Saturday's card at Saratoga features the Travers Stakes and a powerhouse roster of supporting races -- a highlight not just of the racing weekend but of the entire summer. There are four Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" races at Saratoga and a fifth at Del Mar. Canterbury Park in Minnesota and Woodbine in Canada also contribute important stakes to a full weekend of racing fun. Start the enjoyment with: Saratoga The 147th running of the Travers Stakes, the "Midsummer Derby", is the traditional highlight of the Spa season. This year, some of the "supporting" races on the Saturday card are strong enough to rival the Travers for attention. The $1.25 million Grade I Travers could help sort things
Next year, the Marshfield Fair will turn 150. Planning has already begun for the milestone, but its organizer says there will be no reprisal of a favorite event from the past: horse racing. Leonard LaForest, president of the Marshfield Agricultural & Horticulture Society, which puts on the fair, said state regulators in the early 1990s gave permission to a commercial track to hold races during the Marshfield Fair, telling the town to move its races to September. That didn’t work for organizers, as attendance would have suffered and the noise from the races would have disrupted nearby schools, LaForest said. So they opted to end horse racing in Marshfield, with the last race taking place in 1991.
Turns out, Syndergaard is awfully fast on the racetrack, too. A horse named after hard-throwing New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard won the $200,000 Funny Cide Stakes at Saratoga on Friday, blowing away the competition by eight lengths. The team made mention of Syndergaard's racing success upstate in its game notes Friday and said the 2-year-old colt is an early favorite for next year's Kentucky Derby.