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Saratoga party on NBC, Versus

The charms of Saratoga lose a lot on television, but if gas prices make the prospect of a schlep far upstate unappealing, NBC and its cable sibling Versus Saturday will begin seven consecutive weekends of their "Summer at Saratoga" series.

The first episode will feature the Coaching Club American Oaks and be seen on NBC. So will a feature on the history of racing at Saratoga.

The highlight of the series, naturally, is the Travers Stakes Aug. 27 on NBC.

Here is the full schedule:

Saturday, Coaching Club American Oaks, 5-6 p.m., NBC

July 30, Diana and Jim Dandy, 5-6 p.m., VERSUS
Aug. 6, Whitney and Test, 5-6 p.m., VERSUS
Aug. 7, Vanderbilt and Honorable Miss, 5-6 p.m., VERSUS
Aug. 13, Sword Dancer, 5-6 p.m., VERSUS
Aug. 20, Alabama, 5-6 p.m., NBC
Aug. 27, Travers and King’s Bishop, 5-6 p.m., NBC
Sept. 3, Woodward and Forego, 5-6 p.m., VERSUS

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