Friday, 19 June 2020 11:14

NYRA Announces Stakes Schedule for Summer Meet At The Spa – Travers on Aug. 8

Saratoga Race Course, 2020 Saratoga Race Course, 2020 SuperSource Media

SARATOGA SPRINGS - The 2020 summer meet at historic Saratoga Race Course will feature 71 stakes worth $14.45 million, encompassing 39 graded stakes and 18 Grade 1s - from Thursday, July 16 through Monday, Sept. 7.

"We're thrilled to be racing at Saratoga this summer, and we thank Governor Andrew Cuomo for his support and the support of horsemen who have worked with us to navigate the many challenges," NYRA President and CEO Dave O'Rourke said in a statement. "While this will be anything but a traditional Saratoga season, we hope to provide a semblance of normalcy for both the local community as well as racing fans across the country."

Under current New York state guidelines, Saratoga Race Course will open July 16 without spectators in attendance. The 40-day meet will feature at least one stakes race every live racing day, highlighted by the 151st renewal of the Grade 1, $1 million Runhappy Travers on August 8 and the Grade 1, $750,000 Whitney on August 1, as the anchors of two of the biggest racing days in North America.

After opening weekend, racing will be conducted five days a week, Wednesdays through Sundays.

Whitney Day, set for Saturday, Aug.1, will feature three Grade 1 events, led by the historic Whitney, a handicap at 1 1/8 miles with an automatic berth to the Breeders' Cup Classic on November 7 at Keeneland on the line.

The card is bolstered by the Grade 1, $500,000 Personal Ensign, a "Win and You're In" qualifier for the Breeders' Cup Distaff in November; and the Grade 1, $300,000 H. Allen Jerkens Memorial presented by Runhappy for 3-year-olds sprinting seven furlongs.

The stakes-laden card also includes the Grade 2, $250,000 Bowling Green for 4-year-olds and up on the turf and the $200,000 Caress, a 5 ½-furlong turf sprint for older fillies and mares.

The Runhappy Travers, traditionally contested at the end of August, will be held this year on Aug. 8 to properly account for the schedule adjustments and overall calendar for 3-year-olds in training due to the health and safety measures instituted to mitigate risk and combat the spread of COVID-19.

The "Mid-Summer Derby" will still be contested at 1 1/4 miles for the country's most talented 3-year-olds and is one of three Grade 1s on the day, joining the $300,000 Ballerina for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up going seven furlongs in a "Win and You're In" qualifier for the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint.

A pair of stakes for sophomore state-breds originally scheduled at Aqueduct Racetrack, the NYSSS Times Square and NYSSS Park Avenue, will now be contested at Saratoga on Aug. 27 and Sept. 3 respectively, both offering a purse of $100,000 for the 6 1/2-furlong main-track sprints.

Read 893 times
Login to post comments

Blotter

  • POLICE Michael Joralemon, 43, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 26 with criminal mischief, a misdemeanor.  Courtney Murray, 22, of Slingerlands, was charged June 26 in Saratoga Springs with felony grand larceny, felony identity theft, and the misdemeanors: criminal impersonation, and unlawful possession personal ID. Zyaire Nays, 29, of Ballston Spa, was charged June 26 in Saratoga Springs with criminal mischief, and act in manner injure child.  Matthew Moran, 25, was charged June 27 with misdemeanor DWI and failure to obey a traffic device. Jonah Stallard, 27, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 27 with assault in the third-degree, a…

Property Transactions

  • BALLSTON SPA 1317 West High St., $183,000. Joshua Bush and Ashley Horrocks sold property to Brett and Alison Belden. 118 Westside Dr., $380,000. Kathryn and William Ross, Jr. sold property to Jess and Kelly Premo. 98 Lancaster Court, $381,774. Bordeau Builders Inc. sold property to Christopher Hyde and Kimberly Lesieur. CHARLTON 90 Western Ave., $445,000. Brian and Laurel Dunn sold property to James and Megan Grabowski. CLIFTON PARK 32 Torrey Pines, $388,000. Catherine Bennett sold property to Vladimir and Emira Shirilov. 61 Spruce St., $405,000. Orapin Sangrat (by Agent) sold property to Ankit Sehgal and Marilyn Lupo. 18 Emmons Dr.,…
  • NYPA
  • Saratoga County Chamber
  • BBB Accredited Business
  • Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau
  • Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association