The 2020 Special, an online racing publication created May 2 by ST Publishing – home of thisishorseracing.com and The Saratoga Special – will publish four more editions this spring/summer in advance of the 2020 race meet at Saratoga Race Course.
Editions will be published on four Saturdays – May 23, June 20, June 27 and July 4 – and available at thisishorseracing.com and via email. Sign up for email notifications here. A schedule for The Special beyond those four editions will be announced in July, when details about the race meeting at Saratoga Race Course are more clear.
Advertiser and reader response to the new product has been strong, and welcome, and bodes well for the future even if the coronavirus pandemic puts much of that in flux in terms of racing and publishing schedules. Rest assured, The Special will continue to publish and deliver for readers and advertisers.
May 23 Edition: This Saturday’s edition will feature preview coverage of stakes-filled cards at Churchill Downs and Santa Anita Park by Eclipse Award winners Tom Law, Joe Clancy and Sean Clancy, a Best of The Saratoga Special entry in celebration of our 20th season, a Fasig-Tipton Stable Tour with a top trainer, the ever-popular Here and There section, quality photography, expert handicapping selections and plenty more.
June 20 Edition: Thanks to a blockbuster race card at Belmont Park announced this week, this promises to be a can’t-miss for racing fans with full preview coverage of the Belmont Stakes and its accompanying stakes races, a catch-up from Santa Anita and other tracks, some history and plenty more.
June 27 Edition: A week after the first jewel of the 2020 Triple Crown (deal with it), this issue will recap Belmont Stakes Day while previewing the strong Stephen Foster Stakes Day at Churchill Downs and looking at Belmont’s card of four graded stakes led by the Grade 1 Just A Game.
July 4 Edition: Three weeks in a row means another strong edition covering the action from Churchill Downs and Belmont Park. The latter plays host to the Metropolitan Mile, Manhattan and Suburban on a standout card.
That schedule (written in pencil like most things in 2020) brings The Special to the doorstep of Saratoga, where racing is slated to begin July 16 and continue through Labor Day Sept. 7. A final racing calendar, stakes schedule and spectator and media access have yet to be determined, so plans for The Saratoga Special (typically a print and online product) continue to develop. More information will be available as those details come together.
Between editions of The 2020 Special, readers can follow along at thisishorseracing.com and also catch writing from the team in the monthly Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred print magazine.
The 2020 Special, The Saratoga Special and thisishorseracing.com are products of ST Publishing, Inc. Founded in 1994 with the creation of Steeplechase Times by brothers Joe and Sean Clancy, the company has since published The Saratoga Special racing newspaper, the thisishorseracing.com racing website and written about racing in numerous publications in the racing industry and beyond. Tom Law, former managing editor of Thoroughbred Times magazine, joined the team in 2012. The Saratoga Special, launched in 2001, celebrates its 20th season this year.
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