Part of the charm of Saratoga and its summer meet is the big-name world-class talent that it attracts. Trainers such as Chad Brown, Todd Pletcher, and Christophe Clement along with jockeys such as Irad Ortiz Jr., Jose L. Ortiz, and Joel Rosario make for natural draws and massive betting handle. Saratoga is a destination track for horse handicappers who appreciate its superior quality compared to anywhere else. New horse players attracted to the sport because of the COVID-19 sports shutdowns have quickly discovered what sets Saratoga apart from the rest. This week brings another outstanding weekday lineup at not just Saratoga but all of the top tracks in North America.
Let’s now take a look at the highlights of this week’s schedule from tracks across North America!
Saratoga – Saratoga Springs, New York – Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
At the beginning of the week at Saratoga is a Wednesday card with nine races headlined by the $85,000 Mahony Stakes. Thursday is another nine-race schedule with two featured races. The $100,000 New York Stakes and the $85,000 Smart N Fancy Stakes. Friday is a 10-race schedule with the $100,000 Lake George Stakes on the marquee.
First place in the Saratoga jockey standings belongs to Irad Ortiz Jr. with over $3.4 million in earnings. Ortiz has a total of 206 starts with 44 wins, 41 second, and 27 third place finishes.
Second place belongs to Jose L. Ortiz with over $2.7 million in earnings. Ortiz has 185 starts with 41 wins, 32 second, and 25 third place finishes.
Joel Rosario is the third-place jockey at Saratoga with over $2.5 million in winnings. Rosario has 168 starts with 36 wins, 26 second, and 30 third place finishes.
The trainer standings at Saratoga are led by Chad C. Brown with over $1.7 million in earnings. Brown has 97 starts with 21 wins, 20 second, and 20 third place finishes.
Todd A. Pletcher is second in the Saratoga trainer standings with over $1.4 million in earnings. Pletcher has 82 Saratoga starts with 21 wins, 15 second, and nine third place finishes.
The third-place trainer at Saratoga is Christophe Clement with over $1.3 million in earnings. Clement has led 76 horses to the starting gate with 17 wins, 10 second, and 16 third place finishes.
William Mott is another name brand trainer working Saratoga. Mott is in fourth place with over $1.2 million in earnings. Mott has 74 starts with seven wins, 19 second, and 11 third place finishes.
Rounding out the top ten of the Saratoga trainer standings are Michael J. Maker, Steven M. Asmussen, Linda Rice, Bob Baffert, Barclay Tagg, and Rudy R. Rodriguez.
Gulfstream Park – Hallandale, Florida – Thursday and Friday
On both Thursday and Friday there are nine races on the Gulfstream Park card.
Del Mar- Del Mar, California – Friday
On Friday Del Mar has a 12-race card headlined by the $65,000 Tranquility Lake Stakes.
Arlington Park - Arlington Heights, Illinois – Thursday and Friday
There are eight races scheduled at Arlington Park on both Thursday and Friday.
Monmouth Park – Oceanport, New Jersey – Friday
On Friday Monmouth will offer a 10-race schedule.
Woodbine – Rexdale, Ontario – Thursday and Friday
There are eight races on the Woodbine schedule for Thursday with nine more races scheduled for Friday.
Laurel Park – Laurel, Maryland – Thursday and Friday
On both Thursday and Friday there are 10 races on the Laurel Park card.
Delaware Park – Wilmington, Delaware – Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday
Delaware Park will offer 10 race cards each day for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Parx Racing – Bensalem, Pennsylvania – Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
There are 12 races on the Parx card for Monday and Tuesday with 11 races scheduled on Wednesday.
Prairie Meadows - Altoona, Iowa – Monday and Friday
On both Monday and Friday there are a total of nine races scheduled at Prairie Meadows.
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