SARATOGA OPENING WEEK

Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York is the oldest racetrack in the United States, founded in 1863 in the midst of the American Civil War. It evolved into a Gilded Age summer attraction for people of all economic circumstances, who came to escape the heat in the cities, to partake of mineral springs, and to enjoy horse racing.

Saratoga still draws racing fans from literally all over the world and offers the finest race meet in North America. The 156th renewal at Saratoga Race Course will have 34 graded stakes, including 15 Grade 1 races, worth a record-setting $17.45 million in purses.

The usual six-week meet has been expanded in 2019 to slightly over eight weeks, from July 11th through Labor Day on September 2nd. The number of races carded is virtually unchanged, as the racetrack will hold races five days a week instead of the traditional six days a week, from Wednesday through Sunday and dark on Monday and Tuesday.

Opening week has five graded stakes that offer plenty of attractive betting opportunities.

Thursday, July 11: GIII Schuylerville for 2-year-old fillies at 6 furlongs on dirt and GIII Quick Call for 3-year-olds at 5 ½ furlongs on turf.

Friday, July 12: GIII Forbidden Apple for 4-year-olds and up at 1 mile on turf.

Saturday, July 13: GI Diana for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on turf and GIII Sanford for 2-year-olds at 6 furlongs on dirt.

Sunday, July 14: No graded stakes.

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