Saratoga OTB: Bet & Watch 2019 Saratoga Summer Meet Online

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Saratoga Press Release | OTB Writer

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.

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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

The 2019 meet at historic Saratoga Race Course features 76 stakes worth $20.8 million in purses.

Date Stakes Race Grade Purse Restrictions Surface Distance
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

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