous success at the Spa including last summer when Diversify captured an emotional renewal of the Whitney. A lifelong supporter of all aspects of the industry, Violette, Jr. was a founding member of the Board of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and co-created the TAKE THE LEAD Thoroughbred Retirement Program. He also co-founded TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program with a focus on providing an avenue for the retraining of retired racehorses.
The $100,000 Mahony, a 5 1/2-furlong turf sprint for sophomores slated for August 7, is named in honor of Patrick Mahony, the longtime senior vice president of mutuels at NYRA. Mahony, who spent more than 50 years in the racing industry, retired in 2016.
Also new to the Saratoga stakes schedule is the $100,000 Stillwater, previously held at Belmont as the Lynbrook, set for July 18 and the $100,000 Galway which is slated for August 11.
Additional upgraded races for the Saratoga summer meet include the Grade 3, $100,000 Quick Call marked for July 11; and the Grade 3, $150,000 Forbidden Apple, set for July 12, which moves to Saratoga from Belmont.
Closing weekend of the 2019 Saratoga meet features the Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward on Saturday, August 31, headlining a day that includes the Grade 2, $250,000 Glens Falls, the Grade 2, $250,000 Prioress and the Grade 3, $200,000 Saranac. On Sunday, September 1, 2-year-old fillies will sprint seven furlongs in the Grade 1, $350,000 Spinaway.
Closing Day on Monday, September 2, will feature the Grade 2, $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap as well as the prestigious Grade 1, $350,000 Runhappy Hopeful for 2-year-olds going seven furlongs concluding the 151st Saratoga meeting.
Saratoga 2019 Summer Meet Stakes OTB Schedule
|Thursday, Jul 11||Quick Call||III||$100,000||3YO||Turf||5 1/2|
|Thursday, Jul 11||Schuylerville||III||$150,000||F2YO||Dirt||6 Furlongs|
|Friday, Jul 12||Forbidden Apple||III||$150,000||4&UP||Turf||1 Mile|
|Saturday, Jul 13||Diana||I||$500,000||F&M 3&UP||Turf||1 1/8|
|Saturday, Jul 13||Sanford||III||$150,000||2YO||Dirt||6 Furlongs|
|Sunday, Jul 14||Coronation Cup||$100,000||F3YO||Turf||5 1/2|
|Wednesday, Jul 17||Rick Violette (NYB)||$100,000||2YO||Dirt||6 Furlongs|
|Thursday, Jul 18||Stillwater (NYB)||$100,000||F2YO||Dirt||6 Furlongs|
|Friday, Jul 19||Lake George||III||$150,000||F3YO||Turf||1 Mile|
|Saturday, Jul 20||Caress||$200,000||F&M 4&UP||Turf||5 1/2|
|Saturday, Jul 20||Coaching Club American Oaks||I||$500,000||F3YO||Dirt||1 1/8|
|Sunday, Jul 21||Shuvee||III||$200,000||F&M 3&UP||Dirt||1 1/8|
|Wednesday, Jul 24||Honorable Miss Handicap||II||$200,000||F&M 3&UP||Dirt||6 Furlongs|
|Wednesday, Jul 24||NYSS Cab Calloway Division (R)||$150,000||3YO||Turf||1 Mile|
|Thursday, Jul 25||A. P. Smithwick Memorial (Steeplechase)||I||$150,000||4&UP||Turf||2 1/16|
|Thursday, Jul 25||John Morrissey (NYB)||$100,000||3&UP||Dirt||6 1/2 Furlongs|
|Friday, Jul 26||Curlin (R)||$100,000||3YO||Dirt||1 1/8|
|Saturday, Jul 27||Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap||I||$350,000||3&UP||Dirt||6 Furlongs|
|Saturday, Jul 27||Bowling Green||II||$250,000||4&UP||Turf||1 3/8|
|Saturday, Jul 27||Jim Dandy<||II||$600,000||3YO||Dirt||1 1/8|
|Sunday, Jul 28||Amsterdam||II||$200,000||3YO||Dirt||6 1/2 Furlongs|
|Wednesday, Jul 31||NYSS Statue of Liberty Division (R)||$150,000||F3YO||Turf||1 Mile|
|Wednesday, Jul 31||Shine Again (R)||$100,000||F&M 3&UP||Dirt||7 Furlongs|
|Thursday, Aug 01||Birdstone||$100,000||3&UP||Dirt||1 3/4|
|Friday, Aug 02||Alydar (R)||$100,000||4&UP||Dirt||1 1/8|
|Friday, Aug 02||National Museum of Racing Hall Of Fame||II||$200,000||3YO||Turf||1 Mile|
|Friday, Aug 02||Saratoga Oaks presented by Encore Boston Harbor||$750,000||F3YO||Turf||1 3/16|
|Saturday, Aug 03||Fasig-Tipton De La Rose (R)||$100,000||F&M 4&UP||Turf||1 Mile|
|Saturday, Aug 03||Fasig-Tipton Lure (R)||$100,000||4&UP||Turf||1 1/16|
|Saturday, Aug 03||Longines Test||I||$500,000||F3YO||Dirt||7 Furlongs|
|Saturday, Aug 03||Troy||III||$200,000||3&UP||Turf||5 1/2|
|Saturday, Aug 03||Whitney (BC)||I||$1,000,000||3&UP||Dirt||1 1/8|
|Sunday, Aug 04||Adirondack||II||$200,000||F2YO||Dirt||6 1/2 Furlongs|
|Sunday, Aug 04||Fasig-Tipton Waya||III||$200,000||F&M 3&UP||Turf||1 1/2|
|Sunday, Aug 04||Saratoga Derby||$1,000,000||3YO||Turf||1 3/16|
|Wednesday, Aug 07||Evan Shipman (NYB)||$100,000||3&UP||Dirt||1 1/8|
|Wednesday, Aug 07||Mahony||$100,000||3YO||Turf||5 1/2|
|Thursday, Aug 08||Saratoga Dew (NYB)||$100,000||F&M 3&UP||Dirt||1 1/8|
|Friday, Aug 09||Tale of the Cat (R)||$100,000||3&UP||Dirt||6 Furlongs|
|Saturday, Aug 10||Fourstardave Handicap (BC)||I||$500,000||3&UP||Turf||1 Mile|
|Saturday, Aug 10||Saratoga Special||II||$200,000||2YO||Dirt||6 1/2 Furlongs|
|Sunday, Aug 11||Galway||$100,000||F3YO||Turf||5 1/2|
|Wednesday, Aug 14||Bolton Landing||$100,000||F2YO||Turf||5 1/2|
|Thursday, Aug 15||Union Avenue (NYB)||$100,000||F&M 3&UP||Dirt||6 1/2 Furlongs|
|Friday, Aug 16||Skidmore||$100,000||2YO||Turf||5 1/2|
|Saturday, Aug 17||Alabama||I||$600,000||F3YO||Dirt||1 1/4|
|Saturday, Aug 17||Lake Placid||II||$200,000||F3YO||Turf||1 1/16|
|Saturday, Aug 17||Smart N Fancy||$100,000||F&M 3&UP||Turf||5 1/2 Furlongs|
|Sunday, Aug 18||Summer Colony (R)||$100,000||F&M 3&UP||Dirt||1 1/8|
|Wednesday, Aug 21||John's Call (R)||$100,000||3&UP||Turf||1 5/8|
|Thursday, Aug 22||New York Turf Writers Cup Steeplechase||I||$150,000||4&UP||Turf||2 3/8|
|Thursday, Aug 22||Riskaverse (R)||$100,000||F3YO||Turf||1 Mile|
|Friday, Aug 23||Albany (NYB)||$250,000||3YO||Dirt||1 1/8|
|Friday, Aug 23||Fleet Indian (NYB)||$200,000||F3YO||Dirt||1 1/8|
|Friday, Aug 23||Funny Cide (NYB)||$200,000||2YO||Dirt||6 1/2 Furlongs|
|Friday, Aug 23||Seeking the Ante (NYB)||$200,000||F2YO||Dirt||6 1/2 Furlongs|
|Friday, Aug 23||West Point presented by Trustco Bank||$150,000||3&UP||Turf||1 1/16|
|Friday, Aug 23||Yaddo (NYB)||$150,000||F&M 3&UP||Turf||1 1/16|
|Saturday, Aug 24||Forego||I||$600,000||3&UP||Dirt||7 Furlongs|
|Saturday, Aug 24||H. Allen Jerkens Memorial||I||$500,000||3YO||Dirt||7 Furlongs|
|Saturday, Aug 24||Ketel One Ballerina (BC)||I||$500,000||F&M 3&UP||Dirt||7 Furlongs|
|Saturday, Aug 24||Personal Ensign||I||$700,000||F&M 3&UP||Dirt||1 1/8|
|Saturday, Aug 24||Runhappy Travers||I||$1,250,000||3YO||Dirt||1 1/4|
|Saturday, Aug 24||Sword Dancer (BC)||I||$850,000||4&UP||Turf||1 1/2|
|Saturday, Aug 24||Ballston Spa||II||$400,000||F&M 3&UP||Turf||1 1/16|
|Sunday, Aug 25||Better Talk Now (R)||$100,000||3YO||Turf||1 Mile|
|Wednesday, Aug 28||With Anticipation||III||$150,000||2YO||Turf||1 1/16|
|Thursday, Aug 29||P. G. Johnson||$100,000||F2YO||Turf||1 1/16|
|Friday, Aug 30||Lucky Coin (R)||$100,000||4&UP||Turf||5 1/2 Furlongs|
|Saturday, Aug 31||Glens Falls||II||$250,000||F&M 3&UP||Turf||1 3/8|
|Saturday, Aug 31||Prioress||II||$250,000||F3YO||Dirt||6 Furlongs|
|Saturday, Aug 31||Saranac||III||$200,000||3YO||Turf||1 1/16|
|Saturday, Aug 31||Woodward||I||$750,000||3&UP||Dirt||1 1/8|
|Sunday, Sep 01||Spinaway||I||$350,000||F2YO||Dirt||7 Furlongs|
|Monday, Sep 02||Bernard Baruch Handicap||II||$250,000||3&UP||Turf||1 1/16|
|Monday, Sep 02||Runhappy Hopeful<||I||$350,000||2YO||Dirt||7 Furlongs|