2014 Travers Stakes favorite Bayern gets a bath on Aug. 22, 2014, at Saratoga. Watch Video
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Alpha||Kiaran P. McLaughlin||
|Atigun||James A. Jerkens||
|Fast Falcon||Nicholas P. Zito||
|Five Sixteen||Dominick A. Schettino||
|Golden Ticket||Kenneth G. McPeek||
|Neck 'n Neck||Ian R. Wilkes||
|Speightscity||Gary C. Contessa||
|Stealcase||Mark E. Casse||
|Street Life||Chad C. Brown||
By a 10-furlong gr. I winner out of a mare by a Ky Derby and Belmont Stakes winner, with a second dam who was a graded stakes winner at 10 furlongs, Bayern illustrates the difficulties of interpreting modern U.S. pedigrees.
On paper, the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course appears to be a three-horse race among Bayern, Tonalist, and Wicked Strong, there are several improving 3-year-olds who could be potential upsetters.
Horse Racing Radio Network will provide live on-site coverage of Saratoga's signature weekend beginning Friday, Aug. 22, with the Personal Ensign (gr. I) followed by the 145th Travers Stakes (gr. I) Saturday.
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak and Evan Hammonds handicap the exciting Travers Stakes at Saratoga this week. Will you pick the Jim Dandy Stakes winner? watch video
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Travers Stakes (gr. I) and three other graded stakes races at Saratoga. read blog
Grade I winner Bayern, 2-1 morning-line favorite for the upcoming $1.25 million Travers Stakes (gr. I), arrived at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 20 around 4 p.m.
- By Steve Haskin
First, Bayern is going to be very tough on an uncontested lead, especially breaking from post 2 and with a stone closer, Commanding Curve, inside him. Second, Tonalist and Wicked Strong are both sitting on big efforts. read blog
J. Keeler Johnson takes an early look at some of the key contenders in the Travers Stakes (gr. I). read blog
Hoping to become the first woman to saddle a winner of the Travers Stakes (gr. I), trainer Linda Rice sent Kid Cruz to the main track at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 18 for his final breeze toward the historic race Aug. 23.
Mr Speaker, winner of the Belmont Derby Invitational (gr. IT) on turf in his most recent start, has been confirmed for the $1.25 million Travers (gr. I) on the dirt after breezing Aug. 17 at Saratoga Race Course.
Trainer Christophe Clement proclaimed Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Tonalist ready for the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) after the colt breezed five furlongs in 1:01.88 over the Oklahoma training track Aug. 16.
Dwyer Stakes (gr. III) winner Kid Cruz worked five furlongs in 1:02.45 over the main track at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 11 in preparation for the Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 23 at Saratoga.
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Tonalist turned in his first breeze Aug. 9 since finishing second in the July 26 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II), covering five furlongs in 1:03.36 over the Oklahoma training track.
- By Steve Haskin
Shug McGaughey threw everyone a bit of a curve when he stated that his grass star Mr Speaker was being considered for the Travers Stakes. read blog
Centennial Farms' Wicked Strong breezed a half mile in :48 3/5 over the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 8 in preparation for his expected start in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) in two weeks.
Will Take Charge and Palace Malice meet again Aug. 2 in the $1.5 million Whitney Handicap (gr. I), squaring off at Saratoga Race Course as the top two choices in a field of nine drawn for the 1 1/8-mile test.
Trainer Bob Baffert said July 28 that William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) winner Bayern is under consideration for either the Travers Stakes (gr. I) or Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) for his next start.
After a somewhat disappointing Triple Crown campaign, Wicked Strong started the second half of his sophomore season in fine style, defeating Tonalist in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) July 26 at Saratoga.
Five contenders for the upcoming $1.5 million Whitney (gr. I), including favored Palace Malice, were out for published workouts the morning of July 26.
The $1.5 million Whitney (gr. I) (Aug. 2)--the richest race this summer at Saratoga Race Course--has attracted a robust field of likely starters, topped by last year's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner, Palace Malice.
The New York State Gaming Commission and New York Racing Association announced enhanced security protocols July 24 for horses running in the $1.5 million Whitney Stakes (gr. I) and $1.25 million Travers Stakes (gr. I).
Jimmy Jerkens will send his top 3-year-old to the July 26 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) en route to the Travers Stakes (gr. I), and puts blinkers on the Hard Spun colt for his Saratoga outing.
An all-expense-paid, 48-hour trip to the Travers Stakes (gr. I) and Pacific Classic (gr. I) is up for grabs in America's Best Racing's "Ultimate 48 Sweepstakes".
Michael Langford's Carve, third in the grade II Oaklawn Handicap in April, worked out a nice trip to win the $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap (gr. II) at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino the evening of June 28.
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