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Saratoga Race Course season set to open 146th meet

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) - New York thoroughbred racing is heading to Saratoga for the 146th summer season.

The 40-day meet opens Friday at Saratoga Race Course. The 10-race card is highlighted by the Grade 3 Schuylerville for 2-year-old fillies and the $100,000 Sir Cat for 3-year-old turf horses.

There will be racing six days a week, except Tuesdays, through Labor Day.

A record $17.45 million in stakes purses will be offered during the meet, led by the $1.5 million Whitney for 3-year-olds and up on Aug. 2 and the $1.25 million Travers, one of the oldest stakes for 3-year-olds. It will be run Aug. 23 for the 145th time.

In total, Saratoga will host 71 stakes, including 35 graded stakes and 17 Grade 1 races, starting with Saturday's $500,000 Diana for fillies and mares on the turf course.

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