A treasured racing tradition returns as Saratoga Race Course launches its 40-day meet in the form of a multi-million-dollar summer wagering sprint. The Saratoga schedule for Summer 2021 runs from July 15 through September 6.
The famed upstate New York racing playground – an iconic landmark that opened in 1863 – features 76 stakes races worth $21.5 million in total purses, highlighted by the 152nd renewal of the Grade I, $1.25 million Travers on August 28 and the Grade I, $1 million Whitney on August 7.
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The festival air returns with live fans allowed in at full capacity.
With the exception of Travers Day, Whitney Day and closing weekend, first post on live race days will be 1:05 p.m. Following the four-day opening weekend from Thursday, July 15 through Sunday, July 18, racing runs five days a week, Wednesdays through Sundays, with the exception of the final week, when the meet will conclude on Labor Day.
Although there are stakes race every day, bettors can earmark the Saratoga schedule as the Sultan of Saturdays. The track comes right out of the gate with the $500,000 Diana for turf fillies and mares on July 17.
Here’s the rest of the Saratoga’s Super Saturday Stakes schedule: many Saturday cards are loaded with supporting undercards.
Saratoga Super Saturday Stakes Schedule: Summer 2021
July 24: Grade I Coaching Club American Oaks
July 31: GI Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap, GII Bowling Green, and GII Jim Dandy
Aug 7 : Whitney Day – Fasig Tipton Lure (R), GII Glens Falls, GI Longines Test, GI Whitney (BC), GI Saratoga Derby Invitational
Aug 14: GI Fourstardave Handicap (BC) and GII Saratoga Special
Aug 21: Alabama Day – GI Alabama (BC), GII Lake Placid, and Smart N Fancy
Aug 28: Travers Day – GI Ballerina, GII Ballston Spa, GI Forego, GI H. Allen Jerkens Memorial, GI Personal Ensign (BC), GI Sword Dancer (BC), GI Travers
September 4: GI Flower Bowl (BC), GI Jockey Club Gold Cup (BC), GII Prioress, and GIII Saranac
Breeders’ Cup Spots Up For Grabs On Travers Day And Whitney Day
The Travers Day card begins at 11:35 a.m. and offers seven stakes races. The package includes six Grade I events offering $4.6 million in total purse money, with automatic berths in the Breeders’ Cup awarded to the winner of the Grade I, $750,000 Resorts World Casino Sword Dancer [Turf], the Grade I, $600,000 Personal Ensign [Distaff], and the Grade I, $500,000 Ketel One Ballerina [Filly & Mare Sprint].
The Travers Day card includes the Grade I, $600,000 Forego, a seven-furlong sprint for 4-year-olds and upward, and the Grade I, $500,000 H. Allen Jerkens Memorial for 3-year-olds going seven furlongs. Rounding out the signature day at the Spa is the Grade II, $400,000 Ballston Spa for turf fillies and mares.
Whitney Day on August 7 will feature three Grade I events, led by the Whitney at 1 1/8 miles for older horses offering an automatic berth to the Breeders’ Cup Classic on November 6 at Del Mar.