This weekend marks the finale of Saratoga’s summer meet, but that doesn’t mean the excitement is over. Saturday’s card features four graded stakes, highlighted by the historic Woodward Stakes for older horses.
Read on for the facts and figures on this year’s Woodward.
0 - The number of opponents Spectacular Bid faced in the 1980 Woodward. He won in a walkover after no other horses would face him.
1 1/8 miles - The distance of the race since 1990. It previously was run at distances ranging from one mile to 1 ½ miles.
6 - The record number of Woodward wins by a jockey. Hall of Fame jockeys Angel Cordero Jr. and Jerry Bailey are tied for the honor, though John Velazquez could come within one win of the record if he wins this year.
13 ½ lengths - Record margin of victory in the race when Bertrando won the 1993 edition.
40% - The success rate of the betting favorite in the last five years. Gun Runner (2017) and Liam’s Map (2015) each won as the favorite.
1954 - The year the Woodward Stakes was inaugurated at Belmont Park. This year is the 65th running.
$750,000 - Purse of this year’s Woodward, including $400,000 for the winner.
$22,420,060 - Total bet on last year’s Woodward day races at Saratoga.