Saratoga Race Course Season Recap
The Saratoga race season ended on Labor Day weekend. The number one story of the season was the weather.
Saratoga has 40 days of racing from July 21st to Labor Day Monday with dark days (no racing) on Tuesdays.
This season saw 22 of the 40 days affected by weather; that is races (not all) were taken off the turf and run on the main track.
I do not recall a summer such as this in all my years of going to Saratoga.
The riding title went to Irad Ortiz with 50 wins.
The trainer’s title went to Chad Brown who broke a Saratoga season record with 44 wins.
That was more than double the next closest trainer (Todd Pletcher) who had 19 wins. Not a very good year for Todd Pletcher after winning the title in 2017 with 40 wins edging out Chad Brown who had 39. Chad did win the title in 2016. These two will go at it next year for sure.
I handicap turf races where I find the combinations that I like to bet. I chose three races a day and three horses a race that I thought had a chance of being in the money. I also chose a “most likely to win” and a “long shot of the day.” I did handicap for a “wet track” if the weather was holding in the forecast, but that only amounted to three days. There were several days when the storms arrived out of nowhere or overnight and soaked the track. The results were as follows.
90 races handicapped – 28 days of racing. Travers Day was a full card of handicapping, 12 races.
41-second place finishers
44-third place finishers
11 Most Likely to Wins (6 of them were scratched)
4 Long Shot of the Day (5 of them scratched)
We had at least one horse in the money a whopping 91% of the time and were able to pick a winner nearly 54% of the races we handicapped. That is right on par with the 2017 Saratoga stats, but we did have much more success last year with the “Most Likely to Win” (21), “Long shot of Day” (15), exactas (24) and triples (11).
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