Summer at Saratoga
$600,000 Jim Dandy (July 27, 2013)
Coverage kicked off with the 50th running of the Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes race. The race is held over 9 furlongs on a dirt track.
Palace Malice wins Jim Dandy
After winning the Belmont Stakes earlier in 2013, Palace Malice captured the 50th running of the Jim Dandy. The three-year-old colt was ridden by Mike E. Smith, trained by Todd A. Pletcher and owned by Dogwood Stable.
July 27, 2013
While Palace Malice captured the Jim Dandy, the Grade 2 stakes race was not the only race at Saratoga featured on NBC that day. The 75th running of the Grade 1 Diana Stakes was also broadcast. With a purse of $600,000 the Diana was run for fillies and mares three-years and up. A five-year-old mare named Laughing (IRE) won the race on the turf track.
Whitney Invitational Handicap (August 3, 2013)
The 86th running of the Whitney Invitational Handicap was held on August 3, 2013 and broadcast on NBC. With a purse of $750,000 the race is held on a dirt track for horses three-years-old and older.
Cross Traffic wins the Whitney Invitational Handicap
Jockey John R. Velazquez rode Cross Traffic to victory in the 2013 Whitney Invitational Handicap. The four-year old colt son of Unbridled Song and Cure the Blues is trained by Todd A. Pletcher, who is also the trainer of Jim Dandy Stakes winner, Palace Malice.
$750,000 Whitney Invitational Handicap
Cross Traffic beat out a well-known foe in Mucho Macho Man, who finished second in last year's Breeders' Cup Classic, to secure the victory at Saratoga. Cross Traffic is owned by GoldMark Farm, LLC.
$500,000 Fourstardave Handicap (August 10, 2013)
The 2012 Horse of the Year,Wise Dan a five-year-old gelding ridden by John R. Velazquez, won the Fourstardave Handicap on August 10th. Wise Dan is trained by Charles Loprestio and owned by Morton Fink.
$200,000 Saratoga Special (August 11, 2013)
A day after winning the FourstarDave jockey John R. Velazquez won again on August 11th aboard Corfu in the 108th running of the Saratoga Special.
NBC also broadcast the 97th running of the Adirondack Stakes on August 11,2013. While Who's in Town crossed the finish line first, she was disqualified for interference, leaving Designer Legs as the winner.
133th running of the Alabama Stakes (August 17, 2013)
The $600,000 Alabama Stakes race was held on August 17,2013. The race was captured by Princess of Sylmar, a three-year-old filly owned by King Of Prussia Stable and trained by Todd A. Pletcher.
$600,000 Alabama Stakes
Javier J. Castellano rode Princess of Sylmar to victory in the Alabama Stakes. NBC also broadcasted the Sword Dancer Invitational that was held at Saratoga on August 17,2013. The $600,000 stakes race was won by Big Blue Kitten. The 2008 bay colt was ridden by Joe Bravo and trained by Chad C. Brown.
$500,000 Foxwoods King's Bishop (August 24, 2013)
The 29th running of the King's Bishop stakes race was held on August 24, 2013 at Saratoga. The race is seven furlongs long and is held on a dirt track.
Capo Bastone takes the King's Bishop
A three-year-old colt, Capo Bastone, came out victorious at Saratoga when he took the King's Bishop. Ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr. and trained by Todd A. Pletcher, Capo Bastone is owned by Eclipse Throughbred Partners.
29th running of King's Bishop
Irad Ortiz Jr. captured his second victory aboard Capo Bastone in the 2013 season when the pair won the King's Bishop.
$1 million Travers Stakes (August 24, 2014)
The 144th running of the Travers Stakes was held at Saratoga on August 24, 2013.
144th running of Travers Stakes
The grade I Travers Stakes is run on a dirt tracks and limited to three-year -old entrants.
Will Take Charge wins the 2013 Travers Stakes
Will Take Charge, a three-year-old colt owned by Willis D. Horton, won the Travers Stakes. The bay was ridden by Luis Saez and is trained by D. Wayne Lukas.