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SARATOGA FAQ

When does horse racing at Saratoga begin in 2012?
The 40-day Saratoga meet opens on Friday, July 20 with a racing schedule that runs six days a week through Monday, Sept. 3, with only Tuesdays dark.  There is at least one stakes race on the live racing schedule each day with several key dated with multiple Grades Stakes races. Post time is 1 pm ET on most days. Gates open at 11 am ET.

Where is Saratoga Race Course located?
The Saratoga Race Course is in upstate New York in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., just off highway I-87

Why should I play the Saratoga meet?
Horse racing at Saratoga race track draws a high level of interest among casual horseplayers, fans of thoroughbred horse racing and tourists vacationing in upstate New York every summer. Racing at Saratoga presents some of the best betting opportunities of the year. Each summer at Saratoga you will find the plethora of 2-year-old races (about 80) which feature thoroughbred race horses that may go on to run in the Kentucky Derby in May of 2013.

Where can I get everything I need to play horse racing Saratoga?
DRF.com has everything you need to handicap the races at Saratoga with our Saratoga Player’s Package which includes: Past Performances for every day of the meet, DRF Game Plan with picks and analysis from our top handicappers, and a copy of the Players' Guide complete with Dave Litfin's Saratoga preview, Trainer Reports, race charts, jockey/trainer stats, Beyer class-level pars, winning post positions and 2009-11 winners' books.

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What is different about this year's meet?
Horse owners and trainers always showcase their best talent at Saratoga, but this year there is the added incentive of increased purses for stakes races will bring the best and brightest to the Spa. Look for familiar names such as Bodemeister, Royal Delta, and Paynter to make appearances.

What are the biggest stakes races of the 2012 Saratoga racing season?
The racing season at Saratoga peaks on Saturday, Aug. 25, with the $1 million Grade 1 Travers highlighting a card that includes the $500,000 Grade 1 Test, the $500,000 Grade 1 King's Bishop and the $250,000 Grade 2 Ballston Spa. Other prestigious Grade 1 races include the Coaching Club American Oaks (July 21), Diana (July 28), Whitney Invitational Handicap (Aug. 4), the Alabama (Aug. 18) and the Woodward (Sept. 1).

Who are the leading trainers to watch at this year's meet?
DRF's Dave Litfin profiles the top 25 trainers for the 2012 Saratoga meet in our Saratoga 2012 Players' Guide. Get the latest rundown on how the barns of Todd Pletcher, Bill Mott and Dale Roman, among others, are shaping up for the meet. GET THE SARATOGA PLAYERS GUIDE FOR ONLY $9.95. CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW.

Who are the leading jockeys to watch at this year's meet?
No fewer than 10 of the top dozen New York riders will be at the Spa, including two-time defending Eclipse Award winner Ramon Dominguez and last year's Saratoga top jockey John Velazquez. Javier Castellano finished second in Saratoga wins last year and has won the past two Travers Stakes.