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New date for Travers highlights 2020 Saratoga Race Course stakes schedule

Travers will be run Aug. 8, four weeks before Kentucky Derby; Jim Dandy moved to closing weekend
Code of Honor, ridden by John Velazquez, wins the 150th Travers Stakes on Aug. 23 at Saratoga Race Course.
Code of Honor, ridden by John Velazquez, wins the 150th Travers Stakes on Aug. 23 at Saratoga Race Course.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — A move of the $1 million Travers to three weeks earlier than usual highlights the finalized stakes schedule for the 2020 season at Saratoga Race Course.

The Grade I Travers will be run Aug. 8, placing it four weeks ahead of the rescheduled Kentucky Derby on Sept. 5 at Churchill Downs. The move of the Travers also resulted in a change to several other 3-year-old stakes during the 2020 Saratoga meet, which will run from July 16 through Sept. 7.

The Grade II Jim Dandy, the traditional local prep for the Travers, has been moving to closing weekend and will take place Sept. 5 on the same day as the Grade I Woodward for older horses. The Grade III Peter Pan Stakes for 3-year-olds, which has been run at Belmont Park since 1940, has been moved to Saratoga and will highlight the opening day card July 16 alongside the Grade III Schuylerville.


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Under current New York state guidelines, Saratoga Race Course will open without spectators in attendance. The 40-day meet will feature at least one stakes race every day. In total, the meet features 71 stakes races — including 39 graded stakes and 18 Grade I events — with $14.45 million.

Along with the Travers on Aug. 8, the meet will be highlighted by the Grade I, $750,000 Whitney on Aug. 1.

Whitney Day will also feature two other Grade I stakes, the Personal Ensign for older fillies and mares and the H. Allen Jerkens Memorial for 3-year-old sprinters.

The Travers Day card will be augmented by the Grade I Ballerina for older filly and mare sprinter, the Grade I Test for 3-year-old fillies and mares. Rounding out the stakes offerings on Aug. 8 are the Grade III Waya turf sprint for older males and the Grade III Waya on the turf for older fillies and mares.

Saratoga’s New York Breeders’ Showcase Day, which has been run the day before the Travers since its inception, has been moved to kick off closing weekend on Friday, Sept. 4 and features five stakes for New York-bred horses.


The Grade I Woodward for older horses highlights a huge final Saturday of the meet on Sept. 5 and will be run alongside a trio of Grade II races: the Jim Dandy for 3-year-olds, Prioress for 3-year-old filly sprinters and the Glens Falls for older fillies and mares on the turf.

Four of the Saratoga stakes will offer qualifying points for the Sept. 5 Kentucky Derby and Sept. 4 Kentucky Oaks.

The top four in the Travers will earn Derby points on a 100-40-20-10 scale, and the Peter Pan is set up at 50-20-10-5. Kentucky Oaks qualifying points will be available in the Coaching Club American Oaks (100-40-20-10) and Alabama (100-40-20-10).

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2020 Saratoga Race Course stakes schedule

July 16, Schuylerville, Grade III

July 16, Peter Pan, Grade III

July 17, Shine Again

July 17, De La Rose

July 18, Coaching Club American Oaks, Grade I

July 18, National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame, Grade II

July 19, Lake Placid, Grade II

July 22, Lubash

July 23, A.P. Smitwick (steeplecase), Grade I

July 23, New York Stallion Series Statue of Liberty Division

July 24, Quick Call, Grade III

July 25, Alfred G. Vanderbilt, Grade I

July 25, Ballston Spa, Grade I

July 26, Bernard Baruch, Grade II

July 29, Dayatathespa

July 30, John Morrissey Handica

July 31, Coronation Cup

Aug. 1, Whitney, Grade I

Aug. 1, Personal Ensign, Grade I

Aug. 1, H. Allen Jerkens Memorial, Grade I

Aug. 1, Bowling Green, Grade II

Aug. 1, Caress

Aug. 2, Birdstone

Aug. 5, Summer Colony

Aug. 6, New York Stallion Series Cab Calloway Division

Aug. 7, Saratoga Special, Grade II

Aug. 8, Runhappy Travers, Grade I

Aug. 8, Ballerina, Grade I

Aug. 8, Longines Test, Grade I

Aug. 8, Troy, Grade III

Aug. 8, Waya, Grade III

Aug. 9, Alydar

Aug. 12, Adirondack, Grade II

Aug. 13, Union Avenue Handicap

Aug. 14, Perfect Sting

Aug. 15, Saratoga Derby Invitational

Aug. 15, Alabama, Grade I

Aug. 16, Saratoga Oaks Invitational

Aug. 19, Bolton Landing

Aug. 20, New York Turf Writers Cup (steeplechase), Grade I

Aug. 20, Tale of the Cat

Aug. 21, Skidmore

Aug. 22, Fourstardave, Grade I

Aug. 23, Diana, Grade I

Aug. 26, Mahony

Aug. 27, New York Stallion Series Times Square Division

Aug. 27, Smart N Fancy

Aug. 28, Lake George, Grade III

Aug. 29, Sword Dance, Grade I

Aug. 29, Forego, Grade I

Aug. 29, Amsterdam, Grade II

Aug. 29, Saranac, Grade III

Aug. 30, Shuvee, Grade III

Sept. 2, With Anticipation, Grade III

Sept. 3, P.G. Johnson

Sept. 3, New York Stallion Series Park Avenue Division

Sept. 4, Albany

Sept. 4, Fleet Indian

Sept. 4, Funny Cide

Sept. 4, Seeking the Ante

Sept. 4, West Point Handicap

Sept. 4, Yaddo Handicap

Sept. 5, Woodward Handicap, Grade I

Sept. 5, Glens Falls, Grade II

Sept. 5, Prioress, Grade II

Sept. 5, Jim Dandy, Grade II

Sept. 6, Spinaway, Grade I

Sept. 6, Honorable Miss, Grade II

Sept. 6, Lucky Coin

Sept. 7, Runhappy Hopeful, Grade I

Sept. 7, Lure

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