SARATOGA SPRINGS — The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has announced the stakes schedule for the 40-day summer meet at historic Saratoga Race Course. Opening day is Thursday, July 15. Following the four-day opening weekend, racing will be conducted five days a week, Wednesdays through Sundays, with the exception of the final week of racing. The final week of racing will conclude on Labor Day, Monday, September 6.
The 40-day meet will feature 76 stakes worth $21.5 million in total purses. The 2021 summer meet, which will offer at least one stakes race every live racing day, will be highlighted by the 152nd renewal of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers on August 28 and the Grade 1, $1 million Whitney on August 7, the anchors of two of the most prestigious racing days in North America.
The Saratoga meet will also include the Grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup and the Grade 1, $600,000 Flower Bowl, both previously run during the fall meet at Belmont Park.
All attendees must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the event and adhere to health and safety requirements, including mandatory facial coverings and social distancing.
Additional details on fan attendance and tickets for the 2021 summer meet will be provided as information becomes available. To view the complete stakes schedule for the 2021 summer meet, visit nyra.com/stakes.