Week 6 at Saratoga 2017

Daily/weekly events are listed at the bottom of this post.  Thursday, August 24 At the races Stakes races: Grade I, $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup, four-year-olds and up, 2 3/8 miles on the turf (steeplechase) $100,000 Riskaverse for three-year-old fillies, 1 mile on the turf Taste NY, wines, ciders and spirits in the Saratoga…

What’s Going in Saratoga, Week 4 (August 9)

  Wednesday, August 9 At the track Stakes races: $100,000 Quick Call for three-year-olds, 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf Saratoga Handicapping Challenge: This one-day contest will guarantee a minimum first-place payout of $10,000; at stake, too, is one entry to the 2018 Belmont Stakes Challenge and two entries to the National Handicapping Champion, to the…

Home For The Holidays: On the Backstretch

They say that there’s no place like home for the holidays, but when you work at the racetrack, going home—wherever that may be—isn’t always an option.  The difficulty of taking time away and of making small paychecks stretch can make this season not quite like the jolly, lavish scenes that we see splashed across televisions…

This week at Saratoga, 2016: Week of August 30

Old Saratoga, famed as a resort long before the civil war, has come back into her own. A few years ago Saratoga’s obituary notices were being written. Today the most successful season of her history came to an end. This [closing day] afternoon differed from no other Saturday of the meeting. There were the same…