Nine 3-Year-Olds Probable for Travers Stakes
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Coil and Shackleford dueling in the Haskell Invitational. Both are pointed towards the Travers.
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Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Shackleford   and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Ruler On Ice are among nine horses listed probable starters in the $1 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) Agu. 27 at Saratoga.

Also included as probable for the Travers on a list released Aug. 22 by New York Racing Association stakes coordinator Andrew Byrnes are Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) winner Coil   and  Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) winner Stay Thirsty  . Bowman's Causeway, J W Blue, Moonshine Mullin, Raison d'Etat  , and Rattlesnake Bridge are also probable. Malibu Glow and Prayer for Relief   are possible for the race.

In addition to the Travers, Byrne also released probable fields for all of the Travers Day stakes at Saratoga.

The Foxwoods King’s Bishop (gr. I) is expected to draw Caleb's Posse  , Cool Blue Red Hot, Dominus  , Flashpoint, Justin Phillip  , Poseidon's Warrior  , Runflatout, and Uncle Mo  . Possible for the race are Bold Warrior, J J's Lucky Train, and Wine Police. Bob Baffert said The Factor   would not make the race and instead stay in California for the Pat O'Brien (gr. I).

The Ballerina (gr. I) is likely to attract Bronx City Girl, Devil by Design, Hilda's Passion, Sassy Image, and Tamarind Hall.

The Ballston Spa (gr. IIT) field will probably include AviateDaveron, Desert Sage, Mekong Melody, Romacaca, and Unbridled Essence.

In the Victory Ride (gr. III), Funny Sunny is expected to meet Her Smile, Hot Summer, Jealous Girl, Maple Forest, Moon Buzz, Offlee Wicked, Roman Treasure, and Valiant Passion. A Z Warriorand Precious Soul are possible.

Both the Travers and the King’s Bishop will be shown live on NBC from 5-6 p.m. EDT as part of the “Summer at Saratoga” series broadcast nationally by the NBC Sports Group.

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