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July Stakes Calendar: The Racing Season Heats Up

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The beginning of the month of July is the official start of summer racing. The Triple Crown races are in the rear view mirror and it's time to start separating the contenders from the pretenders as we roll towards the Breeders' Cup in early November.

Fifty graded stakes races are scheduled to run over the next month, including ten Grade 1s. This coming weekend features a trio of Grade 1s: the Hollywood Gold Cup, the Princess Rooney at Calder, and the United Nations at Monmouth. In the middle of the month, Arlington Park will run their annual "Million Preview Day" stakes race, while Del Mar will get things going with the Eddie Read on July 21st. Saratoga opens it's doors on July 20th with a pair of Grade 3 events, followed by the G1-Coaching Club American Oaks on Saturday, July 21st. The month ends with the Haskell at Monmouth Park.

The month of July promises to be a great month of horse racing so rest up on the Fourth and get ready for some serious handicapping the rest of the way.

Below is a summary of the graded stakes races on the calender during the month of July.

Day Track Race
4-Jul BHP G2-Swaps
4-Jul BEL G3-Poker
4-Jul MTH G3-Red Bank
7-Jul BHP G1-Hollywood Gold Cup
7-Jul CRC G1-Princess Rooney
7-Jul MTH G1-United Nations
7-Jul MTH G2-Monmouth Cup
7-Jul CRC G2-Smile Sprint
7-Jul BEL G2-Suburban
7-Jul CRC G3-Azalea Stakes
7-Jul CRC G3-Carry Back
7-Jul BHP G3-Royal Heronie Mile
7-Jul BEL G3-Victory Ride
8-Jul WO G2-Dance Smartly
14-Jul BHP G1-American Oaks
14-Jul BEL G1-Man o'War
14-Jul BHP G2-A Gleam Hcp.
14-Jul DEL G2-Delaware Oaks
14-Jul AP G3-American Derby
14-Jul AP G3-Arlington Hcp.
14-Jul BHP G3-Hollywood Juvenile Championship
14-Jul MTH G3-Jersey Shore
14-Jul AP G3-Modesty Hcp.
14-Jul DEL G3-Robert Dick Memorial
14-Jul AP G3-Stars and Stripes
15-Jul BHP G3-Sunset Hcp.
20-Jul SAR G3-James Marvin
20-Jul SAR G3-Schuylerville
21-Jul SAR G1-CC American Oaks
21-Jul DMR G1-Eddie Read
21-Jul DEL G2-Delaware Hcp.
21-Jul CNL G2-Virginia Derby
21-Jul AP G3-Arlington Oaks
21-Jul CNL G3-Virginia Oaks
22-Jul DMR G2-San Clemente Hcp.
22-Jul SAR G2-Sanford
22-Jul WO G3-Nijinsky
22-Jul WO G3-Ontario Matron
25-Jul SAR G2-Lake George
27-Jul DMR G3-Cougar II Hcp.
28-Jul SAR G1-Diana
28-Jul SAR G2-Jim Dandy
28-Jul DMR G2-San Diego Hcp.
29-Jul DMR G1-Bing Crosby
29-Jul MTH G1-Haskell
29-Jul SAR G2-Amsterdam
29-Jul MTH G2-Molly Pitcher
29-Jul MTH G3-Oceanport
29-Jul WO G3-Royal North
29-Jul MTH G3-Taylor Made Matchmaker