Saratoga sets post times, stakes slates

Saratoga sets post times, stakes slates
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The 40-day summer meet Saratoga Race Course, which will feature 77 stakes worth $22.6 million in total purses, will have a post time of 1:05 p.m. EDT on most days. The Saratoga stand opens Thursday, July 14, and conclude Monday, Sept. 5.

The summer meet, which will offer at least one stakes race every live racing day, will be highlighted by the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers on Aug. 27 and the Grade 1, $1 million Whitney on Aug. 6.

The 153rd running of the Travers highlights an action-packed August 27 card that includes five other graded stakes worth a total of $4.1 million.

The first post will be 11:35 a.m. EDT and the card also features the $750,000 Sword Dancer (G1) for older horses traveling 1 1/2 miles on turf in pursuit of a berth into the Breeders’ Cup Turf; the $600,000 Personal Ensign (G1) for fillies and mares 4-and-up going nine furlongs; the $600,000 Forego (G1) at seven furlongs for 4-year-olds and upward; and the $500,000 H. Allen Jerkens Memorial (G1) for 3-year-olds going seven furlongs. Rounding out the card is the $400,000 Ballston Spa (G2) for turf fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles.

Saratoga's first Grade 1 of 2022 is the $500,000 Diana for turf fillies and mares on Saturday, July 16. The card will offer a 1:05 p.m. first post and also includes the $175,000 Sanford (G3), a six-furlong sprint for juveniles.

Whitney Day on Aug. 6, which kicks off with a 12:35 p.m. first post, will feature three Grade 1 events, led by the Whitney at nine furlongs for older horses and offering an automatic berth to the Breeders' Cup Classic in Nov. at Keeneland.

Whitney Day will also include the $500,000 Test for sophomore fillies and the $1 million Saratoga Derby Invitational, the second jewel of the Caesars Turf Triple series for sophomore males. Also on tap is the $250,000 Glens Falls (G2) for fillies and mares on turf, and the $135,000 Fasig-Tipton Lure.

Closing Weekend of the Saratoga meet will offer a 12:35 p.m. post time Saturday through Monday.

Saturday, Sept. 3 will feature a pair of Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” events with the Grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup (Classic) at 10 furlongs for 3-year-olds and up, and the Grade 2, $600,000 Flower Bowl (Filly and Mare Turf), an 11-furlong turf test for older fillies and mares, to anchor a day that also includes the Grade 2, $250,000 Prioress (G2) and the $200,000 Saranac (G3).

The $300,000 Spinaway (G1) for juvenile fillies is featured on the Sunday, Sept. 4 card; and closing day on Labor Day, Sept. 5 will offer the Grade 1, $300,000 Hopeful (G1) for juveniles and the $200,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (G3) on the turf for 3-year-olds and up.

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