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NYRA Press Release
Updated: March 27, 2022

Saratoga 40-day Summer Meet To Offer 19 Grade 1 Races

OffTrackBetting.com (OTB) is happy to announce that its members will be able to bet horse racing from Saratoga Race Course, which will host a 40-day summer meet which will include 77 stakes worth $22.6 million in total purses.

Highlighted by the 153rd renewal of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers Stakes on August 27 and the Grade 1, $1 million Whitney on August 6, the 2022 summer meet will open on Thursday, July 14 and continue through Monday, September 5.

With a focus on the New York-bred program and certain categories of stakes races, the 2022 summer meet will feature a purse increase of more than $1.1 million over 2021.

Following the four-day opening weekend, racing will be conducted five days a week, Wednesdays through Sundays, apart from the final week, when the meet will conclude on Labor Day.

Opening Day, Thursday, July 14, kicks off the season with the Grade 3, $175,000 Schuylerville for 2-year-old fillies and the inaugural running of the restricted one-mile $135,000 Wilton for sophomore fillies to be contested out of the reconstructed Wilson Chute.

The Wilson Chute, last in use in 1992, was named to honor the contributions of the late Richard T. Wilson, a banker and President of the Saratoga Racing Association for most of the first quarter of the 20th century. The reconstructed Wilson Chute will carefully follow the route of the original chute along the Clubhouse Turn just to the west of the 1863 Club and marks the return of one-mile races on the Saratoga main track.

Opening Weekend continues Friday, July 15, with the Grade 3, $175,000 Forbidden Apple at one mile on turf for older horses, and the $150,000 Coronation Cup at 5 1/2-furlongs on turf for sophomore fillies.

Saratoga's first Grade 1 of 2022 is the $500,000 Diana for turf fillies and mares on Saturday, July 16, topping a card supported by the Grade 3, $175,000 Sanford at six furlongs for juveniles. Opening Weekend concludes on Sunday, July 17, with the Grade 3, $175,000 Quick Call presented by the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation for 3-year-olds going 5 1/2 furlongs on the grass.

The following Saturday, July 23, will see the Grade 1, $500,000 Coaching Club American Oaks for sophomore fillies take center stage, headlining a card that also offers the Grade 3, $200,000 Caress, a 5 1/2-furlong turf sprint for older fillies and mares.

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Whitney Day on Saturday, August 6, will feature three Grade 1 events, led by the Whitney at 1 1/8 miles for older horses offering an automatic berth to the Breeders' Cup Classic on November 5 at Keeneland.

Completing the trio of Grade 1s on Whitney Day will be the seven-furlong $500,000 Longines Test for sophomore fillies and the $1 million Caesars Saratoga Derby Invitational, the second jewel of the Caesars Turf Triple series at 1 3/16-miles for sophomores. Whitney Day will also include the 12-furlong Grade 2, $250,000 Glens Falls for older fillies and mares on turf, and the restricted $135,000 Fasig-Tipton Lure at 1 1/16-miles on turf for older horses.

Whitney weekend kicks off August 5, with the Grade 2, $200,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame for sophomore turf milers; the Grade 3, $300,000 Troy, which boasts a purse increase of $100,000, for 4-year-olds and up going 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf; and the restricted $135,000 Alydar at nine furlongs for older horses.

Whitney weekend concludes on August 7 with three stakes highlighted by the Grade 3, $700,000 Saratoga Oaks Invitational, the second leg of the Turf Triple series for sophomore fillies. The August 7 card also includes the Grade 3, $200,000 Adirondack, a 6 1/2-furlong sprint for juvenile fillies, and the restricted $135,000 Fasig-Tipton De La Rose at one mile on turf for older fillies and mares.

New York-breds will take center stage on Friday, August 26, for New York Showcase Day, featuring six stakes for state-breds worth a combined $1.25 million. The card is headlined by the $250,000 Albany, a nine-furlong test for sophomores. Also featured are five $200,000 stakes including the Fleet Indian for sophomore fillies; the Funny Cide presented by Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital for juvenile sprinters; and the Seeking the Ante for juvenile filly sprinters. The lucrative New York Showcase Day card also sees two stakes garner a $50,000 purse boost in the $200,000 West Point Handicap presented by Trustco Bank for 3-year-olds and up; and the $200,000 Yaddo Handicap for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up.

The 153rd edition of the Runhappy Travers is the centerpiece of a blockbuster day of racing on Saturday, August 27. The 2022 Travers Day card will include six stakes, including five Grade 1 events and an automatic berth in the Breeders' Cup to the winner of the Grade 1, $750,000 Sword Dancer [Turf].

In addition, the Travers Day card will also include the Grade 1, $600,000 Personal Ensign at nine-furlongs for older fillies and mares; the Grade 1, $600,000 Forego, a seven-furlong sprint for 4-year-olds and upward, and the Grade 1, $500,000 H. Allen Jerkens Memorial for 3-year-olds going seven furlongs. Rounding out the signature day at the Spa is the Grade 2, $400,000 Ballston Spa at 1 1/16-miles for turf fillies and mares.

Runhappy Travers Weekend concludes Sunday, August 28, with a pair of stakes led by the Grade 1, $500,000 Ballerina, a seven-furlong sprint for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up that offers a "Win and You're In" berth to the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint; and the restricted $135,000 Better Talk Now at one mile on turf for sophomores.

The traditional local prep for the Runhappy Travers, the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy, will be held on Saturday, July 30. It will be joined by the Grade 1, $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap, a six-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and up. Closing out Jim Dandy weekend on July 31 is the Grade 2, $250,000 Bowling Green at 1 3/8 miles on the turf; and the Grade 2, $200,000 Amsterdam for 3-year-olds at 6 1/2 furlongs.

New York-breds will also be highlighted on Friday, August 12 with four handicaps each boasting a purse increase of $25,000 to $125,000, including the Evan Shipman at one-mile for 3-year-olds and up; the John Morrissey at six furlongs for 3-year-olds and up; the six-furlong Union Avenue for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up; and the Johnstone Mile, previously the nine-furlong Saratoga Dew, for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up.

The Johnstone Mile, to be run out of the Wilson Chute, is named in honor of the longtime horseman and NYRA employee Bruce Johnstone who passed at age 76 in February 2020 following a lengthy battle against cancer. Johnstone transitioned from a successful career as a trainer to management at NYRA, where he spent the last 13 years of his career as Manager of Racing Operations.

Saratoga will also pay tribute to the late Suzie O'Cain on Wednesday, July 20 with a 1 1/16-mile turf event for state-bred sophomore fillies. The $125,000 Suzie O'Cain was previously run as the Stillwater.

O'Cain, who passed away in January following a battle with breast cancer, and her husband, Dr. C. Lynwood O'Cain, managed the late Carl Lizza's Highcliff Farm in Delanson, N.Y. for more than 20 years. O'Cain also served on the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's Board of Directors and was co-chairwoman of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders' (NYTB) Political Action Committee and chairwoman of the NYTB Media Committee.

A day later, the third running of the $125,000 Rick Violette at 1 1/16-miles on turf for state-bred sophomores will honor the late NYRA horseman and former president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association.

Among the other Grade 1 races at the Spa will be the $150,000 A.P. Smithwick Memorial on July 20, and the $150,000 Jonathan Sheppard on August 17 for steeplechasers; the $600,000 Alabama on Saturday, August 20; and the $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap, a Breeders' Cup qualifier for the Mile, on Saturday, August 13, to be held on the same card as the Grade 2, $200,000 Saratoga Special.

Closing Weekend of the Saratoga meet will feature a pair of Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" events on Saturday, September 3, led by the Grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup [Classic] at 10 furlongs for 3-year-olds and up. Should a Grade/Group 1 winner start in the 2022 Jockey Club Gold Cup, the purse will be increased to $1.25 million. In addition, the first four placings of the Grade 2, $400,000 Suburban Handicap on July 9 at Belmont Park will have their nomination, entry and starting fees waived should they start in the Jockey Club Gold Cup.

The September 3 card also includes the Grade 2, $600,000 Flower Bowl, an 11-furlong turf test for older fillies and mares offering a berth in the Filly and Mare Turf; along with the Grade 3, $200,000 Saranac.

On Sunday, September 4, 2-year-old fillies will sprint seven furlongs in the Grade 1, $300,000 Spinaway.

Closing Day on Monday, September 5, will feature the Grade 3, $200,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap along with the prestigious Grade 1, $300,000 Hopeful for 2-year-olds going seven furlongs to conclude the 154th Saratoga meeting.

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2022 Saratoga Stakes Schedule

Date Race Grade Purse Restrictions Surface Distance
Thursday, Jul 14 Schuylerville III $175,000.00 F2YO Dirt 6 Furlongs
Thursday, Jul 14 Wilton $135,000.00 F3YO Dirt 1 Mile
Friday, Jul 15 Coronation Cup $150,000.00 F3YO Turf 5 1/2
Friday, Jul 15 Forbidden Apple III $175,000.00 4&UP Turf 1 Mile
Saturday, Jul 16 Diana I $500,000.00 F&M 4&UP Turf 1 1/8
Saturday, Jul 16 Sanford III $175,000.00 2YO Dirt 6 Furlongs
Sunday, Jul 17 Quick Call III $175,000.00 3YO Turf 5 1/2 Furlongs
Wednesday, Jul 20 A. P. Smithwick Memorial (Steeplechase) I $150,000.00 4&UP Turf 2 1/16
Wednesday, Jul 20 Suzie O'Cain (NYB) $125,000.00 F3YO Turf 1 1/16
Thursday, Jul 21 Rick Violette (NYB) $125,000.00 3YO Turf 1 1/16
Friday, Jul 22 Lake George III $175,000.00 F3YO Turf 1 Mile
Saturday, Jul 23 Caress III $200,000.00 F&M 4&UP Turf 5 1/2 Furlongs
Saturday, Jul 23 Coaching Club American Oaks I $500,000.00 F3YO Dirt 1 1/8
Sunday, Jul 24 Shuvee II $200,000.00 F&M 4&UP Dirt 1 1/8
Wednesday, Jul 27 Honorable Miss Handicap II $200,000.00 F&M 3&UP Dirt 6 Furlongs
Thursday, Jul 28 Birdstone $200,000.00 4&UP Dirt 1 3/4
Friday, Jul 29 Curlin (R) $135,000.00 3YO Dirt 1 1/8
Saturday, Jul 30 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap I $350,000.00 3&UP Dirt 6 Furlongs
Saturday, Jul 30 Jim Dandy II $600,000.00 3YO Dirt 1 1/8
Sunday, Jul 31 Amsterdam II $200,000.00 3YO Dirt 6 1/2 Furlongs
Sunday, Jul 31 Bowling Green II $250,000.00 4&UP Turf 1 3/8
Wednesday, Aug 03 Shine Again (R) $135,000.00 F&M 4&UP Dirt 7 Furlongs
Thursday, Aug 04 Alydar (R) $135,000.00 4&UP Dirt 1 1/8
Friday, Aug 05 National Museum of Racing Hall Of Fame II $200,000.00 3YO Turf 1 Mile
Friday, Aug 05 Troy Stakes III $300,000.00 4&UP Turf 5 1/2
Saturday, Aug 06 Fasig Tipton Lure (R) $135,000.00 4&UP Turf 1 1/16
Saturday, Aug 06 Glens Falls II $250,000.00 F&M 4&UP Turf 1 1/2
Saturday, Aug 06 Longines Test I $500,000.00 F3YO Dirt 7 Furlongs
Saturday, Aug 06 Whitney (BC) I $1,000,000.00 4&UP Dirt 1 1/8
Saturday, Aug 06 Caesars Saratoga Derby Invitational I $1,000,000.00 3YO Turf 1 3/16
Sunday, Aug 07 Adirondack III $200,000.00 F2YO Dirt 6 1/2 Furlongs
Sunday, Aug 07 Fasig Tipton De La Rose (R) $135,000.00 F&M 4&UP Turf 1 Mile
Sunday, Aug 07 Saratoga Oaks Invitational III $700,000.00 F3YO Turf 1 3/16
Wednesday, Aug 10 Tale of the Cat (R) $135,000.00 4&UP Dirt 7 Furlongs
Thursday, Aug 11 Galway $150,000.00 F3YO Turf 5 1/2 Furlongs
Friday, Aug 12 Evan Shipman Handicap (NYB) $125,000.00 3&UP Dirt 1 Mile
Friday, Aug 12 John Morrissey Handicap (NYB) $125,000.00 3&UP Dirt 6 Furlongs
Friday, Aug 12 Johnstone Mile (NYB) $125,000.00 F&M 3&UP Dirt 1 Mile
Friday, Aug 12 Union Avenue Handicap (NYB) $125,000.00 F&M 3&UP Dirt 6 Furlongs
Saturday, Aug 13 Fourstardave Handicap (BC) I $500,000.00 3&UP Turf 1 Mile
Saturday, Aug 13 Saratoga Special II $200,000.00 2YO Dirt 6 1/2 Furlongs
Sunday, Aug 14 Mahony $150,000.00 3YO Turf 5 1/2 Furlongs
Wednesday, Aug 17 Jonathan Sheppard I $150,000.00 4&UP Turf 2 3/8
Wednesday, Aug 17 NYSSS Cab Calloway Division (R) $150,000.00 3YO Turf 1 Mile
Thursday, Aug 18 NYSSS Statue of Liberty Division (R) $150,000.00 F3YO Turf 1 Mile
Friday, Aug 19 Skidmore $150,000.00 2YO Turf 5 1/2 Furlongs
Friday, Aug 19 Summer Colony (R) $135,000.00 F&M 4&UP Dirt 1 1/8
Saturday, Aug 20 Alabama I $600,000.00 F3YO Dirt 1 1/4
Saturday, Aug 20 Lake Placid II $200,000.00 F3YO Turf 1 1/16
Saturday, Aug 20 Smart N Fancy $150,000.00 F&M 4&UP Turf 5 1/2 Furlongs
Sunday, Aug 21 Bolton Landing $150,000.00 F2YO Turf 5 1/2 Furlongs
Wednesday, Aug 24 John's Call (R) $135,000.00 4&UP Turf 1 5/8
Thursday, Aug 25 Riskaverse (R) $135,000.00 F3YO Turf 1 Mile
Friday, Aug 26 Albany (NYB) $250,000.00 3YO Dirt 1 1/8
Friday, Aug 26 Fleet Indian (NYB) $200,000.00 F3YO Dirt 1 1/8
Friday, Aug 26 Funny Cide (NYB) presented by Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital $200,000.00 2YO Dirt 6 1/2 Furlongs
Friday, Aug 26 Seeking the Ante (NYB) $200,000.00 F2YO Dirt 6 1/2 Furlongs
Friday, Aug 26 West Point Handicap presented by Trustco Bank (NYB) $200,000.00 3&UP Turf 1 1/16
Friday, Aug 26 Yaddo Handicap (NYB) $200,000.00 F&M 3&UP Turf 1 1/16
Saturday, Aug 27 Ballston Spa II $400,000.00 F&M 4&UP Turf 1 1/16
Saturday, Aug 27 Forego I $600,000.00 4&UP Dirt 7 Furlongs
Saturday, Aug 27 H. Allen Jerkens Memorial I $500,000.00 3YO Dirt 7 Furlongs
Saturday, Aug 27 Personal Ensign I $600,000.00 F&M 4&UP Dirt 1 1/8
Saturday, Aug 27 Resorts World Casino Sword Dancer (BC) I $750,000.00 4&UP Turf 1 1/2
Saturday, Aug 27 Runhappy Travers I $1,250,000.00 3YO Dirt 1 1/4
Sunday, Aug 28 Ballerina (BC) I $500,000.00 F&M 3&UP Dirt 7 Furlongs
Sunday, Aug 28 Better Talk Now (R) $135,000.00 3YO Turf 1 Mile
Wednesday, Aug 31 With Anticipation III $175,000.00 2YO Turf 1 1/16
Thursday, Sep 01 P. G. Johnson $150,000.00 F2YO Turf 1 1/16
Friday, Sep 02 Lucky Coin $150,000.00 4&UP Turf 5 1/2 Furlongs
Friday, Sep 02 Prioress II $250,000.00 F3YO Dirt 6 Furlongs
Saturday, Sep 03 Flower Bowl (BC) II $600,000.00 F&M 4&UP Turf 1 3/8
Saturday, Sep 03 Jockey Club Gold Cup (BC) I $1,250,000.00 3&UP Dirt 1 1/4
Saturday, Sep 03 Saranac III $200,000.00 3YO Turf 1 1/16
Sunday, Sep 04 Spinaway I $300,000.00 F2YO Dirt 7 Furlongs
Monday, Sep 05 Bernard Baruch Handicap III $200,000.00 3&UP Turf 1 1/16
Monday, Sep 05 Hopeful I $300,000.00 2YO Dirt 7 Furlongs

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