Keen Ice wins the 146th running of The Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.
Arrogate destroys the field in the 2016 G1 Travers Stakes. Setting a new track record and leaving the Saratoga crowd in awe.
Keen Ice upsets Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga on August 29, 2015. Frosted was third.
And it's Keen Ice who runs down the hard trying Triple Crown champion American Pharoah to claim victory in the 2015 Travers Stakes!
In an electrifying finish, favored Alpha came back to hit the wire alongside 33-1 shot Golden Ticket Saturday afternoon at Saratoga Race Course, resulting in the first dead heat in the Grade 1, $1 million Travers since 1874. The 2-1 favorite off his victory in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy earlier in the meet, Alpha ran third on the outside behind pacesetter Speightscity and Stealcase through opening fractions of 23.51, 48.06, and 1:12.62 while Golden Ticket, who had only a maiden victory in nine previous starts, was tucked in fourth along the rail. With Speightscity clinging to the lead as the field of 11 3-year-olds rounded the far turn, jockey Ramon Dominguez made a three-wide move with Alpha and gunned for the lead approaching the quarter pole. At the same time, jockey David Cohen sent Golden Ticket rocketing through an opening along the rail left by the flagging Speightscity and swiftly assumed command straightening for home. Seemingly beaten as Golden Ticket began edging away inside the eighth pole, Alpha dug in through the final yards and, with his last lunge, hit the finish line in tandem with Golden Ticket. At the wire, neither jockey realized they had both won their first Travers.
The 1982 Travers Stakes won by longshot Canadian horse Runaway Groom in a thrilling upset win over the 3 triple crown race winners that year.
Trainer Jimmy Jerkens had the best horse in the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (gr. I)—but it wasn't the one everyone was betting on. V. E. Day upset stablemate and Jim Dandy (gr. II) winner Wicked Strong by a nose in the 1 1/4-mile 'Midsummer Derby' Aug. 23 at Saratoga Race Course, charging late to surge ahead in the nick of time for his biggest career victory at odds of 19-1. "I wasn't absolutely sure it was V. E. Day because he had so much mud on him, until they got a little closer and I saw the silks and then I knew it was him," Jerkens remarked. "I said, 'Man, what a feeling. I know I'm going to win the Travers; I just don't know with who.'" http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/86939/travers-upset-v-e-day-over-wicked-strong#ixzz3BQjuN6ji
Forever Unbridled noses Carrumba to win the 2015 Comely Stakes Saturday at Aqueduct. Bet on horse racing legally at www.tvg.com!
The 2017 Travers field is stacked with competition! For the first time in 35 years all three 2017 Triple Crown jewel race winners are entered. Check out the entire field of 12 here.