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Five Quick Tips For A More Successful Saratoga


The Spa Is Much More Than Just A Racing Destination

By Noel Michaels

Saratoga is the most important meet of the summer season for horseplayers. The highly anticipated 40-day Saratoga racing season lasts throughout the heart of the summer, running six days a week (every day except Tuesday) from Friday, July 20 until Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3.

If you are a serious horseplayer and you are not already looking forward to the Saratoga meet, it might be time to check your pulse, because Saratoga is the summer place to be for all handicappers and horse racing aficionados alike.

Saratoga’s biggest day is, of course, Travers Day on Saturday, Aug. 25, which figures to the best day of racing and wagering of the entire summer. But at Saratoga, it’s not just about Travers Day — every day of the meet is like Christmas for handicappers. Large fields of well-meant horses guarantee complex handicapping puzzles each day of the meet. So, let’s look at some categories that handicappers can focus on to help narrow down the choices.


Todd Pletcher has won a record 13 training titles at Saratoga

The first thing that should be mentioned in any Saratoga handicapping guide for 2018 is the trainer’s race. It is a safe bet that the top of the trainer’s standings will be dominated by Todd Pletcher and Chad Brown — or Chad Brown…(more)