November 28, 2021

Travers & Whitney highlight 2017 Saratoga meet

Saratoga will offer its 149th season of racing in 2017 (c) Adam Coglianese Photography

The $1.25 million Travers (G1) on August 26 and $1.2 Whitney (G1) on August 5 are centerpiece events for the 2017 meet at historic Saratoga Race Course. The 40-day session features 69 stakes worth $18.775 million and runs from July 21 through September 4. Live racing is offered six days a week, with Tuesdays off.

The Whitney, a “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on November 4 at Del Mar, highlights a dynamite August 5 program that includes $500,000 Test (G1) for 3-year-old fillies at 7-furlongs; $200,000 Waya (G3) for turf fillies and mares going 1 1/2 miles; $100,000 Lure at 1 1/16 miles; and $100,000 De La Rose for fillies and mares at a mile.

The 148th running of the Mid-Summer Derby for 3-year-olds at 1 ¼ miles anchors six lucrative stakes on the August 26 Travers Day card. The supporting features are $1 million Sword Dancer Invitational (G1) at 1 ½ miles on the turf; $500,000 Ballerina (G1) for filly and mares at 7-furlongs; $600,000 Forego (G1) at 7-furlongs; $500,000 H. Allen Jerkens Memorial (G1), formerly known as the King’s Bishop, for 3-year-olds at 7-furlongs; $700,000 Personal Ensign (G1) for fillies and mares going 1 1/8 miles; and $400,000 Ballston Spa (G2) for turf fillies and mares.

The $600,000 Jim Dandy (G2) on July 29 serves as the traditional local prep for the Travers and will be joined $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt H. (G1), $200,000 Amsterdam (G2) and $250,000 Bowling Green (G2) that afternoon.

The $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) at 1 1/8 miles on July 23 and $600,000 Alabama (G1) at 1 ¼ miles on August 19 put three-year-old fillies in the spotlight.

New York Breeders’ Showcase Day returns to its popular spot on Travers Eve, Friday, August 25. The $250,000 Albany and $150,000 West Point are among the main events.

The stakes schedule for the 149th meet at Saratoga Race Course:

DATE
RACE
PURSE
DISTANCE
Opening weekend
Fri., July. 21
G3 Schuylerville
$150,000
F2YO
6 furlongs
G3 Lake George
$150,000
F3YO
1 1/16 (Turf)
Sat., July. 22
G1 Diana
$500,000
F&M 3&UP
1 1/8 (Turf)
G3 Sanford
$150,000
2YO
6 furlongs
Sun., July 23
G1 Coaching Club American Oaks
$300,000
F3YO
1 1/8
Mon., July. 24
Caress
$200,000
F&M 4&UP
5 1/2 (Turf)
Week 2
Wed., July. 26
G2 Honorable Miss H.
$200,000
F&M 3&UP
6 furlongs
Th., July. 27
John Morrissey (NYB)
$100,000
3&UP
6 1/2 furlongs
Fri., July. 28
Curlin
$100,000
3YO
1 1/8
Sat., July. 29
G2 Jim Dandy
$600,000
3YO
1 1/8
G1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt H.
$350,000
3&UP
6 furlongs
G2 Bowling Green
$250,000
4&UP
1 3/8 (Turf)
G2 Amsterdam
$200,000
3YO
6 1/2 furlongs
Sun., July. 30
G3 Shuvee H.
$200,000
F&M 3&UP
1 1/8
Mon., July. 31
Coronation Cup
$100,000
F3YO
5 1/2 (Turf)
Week 3
Wed., Aug. 2
Shine Again
$100,000
F&M 3&UP
7 furlongs
Th., Aug. 3
G1 A. P. Smithwick Mem. (S’Chase)
$125,000
4&UP
2 1/16 (Turf)
Birdstone
$100,000
3&UP
1 3/4
Fri., Aug. 4
G2 Nat’l Museum of Racing Hall Of Fame
$200,000
3YO
1 1/16 (Turf)
Sat., Aug. 5
G1 Whitney (BC)
$1,200,000
3&UP
1 1/8
G1 Test
$500,000
F3YO
7 furlongs
G3 Fasig-Tipton Waya
$200,000
F&M 3&UP
1 1/2 (Turf)
Fasig-Tipton Lure
$100,000
4&UP
1 1/16 (Turf)
Fasig-Tipton De La Rose
$100,000
F&M 4&UP
1 Mile (Turf)
Sun., Aug. 6
Troy H.
$250,000
3&UP
5 1/2 (T)
Alydar
$100,000
4&UP
1 1/8
Mon., Aug. 7
NYSS Cab Calloway
$100,000
3YO
1 Mile (Turf)
Week 4
Wed., Aug. 9
Quick Call
$100,000
3YO
5 1/2 (Turf)
Th., Aug. 10
NYSS Statue of Liberty
$100,000
F3YO
1 Mile (Turf)
Fri., Aug. 11
Tale of the Cat
$100,000
3&UP
6 furlongs
Sat., Aug. 12
G1 Fourstardave H.
$500,000
3&UP
1 Mile (Turf)
G2 Adirondack
$200,000
F2YO
6 1/2 furlongs
Sun., Aug. 13
G2 Saratoga Special
$200,000
2YO
6 1/2 furlongs
Mon., Aug. 14
Saratoga Dew (NYB)
$100,000
F&M 3&UP
1 1/8
Week 5
Wed., Aug. 16
Bolton Landing
$100,000
F2YO
5 1/2 (Turf)
Th., Aug. 17
Union Avenue (NYB)
$100,000
F&M 3&UP
6 1/2 furlongs
Fri., Aug. 18
Skidmore
$100,000
2YO
5 1/2 (Turf)
Sat., Aug. 19
G1 Alabama
$600,000
F3YO
1 1/4
G2 Lake Placid
$300,000
F3YO
1 1/8 (Turf)
Sun., Aug. 20
Summer Colony
$100,000
F&M 3&UP
1 1/8
Mon., Aug. 21
Evan Shipman (NYB)
$100,000
3&UP
1 1/8
Week 6
Wed., Aug. 23
John’s Call
$100,000
3&UP
1 5/8 (Turf)
Th., Aug 24
Riskaverse
$100,000
F3YO
1 Mile (Turf)
G1 New York Turf Writers Cup (S’Chase)
$150,000
4&UP
2 3/8 (Turf)
Fri., Aug. 25
Albany (NYB)
$250,000
3YO
1 1/8
Fleet Indian (NYB)
$200,000
F3YO
1 1/8
Funny Cide (NYB)
$200,000
2YO
6 1/2 furlongs
Seeking the Ante (NYB)
$200,000
F2YO
6 1/2 furlongs
West Point (NYB)
$150,000
3&UP
1 1/16 (Turf)
Yaddo (NYB)
$150,000
F&M 3&UP
1 1/16 (Turf)
Sat., Aug. 26
G1 Travers
$1,250,000
3YO
1 1/4
G1 Sword Dancer
$1,000,000
3&UP
1 1/2 (Turf)
G1 Personal Ensign (BC)
$700,000
F&M 3&UP
1 1/8
G1 Forego (BC)
$600,000
3&UP
7 furlongs
G1 Ballerina (BC)
$500,000
F&M 3&UP
7 furlongs
G1 H. Allen Jerkens Memorial
$500,000
3YO
7 furlongs
  (Run previously as the Kings Bishop)
G2 Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa
$400,000
F&M 3&UP
1 1/16 (Turf)
Sun., Aug. 27
Smart N Fancy
$100,000
F&M 3&UP
5 1/2 (Turf)
Mon., Aug. 28
Better Talk Now
$100,000
3YO
1 Mile (Turf)
Week 7
Wed., Aug. 30
G3 With Anticipation
$150,000
2YO
1 1/16 (Turf)
Th., Aug. 31
P. G. Johnson
$100,000
F2YO
1 1/16 (Turf)
Fri., Sept. 1
Lucky Coin
$100,000
4&UP
5 1/2 (Turf)
Sat., Sept. 2
G1 Woodward
$750,000
3&UP
1 1/8
G1 Spinaway (BC)
$350,000
F2YO
7 furlongs
G3 Saranac
$300,000
3YO
1 1/8 (Turf)
G3 Glens Falls
$200,000
F&M 3&UP
1 3/8 (Turf)
Sun., Sept. 3
G2 Prioress
$250,000
F3YO
6 furlongs
Mon., Sept. 4
G1 Hopeful
$350,000
2YO
7 furlongs
G2 Bernard Baruch H.
$250,000
3&UP
1 1/16 (Turf)