Saturday’s card features the third legs of the Turf Triple – the Jockey Club Oaks for three year old fillies and Jockey Club Derby for three year old colts. These two races are now Grade IIIs having been moved up from ungraded status last year and carry $700,000 and $1 million purses respectively.
This Fall we get Belmont at the Big A while construction occurs in Elmont. Well, today we get a touch of Belmont at the Spa as two longtime Belmont Fall stakes are run at Saratoga for the second year. The Flower Bowl features a nice field of seven led by War Like Goddess along with the obligatory three Chad Brown runners. The Jockey Club Gold Cup is a very competitive ten furlong affair on the dirt for the colts.
Happy Travers Day! Today’s card has five Grade I races. Only Belmont Stakes Day has more Grade 1s on the New York racing calendar. There are three reigning Champions running today – Malathaat, Jackie’s Warrior, and Letruska – along with Channel Maker who won the 2020 male turf division.
The Alabama has a big time match up. Secret Oath was the divisional leader before she was crushed by Nest last month in the Coaching Club American Oaks. If either Nest or Secret Oath win the Alabama today – they will be the three year old filly divisional leader heading into the Fall.