Start of Saratoga Summer Thoroughbred Race Season

Date: July 20, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm  to  6:30 pm

The premier horse racing meet of the year begins Friday July 20th and continues thru Labor Day, September 3rd. Racing at Saratoga is a timeless tradition in racing and every weekend is chocked full of major stakes races. Enjoy the action at any of the four Virginia Bets Off Track Betting Centers in Henrico (Breakers Sports Grille), Richmond (Ponies & Pints), Chesapeake (Buckets Bar & Grill) and Collinsville/Martinsville (The Windmill OTB Sports Grill). Saratoga races six days a week  at 1:00 PM — Wednesday thru Monday (they are dark on Tuesday).

Saratoga will race six days a week in their 2018 meet. Photo from America’s Best Racing.

Here are some of the meet highlights:

Saturday July 21 -$500,000 Diana Stakes (Gr. I)

Sunday July 22 – $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks (Gr. I)

Saturday July 28 – $350,000 Alfred Vanderbilt Handicap (Gr. I)

Saturday August 4 – $1.2 Million Whitney Stakes (Gr. I); $500,000 Test Stakes (Gr. I)

Saturday August 11 – $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap (Gr. I)

Saturday August 18 – $600,000 Alabama Stakes (Gr. I)

Saturday August 25th — 6 Grade I Stakes! Watch & wager the $1.25 Million Travers, $1 Million Sword Dancer, $500,000 Allen Jerkens Memorial, $700,00 Personal Ensign, $600,000 Forego and $500,000 Ballerina Stakes

Saturday September 1 – $750,000 Woodward Stakes (Gr. I), $350,000 Spinaway Stakes (Gr. I)