This week, the New York Racing Association announced the schedule for the 2022 Summer Games of the Saratoga Race Course, which will run for 40 days. The schedule will be highlighted by the 153rd Runhappy Travers and the $1 million Whitney in the first round, with 77 equity events and a total of $22.6 million.
When the summer gatherings begin, the “Saratoga Live” TV show will also return for the seventh time, reporting on the game every day. The program is produced by the NYRA in collaboration with FOX Sports and is broadcast on the FOX network. The program is broadcast on FS1, FS2, and FOX, as well as live on SNY for a specified time.
The NYRA has now confirmed that the 2022 Summer Games will begin on Thursday, July 14 and run through Monday, September 5, 2022. It will have a four-day opening weekend, after which the race will continue for five days from Wednesday to Sunday, except in the last week when the season ends on Labor Day.
On opening day, the Saratoga Race Course begins with a Grade III, $175,000 Shylerville for second-year fillies, and a $135,000 mile first edition for second-year fillies. And the next day, the Grade III, $175,000 Prohibition Apple takes place on a mile of grass for older horses, and the $150,000 Coronation Cup takes place on a 5/2 furlong lawn for second-year fillies.
Then on July 16, 2022, the track will host this year’s Grade 1, which will be a US$500,000 Diana for grass filly. On July 23, 2022, the venue will hold one more Grade 1 stake, this time being the US$500,000 coaching club American Oaks for second-year fillies. On August 6, 2022, Whitney Day, three Grade 1 events will be held, heading to Whitney, a 1/8 mile distance for older horses.
Celebrating its 153rd anniversary, Runhappy Travers is one of the most exciting events and will be held on Aug. 27. The card offers six stakes, including five Grade I events and automatic Breeders’ Cup tickets to the $750,000 Resort World Casino Sword Dancer winner. The full stakes program is available on the NYRA’s official website.
Previously, the association revealed plans to redesign Saratoga Racecourse’s famous post bar. The plan is to upgrade the site to a larger two-story facility, which will provide bars and suites on the second floor with a panoramic view of the racetrack’s oval shape. The association explained that it wants to keep the place in an outdoor structure with a central bar and a large TV screen.
In February this year, the Races Association also announced that it would offer another incentive for the Turf Triple Series to fillies, which include the “New York State Turf Bonus” and the “Flower Bowl Bonus.”