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Saratoga Dates Released

Taken from a Press Release by Dan Silver off of nyra.com

The Saratoga Meet, which kicks off for the 143rd time on Friday, July 22, is punctuated by 17 Grade 1 races beginning with the $250,000 Betfair TVG Coaching Club American Oaks for 3-year-old fillies on opening weekend, and includes at least one Grade 1 race every Saturday during its 40-day schedule.

In addition to the historic Coaching Club American Oaks on Saturday, July 23, opening weekend at Saratoga also features a terrific slate of races including the Grade 3, $100,000 Schuylerville for 2-year-old fillies on Friday, July 22, the Grade 2, $150,000 Sanford for 2-year-olds on Sunday, July 24, and the Evan Shipman, a $75,000 stakes for New York-bred 3-year-olds and up on Monday, July 25.

Saturday, July 30, features the Grade 1, $500,000 Diana for fillies and mares on the turf and the Grade 2, $500,000 Jim Dandy for 3-year-olds. Sunday, July 31, features the Grade 1, $250,000 Ruffian Handicap for fillies and mares on the dirt, and the Grade 2, $150,000 Fourstardave Handicap on the turf.

The following Saturday, August 6, boasts a pair of Grade 1 races in the $750,000 Whitney Handicap for older horses and the $250,000 Test for 3-year-old fillies. On Sunday, August 7, are the Grade 1, $250,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap for male sprinters, and the Grade 2, $150,000 Honorable Miss Handicap for female sprinters.

The Grade 1, $500,000 Sword Dancer on the turf will be held Saturday, August 13, and the Grade 1, $500,000 Betfair TVG Alabama for 3-year-old fillies will be run on Saturday, August 20.

The Grade 1, $1 million Travers Stakes, run on Saturday August 27, is the highlight of an unparalleled day of racing at Saratoga. The 1¼-mile “Mid-Summer Derby” heads a card that includes a trio of prestigious dirt sprints in the Grade 1, $250,000 Foxwoods King’s Bishop for 3-year-olds, the Grade 1, $250,000 Ballerina for fillies and mares, and the Grade 3, $100,000 Victory Ride for 3-year-old fillies. The Grade 2, $200,000 Ballston Spa for fillies and mares on the turf rounds out this sensational day of racing. Travers weekend is bookended with the Grade 2, $200,000 Bernard Baruch for turfers on Friday, August 26, and the Grade 1, $300,000 Personal Ensign for dirt distaffers on Sunday, August 28.

The Saratoga meet concludes on Labor Day weekend with the Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward and Grade 1, $250,000 Forego, both for 3-year-olds and up, on Saturday, September 3; the Grade 1, $250,000 Spinaway for 2-year-old fillies and the Grade 3, $100,000 Saranac for 3-year-olds on the turf on Sunday, September 4; and the Grade 1, $250,000 Hopeful for juveniles and the Grade 3, $100,000 Glens Falls for fillies and mares on the turf on Monday, September 5.

Total stakes purses for the 2011 Saratoga Meet are just over $10.9 million, with the only change from last year being a $50,000 increase to the With Anticipation in line with its upgrade to Grade 2 status. There were no substantive changes to the Saratoga schedule this year.

2011 Saratoga Race Course Meeting:

DATE RACE GRADE 2011 PURSE AGE DISTANCE
Fri., July. 22 Schuylerville III 100,000 F2YO 6 Furlongs
Sat., July 23 Betfair TVG Coaching Club
American Oaks
I 250,000 F3YO 1 1/8
Sun., July. 24 Sanford II 150,000 2YO 6 Furlongs
Mon., July 25 Evan Shipman (NYB)   75,000 3&UP 1 1/8
Wed., July. 27 Lake George II 150,000 F3YO 1 1/16 (Turf)
Thurs., July 28 Quick Call   75,000 3YO 5 1/2 (Turf)
Fri., July. 29 Curlin   75,000 3YO 1 1/8
Sat., July. 30 Diana I 500,000 F&M 3&UP 1 1/8 (Turf)
Sat., July. 30 Jim Dandy II 500,000 3YO 1 1/8
Sun., July. 31 Ruffian Hdcp. I 250,000 F&M 3&UP 1 1/8
Sun., July. 31 Fourstardave (Hdcp.) II 150,000 3&UP 1 1/16 (Turf)
Mon., Aug 1 Amsterdam II 150,000 3YO 61/2 Furlongs
Wed., Aug. 3 John Morrissey (NYB)   75,000 3&UP 6 1/2 Furlongs
Thurs., Aug. 4 A. P. Smithwick Mem. (S’Chase) II 75,000 4&UP 2 1/16 (Turf)
Fri., Aug. 5 John’s Call, presented
by Sportech
  75,000 3&UP 1 5/8 (Turf)
Sat., Aug. 6 Whitney (Hdcp.) I 750,000 3&UP 1 1/8
Sat., Aug. 6 Test I 250,000 F3YO 7 Furlongs
Sat., Aug. 6 De La Rose   75,000 F&M 3&UP 1 Mile (Turf)
Sun., Aug. 7 Honorable Miss (Hdcp.) II 150,000 F&M 3&UP 6 Furlongs
Sun., Aug. 7 Alfred G. Vanderbilt (Hdcp.) I 250,000 3&UP 6 Furlongs
Mon., Aug. 8 Waya   75,000 F&M 3&UP 1 1/2 (Turf)
Wed., Aug. 10 New York Stallion Series 100,000 3YO 1 Mile (Turf)
  Cab Calloway Division      
Thurs., Aug. 11 New York Stallion Series 100,000 F3YO 1 Mile (Turf)
  Statue Of Liberty Division      
Fri., Aug. 12 National Museum of Racing
Hall Of Fame
II 150,000 3YO 1 1/16 (Turf)
Sat., Aug.13 Sword Dancer Inv. I 500,000 3&UP 1 1/2 (Turf)
Sun., Aug. 14 Adirondack II 150,000 F2YO 6 1/2 Furlongs
Mon., Aug. 15 Saratoga Special II 150,000 2YO 6 1/2 Furlongs
Wed., Aug 17 Troy   75,000 3&UP 5 1/2 (T)
Thurs., Aug. 18 West Point (NYB)   100,000 3&UP 1 1/16 (Turf)
Fri., Aug. 19 Yaddo (NYB)   100,000 F&M 3&UP 1 1/16 (Turf)
Sat., Aug. 20 Betfair TVG Alabama I 500,000 F3YO 1 1/4
Sun., Aug. 21 Woodford Reserve Lake Placid II 150,000 F3YO 1 1/8 (Turf)
Mon., Aug. 22 Union Avenue (NYB)   75,000 F&M 3&UP 6 Furlongs
Wed., Aug. 24 Albany (NYB)   100,000 3YO 1 1/8
Thurs., Aug. 25 New York Turf Writers Cup I 100,000 4&UP 2 3/8 (Turf)
  (Hdcp.)(Steeplechase)        
Fri., Aug. 26 Bernard Baruch (Hdcp.) II 200,000 3&UP 1 1/8 (Turf)
Sat., Aug. 27 Ballston Spa II 200,000 F&M 3&UP 1 1/16 (Turf)
Sat., Aug. 27 Travers I 1,000,000 3YO 1 1/4
Sat., Aug. 27 Victory Ride III 100,000 F3YO 6 Furlongs
Sat., Aug. 27 Foxwoods King’s Bishop I 250,000 3YO 7 Furlongs
Sat., Aug. 27 Ballerina I 250,000 F&M 3&UP 7 Furlongs
Sun., Aug. 28 Personal Ensign I 300,000 F&M 3&UP 1 1/4
Mon., Aug. 29 Saratoga Dew (NYB)   75,000 F&M 3&UP 1 1/8
Wed., Aug. 31 P. G. Johnson   75,000 F2YO 1 1/16 (Turf)
Thurs., Sept. 1 With Anticipation II 150,000 2YO 1 1/16 (Turf)
Fri., Sept 2 Riskaverse   75,000 F3YO 1 Mile (Turf)
Sat., Sept. 3 Forego I 250,000 3&UP 7 Furlongs
Sat., Sept. 3 The Woodward I 750,000 3&UP 1 1/8
Sun., Sept. 4 Spinaway I 250,000 F2YO 7 Furlongs
Sun., Sept. 4 Saranac III 100,000 3YO 1 1/8 (Turf)
Mon., Sept. 5 Hopeful I 250,000 2YO 7 Furlongs
Mon., Sept. 5 Glens Falls III 100,000 F&M 3&UP 1 3/8 (Turf)