Two big races highlight the card as we head into Travers Week at the Saratoga Race Course. First, the one-and-a-half mile Sword Dancer will see 13 horses compete for the $600,000 purse. Then it's all about the ladies in the Grade One Alabama. Here to talk about all that and more is former jockey Richard Migliore.
SARATOGA RACE COURSE -- Two big races highlight the card as we head into Travers Week at the Saratoga Race Course.
First, the one-and-a-half mile Sword Dancer will see 13 horses compete for the $600,000 purse.
Then it's all about the ladies in the Grade One Alabama. Last year saw a thrilling finish. with Questing setting a blistering pace and ran the first half-mile in just over 46 seconds. She ended up winning by nine lengths.
On Saturday, Filly Princess of Sylmar is hoping to join five other horses to win both Kentucky Oaks and the Alabama in the same year. Javier Castellano will be aboard Princess.
"She looks about the closest thing to a sure thing to a sure thing as a horse can be. Obviously they have to run the race. But if she wins the Alabama, she should be three-year-old filly champion. It's kind of interesting, she won over the inner track over the winter, so if she was to be three-year-old champion filly she'd be the 14th champion to have competed on the inner track," said NYRA racing analyst Richard Migliore.
Hall of Famer John Velazquez will ride Fifty Shades of Hay, the 2-1 second choice, from the number six post.
Many folks are already looking ahead to next week's Travers, but there are a lot of great events before the big race. Here to talk about this weekend is NYRA's Communications Director Eric Wing.
YNN: Two big races at Saratoga Race Course this weekend
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SARATOGA RACE COURSE -- There's a lot going on away from the track this weekend too. NYRA is giving away a Saratoga 150 baseball hat on Sunday and on Saturday night is the two dollar bettor's ball, an event NYRA says has something for everyone.
"It's just a celebration of all things Saratoga and horse racing and the community. If you have one of these handy Saratoga 150 medallions, you get in free. Otherwise it's $10. Even if you don't have a medallion, it's going to be a great night of fun and food and would encourage people to check it out," said NYRA Communications Director Eric Wing.
Speaking of food, Sunday kicks off the Travers 1864 Restaurant Week. Nearly 40 restaurants and eateries throughout the greater Capital Region are offering three course menus for just $18.64.
To check out the list of restaurants, visit www.nyra.com/saratoga/information/travers-1864-restaurant-week/.