The Saratoga Summer Meet is one of the special events on the horse racing calendar. The 2021 summer meet begins Thursday, July 15 and runs through Labor Day on September 6.
The New York Racing Association (NYRA) announced in February that Saratoga Race Course would reopen to fans at 100% capacity for the 2021 summer meet. In June, the NYRA announced a significant increase to its purse schedule for the summer meet with all open stakes races that previously carried a purse of $100,000 will see an increase of $20,000 to $120,000.
On this page we will look at horse racing betting odds for the 2021 races at Saratoga and more.
Saratoga odds – Whitney Stakes
Below are morning line odds for the 2021 Whitney Stakes at Saratoga. For live odds on every race at Saratoga go to TVG.
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Saratoga Race Course
- Address: 267 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
- Owner: New York state
- Operator: The New York Racing Association
- Main Track: 1 1/8 mile oval racetrack
Saratoga Springs is also home to the National Museum of Racing. Along with the 1 1/8 mile (9 furlongs) main dirt track, Saratoga has a second 8-furlong turf track and a 7-furlong inner-turf track. The main dirt track is 4 inches of sandy-loam cushion over 10 inches of clay, silt and sand base. The 8-furlong Mellon Turf Course and inner turf course has 8 inches of sandy topsoil that is covered by Kentucky Bluegrass turf.
At more than 150 years old, the grounds at Saratoga maintain a historical feel, but the technology featured gives visitors a modern, convenient experience.
Nicknamed ‘The Spa’ for the nearby mineral springs, Saratoga has 76 stakes races worth more than $21 million in purses scheduled for the 2021 meet.
Key races and dates
The Saratoga stakes schedule is headlined by the 152nd running of the Travers Stakes on Saturday, Aug. 28. Known as the ‘Midsummer Derby’, the Travers is the oldest major thoroughbred horse race in the United Stakes. It’s the most prominent race at Saratoga on the most popular day or racing during the summer. Since 1904, the race has been contested at 1 ¼ miles and is open to 3-year-old Thoroughbreds.
Belmont Stakes winner Essential Quality is scheduled to race in the Travers with potential rivals including Preakness winner Rombauer. Also in the running to race in the Travers are Belmont runner-up Hot Rod Charlie and Preakness runner-up Midnight Bourbon. Kentucky Derby runner-up Mandaloun is also possible for the Travers.
The $600,000 Grade II Jim Dandy is one to watch and draws some of the top 3-year-olds on July 31. The 1 1/8 mile race is also a prep for the Travers. It is named after Jim Dandy, who won the 1930 Travers Stakes at odds of 100 to 1, beating Triple Crown winner Gallant Fox. That historic upset is one of the big races mentioned in reference to Saratoga’s peculiar reputation as the “Graveyard of Champions”.
The $1.25 million Grade I Travers headlines the Aug. 28 card that includes eight graded stakes including seven Grade I races with three ‘Win and You’re In’ Breeders’ Cup qualifying races.
Other major races at Saratoga are the $1 million Whitney on Aug. 7, which is also a ‘Win and You’re In’ qualifying race to the Breeders’ Cup Classic. The following week on Aug. 14 is the $500,000 Fourstardave and awards the winner entry to the FanDuel Dirt Mile at the 2021 Breeders’ Cup Nov. 5-6 at Del Mar.
In total, 20 Grade I races are scheduled at Saratoga with four in July starting with the $500,000 Diana on July 17 for fillies and mares on the turf.
The August and September races of most interest include: (BC = Breeders’ Cup qualifier)
- Aug. 7: $500,000 Longines Test for 3-year-old fillies
- Aug. 7: $1 million Whitney (BC) for older horses
- Aug. 7: $1 million Saratoga Derby Invitational for 3-year-olds on the turf
- Aug. 14: $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap (BC) for 3-year-olds and up on the turf
- Aug. 21: $600,000 Alabama for 3-year-old fillies
- Aug. 28: $600,000 Forgo for older horses
- Aug. 28: $500,000 H. Allen Jerkens Memorial for 3-year-olds
- Aug. 28: $500,000 Ketel One Bellerina (BC) for fillies and mares
- Aug. 28: $600,000 Personal Ensign (BC) for older fillies and mares
- Aug. 28: $750,000 Resorts World Casino Sword Dancer (BC) for older horses on the turf
- Aug. 28: $1.25 million Travers for 3-year-olds
- Sept. 4: $600,000 Flower Bowl (BC) for older fillies and mares on the turf
- Sept. 4: $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup (BC) for 3-year-olds and up
- Sept. 6: $300,000 Hopeful for 2-year-olds
In total, there are seven major stakes races at Saratoga that are also “Win and You’re In” Breeders’ Cup qualifying races.