Saratoga Race Course's 144th meet hit its unequivocal peak this weekend, with five Grade Ones, a Grade Two, a host of other great races, and quite simply a have-to-see-it finish in the crown jewel of summer racing - The Travers.
Ahhh Travers weekend - when the proverbial men are separated from the equally proverbial boys. And after a downright awful weekend last time out, we look to firmly cement ourselves within the former with a good showing on Saratoga's best and most anticipated weekend.
If it wasn't post and party time before, it sure as hell is now, as we usher in the 143rd running of the Travers with a weekend full of big money races and class-packed features. Below, we've got all you need to know regarding said features...except the Travers - we've got an entire article for that. Look for it Friday.
The historically short crescendo of the Saratoga Race Course Meet reaches its climax on Saturday, with the 143rd running of the Grade One, million dollar Travers. With the post positions now drawn, we take a brief look at each horse in the field.
On Saturday, seven of the world's best three year old fillies will take to the Saratoga track for the 132nd edition of the Alabama Stakes. The Grade One is but a fraction of the five big-time races gracing the weekend's card, however, and we've got each broken down below.
Mother nature may have betrayed us, but the racing did not this weekend at Saratoga. Four stakes races gave race fans high expectations heading into it, and the performances of two brilliant juveniles conjured up separate high expectations exiting it, and looking to the future.
Last weekend was an odd one for the Best Bets. Thanks to a Saturday update, I'm taking a .500 weekend, keeping me above that mark on the season. This week, we look to head even farther north of that mark.
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