Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (Jan. 30, 2007) – Friday night, February 2, marks the start of the 68th season of harness racing over the half-mile oval at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway.
The schedule for the 2007 live harness racing season features 170 programs during an eleven month campaign that runs through December 15.The kickoff weekend will have racing on Friday and Saturday night with a new post time of 7pm.The next three weeks of February, harness racing extends to a three program a week schedule with matinee cards on tap for Sunday, February 11 and Sunday, February 25 as well as the President’s Day Holiday on Monday, February 19. Saratoga Gaming and Raceway has extended the simulcast schedule to every afternoon and Wednesday through Saturday nights. The Saratoga backstretch is loaded with trainers all geared up for the Friday night opener evidenced by the 15 qualifiers contested last Friday morning.
Trainer John Stark Jr. is back to defend his "Horseman of the Year" title and "Trainer of the Year" billing. Scott Mongeon (28 stalls) and Brian Cross (23 stalls) are both extremely talented trainer-drivers and are usually in the top ten in both the trainer and driver standings.
Two recent U.S. Harness Writers award winners will be looking to build on their recent successes in the current meet.
Jackie Rousse, the ’06 Horsewoman of the Year with 49 victories, has expanded her stable to 20 horses.
Ron Cushing, voted the Johnny Page Award for up-and-coming driver in ’06, has relocated his stable of 20 and has quality stock to contend in the upper classes.
Dan Cappello Jr. is back to defend his driving title coming off a record performance of 302 victories in 2006 and earnings of $1,862,845. The purse structure is expected to reach $13,000,000 this season with the "Opens" going for $17,000 at the start of the meet.Fortunes, the clubhouse dining room, will be featuring the $14.95 Prime Rib Buffet as well as a full menu each racing night.
Parking and admission are always free at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway.