Travers, Whitney Days Highlight 2018 Saratoga Meet

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – The 2018 meet at historic Saratoga Race Course will again be highlighted by the Grade 1, $1.2 million Whitney and the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers, the centerpieces of two of the biggest days in North American racing.

The 40-day meet, which includes 69 stakes worth $18.8 million in purses, will run from Friday, July 20, through Labor Day, Monday, September 3. After opening weekend, racing will be conducted six days a week, Wednesdays through Mondays.

On Saturday, August 4, the prestigious 1 1/8-mile Whitney will pair with the Grade 1, $500,000 Longines Test for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs. A trio of turf stakes on Whitney Day round out the offerings on the first “must-see” card of the meet: the Grade 3, $200,000 Waya for fillies and mares going 1 1/2 miles; the $100,000 Lure at 1 1/16 miles and the $100,000 De La Rose for fillies and mares at a mile.

Joining the 149th running of the Mid-Summer Derby for 3-year-olds at 1 1/4 miles on Saturday, August 25 will be five other Grade 1 stakes on Travers Day: the $1 million Sword Dancer Invitational at 1 ½ miles on the turf, the $500,000 Ballerina for filly and mare sprinters, the $600,000 Forego at seven furlongs, the $500,000 H. Allen Jerkens Memorial, formerly known as the King’s Bishop, for sophomores going seven furlongs, and the $700,000 Personal Ensign for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles. Rounding out the blockbuster card is the Grade 2, $400,000 Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa for turf fillies and mares.

The traditional local prep for the Travers, the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy, will be held on Saturday, July 28, and is joined by the Grade 1, $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap for older sprinters, the Grade 2, $250,000 Bowling Green at 1 3/8 miles on the grass, and the Grade 3, $200,000 Amsterdam for 3-year-olds at 6 ½ furlongs.

Travers Eve, Friday, August 24, will again feature the popular New York Showcase Day, highlighted by the $250,000 Albany for 3-year-olds going 1 1/8 miles and the $200,000 Funny Cide for budding New York-bred stars.

Opening Day, Friday, July 20 will kick off with a pair of graded stakes: the Grade 3, $150,000 Schuylerville for 2-year-old fillies and the Grade 3, $150,000 Lake George for 3-year-old turf fillies. Continuing the juvenile dirt stakes tradition at the Spa are the Grade 3, $150,000 Sanford on Saturday, July 21; the Grade 2, $200,000 Saratoga Special, presented by Miller Lite, on Sunday, August 12 and the Grade 1, $350,000 Hopeful on Monday, September 3, along with their sister races: the Grade 2, $200,000 Adirondack on Saturday, August 11 and the Grade 1, $350,000 Spinaway on Saturday, September 1.

Grade 1 action commences with the $500,000 Diana for turf fillies and mares on Saturday, July 21, and the $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on Sunday, July 22. Continuing the world-class offerings are the aforementioned Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap, Whitney and Test; the Grade 1, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap at a mile on the turf on Saturday, August 11; and the Grade 1, $600,000 Alabama on Saturday, August 18, in addition to the Travers, Sword Dancer, Personal Ensign, Forego, Ballerina and King’s Bishop on Saturday, August 25.

Closing weekend of the 2018 Saratoga meet features the Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward on Saturday, September 1, with the Grade 2, $250,000 Prioress for 3-year-old fillies taking the spotlight on Sunday, September 2. On Closing Day, the Grade 2, $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap on the turf joins the Hopeful on Monday, September 3, to bring down the curtain on the 150th meeting at Saratoga.

Opening weekend
Fri., July. 20SchuylervilleIII$150,000F2YO6 Furlongs
Lake GeorgeIII$150,000F3YO1 1/16 (Turf)
Sat., July. 21DianaI$500,000F&M 3&UP1 1/8 (Turf)
SanfordIII$150,0002YO6 Furlongs
Sun., July 22Coaching Club American OaksI$300,000F3YO1 1/8
Mon., July. 23Caress $200,000F&M 4&UP5 1/2 (Turf)
Week 2
Wed., July. 25Honorable Miss Hdcp.II$200,000F&M 3&UP6 Furlongs
Thurs., July. 26A. P. Smithwick Mem. (S’Chase)I$150,0004&UP2 1/16 (Turf)
John Morrissey (NYB) $100,0003&UP6 1/2 Furlongs
Fri., July. 27Curlin $100,0003YO1  1/8
Sat., July. 28Jim Dandy II$600,0003YO1 1/8
Alfred G. Vanderbilt Hdcp.I$350,0003&UP6 Furlongs
Bowling Green II$250,0004&UP1 3/8 (Turf)
Amsterdam III$200,0003YO6 1/2 Furlongs
Sun., July. 29Shuvee Hdcp.III$200,000F&M 3&UP1 1/8
Mon., July. 30Coronation Cup $100,000F3YO5 1/2 (Turf)
Week 3
Wed., Aug. 1Shine Again $100,000F&M 3&UP7 Furlongs
Thurs., Aug. 2Birdstone $100,0003&UP1 3/4
Fri., Aug. 3Nat’l Museum of Racing Hall Of FameII$200,0003YO1 1/16 (Turf)
Sat., Aug. 4WhitneyI$1,200,0003&UP1 1/8
Longines Test I$500,000F3YO7 Furlongs
WayaIII$200,000F&M 3&UP1 1/2 (Turf)
Lure $100,0004&UP1  1/16 (Turf)
De La Rose $100,000F&M 4&UP1 Mile (Turf)
Sun., Aug. 5TroyIII$200,0003&UP5 1/2 (T)
Alydar $100,0004&UP1 1/8
Mon., Aug. 6NYSS Cab Calloway $100,0003YO1 Mile (Turf)
Week 4
Wed., Aug. 8Quick Call $100,0003YO5 1/2 (Turf)
Thurs., Aug. 9NYSS Statue of Liberty $100,000F3YO1 Mile (Turf)
Fri., Aug. 10Tale of the Cat $100,0003&UP6 Furlongs
Sat., Aug. 11Fourstardave Hdcp.I$500,0003&UP1 Mile (Turf)
AdirondackII$200,000F2YO6 1/2 Furlongs
Sun., Aug. 12Saratoga Special, presented by Miller LiteII$200,0002YO6 1/2 Furlongs
Mon., Aug. 13Saratoga Dew (NYB) $100,000F&M 3&UP1 1/8
Week 5
Wed., Aug. 15Bolton Landing $100,000F2YO5 1/2 (Turf)
Thurs., Aug. 16Union Avenue (NYB) $100,000F&M 3&UP6 1/2 Furlongs
Fri., Aug. 17Skidmore $100,0002YO5 1/2 (Turf)
Sat., Aug. 18AlabamaI$600,000F3YO1 1/4
Lake PlacidII$300,000F3YO1 1/8 (Turf)
Sun., Aug. 19Summer Colony $100,000F&M 3&UP1 1/8
Mon., Aug. 20Evan Shipman (NYB) $100,0003&UP1 1/8
Week 6
Wed., Aug. 22John’s Call $100,0003&UP1 5/8 (Turf)
Thurs., Aug 23Riskaverse $100,000F3YO1 Mile (Turf)
New York Turf Writers Cup (S’chase)I$150,0004&UP2 3/8 (Turf)
Fri., Aug. 24Albany (NYB) $250,0003YO1 1/8
Fleet Indian (NYB) $200,000F3YO1 1/8
Funny Cide (NYB) $200,0002YO6 1/2 Furlongs
Seeking the Ante (NYB) $200,000F2YO6 1/2 Furlongs
West Point (NYB), presented by Trustco Bank $150,0003&UP1 1/16 (Turf)
Yaddo (NYB) $150,000F&M 3&UP1 1/16 (Turf)
Sat., Aug. 25TraversI$1,250,0003YO1 1/4
Sword DancerI$1,000,0003&UP1 1/2 (Turf)
Personal EnsignI$700,000F&M 3&UP1 1/8
ForegoI$600,0003&UP7 Furlongs
BallerinaI$500,000F&M 3&UP7 Furlongs
H. Allen Jerkens Memorial I$500,0003YO7 Furlongs
Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa II$400,000F&M 3&UP1 1/16 (Turf)
Sun., Aug. 26Smart N Fancy $100,000F&M 3&UP5 1/2 (Turf)
Mon., Aug. 27Better Talk Now $100,0003YO1 Mile (Turf)
Closing week
Wed., Aug. 29With AnticipationIII$150,0002YO1  1/16 (Turf)
Thurs., Aug. 30P. G. Johnson $100,000F2YO1  1/16 (Turf)
Fri., Aug. 31Lucky Coin $100,0004&UP5 1/2 (Turf)
Sat., Sept. 1The Woodward I$750,0003&UP1 1/8
SpinawayI$350,000F2YO7 Furlongs
Saranac III$300,0003YO1 1/8 (Turf)
Glens Falls II$250,000F&M 3&UP1 3/8 (Turf)
Sun., Sept. 2PrioressII$250,000F3YO6 Furlongs
Mon., Sept. 3HopefulI$350,0002YO7 Furlongs
Bernard Baruch Hdcp.II$250,0003&UP1  1/16 (Turf)

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