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Chasers head to Saratoga
Carolina Cup, Colonial Cup race dates announced
POWEROFONE AND JOCKEY Darren Nagle won the $25,000 Camden Plate at the 2013 Carolina Cup. The duo is expected to get at least one start over fences at Saratoga in August. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
The start of the Saratoga Race Course racing season opens Friday, and steeplechase racing again will be featured on every Thursday of the 40-day meet in upstate New York. Saratoga is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, and steeplechasing has been an important part of the Saratoga experience almost from the very beginning, and the stable of steeplechase horses poised to run at America’s premier race meet is both large and strong.“Going in, we’re in a strong position to provide large, competitive fields for Saratoga’s bettors and NYRA’s full-card simulcasting network,” said Bill Gallo Jr., the National Steeplechase Association’s director of racing. “We have roughly 80 winners eligible and planning to run.”With nine rich races over the six Thursdays, more and more steeplechase owners are pointing their accomplished runners toward Saratoga’s contests.