Christmas in July

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Tired of the countdown? Fed up with packing, moving and unpacking? At the end of your rope when it comes to feeling a little unsettled? Everyone is in luck at 1 p.m. today when the wait ends and the Saratoga Race Course meeting opens for the 2018 season. 

The buzz around town and on the Internet equates Saratoga – and perhaps more specifically the wait for Saratoga – to Christmas Eve. So consider today, the first of 40 days at the country’s richest, oldest and most prestigious meet, to be Christmas in July. 

The Saratoga meet runs through Labor Day with racing six days a week – the only track of its kind with a schedule like that – and features at least one stakes race on every card. The Opening Day slate includes a pair of Grade 3s – the Schuylerville for 2-year-old fillies and the Lake George for 3-year-old fillies on the grass. Those traditional Opening Day fixtures are just two of the 66 stakes and two of the 38 graded stakes. 

The Saturday cards stand out on the slate, packed with Grade 1 stakes and supported by many of the other important races that made Saratoga the “August Place To Be” going back more than 150 years. The 2018 schedule features 18 Grade 1 events, the first Sunday when Kentucky Oaks winner Monomoy Girl runs in the Coaching Club American Oaks.

To read the rest of the Saratoga preview, download Friday’s digital edition of The Saratoga Special sponsored by EasyFix Stable Solutions.