It's a good time to be Kiaran McLaughlin, but don't confuse that with an easy time. The trainer has his hands full conditioning and placing top runners for Godolphin Racing with year-end goals in mind.
Trainer Ian Wilkes declared Neck 'n Neck ready for the Aug. 25 Travers Stakes (gr. I) after the Jim Dandy (gr. II) runner-up breezed five furlongs in 1:00.09 at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 20 in New York.
Paul Reddam's European-based Cogito, who was scheduled to leave Aug. 17 for Saratoga Race Course to compete in the Travers Stakes (gr. I), will remain home after straining a muscle in his back.
Quick Wit, who won the off-the-turf running of the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame (gr. II) at Saratoga Aug. 10, remains an outside possibility for the Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 25.
Grade I winner Liaison figures to be Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert's lone representative in the $1 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Aug. 25.
I'll Have Another's owner said the Brian Meehan-trained colt will be sent to Saratoga Race Course for the Aug. 25 Travers Stakes (gr. I).
Haskell Invitational (gr. I) winner Paynter arrived at Belmont Park Aug. 10 from New Jersey and will be monitored to see if he can make the Aug. 25 Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.
Haskell winner has recovered from a fever and it is hoped he can make the Travers.
Godolphin Racing's Alpha emerged from his Jim Dandy (gr. II) victory July 28 in fine fettle and is definitely bound for the Travers Stakes (gr. I), trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said the morni
Jim Dandy winner will be one of the favorites for the Travers. More
A deep, competitive field of eight will face off in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) July 28 to determine who continues to the $1 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 25.
The logo for the 143rd running of the Travers Stakes (gr. I), unveiled July 13 by the New York Racing Association, features a horse and jockey on top of the signature Travers canoe.
Starting in the Haskell Invitational is a slight possibility, but the ultimate goal for 2-year-old champ Hansen is the Travers.
Dr. Kendall Hansen, majority owner of 2011 2-year-old champion Hansen, winner of the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), said the son of Tapit will target the $1 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 25.
Trainer Bob Baffert, who is making plans to return Paynter to New York this summer, said his valiant Belmont Stakes (gr. I) runner-up lost a shoe during the June 9 race at Belmont Park.
Mike Repole's dynamic duo both drill over Belmont Park's main track for trainer Todd Pletcher.
Lenny and special guest Kenny Rice discuss Stay Thirsty and the 3yo class, ideas to improve Saratoga, and tv coverage. Plus, an interview with trainer Chad Brown. Watch Video
- By Steve Haskin
Stay Thirsty renews passion for the sport. read blog
Todd Pletcher said Stay Thirsty and Uncle Mo were doing fine the day after their strong runs in the Travers Stakes and King's Bishop Stakes, respectively, but that Ballerina winner Hilda's Passion sustained a minor injury.
Attendance and pari-mutuel handle were off slightly for the Aug. 27 Travers Stakes (gr. I) program at Saratoga as Hurricane Irene made its way up the East Coast.
Stay Thirsty definitively stamped himself as the 3-year-old division leader when he won the $1 million Travers (gr. I) Aug. 27 at Saratoga.
- By Vic Zast
Saratoga readies itself for Irene and the Travers. read blog
The top spot is on the line in the 3YO division. read blog
Ten meet in the 1 1/4 mile Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. Who will win the Mid-Summer Derby and move to the head of the 3-year-old class? Predict the Order
Jason, Tom and James Scully from TwinSpires.com handicap the Travers Stakes and King's Bishop Stakes from Saratoga. watch video
Jim Dandy (gr. II) winner Stay Thirsty was made the 5-2 morning-line favorite for the Aug. 27 Travers (gr. I), while Haskell Invitational (gr. I) winner Coil was pegged as the 3-1 second choice.
Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Shackleford and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Ruler On Ice are among nine horses listed as at probable starters in the $1 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 27 Saratoga.
Repole Stable's Uncle Mo and Stay Thirsty worked well at Saratoga the morning of Aug. 21 and remain on target for their respective starts in the Foxwoods King's Bishop Stakes and Travers Stakes (both gr. I) Aug. 27.
The Travers, King's Bishop, and Pacific Classic could be must-see races. read blog
Preakness (gr. I) winner Shackleford likely will contest the $1 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 27, instead of taking on older horses in the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) a week later, trainer Dale Romans said Aug. 7.
Trainer Bob Baffert said Aug. 1 that Haskell Invitational (gr. I) winner Coil emerged from the race without any problems and is being considered for the Aug. 27 Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
His pedigree shouts stamina but Discreetly Mine--winner Aug. 28 of the grade I King's Bishop Stakes--seems intent on proving himself as a top sprinter.
Afleet Express, the horse who couldn't get sold, scored a dramatic win in the Travers.
Trainer Nick Zito reported Aug. 30 that Miner's Reserve sustained a hairline fracture in his right knee in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) and the Mineshaft colt will be sidelined for several months.
He set the pace in the "Midsummer Derby" before finishing seventh.
Afleet Express comes out of the "Midsummer Derby" in good shape, according to trainer Jimmy Jerkens.
The attendance increased 33.7% from a year ago to 45,764.
First Dude is the tentative selection in a very difficult Travers... Read Blog
A field of 11 was drawn for the Travers, with Jim Dandy winner A Little Warm pegged as the 7-2 morning-line favorite. Trappe Shot, First Dude, Super Saver, Afleet Again, and Ice Box are also returning from the Haskell.
- By Vic Zast
A lottery for Travers picnic tables eliminates the running of the fans. Read Blog
Breezing in company over the main track at Saratoga early the morning of Aug. 15, Devil May Care had her final serious work for the matchup with West coast-based Blind Luck in the Aug. 21 Betfair TVG Alabama Stakes (gr. I).
Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito had Ice Box, Fly Down, and Miner's Reserve all put in half-mile workouts over the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga the morning of Aug. 12.
The New York Racing Association is offering a Travers Stakes Prize Package, which includes two tickets to the Travers Stakes (gr. I) August 28, two airline tickets, and two nights' accommodation in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Trainer Bob Baffert said IZOD Haskell Invitational (gr. I) winner Lookin At Lucky will definitely miss the Aug. 28 Travers Stakes (gr. I) after the Smart Strike colt developed a fever Aug. 3.
The colt was diagnosed with a condylar fracture of his left foreleg following his victory in the Aug. 1 Curlin Stakes at Saratoga.
It was a busy Father's Day morning for trainer Todd Pletcher at Belmont Park, highlighted by half-mile breezes from stable stars Quality Road and Super Saver June 20.
Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, who returned to the work tab the morning of June 12, came out of the four-furlong move in good order, reported Jonathan Thomas, assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher.
Trainer Bill Mott said he's looking forward to his primary goal this summer for Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Drosselmeyer, the $1 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Aug. 28.
The Aug. 29 Shadwell Travers Stakes (gr. I) lost some of its luster hours before entries were taken Aug. 26 when it was announced that Mine That Bird, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), would not run in the "Mid-Summer Derby" at Saratoga Racecourse.
Equestrian portrait artist Brian Fox has unveiled his latest edition of artwork commemorating this summer's series of horseracing.
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