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.
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Willis Horton's Will Take Charge finally got the big one, and did so at the expense of the country's top 3-year-olds when he nosed out Moreno to win the $1 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 24. The blaze-faced chestnut, a son of Unbridled's Song out of multiple grade I winner Take Charge Lady, finished ahead of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Orb, who was third, while Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) winner Palace Malice ran fourth. William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I) winner Verrazano, favored at 8-5, never fired and wound up seventh in the field of nine. It was the second major upset in a 3-year-old classic this year for 77-year-old Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who took the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) with Oxbow at odds of 15-1. Lukas also won the Travers with Thunder Gulch in 1995 and with Corporate Report in 1991. "It feels pretty good," Lukas remarked. "They were reminding me it's been a long time between drinks, but when they come like this, they come double." http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/80265/will-take-charge-nails-moreno-in-travers#ixzz2cvvOK1QS
A race lacking starpower nevertheless delivered excitement at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 25, as Golden Ticket, a 33-1 shot, and 2-1 favorite Alpha made history with the first-ever dead heat in 143 editions of the $1 million Travers Stakes (gr. I). Alpha, winner of the July 28 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) for Godolphin Racing, ranged up to take the lead as the field turned for home, having followed pacesetter Speightscity with an outside trip in third. But Golden Ticket, a maiden winner who last ran second in a Churchill Downs allowance event, was gaining momentum along the rail under jockey David Cohen and appeared poised to spring a huge upset in the field of 11 sophomores. Golden Ticket rolled along to a one-length advantage mid-stretch, with Alpha and jockey Ramon Dominguez needing every inch of 1 1/4 miles to fight back. The classy Godolphin runner did so gamely, drawing even with Golden Ticket just in time to flash beneath the wire. The final time for the 1 1/4-mile event was 2:02.74. http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/72338/alpha-golden-ticket-dead-heat-in-travers
Cinema Verite-style walkthrough of the Saratoga Race Course just before the 145th running of the Travers Grade I stakes race (purse $1.25 million). I got there just in time to capture the ambiance of a small part of the 60,000 in attendance. My 7-second clip of the field as they round the final turn into the top of the stretch can be found here: http://youtu.be/9aj-hI4DJy8
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
Silent, partial footage of one of the biggest upsets of all time. A race was later named after Jim Dandy in honor of his place in racing history.
Key To The Mint, Champion 3 Year Old Horse of 1972, outlasts Tentam, Big Spruce and others.
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.